The Above the Law Blawg links to the following story recounting the tale of the Hutchinson, Kansas lawyer, Sam Kepfield who was defending a Hutchinson, Kansas resident. The grenade being used for "illustrative purposes" was a dud. The classic moment in this account of courtroom tactics gone awry was when Kepfield pulled the pin on the grenade and asked the jury, "Are you afraid now?" The jury took all of 15 minutes to convict Kepfield's client.
The unique courtroom performance by attorney Kepfield triggered a county and state investigation.