After a long two-week criminal trial in a high profile bank robbery case, the
jury finally ended its 14 hours of deliberations and entered the courtroom to
deliver its verdict to the judge. The judge turns to the jury foreman and asks,
"Has the jury reached a verdict in this case?"
"Yes, your honor," the foreman responded.
"Would you please pass it to me," the judge declared, as he motioned for the
bailiff to retrieve the verdict slip from the foreman and deliver it to him.
After the judge reads the verdict himself, he delivers the verdict slip back to
his bailiff to be returned to the foreman and instructs the foreman, "Please
read your verdict to the court."
"We find the defendant NOT GUILTY of all four counts of bank robbery," stated
The family and friends of the defendant jump for joy at the sound of the "not
guilty" verdict and hug each other as they shout expressions of divine
gratitude. The defendant's attorney turns to his client and asks, "So, what do
you think about that?"
The defendant looks around the courtroom slowly with a bewildered look on his
face and then turns to his defense attorney and says, "I'm real confused here.
Does this mean that I have to return the money?"