Lawyer joke verdict: old bits or new?

Rohit Khare (
Fri, 7 Jun 1996 10:54:01 -0400 (EDT)

This one seemed novel to me, esp since it's a laugh on two levels:
the punchline and the insinuation...

>Mail*Link=AE SMTP [HUMOR] Why lawyers aren't brain surgeons
>An attorney was cross-examining a coroner. The attorney asks, "before
>you signed the death certificate, had you taken the man's pulse?" The
>coroner says, "No." The lawyer then asks, "Did you listen for a
>heartbeat?" "No" says the coroner. "Did you check for breathing?"
>Again, the coroner says, "No."
>"So," the lawyer continues, "when you signed the death certificate,
>you had not taken any of the usual steps to make sure the man was
>dead, had you?" The coroner, now tired of the browbeating, says,
>"Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a jar
>on my desk, but for all I know, he could have been out there
>practicing law somewhere."