Jokes for all occasions: trial

The colored man was before the court, accused of horse-stealing. The prosecuting attorney read the indictment sternly, and then asked:

“Are you guilty, or not guilty?”

The prisoner wriggled perplexedly, and then grinned propitiatingly as he said:

“Now, suh, boss, ain’t dat perzakly de ting we’se done gwine diskiver in dis-yere trial?”