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A Florida lawyer who invited his girlfriend to watch his opening statement in a DUI case instead delivered a marriage proposal in front of a jury of family and friends.

She said yes. Fox News, the Daily Business Review, the South Florida Sun Sentinel and CBS 12 News have stories.

Lawyer Brandon Dinetz had spent months planning the fake Feb. 7 trial in the Palm Beach County courthouse. He told his girlfriend, lawyer Jen Lettman, that he wanted her to watch the arguments. They had met in 2016 while working together at the state attorney’s office, but Lettman is now a lawyer at Link & Rockenbach.

“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,” Lettman told Fox News. “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 recognized 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.”

Dinetz delivered an opening statement on love before getting on his knee to propose.

Dinetz told the Daily Business Review that he wanted to make sure there were no ethical problems with the fake trial. He took the day off, he found a courtroom without any scheduled hearings, and no one there was on the clock at taxpayer expense.

“It was the toughest secret I’ve ever kept,” Dinetz told CBS 12 News.