A small town prosecuting attorney called his first witness to the stand in a trial, which was a somewhat elderly woman. He approached her and asked, "Ms. Jones, do you know me?"
She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a rising big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you."
The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Ms. Williams, do you know the defense attorney?"
She again replied, "Why, yes I do. I have known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. I used to baby-sit him for his parents. In addition, he, too, has been a real disappointment to me. He is lazy, bigoted, and has a drinking problem. The man can't build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. Yes, I know him."
The defense attorney was also surprised and shocked.
At this point, the judge brought the courtroom to silence and called both counselors to the bench. In a very quiet voice, he said with authority,
"If either of you bastards asks her if she knows me, you'll be jailed for contempt!"