If there ever was a more perfect example of “ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer” than this story, I’ve yet to find it. Hilarious!
An attorney, cross-examining the local coroner, asked, “But can we really know that the person that my client allegedly killed was really dead? Had you taken the man’s pulse before you signed the death certificate?”
“No,” the coroner replied.
“Well, then, did you listen for a heart beat?”
The coroner answered, “No.”
“Did you check for respiration? Breathing?” asked the attorney.
Again the coroner replied, “No.”
“Ah,” the attorney said, “So when you signed the death certificate you had not taken any steps to make sure the man was dead, had you?”
The coroner rolled his eyes, and shot back, “Counselor, at the time I signed the death certificate the man’s brain was sitting in a jar on my desk. But I can see your point. For all I know he could be out there practicing law somewhere.”
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