An important and very well publicized murder trial was soon to
begin. In preparation for the trial, the tiresome jury selection process
took place, each side hotly contesting and dismissing potential jurors.
One prospective juror, Dan, was called for his question session.
He was asked, "Property holder?"
Dan replied, "Yes, I am, Your Honor."
Then he was asked, "Married or single?"
Dan responded, "Married for twenty years, Your Honor."
Then the judge asked, "Formed or expressed an opinion?"
Dan stated with certainty, "Not in twenty years, Your Honor."
Walter and Fred soon completed the enlarging ray and Dr. Stein was
returned to normal. However, the two hookers filed a complaint with the
police about their attempted abduction and the pair of scientists were
arrested. Fred managed to get off with a technicality but Stein was
convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. During the trial the
two of them began working furiously to complete a new invention. Dr.
Stein was incarcerated as scheduled, but what the prison warden didn't
know was the radio that he was allowed to bring in with him was actually
a portable time machine! Once in his cell, Stein set the dial for
seven years into the future and vanished. To him, mere moments passed
until he found himself back in his cell, but to the rest of the world
seven years had passed! The guards found him in his original cell
(which was also housing another prisoner) and he was brought to the
warden. Stein explained what he had done and that he was ready to be
released since his time was up. The warden argued that since he had not
been in the prison for seven years he still had time left to serve.
Soon the matter went to court. Stein's lawyer pointed out that the
wording of the sentence was that his client would be "removed from
society" for the period of time of the sentence. The state's attorney
argued that the point of prison was to give the felon time to mull over
his poor decisions and be reformed. The judge listened to both sides
and returned a decision: Stein had fulfilled the terms of his
conviction since there was never any language that said he had to stay
in prison, only to be sequestered away from society, which he was.
Stein was overjoyed, and the next day the headlines read, "A Niche in
Time Saves Stein."