The three-time crook felt a wave of panic come over him as he surveyed the jury in the courthouse. Positive he’d never beat the current murder rap, he managed to get hold of one of the kindlier-looking jurors and bribe her with his life savings to go for a manslaughter verdict.
Sure enough, at the close of the trial, the jury declared him guilty of manslaughter. Tears of gratitude welling up in his eyes, the young man had a moment with the juror before being led off to prison.
“Thank you, thank you – how’d you do it?”
“It wasn’t easy,” she admitted, “they all wanted to acquit you.”