A defending attorney was cross examining a coroner.
The attorney asked, "Before you signed the death certificate had you
taken the man's pulse?"
The coroner said, "No."
The attorney then asked, "Did you listen for a heart beat?"
"Did you check for breathing?"
"So when you signed the death certificate you had not taken any steps to
make sure the man was dead, had you?"
"Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a jar on my
desk, but for all I know he could be out there practicing law somewhere."