The Cross Examination
A defense attorney was cross-examining a Chicago police officer during a felony trial — it went like this:
Q. Officer, did you see my client fleeing the scene?
Q. Officer, who provided this description?
Q. A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called
offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?
Q. With your life? Let me ask you this then officer — do you
have a locker room in the police station — a room where you
change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?
Q. And do you have a locker in that room?
Q. And do you have a lock on your locker?
Q. Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers
with your life, that you find it necessary to lock your locker
in a room you share with those same officers?
With that, the courtroom erupted in laughter, and a prompt recess was called.
This page was last updated September 11, 2002.