A defendant in a lawsuit involving large sums of money was
saying to his lawyer, "If I lose this case, I'll be ruined."
"It's in the judge's hands now," said the lawyer.
"Would it help if I sent the judge a box of cigars?" asked
"Oh no!" said the lawyer. "This judge is a stickler for
ethical behavior. A stunt like that would prejudice him
against you. He might even find you in contempt of the
court. In fact, you shouldn't even smile at the judge."
Within the course of time, the judge rendered a decision
in favor of the defendant. As the defendant left the
courthouse, he said to his lawyer, "Thanks for the tip
about the cigars. It worked."
"I'm sure we would have lost the case if you'd sent them,"
said the lawyer.
"But I did send them," said the defendant.
"What?? You did?"
"Yes, That's how we won the case."
"I don't understand," said the lawyer.
"It's easy. I sent the cheapest cigars that I could find
to the judge, but enclosed the plaintiff's business card..."