“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,” the prosecuting attorney said, “you’ve heard all of the evidence. You’ve heard how the defendant fled the country and was apprehended in Paris, from which he was extradited back to the United States. You’ve heard about his labyrinthine scheme to kite checks and launder money for millions of dollars. You’ve seen evidence of the scorn he has shown for the legal system and the people he swindled.”
The lawyer paused and approached the jury box. “There is no question that the defendant is guilty of all the charges. You don’t need strong glasses to see that for yourselves. The man is dishonest and unethical. It shouldn’t take you more than an instant to do the righteous thing. Thank you ladies and gentlemen.”
The judge gave the jury its instructions and they reconvened to the jury room. It took the jury about an hour to notify the judge that they had reached a verdict. The bailiff called the jury back into the courtroom and the judge asked the foreman if the jury had reach a unanimous verdict.
“Yes, your honor,” the foreman said. “We the jury, find the defendant, Donald J. Trump, guilty of all charges.”
Written for Teresa’s Opposites Attract prompt using the words “righteous,” “dishonest,” and “unethical.” Also for Teresa’s Story Starter Challenge where the phrase is “We the jury, find the defendant _______.” Also for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge where the three things are “Paris,” “question,” and “glasses.” And, finally, for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (labyrinthine), Ragtag Daily Prompt (kite), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (scorn), and Word of the Day Challenge (instant).