Law Religion Culture Review

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

What About "Brian"?

As we were waiting for the court to resume our trial late last week, the court took up another matter.

As the other case was called, the defendant immediately asked for a continuance.

The court inquired as to why.

The defendant said his attorney was missing.

The court asked, "Who is your attorney?"

Defendant answered: "Brian."

The court probed further: "What's Brian's last name?"

Defendant: "I don't know."

The court then asked, "Where's Brian? Why isn't he here?"

Defendant: "I've been trying to reach him all morning."

Court: "How can you try to reach someone whom you don't know the name of? Whom are you calling?"

Defendant: "Brian."

Court: "Request for continuance denied."