A famous lawyer, who had been a public defender for years, died. He found himself standing at the back of an enormous queue outside the gates of Heaven.
The lawyer could barely see St Peter sitting up on a podium outside the gates with a large book. Every now and then St Peter glanced down the queue to see how it was going. Suddenly, he spotted the lawyer. He was most surprised. He jumped down from the podium and ran along the line until, slightly out of breath, he arrived beside the lawyer.
St Peter embraced the lawyer and pulled him out of the queue, taking him up to the front. One person asked what was happening and an angel replied. The reply was passed up the queue and people started to nod and clap.
The lawyer, embarrassed, asked St Peter why he was getting the special attention.
St Peter stopped, looking concerned. ’You are a lawyer, aren’t you?’
‘Yes,’ the lawyer replied. ’Does this happen to all lawyers in heaven?’
‘Oh, no,’ said St Peter. ‘It’s just that you are the first one to ever get here.’