Lawyer spends 5 months arranging elaborate fake trial – to propose to girlfriend

A loved-up lawyer asked his girlfriend to marry him after setting up an elaborate fake trial.

Brandon Dinetz took five months planning the proposal for fellow lawyer Jen Lettman and it looked like his effort was worth it.

The 28-year-old set up an imaginary drink driving trial in the Palm Beach County Courthouse in the US and told Jen it was important that she saw his opening statement.

The romantic man even roped in a judge, a defence attorney, a fictional defendant and 17 of Jen’s family and friends to act as the fake jury.

Unsuspecting Jen, also 28, began to cry when Brandon addressed the room with a specially tailored statement declaring his love for her.


Speaking after saying yes, Jen said: "He and I had always talked about getting married and we knew we were going to be together but I didn’t think we would get married any time soon.

"When we worked together we would regularly watch each other’s opening statements and critique each other, so it wasn’t unusual for me to be in the courtroom with him.

"I didn’t know the facts about the DUI trial he made up, and I didn’t really ask.

"I wasn’t really paying attention until I recognised that one of the jurors looked like Brandon’s dad, which I thought was funny.


"Then I saw my dad and I was so confused. When I saw my sister I knew what was happening and I started crying.

"Of course I said ‘Yes’."

Brandon added: "The judge came out and as usual she asked if the state and the defence were ready to proceed and we said ‘Yes we are’.

"Then she said, ‘Bring in the jury’.

"All of our friends and family started to come in and I think when Jen saw her sister and my dad she immediately knew.

"My back was to her but I could hear her start to cry.

"When she said yes there was a huge cheer from the jury.

"The judge said, ‘Mr Dinetz you have been sentenced to life’. Everyone laughed."

Brandon proposed to Jen with a personally designed ring, embedded with a diamond from her grandmother’s engagement ring.  

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