A defense attorney was cross-examining a police officer during a felony trial.
“Officer, did you see my client fleeing the scene?” he asked.
“No sir,” the policeman responded, “but I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender running several blocks away.”
“Officer, who provided this description?”
“The officer who responded to the scene.”
“A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender,” the lawyer repeated.
“Do you trust your fellow officers?”
“Yes sir, with my life.”
“With your life?” The lawyer was trying to undermine the officer’s credibility in the eyes of the jury.
“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 you daily duties?”
“Yes sir, we do.”
“And do you have a locker in that room?”
“Yes sir, I do,” the officer said.
“And do you have a lock on your locker?” the lawyer questioned, ready to drive his argument home.
“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?”
Without missing a beat, the policeman responded, “You see sir, we share the building with a court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.”