The Courts: The Men Beneath the Robes

After hearing all the testimony in the case of a woman on trial for fortunetelling, Detroit Judge Joseph A. Gillis adjourned his court and disappeared into his chambers carrying the defendant's crystal ball. A few minutes later, he returned to the bench. "Look into your crystal ball," he said to the woman, "and see if you can read my mind on your case." She gazed at the globe and, with obvious astonishment, read off: "Ninety days."

Judge Gillis had written the sentence on a slip of paper and pasted it on the bottom...

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