A defendant in a lawsuit involving large sums of money was talking to
his lawyer. "If I lose this case, I'll be ruined." "It's in the judge's hands
now," said the lawyer. "Would it help if I sent the judge a box of
cigars?" "Oh no! This judge is a stickler or ethical behavior. A stunt
like that would prejudice him against you. He might even hold you in
contempt of court. In fact, you shouldn't even smile at the judge."
Within the course of time, the judge rendered a decision in favor of the
defendant.. As the defendant left the courthouse, he said to his lawyer,
"Thanks for the tip about the cigars. It worked!" "I'm sure we would
have lost the case if you'd sent them." "But, I did send them." "What?
You did?" said the lawyer, incredulously. "Yes. That's how we won
the case." "I don't understand," said the lawyer. "It's easy. I sent the
cigars to the judge, but enclosed the plaintiff's business card."