June 22, 2007 | Ken Reed

Friday Joke: Coroner Uses His Brain In Court

This was taken from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office publication “The Point of View.” In a murder trial, the defense attorney was cross-examining a pathologist. Here’s what happened:

Attorney: Before you signed the death certificate, had you taken the pulse?

Coroner: No.

Attorney: Did you listen to the heart?

Coroner: No.

Attorney: Did you check for breathing?

Coroner: No.

Attorney: So, when you signed the death certificate you weren’t sure the man was dead, were you?

Coroner: Well, let me put it this way. The man’s brain was sitting in a jar on my desk. But I guess it’s possible he could be out there practicing law somewhere.

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