A judge was instructing the jury that a witness
was not necessarily to be regarded as untruthful
because he changed his statement after he gave
it to the police.
"For example," he said, "when I entered my
chambers today, I was positive that I had my
gold watch in my pocket. But then I remembered
that I left in on my nightstand in my bedroom."
When the judge returned home that evening,
his wife asked him "Why so much urgency for your
watch? Isn't sending three men to pick it up
for you a bit extreme?"
"What?" said the judge, "I didn't send anyone
for my watch, let alone three people. What happened?"
"I gave it to the first one," said the wife.
"He knew exactly where it was, so I figured you