In an age when nearly everyone's vision has been permanently messed up due to their unbreakable attachment to computer screens (and in an age when anyone can buy contact lenses), the stereotype that people who wear glasses are smarter than people who don't should be all but dead. But not in the court of law!

Defense lawyers tell the Daily News that the "nerd defense" gimmick works wonders when trying to garner a jury's sympathy. "Glasses soften their appearance so that they don't look capable of committing a violent crime," said lawyer Harvey Slovis. "I've tried cases where there's been a tremendous amount of evidence, but my client wore glasses, dressed well and got acquitted." The trick reportedly even worked for naked man maid Thomas Cordero!

The stupidity of anyone being fooled by a pair of glasses has been backed up by science as well. "We found that eyeglasses tended to make the defendant look more intelligent and less physically threatening to jurors," said professor Michael Brown who conducted a 2008 study showing wearing glasses led to more acquittals. "It's the whole idea of presenting yourself as intelligent and a little emasculated." We want to make a "justice is blind" pun, but it's just too sad to envision.