Mortimer H. Stein
Mortimer H. Stein, having absconded with $100,000, stepped into a time machine, went seven years into the future, and stepped out again, feeling that the statue of limitations now protected him from trial.
He was arrested anyway, and the prosecution claimed that in order to avoid trial, the criminal ought to have lived through seven years in constant apprehension of arrest -- that being considered the adequate punishment
that made sense out of a statue of limitations.

The defense contended that the law said nothing about living through seven years. It only said that seven years had to pass. The defendant had hidden in time, so to speak, and that was no different from hiding in space, unless the law was amended to make it so.

The judge finally handed down his decision in favor of the defendant. It was in six words only, for he said, "A niche in time saves Stein."

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