“Isn’t it true,” he bellowed, “that you accepted $5,000 to compromise this case?”
The witness stared out the window as though he hadn’t heard the question.
“Isn’t it true that you accepted $5,000 to compromise this case?” the lawyer repeated.
The witness still did not respond. Finally, the judge leaned over and said: “Sir, please answer the question.”
“Oh,” the startled witness said: “I thought he was talking to you.”