INNOCENCE

INNOCENCEn. The state or condition of a criminal whose counsel has fixed the jury.


“My client, gentlemen,” the lawyer cried,
“Is innocent as any babe unborn —
As spotless as the snows upon the side
Of giant Blanc or skyward Matterhorn.

“What! he steal hogs — this honorable youth?
A thought so monstrous makes the angels weep!
When that vile felony was wrought, in truth,
My client was in jail for stealing sheep.”