It was the usual scene in the City's Night Court. Police had rounded up a collection of street walkers and brought them before the Judge.
Three hookers, all arrested on the same corner, stood before him.
He asked the first what she had to say for herself.
The young woman was irate, "I have no idea what this is all about, your Honor. I am a college student doing research for a term paper."
Sighing, the Judge said, "Young lady, I would have thought you'd done enough 'research' by now. My computer indicates you have two prior convictions. Thirty days and $250 fine."
He then turned to the second woman and asked that she testify.
She began to cry and said, "Judge, I am only a housewife out getting a pack of cigarettes for my husband. I don't understand why I was arrested."
The Judge shook his head and said, "Well, the officer tells me that he observed you handing a stack of bills along with the cigarettes to your 'husband' who was sitting in his new Cadillac. Thirty days and $250 fine."
The Judge then turned to the third woman and asked her occupation.
"I'm a hooker," she calmly replied.
Refreshed at her honesty, the Judge laughed and said, "So, how's business?"
"It's terrible, Judge," she replied. "With all these housewives and students around, competition is very tough!"