...И правосудие для всех


Оригинальное название: ...And Justice for All
Категория Фильмы
Год: 1979

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. And to the republic, for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty-
-and justice for all.
Take your wig off. Take your wig off. Turn and face the wall. Turn and face the wall. Face the wall. All right, that's it.
-Are you a natural blonde?
-Chicken Delight! He delivers! Don't put that in here. She ain't my type. That's my wife you're talking about. She's here for our conjugal visit. Come, let daddy show you what he's got in his pants for you. She's got the same thing under her skirt that you've got in your pants. Come on, you guys, we've got a lady here. Have you got any concealed weapons they didn't find up front?
-You've got something concealed...
-But it ain't no weapon. Let's see you strip just to make sure. A star is born! Kirkland, watch your hands. Come on, Kirkland. Let's go. Can you make a phone call for me? Where the hell is he? What do you mean, he's in jail? My lawyer's in jail? Contempt of court? He's too goddamn emotional. Get him. I've had a car accident. I haven't left the scene of the accident, I'm in it! Can't you hear the confusion? Do you hear this noise? They're trying to get me out of the car. I'm trapped because some prick... Could you move back, so we can get you out? Can't you see I'm on the phone? Keep it down! I'm trying... Goddammit! Tell Arthur to get over here. I'm on Eager Street. Where are we? Eager Street... Just tell him to get over here. You can't miss it. I understand you took a swing at Judge Fleming. Is that true? Kiley, why not do something about that kid? Put him someplace else. They're just having some fun with him, that's all.
-Fun?
-Sometimes the boys get bored. For you, it's still new and exciting. Sign here. Why don't you ease up on the judge? He's your kind of guy, huh? Yeah, Fleming's a tough man. Hates scum almost as much as we do. Good morning, Mr Kirkland. Carl! Come on. Here. Are you all right? Sue the son of a bitch who did this for every cent he's got. Every nickel.
-Carl, are you all right?
-Disappear.
-Miss, why don't you...
-She's not hurt. Nothing to report.
-Wait in the car.
-There's no need for the wife to know. After all I was your first client, Arthur. You broke cherry on me. Not the time to go down memory lane. Let's just get you to the hospital. You're the best, Arthur. Get every nickel and put him away.
-I'll see he gets the death penalty.
-Death is okay too.
-You stink. Did somebody piss on you?
-Get him out of here. Let nobody use my car phone. I'm in the hospital and some jerk calls Rome. You son of a bitch! You lunatic! Carl, you're gonna have a stroke. You'll have to deal with my lawyer.
-You'll die for this! He's the best!
-It's not even my car. Be calm, Carl. Be calm.
-I have a terrible headache.
-You'll be all right. I'll call you.
-What about this guy here?
-He says he's all right. It's a friend's car. I just borrowed it for the night.
-How am I gonna tell him?
-You should go to the hospital.
-I'm okay, but the car...
-Let me take you to the hospital. My horoscope said it would be a great day and look what happened. Shit! It's not going to be that way this time. We should request a postponement. That would put us into January. Look at me when I'm talking to you!
-The DA is willing to go two years.
-That's a lot of fucking time, man.
-I ain't kissing nobody's ass.
-I'm not asking you to. Just give it a little pat. Arthur. Arthur. Excuse me. Hold it, Wenke.
-Where are you going?
-The bathroom. Go home and change. You look like shit. What would you say if I walked into court looking like that? What would you say? I don't wanna keep harping on this, -
-but the Ethics Committee is checking up on everyone. You've gotta watch it. Last week two lawyers were disbarred on minor charges. You get thrown in jail on contempt of court. Fleming got me crazy. Push him on that McCullaugh thing and there will be big trouble. McCullaugh's innocent and Fleming won't look at the evidence.
-What do you want me to do?
-You don't threaten a judge! Will you do me a personal favour? Put this on. I got Fleming first thing this morning. Give him my love. The tie, I like it. It's Fleming's favourite colour. All rise. Criminal Court of Baltimore City is now in session. The Honourable Henry T. Fleming presiding. Be seated. If Your Honour please, for the first matter -
-the State would call case number , State versus Robert Wenke. Mr Wenke, may I ask you to step forward, please. How many times have you been before the bench, Mr Wenke? Three times, Your Honour. Once for assault, once for arson, once for grand larceny. And now indecent exposure. What's the matter? Can't you decide what you wanna be when you grow up? Anything to say? Yes, Your Honour. I'm a loyal Colts fan. You are also a revolting, despicable scum of the earth -
-who should be squashed like a cockroach. I object. My client has not been found guilty yet. You're absolutely right, Counsellor. It's now :. At : he will be guilty. I find the defendant guilty. Sentence to be imposed later. I would like Mr Wenke's bail to be continued.
-Bail is revoked.
-Thank you. The State will now call number . That was very good work. Very nice. Colts fan. I need Colts? Terrific, Wenke. Then you do know? The big white house? With the fat columns out in front on Greenway Avenue? Guess how much that house is worth.
-I don't know.
-Take a guess. Seven million. , dollars. Now that's some nut I've got, huh? I just need some more accident cases. I ought to throw banana peels around. Recess is almost over, and I only have this lottery case... Did you know there's a guy eating something off your table? The guy you're prosecuting. He's eating the lottery tickets. Holy shit! Gibson, get the hell away!
-Don't swallow, you son of a bitch!
-That's my client! Don't swallow! Gentlemen, need I remind you you are in a court of law? Now let's proceed in an orderly fashion. What the hell are you doing? Does the defence have anything to add? Your Honour... I guess I should request a recess -
-so my client could get something to eat. He's obviously very hungry. My client, McCullaugh. Could I see him for a minute? Sure, Mr Kirkland. Stick your hand out. Mr Kirkland, what happened? I just want to reaffirm what I said yesterday. We'll get you out. I know you're trying, but this is crazy, you know? I know it. You said you had evidence that proves I'm innocent.
-Yes, you're innocent.
-And Judge Fleming agrees, right? If everyone agrees I'm innocent, why am I going back to jail? There's enough proof, but the court won't accept it.
-Why not?
-Well, there's a law... It says that evidence must be submitted within a certain time period. And ours came in three days late. What difference does that make? Even if it came in three years late. They've got the proof they need. They should let me go. The judge sends me to jail and he knows I'm innocent. What's going on? It's gonna take more time. Any other judge would let you out. But Fleming goes by the letter of the law. Jeff, I promise I'll get you out. I promise. He promises to get you out. Don't worry. Judge Fleming. I want to apologise for my behaviour in the courtroom the other day. I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear anything. That's understandable, sir. But I thought maybe we could discuss this McCullaugh case. You and I, man to man. Off the record. If you try to make a deal with me, you might wind up back in jail. A deal? No, sir. I'm not trying to make a deal. I understand your strict enforcement of the statute. But my client's constitutional rights are being denied.
-My client is innocent.
-I don't give a shit about your client. Hi, Sherry.
-Hi, Mr Kirkland.
-Mrs Tate, how are you? He'll be right with you.
-Boy, do you look tired.
-Coffee, please. Mrs Tate wants to talk. Her son broke his leg again. Neighbour's driveway. And Bricker wants to know if your client will settle for , dollars. Coffee, please. You have three new clients today. One's a whiplash, one's divorce. And the third has to do with amnesia. I don't know what it is. What are you doing?
-No foam.
-That's because it's deodorant. Don't forget to visit your grandfather today.
-And be in court at two fifteen.
-Coffee, please. Do you want some coffee? Sherry, stay with me today, dear. I need you today. Arthur. Arthur, come here. Hi, Judge. Are we gonna get together this weekend? I don't know. You're the only one I've been dating these days. You promised you'd go flying with me. I gotta tell you... I'm not too fond of anything that takes place off the ground. I don't know. I've got a thing about heights.
-This is flying. It's different.
-How high up do you go? How high do you wanna go? Come on, it'll be good for you.
-Besides, it gets lonesome up there.
-Why don't you take your wife? The last thing we did together was get married. Come on, Arthur. You promised me.
-All right. What time?
-Sunday morning. Ten o'clock. Do you always carry that thing with you? There's law and there's order. And that's order. Do you like egg rolls?
-Yeah.
-Good. Come on, let's get out of here. Easy, easy, easy. You got it. You son of a gun. So, it's another week already? Another week. I don't know where time goes. No problems, Grandpa? Everything all right? See this one? Wonderful woman. I went to her husband's funeral. Fine man. Gitel? Hello, Sam. How are you? This is my grandson, Arthur.
-I'm pleased to meet you.
-Good to meet you.
-He goes to law school.
-I'm a lawyer. Take my advice. Don't be in a hurry. He's a nice-looking boy.
-My grandson.
-Yes...
-Good to meet you.
-Pleased to have met you too. So, it's been a week. Yeah, it's been a week. Last week we went for a ride in the car. Remember? That's a good machine. Always give signals when you turn. Right. Left. So... Are you a good lawyer? Are you honest? Well, I don't know. Being honest doesn't have much to do with being a lawyer, Grandpa. If you're not honest, you've got nothing. Your parents should see you now. To hell with them. They never cared before. Why should they care now?
-They're still your parents.
-No. You raised me. You're the one who put me through law school. You're a wonderful man, Grandpa. But your son, he's a shit. He was born with colic. Sam, I love you. Look at you. Filled out, like a man. Soon you'll look like a lawyer and you'll be a lawyer. I am a lawyer, Sam. I've been a lawyer for twelve years. So, it's another week already.
-Do you know Jules Stouffer?
-Yes, I do.

-He was a client of yours, right?
-Yes.
Wasn't he originally represented by Alvin Burton?
-Yes, that is correct.
-Why did he change representation? I handled him on an assault charge. That's my area, not Burton's. Did Stouffer express dissatisfaction with Mr Burton? Not at all. Burton's an excellent lawyer. Are you going after him?
-We're not going after anyone.
-Do you know David Crebbs? We're reviewing certain accusations to determine if they're true -
-and to clean our own house. So please do not overdramatize this. It's not the McCarthy hearings. Oh, that's a relief. So you're not gonna ask me: "Are you now or have you ever been a lawyer?"
-That wasn't amusing, Mr Kirkland.
-Do you know David Crebbs? No, it wasn't, Miss...? Packer. This isn't amusing. It is ridiculous. Yes, I know David Crebbs. Have you ever seen... Is this mike working?
-Do you know David Crebbs?
-Why are we using microphones?
-Why don't we just talk to each other?
-This is a hearing, Mr Kirkland. Yes. It's a hearing.
-Do you know Jules Stouffer?
-We've already asked that. Are we through with Stouffer? How about Alvin Burton?
-Do you know David Crebbs?
-I've already asked that.
-What did he say?
-He said yes. Have you ever seen him intoxicated in court? David Crebbs has a speech impediment. Check your records. It's in there. As answer to your question: No, he doesn't drink. Not at all. At this point I would just like to say -
-that what this committee is doing in theory is highly commendable. However, in practice it sucks. And I am not going to answer any more questions. What do you think we're trying to do in there?
-Want a drink?
-No. Whatever you may think, we're not conducting some kind of witch-hunt. What are you doing then? You might not be aware of this, -
-but there's a lot of corruption that nobody's doing anything about.
-Do you think you're doing something?
-Yes, I do. That committee is a very dangerous farce. Whoa, Mr Kirkland. I spend fourteen hours a day on that committee. I don't do it to get a few good laughs. You could spend the rest of your life. You'll wind up a cop. Maybe ruining the careers of a few guys who wiped their ass the wrong way. Other than that, nothing. So what do you think? About what? About me. What do you think? Think I'm kind of interesting? Somebody you'd like to have a drink with? I think that you're crazy. What about Daniel's? Say, around seven thirty? I don't think so. Eight? Eight thirty. All right. I'm Arthur Kirkland. You wanted to see me? Yeah. My man, Bambi, he recommended you real highly. He said, Arthur Kirkland was the man to see. Okay, Ralph, tell me what happened. It says here you were involved in a robbery. No, sir. What happened is, it was time to come down on a nigger. It's like smoking. They've got to have a nigger every twenty minutes. What happened is... I was in an alley, petting my dog, when they came down on me. It states here the dog was attacking you -
-when you were seen in the alley. Well, my dog, he gets like that. It also states that the dog belonged to a Mrs B. Jackson. He sure looked like my dog. He had that little... It also states that when asked what you were doing you replied: "I don't know nothing about that taxi cab." That's true. I don't.
-How did you know there was one?
-Mr Kirkland, there's always one. Ralph, tell me the truth or get another lawyer. I don't need the bullshit. Okay. I was in that cab, but I didn't rob it. It was my cousin's idea. I didn't know nothing. He's crazy.
-What's your cousin's name?
-I don't know. I mean...
-He lives over on Hillsdale.
-You don't know your cousin's name? Who do you think you're talking to? Do you think I'm an idiot? I read a report, I can tell if somebody's bullshitting me. Give me straight answers or get another lawyer. I don't have time to listen to some jive-ass put-me-on. Okay. It wasn't my idea, but I did know what was coming down. See me and my cousin Royce... Royce Shavers. He figures that since I am the way I am... Mr Kirkland, I can look really fine sometimes. I'm sure you can. Royce figures we can be a couple. You know, a man and a woman couple. A cab driver will pick up a couple faster than he will two nigger men. We got into a cab on Garrison Boulevard. And we asked him to take us down to the harbour like we were tourists. I can't go to jail, man. I just can't do it. I can't go to that place. Please, Mr Kirkland, you've got to help me. Please... Okay, I'll help you, Ralph. Just don't lie to me.
-Okay?
-Yes, sir.
-Don't lie to me, okay?
-Yes, sir. Thank you. Thanks for bringing me home, Gail. Oh, God. You really take renting an unfurnished apartment literally, don't you? It doesn't have to stay this way. What happened? Did your wife take you in the divorce settlement? She had a better lawyer. Do you get to see your kids much? They're in California. Phone calls, holidays. Put the food out. I'll get the plates. I guess I was lucky. We never had any kids.
-How long were you married?
-Three years.
-Were you in love?
-No... I was in love with the law. You know what I mean? You got a serving spoon? Serving spoon. Thank you. So, do you eat out a lot?
-Yeah. Do you?
-Yeah. The committee works just about every night. How did you feel when you walked out on the committee?
-Did you feel daggers in your back?
-That's a very dangerous group. Jesus, here we go... Arthur, why do you feel it's dangerous? You con the public to think you're doing something, and you're not. We are doing something. Protecting the public from corrupt lawyers. You're skimming the surface. You're not going after real power. Wow, that's scary. What real power, Arthur?
-You don't know?
-No. Tell me. Well, now we know they're definitely safe. What makes you think you know so goddamn much?
-I don't know so much.
-No, tell me. What makes you the great voice of authority? I don't pretend to be a voice of authority. I just don't think you know what you're doing. Oh, I see. This is nice, don't you think? No, I don't find this particularly nice, Arthur. I'm angry again, you know. I don't like being angry.
-It's not very pleasant.
-Why do you criticize me for what I do? I'm not criticizing you. You're taking it too personally. The committee is doing something about what's going on. We're not sitting in jail at nights because of contempt of court.
-Do you know what that's about?
-Yeah. You punched Judge Fleming.
-You know why?
-I have no idea. Tell me. I have a client who's in jail because of a faulty tail light.
-And I can't get him out.
-What do you mean? Do you want to hear a story about our wonderful judicial system? Sure. A guy named Jeff McCullaugh is going down a highway one night. And the cops stop him because his tail light isn't working. They run a make on him. The computer kicks back -
-that a Jeff McCullaugh is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon.
-Was it the same guy?
-No. But he fits the description, so they arrest him. Did he tell them they had the wrong person? He tried. He told the public defender. But he was too busy. He never bothered to check.
-Are you serious?
-Wait, it gets better. While Jeff is in jail, a guard is stabbed -
-and the knife is planted in Jeff's cell. And Jeff is trialled on a new charge: Assaulting a guard with a deadly weapon. And a trial date is set. Six months from the time he was first picked up. I'll make a long story short. Six months go by -
-and a very shaky, very crazy Jeff McCullaugh goes to court. The public defender tells Jeff that he can get him off -
-if he pleads guilty. He'll make a deal with the judge. So he pleads guilty even though he's innocent. Right. The deal was made with a Judge Callahan. The day of the trial Judge Callahan cannot be found. Fleming is in his place. Fleming doesn't know about the deal. Jeff pleads guilty. Fleming sentences Jeff to five years in prison. So, one little guy has already spent -
-a year and a half in jail because his lights didn't work. I've spent the last year gathering evidence to prove he's innocent. And I prove it. I bring it all into Fleming's court -
-and he throws it out.
-Why?
-It came in three days late. Holy shit! That's incredible. It's not incredible. It's Fleming. No, Arthur. That's the law. You can't fault Fleming legally. Because he was going by the letter of the law.
-Are you kidding?
-No, I'm not. You talk to me like that you won't get me into bed, dear. Yes, I will. I've had tougher cases.
-You're so easy.
-You knew that, huh? That's why you went out with me. Finish your egg roll. Arthur! Arthur! You'll never guess who the police just grabbed.
-Take a guess.
-Warren, please... This may sound crazy, but Judge Fleming was just taken away.
-What do you mean, taken away?
-Arrested. Come on. I'm telling you. They just arrested your very own favourite judge.
-Judge Fleming?
-Judge Fleming. What's the joke, Warren? There's a joke connected to this. There is no joke. I don't know what it's about. They're sitting on this very hard. I can't get anything from anybody. Warren... Let me know the...
-Judge, we're ready to reconvene.
-I'll be right there. Congratulations, Counsel. Thank you very much. What did I do? Come here, come here. Judge Fleming. I was right. He was arrested this morning and booked.
-We know that.
-You'll never guess what for.
-Take a guess.
-What for? Rape. Fleming was booked on a rape.
-I can't stand it.
-Isn't that the best?
-Rape!
-I don't believe it. That's not the best. Oh, no. I'm gonna tell you the punchline. You're gonna love this. His people just called. Mr Fleming would like you to represent him. Me? Me? Why me? I hate the son of a bitch. I'm going crazy! Mr Kirkland, as you undoubtedly know, -
-Judge Fleming has been accused, falsely I might add, -
-of sexually assaulting a young lady. He wants you to represent him. Excuse me.
-What, may I ask, is so funny?
-I just think it's... It's just crazy. I don't think it's so crazy. Two lawyers up in the third-floor men's room think differently. Right now one of them is laughing so hard he's choking in the sink. I'm aware that I'm not particularly well liked. But the fact is that I'm innocent and I will have that proven in court. Mr Bates and I feel, in this particular situation, -
-you would be perfect to handle my defence. What is this? The two of you got together and came up with that one. That's a beauty. The real question is: Why? Why me, fellas? We need you for political reasons. Political reasons? What kind? This case will create a lot of media coverage. The animosity between you and the judge is well known. But we can use that. Why else defend a man you dislike so much -
-unless he was truly innocent? And he is, you know. Remarkable. Remarkable. But personally I don't give a shit. You smug son of a bitch! Henry! Henry! I've never committed a crime in my life. Judge, if you're innocent, truly innocent, -
-you don't need me. Get yourself another lawyer. What are you laughing at? I really hate to tell you this, but -
-you remind me a little of my ex-husband. In what way? Because, during sex, he would always say: "Go! Go!" "Go"? I don't say "go".
-I heard you say "go".
-No, I don't say "go". "Go" is dumb. I say "God".
-Are you sure?
-I'm sure. I could have sworn I heard a couple of go's. That was "God". I said "Ooooh..." It sounded like "go". And then I said "God". "Ooooh, God". Oh, God... Yeah? Who is it? Arthur, it's Jay!
-Jay?
-What the hell...? It's my partner. Jay. Jay? All right, all right. What do you say? Hell of a night tonight.
-It's two o'clock in the morning.
-I know. The bars just closed. So, what are you doing here?
-I came to ask you a question.
-Oh, yeah? What?
-I'm a good lawyer, right?
-Right.
-I got Earl Soames off, right?
-What are you talking about? I got Earl Soames...
-Yeah, you got him off.
-I didn't just get him off. I got him off on murder. And we all know Mr Soames did it. Right, he did it. He was guilty. We all know that. Brilliant defence. Brilliant.
-Brilliant defence, Arthur.
-Right. Brilliant. Brilliant! Brilliant! I got him off on a technicality. I know, Jay. Right. Good.
-Mr Soames did it again.
-What do you mean? At twelve o'clock tonight he killed two kids. Oh, Jesus. He killed kids, you see. Oh, Jay...
-I gotta take a piss.
-Jay... My partner.
-There's women in here.
-Hello. Arthur, what's going on? Come on, it won't hurt you. Just duck. You've got about three feet. For Christ's sake, get in. How are you feeling? Ready to go? I thought you flew planes. With wings. I've been flying helicopters ever since Korea. Get in. Button up. Close the door. I gotta tell you, Judge. I'm not too happy about this. Just relax, Arthur. Could we maybe just go out a bit? Kind of just go and hover? We'll do any goddamn thing you want. Now hold on to your cojones. This is what it's all about! Pretty, isn't it? I don't want to talk. What? I don't want to talk. Did you ever skydive?
-Did you ever skydive?
-No! Why? You oughta try it. You might learn something. I was skydiving once and my main chute didn't open. My reserve didn't open either. There I was, plunging to the earth. As I hit the treetops I discovered the meaning of life.
-Which is?
-It sucks, Arthur. It really sucks. They used to keep Native Dancer down there. Native Dancer, the horse. They kept him down there. Beautiful animal.
-Where are we going?
-Do you have any place in mind? Down. I would prefer to go down. Just relax and enjoy it, Arthur. The old Chinese proverb. Great, isn't it? Oh, my! Let me show you something. Look at that. Wild, isn't it?
-We've hit it.
-Hit what? What did we hit? The halfway point. There's a little game I play. I always calculate how far I can go on the fuel I have and still get back. Then I figure out the halfway point and I go just a little beyond it. You mean we're beyond the halfway point? You mean we're not gonna make it back? Maybe, maybe not. Well, land. Land! Put it down! Come on, we're all right. If we're beyond the halfway point we're not all right. Land! Here we go! Heading back. Sixteen years of marriage and my wife still won't eat Chinese food. It's crazy. Especially since we met in a Chinese restaurant. How are we doing? Where are we? Are we back yet? Trust me, Arthur. It's a protest. She relates Chinese food to our marriage. We're not gonna make it back! I knew it! I knew it! We're not gonna make it back! Arthur, look at that. I told you I had good instincts. Hang on, Arthur. Hang on now. Hang on... Hang on, Arthur. We'll make it. Hang on! Oh, God! Oh, God! Hang on! Hang on! Home free. We almost made it right on the button. Another ninety feet. I told you I had good instincts. Come on, let's go ashore. Shit, my wheel. Come on, Arthur. It's easier when you take the belt off. That's it. Are you all right? Come on, let's get some coffee. You'll be all right. Your adrenaline's still charged. You have to admit it makes you feel alive, vital. When I think that we could be dead right now... Listen, why is everyone so preoccupied with death? I'm not usually preoccupied with it, but this seems like a valid time. Another chicken salad sandwich. Arthur? No. Let's get back to Fleming.
-You won't consider taking his case?
-Nope. Not interested. You'd better be interested. There are some very powerful people who can ruin your career. Ruin my career? What do you mean? For one they can have you disbarred. Do you want some more coffee? Disbarred? What are you talking about? Did you ever have a client named Ernest Drago? Drago, yeah. What about him? You gave the police information that led to his conviction. Drago was a nut. Drago was insane. He sat in my office and rattled off the most grotesque fantasies imaginable. I handled him on a burglary charge and I heard that stuff every day. His favourite fantasy was: What would happen if he stuck a firecracker in somebody's mouth? So, I read in the newspapers that there was this nut -
-who held people at gunpoint and forced cherry bombs in their mouths. I knew it was Drago, so I told the police. You didn't prevent a crime. You betrayed a client.
-You violated the code of ethics.
-What are you talking about?
-What's going on?
-Arthur, they want you. You're a very principled lawyer with no political ties. I tell ya... They want me to defend Fleming because of my moral integrity. And if I don't defend him I'll be disbarred for being unethical. Look, Arthur. Put aside your personal feelings. Take the case. You've worked too hard. Don't throw your career away. I can't believe this. I just don't believe it.
-Judge, I want McCullaugh freed.
-Nothing can be done. I don't buy that, Judge. Just reopen the case. Reopen the case and I'll get him acquitted. Now look. You are in no position to ask for anything. But I'll see what I can do to help. Perhaps there's an exception to the statute. Okay. Okay. So, why don't you tell me about the girl? This Leah Shephard. Can you tell me anything about her? What do you want to know? I saw her a few times. She works at City Hall.
-Did you have sex on the first date?
-Yes. First and second time.
-That's why this makes no sense.
-What do you think happened to her? I assure you I did not rape her, but... I really don't know. Maybe an angry boyfriend showed up after I left. Angry boyfriend? That's a little mild, don't you think? She wasn't just raped, she was sadistically beaten and sodomized. That's a bit beyond angry boyfriend. You're right. I'm sorry. How did I get into this? I've been involved in the law for thirty years. And I can't find five people who'll believe I'm innocent.
-Will you take a lie detector test?
-Why? It's not admissible evidence. I know. I would like you to do it for me.
-I'll think about it.
-No, no...
-I said, I would think about it.
-You can't do this. I need a polygraph to prepare your case.
-If I'm going to be your lawyer...
-If you're going to be?

-Mr Kirkland, you are my lawyer.
-I know. I'm your lawyer.
And as your lawyer there are certain demands... As I said to you before, you don't demand anything. Now sit down. I have a lot of work to do. I said, sit down. Leave it out here.
-Jeff, what happened to you?
-Somebody beat me up.
-What for?
-I don't know. I didn't ask. Listen, I talked to Fleming. We'll work something out. We'll get you out of here. When? It's gonna take maybe three weeks. I promise I'll get you out by then.
-Three weeks?
-That's the best I can do.
-You must be kidding.
-It's the best I can do.
-What am I supposed to do?
-You're gonna have to hang in there.
-Just take care of yourself.
-Take care? I got myself locked up in solitary to get away from some guys. I can't fight. You read about guys being let out of prison because it's too crowded. And here I am and I didn't do nothing. If that doesn't beat all. I know, Jeff. You can't lose hope. Understand me? You can't lose hope. Happy Thanksgiving.
-I bet we're gonna have good turkey.
-Of course we are. Where's your teeth? You need your teeth if you're gonna eat turkey. Where's your teeth, Grandpa? Did I have my teeth last time you were here? Of course you had. You had teeth this morning. He doesn't remember so well.
-What did I do with my teeth?
-He's very proud of you. He always talks about his grandson studying to become a lawyer. I wish he could remember that I am a lawyer. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. So what? He's still proud. Arnie, are you sure I had my teeth this morning? I know you had teeth. What's that? By the television. All right. I'm ready. I hope your friend won't mind me coming. No, Arnie. This is Thanksgiving. There will be a lot of people. You'll be all right. Let me get this here.
-Okay, guys.
-Let's go, let's go. I hope they don't have yams. I hate yams. I can't eat off my knees. What happened to sitting at a table? You say: "Pass the salt". "A little more stuffing, please". Is it true, that Fleming passed the polygraph test? Larry, that's privileged information. Let's just say I'm one of the privileged. He did, didn't he? What are the odds? Nobody wanted to believe he's innocent. I can't talk about that. I could tell this is catered. Turkey I know. What is this?
-Excuse me...
-Go ahead, go ahead.
-Thank you.
-Go already. What is this fancy thing over here? You don't like it? You don't eat it. I'll bet it's the yams. They're hiding the yams so I'll eat it. Hi. How are you? Is it Jay? What do you think, Arthur? Hello, Larry. Do you like it? It came to me during the night.
-I gotta talk to you.
-Excuse me. Marcie, I'm coming back. When I do, you can pet it.
-What are you doing? What's going on?
-Nothing. What do you mean? What are you doing with that head?
-Where'd you get it?
-I shaved my head.
-What for?
-A change of pace. You shaved your head for a change of pace? Also, do you see what it does? It's going to make it thick. When this comes back it's gonna be thick. What's bothering you? Don't play big brother, all right? Where's that Marcie? Will the defendant please rise. I find the defendant guilty of armed robbery I don't understand. What's going on? Am I going to jail? Since this is the defendant's first major offence, -
-and he has no criminal record and is currently employed, -
-I request an investigation.
-You foresee a favourable report?
-Yes, Your Honour. A probation report is to be drawn up and presented within fifteen days. Sentencing will be withheld until that time. What happens now? They prepare a report for the judge -
-and in fifteen days you should be out on probation.
-Should be? I have to be.
-Don't worry, you'll be okay. Arthur. Where are you going?
-My office.
-Come in, I'll take you.
-It's a new one, huh?
-Yeah, you like it?
-Arthur, I've got a problem.
-What?
-This young girl...
-Not again, Carl. I think it's a paternity suit. Well, you know me, Arthur. Is Jay letting his hair grow back or keeping it shaved? He shaves it every day. He carries around a razor -
-which he runs over his head all day long. Jesus. Sounds pretty bad. He's not all right, is he? He's all right. He'll be all right. You know, the committee's considering calling him in. His clients are complaining. He's postponing his court dates. He's got a problem. He's all right. He's all right. You know what this whole thing comes down to, don't you? Every day, defence lawyers get guilty people off and are not affected by it. It's not supposed to affect them. The difference is that Jay was affected by it. He was hurt by it.
-That's not the point.
-Isn't it ironic? That the one lawyer who felt something is brought before your ethics committee? Don't make yourself out to be the only sensitive person around here. I know Jay was hurting. That's not the point. He's not functioning properly because of it. He's all right. He just needs time. I've taken over his court cases. He's emphasizing on contracts. Now lay off him, okay? I'm just trying to let you know what's going on. I love the way the hierarchy works. You're going after guys like Jay -
-and nobody is doing anything about Judge Rayford, who's a suicidal maniac.
-Rayford?
-Yes. The man is bent on killing himself. A bailiff once found him trying to hang himself. You know where he eats his lunch? Outside his window, on the ledge, four stories high. This man is making value decisions on people's lives. His personal behaviour is not affecting his work.
-You know that for sure?
-He's an excellent judge.
-And Jay's an excellent lawyer.
-I know. He was. That's not the point. The point is, his problems are affecting his clients. That's why the committee wants to see him. Oh, God. You know, there are times -
-when I'm not too sure I like you. We are so opposite -
-in how we feel about things. Maybe that's good.
-That's perfect, right?
-Right. As long as we keep a little friction between us, there are no problems. That's all the photos in the Fleming case. Here's the name and address of a witness that lives in Leah's neighbourhood.
-He thinks you ought to see this guy.
-What does this say? Reisler? Reisler. Yeah, Reisler. She's a little constipated. She's got that look on her face. You saw somebody go into Leah's house on the night of the attack? Can you describe that person? I'd say he was a young fella. Small build, about ', '.
-Cherry?
-No, thanks. A small fella, huh? Could you identify him if you saw him? No, it was too dark. Too far. You knew about the publicity this case is getting? Newspapers about Judge Fleming? Then how come you didn't report this to the police? I went to the police. I told them I had information for them -
-and they told me to wait. I waited one, two, three hours. I finally turned around and went home. I couldn't spend the whole night there. Do you know Leah Shephard? Oh, you know, to wave to her and say hello. Would you testify to what you just said in court? I guess I would, if I had to. But I really don't wanna get involved. Then what happened? I told him to move on, but he used profanity and refused to leave. What sort of profanity? You know, the normal kind. We've all heard these words before. What did he say? He used "fuck" a lot. And "Piss on you". And said he was going to "bunghole" the short-order chef. He was going to "cream" on the waitress. Stuff like that. There's a very good reason for all that, Your Honour. What is that? I'm a diabetic. I don't get it. I've never heard of diabetes causing foul language. That's because you're a douche bag. Make sure this man gets a psychiatric evaluation. I will withhold a verdict pending a medical report. Day in, day out, same goddamn thing. These people belong in a mental home. That judge is slower than the six-o'clock news.
-What can you do for me?
-A year. Are you kidding? I thought it was bargain day. He'll buy six months. All right. What else have you got? Fenwick.
-Eighteen months.
-Eighteen months? You tell him. He's crazy. He'll snap your neck. Tell him a year, but the offer's only good for today. Frank, come on... He's got beady eyes. He's a maniac. He bit off two of his cellmate's fingers. I can't tell him a year. It's the best I can do. I'm not in a good mood.
-Frank?
-Here I am.
-Is that it?
-Yeah. I'll get back to you on Fenwick.
-I have to talk to you.
-I've got a case coming up. Then what happened, Mr Saltzman? This punk kept pulling my wife's purse and she wouldn't let go. So I tried to get him off. He pushes me aside and knocks my wife into a wall. You want the good news first?
-Shoot.
-Fleming passed the polygraph. And I have an eyewitness. We will call the defendant Robert Avillar to the stand. And as for your star witness, Leah Shephard... We know about her credibility. You want me to throw the whole Fleming thing out the window? I've got you by the balls. He's innocent. If the DA drops the case, everybody will scream political deal. The old lady kept hanging on. She lets go of the purse, I'm gone. But she kept hanging on. I didn't mean any harm. You're gonna come out of this looking like a jerk. Maybe. But let me tell you something. If this was a run-of-the-mill killing, maybe we could deal. This is not. This is too hot. It's the silver ring. Any questions from the State?
-What the hell are you doing?
-This is a dream come true. Don't spoil it. When I get Fleming down I'm gonna crucify him! My client has no criminal record. He just wanted to take her money. It's the Super Bowl, Art. And I'm the quarterback. With three seconds to go, I drop back to pass and there's a touchdown. Fleming's carried out on a stretcher. It's that big. I find you guilty. But I'm not going to jail you. I'm placing you on probation for one year. One year probation? What kind of punishment is that? People are really pissed off at the law. I'll turn that to my advantage. You're representing the sacrificial lamb. This is justice? What kind of world do we live in? Crazy! The whole world is crazy. What's going on? It's Jay Porter. He's gone completely crazy. Jay! Jay! It's me, Arthur!
-Where did he get the plates?
-From the cafeteria. He's been bringing them up all morning. Nobody paid any attention to him. No, no! He's not armed.
-What's he got?
-He's got plates. Put that away. What's going on? He's not armed. He's just throwing plates.
-Does anybody know who he is?
-It's Jay Porter. He's a lawyer. A lawyer? Mr Porter!
-Here.
-No, wait, wait. Hold this. I'm gonna wrestle him.
-Are you all right?
-Yeah, fine. Get some canisters. We'll gas him out. Oh, Christ!
-How about I run interference?
-What do you mean? I've got this. You stay right on my tail. Judge coming through! Jay, it's me, Arthur! Jay, listen to me. Jay, listen to me. No! I'm not ready! No! I'm not ready to try this case! I'm not ready! I'm not ready, Judge! Please! Help me, help me, help me! Warren, could you do me a favour? Three o'clock, courtroom A. My client, Ralph Agee. They're reviewing his probation report. They screwed up the report. I made these corrections.
-Make sure the judge sees it.
-No problem. You'll be in and out in five minutes. He'll be wearing a blonde wig. Don't let it throw you. It makes him happy. Tell Agee I'll call him tonight, and I'm sorry I couldn't make it. I drew up the contract. I just wanted you to review it.
-So I reviewed it.
-For a , dollar fee? Doctors treat each other for free. Where's some professional courtesy? Screw that, this is business. Besides, I got the lunch.
-Come on, Warren.
-My God, Arthur's case! I forgot all about it. I'll see you later. What are we waiting for? For Arthur Kirkland. Sentencing on Ralph Agee. Check the halls. See if he's lost. Let's move on here. Sorry I'm late. I'm filling in for Mr Kirkland. I will not permit this type of conduct. When you're due in my court at three, I expect you here at that time. I have a copy of Ralph Agee's probation report here.
-Are you familiar with this?
-Yes, I am, Your Honour. Who are you? Mr Kirkland asked me to handle this. You'll be out of here in a second. Do you have anything to say about this report? It's all right there in front of you. Well, I'm not satisfied. Ralph Agee, will you stand before the court? Stand up. On the basis... And take off that wig. On the basis of this report, I sentence you to three years -
-in the custody of the Department of Corrections. Mr Kirkland said I'd be out on probation. He said I'd be out on probation! I'd like to call your attention to some corrections... You know the proper procedure for appeal. I'd like to move things along. We have another case, Your Honour. State of Maryland versus Della. Are you crazy? Arthur! Arthur, damn you! Back off, dammit! Watch out for the car! Arthur, knock it off! Are you nuts?
-Get out!
-For Christ's sake, stop it! Back off and I'll get out. What the hell's wrong with you? What are you doing to my car? Tell me about it. You tell me about Agee. Tell me about it. It got by me. It got by you? It got by you? It got by you! By you! Just stay away from the car! Agee did not have to go to jail. He did not have to go to jail! So he gets out on probation in ten months. It's not all my fault. I hate those cases. I was doing you a favour.
-What kind of favour?
-It's all nickel and dime, Arthur! Don't you care? Warren, don't you even care? If you cared so much, why weren't you there? I do care, but not about them. They're people, Warren. They're people. Just people. If he's not in jail this week he will be next week. You know probation's at fault. Appeal it. I can't appeal. He's dead! He's dead! Half an hour after they put him in the lock-up -
-he hanged himself. Goddammit! I'm sorry.
-Goddammit!
-I'm sorry... Goddammit! Judge?
-Judge?
-Yeah. I spoke with the state attorney's office. They're gonna go ahead with an indictment.
-Who'd you talk to?
-Bowers. Frank Bowers. Well, he's right. If we don't go to court, it'll look like a political manoeuvre. I want everything out in the open. I'm very pleased. Okay, what about McCullaugh? I need your ruling on my motion for a new trial. What about it? The groundwork is prepared. We'll have a date soon. What do you mean, groundwork? Are you jerking me off here? I just need a yes or a no. Tell McCullaugh to be patient. Patient?
-What did you say?
-What do you mean patient? Judge, this is not a case of monetary damages. This is a human being we're talking about. A boy who's in prison, frightened out of his mind. Fighting every day for his life. I can't tell him to be patient. Prison should be frightening. Let the criminals create their own hellhole. Are you crazy? What are you talking about? I tell you, the idea of punishment to fit the crime doesn't work. We need unjust punishment. Hang somebody for armed robbery. Try it. We have nothing to lose. Do you understand what I'm saying, for God's sake? You don't, do you? You fellas with your fancy ideas of rehabilitation. The concept of rehabilitation is a farce. Do you honestly think -
-that bringing Johnny Cash into prisons to sing railroad songs -
-is gonna rehabilitate anyone? Most people are sick and tired of crime in the streets. Do you hear what I'm saying? Arthur? Arthur! Could you tell us what's going on? How many hostages are there? A statement is all we want. The clinic doctor felt he was well enough to go back to his cell. All of a sudden McCullaugh had a gun. Where do these guards come from? No training, no education and no motivation. I hope you have this thing under control. We can't sit on this for long. There are too many goddamn criminals in this building! Open up. Get those nurses off the floor. Excuse me, warden. I couldn't hold him any longer. He had to go back. He had to, huh? That's not the point. I'm surprised he's even awake. I loaded him up on tranqs just before he was to leave. Jeff? Jeff? It's me, Arthur. Hi, Mr Kirkland. Hi.
-How are you doing?
-Pretty good. And you? I'm all right.
-Can I come in?
-Where are you?
-I'm out in the hallway.
-I can't see you. Can you see me now? I'm over here in the hallway. Can you see me? Can you see me? Could I come in you think? I guess so. Okay, I'm coming in. So, what's new? You know, the usual. Business. Jeff, this is crazy. You know? I know. I mean, me taking hostages. That's what's really crazy. It took me forty minutes to tie them up because I couldn't make a good knot.
-Would you know how to do that?
-I don't know. I guess I would... I guess you make a square knot. That's the easiest. I don't know. Would you take a look to see if I did these okay? Sure, Jeff. Look at the knot. You sure tied them. They're good knots. Tell them not to come in here! I don't want anybody in here! Get out! Down! Oh, Jeff. Jeff, now look... You can't win this thing. Understand? You can't win. This is their thing. They gear up for this kind of thing. Please. I can't stand it anymore. They raped me. A whole bunch of times. And other stuff, too. Jeff. Jeff... Can I move closer, Jeff?
-Can I move closer?
-I guess so. Just down here. I want to talk to you. Jeff... Listen to me, Jeff. I don't know what to tell you. I just don't know. Anything I tell you... It's just that you gotta give up.
-Give up? To whom?
-Jeff, you gotta do it. Everybody screwed me. Who else is there? Would you go away please? I just want this much free space. This much is all I want. I swear to God, Jeff... It'll be all right. You did what you could. But nothing makes sense anymore. Not in here.
-What are you gonna do?
-Nothing. I don't have to do anything.
-You can't just sit there.
-Yes, I can! All I want to do is sit here. Okay.
-It's cold in here.
-You want my coat? My legs... Oh, God. My legs are cramping so bad I can hardly move them. Stay down! Arthur, come on in.
-It's Sunday, Carl.
-I want to show you something. What's up? Your partner's coming back, I hear.
-Will they let him practice again?
-Sure. Why not? Who says you gotta be sane to practice law? Come on, what's going on? What do you want? I've got a little present for you. You know, favour for favour. Sweetheart, give him the pictures. There you have it. It's the head of the Ethics Committee, -
-Judge Fleming and the hooker. She takes a good picture, huh? What do you think? Does that cover my legal fees for the next two years? Oh, Carl... Take the pictures. It's a token of my appreciation. Oh, my, my... Look, Arthur... These photos are disgusting, but not proof that Fleming raped Leah Shephard. He did it. The son of a bitch is guilty. Okay. Then drop the case.
-I can't.
-Why not? Because the man with the whip is blackmailing me. He's blackmailing you? What for? A long time ago I betrayed a client's confidence. It's a long story, Gail. That's why Zinoff pulled your file. What do you mean? After you walked out on the committee, we did a check on you.
-A check on me?
-Yeah. Zinoff requested it. I had no idea why. You mean to tell me that while we were sleeping together -
-you and the fellas were making decisions on my life?
-Gail, on my life?
-Would you just let me finish? Then Zinoff said he wanted to personally review your case.
-I swear, I had no idea.
-Jesus, this whole thing stinks! Okay, if you feel that way about it, then fight them. Go ahead. Go up against them. Take the consequences. Consequences? The consequences are that I'll be disbarred.
-I know that.
-I'm a lawyer. It's all I know. Then do it. Defend Fleming. You'll win the case. No disbarment. You'll end up being a very important lawyer. A judge is guilty of beating and raping a woman. You're talking crazy. You don't know he's guilty. You assume he is guilty because you hate him so much. Even if he is, what difference does it make? A defence lawyer has to defend people who are guilty. You know that. Would you defend him? If you were me, would you do it? I would because it's my job. You know? Look... You took an oath to defend your clients as best you can. If you can't do that, then get out. Where'd you get these? I've been carrying them around for a couple of days. What do they mean? I see the wheels spinning. Sex photos, sex crime. Is he guilty? Is he? Yes. What about the polygraph? The eyewitness. How did you do that? Those were taken care of for me. So, now you have it. I'll see you in court, Arthur. Oh, you forgot these. So, you're home on leave? Arthur's in the coastguard. I don't understand. He's getting worse. It depends. He comes, he goes. You didn't come for three weeks. He missed you very much. I was busy, Arnie. I had the trial and all. I know, I know. It's important to you. But you missed three Tuesdays, so he lost his sense of time. You know, Arnie... I don't know what I'd do if he goes.
-He's the only family I've got.
-He's very proud of you. I'm a lawyer because of him. He wanted it for me and he made sure I got it. To him -
-being a lawyer was the finest thing you could be. Your Honour, court's about to begin. Coming! Coming! You must admit she's an attractive woman. I wouldn't mind seeing her again. You'll be fine. Just answer simply and directly. Silence. All rise. All persons in this court draw near and pay attention. The Honourable Francis Rayford presiding. Be seated. It's really very simple. We have a judge, the symbol of justice here -
-who's accused of raping and brutally beating this young girl. We can do something about it. We can do it today and we can do it together. Let's make this our goal line stand. Just give me a verdict of guilty. I need your help. Thank you. The Prosecutor has completed his opening statement.
-Is the defence counsellor ready?
-Yes, Your Honour. Your Honour, Mr Foreman, ladies and gentlemen of the jury. My name is Arthur Kirkland -
-and I am the defence counsellor for the defendant -
-Judge Henry T. Fleming. That man over there is the prosecuting attorney. And he couldn't be happier today. He is a happy man because today he's going after a judge. And if he gets him -
-he's gonna be a star. He will have his name in this month's Law Review, centrefold. Lawyer of the month. Now, in order to win this case he needs you. Naturally. You're all he's got. So, he's counting on tapping that emotion in you, which says: "Let's get somebody in power. Let's get a judge." However, these proceedings are here to see that justice is done. And justice is, as any reasonable person would tell you, finding the truth. And what is the truth today? One tragic truth -
-is that that girl has been beaten and raped. Another truth is that the prosecution has no witness. Does not have one piece of evidence -
-other than the testimony of the victim herself. Another truth is that my client voluntarily, -
-and the prosecution is well aware of this, -
-took a lie detector test... Objection! That's inadmissible evidence.
-Come on, Arthur.
-He told the truth. The jury will disregard that remark. Polygraph tests have not been proven reliable enough. They are inadmissible. Sorry, Your Honour. Let's get back to justice. What is justice? What is the intention of justice? The intention is to prove guilty the guilty and free the innocent. Simple, isn't it? Only it's not that simple. However, it is the defence counsellor's duty -
-to protect the rights of the individual. As it is the prosecution's duty to uphold the laws of the state. Justice for all. Only we have a problem here. And do you know what it is? Both sides want to win. We want to win. We want to win regardless of the truth. We want to win regardless of justice. Regardless of who's guilty or innocent. Winning is everything. That man wants to win so badly today. It means so much to him. He is so carried away with the prospect of winning -
-that he forgot something that's essential to today's proceedings. He forgot his case. He forgot to bring it. I don't see it. Do you? The prosecution has got to have a case. Not a witness. Not one piece of evidence -
-other than the testimony of the victim herself. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a case to end all cases. I have witnesses for my client. I have character references. Testimonials that are backed up from here to Washington DC.
-I have lie detector tests...
-Objection! Objection sustained. Mr Kirkland, you are out of order! The one thing that bothered me... The one thing that stayed in my mind and haunted me -
-was why? Why would she lie? What was her motive for lying? If my client is innocent, she's lying. Why? Was it blackmail? No. Was it jealousy? No. Yesterday I found out why. She doesn't have a motive. You know why? Because she's not lying. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury... The prosecution -
-is not going to get that man today. No. Because I'm gonna get him. My client, the Honourable Henry T. Fleming, -
-should go right to fucking jail! The son of a bitch is guilty! That man is guilty. That man there... That man is a slime. He is a slime. If he's allowed to go free -
-then something is really wrong here.
-Mr Kirkland, you're out of order.
-You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order. They're out of order. That sex-crazy, depraved man -
-raped and beat that woman. And he'd like to do it again. It's just a show! It's a show! It's "Let's Make a Deal". Let's make a deal! Frank, you wanna make a deal? I have an insane judge who likes to beat up women. What'll you give me? Three weeks probation? You son of a bitch! You're supposed to stand for something, to protect people. Instead you fuck and murder them! You killed McCullaugh! You killed him! Hold it, hold it! I just completed my opening statement! Oh, shit. The judge says, you won the trial. So now he's doing two to ten. Hi, Arthur. Good to see ya. Nice day.[ boy ] i pledge allegiance to the flag... of the united states of america, and to the republics for which it stands; one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [ girl ] i pledge allegiance to the flag... of the united states in america. and to republic for which it stands. one day-
- shun under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [ boy # ] i pledge allegiance to the flag... of united states of america, and to the "replubic" for which it stands-- one nation under god, "isivivible"-- with liberty-- [ class ] ...and justice for all. [ disco ] [ continues ] [ fades ] [ sirens wailing ] take your wig off. take your wig off. [ camera whirring ] turn and face the wall. this way. turn and face the wall. face the wall ! [ clicking, whirring ] all right. that's it. [ prisoner ] are you a natural blonde ? [ whooping, razzing ] chicken delight! he deliver ! [ prisoner # ] don't put that in here. chick ain't my type. [ prisoner # ] easy, easy. that's my wife you're talkin' about. she here for our conjugal visit. [ yelling, whistling ] come on over here, big daddy show you what he got in his pants for you. [ prisoner # ] shee-it. she got the same thing up under her skirt... that you got in your pants. [ laughing ] [ officer ] come on. we got a lady here. okay, agee. you got any concealed weapons that they didn't find up front ? [ prisoner ] he got something concealed, but it ain't no weapon. what do you say you strip, just to make sure ?
-whoo-oo ! - [ prisoners, "the stripper" ] [ continues ] duh, damn [ prisoner ] whoo ! hey, mary ! [ applause, raucous chattering ] [ prisoner ] a star is born ! hey, kirkland ! watch your hands. come on, kirkland. let's go. [ prisoner ] hey, dude. look at that. [ prisoner ] hey, man. make a phone call for me, man. hey, man, don't run off now, big shot. [ laughing, cheering ] and where the hell is he ? what do you mean, he's in jail ? my lawyer's in jail ? contempt of court ? he's too goddamn emotional. get him. i've had a car accident. i haven't left the scene of the accident, i'm in it ! [ woman on police radio ] unit -adam. be advised, no record, no warrant. can't you hear the confusion around me ? hah ? you hear this noise ? the firemen trying to get me out of the car. i'm trapped ! i'm trapped, because some son of a b-- sir, could you move back ? we're going to try and get you out. can't you see i'm on the phone ? just a minute, now. keep it down, for christ's sake ! i'm trying-- goddamn it. i want you to tell arthur to get over here. i'm on the-
- where are we ? the eager street ex-- i'm on the-- [ electric saw revving ] just tell him to get over here. you can't miss it. i understand you took a swing at judge fleming. is that true ? hey, kiley. why don't you do something about that kid in there ? put him someplace else ? oh, they're just having some fun with him, that's all. fun ? well, sometimes the boys get bored. with you, it's still new and exciting. [ prisoners shouting ] [ scoffs ] sign here. why don't you ease up on the judge ? he's your kind of guy, huh ? yeah, fleming's a tough man. hates scum almost as much as we do. [ groans ] good morning, mr. kirkland. [ power saw revving ] carl ! yeah, arthur. come on. are you all right ? i want you to sue the son of a bitch who did this to me ! every cent he's got. every nickel ! thank god i can walk. carl, are you all right ? disappear. miss, why don't you just wait-- she wasn't hurt, so nothing to report, okay ? why don't you wait in the car ? it's warm in there. okay ? there's no need for the wife to know. all right. after all, i was your first. you know, arthur ? i was your first client. you broke cherry on me. not the time to go down memory lane, carl. let's just get you to the hospital, get you checked out. would you lie back ? you are the best. you get every nickel, then you have him put away ! i'll see he gets the death penalty, carl. lie back, sir. death is okay too. jesus, you stink. somebody piss on you ? get him out of here. make sure nobody uses my car phone ! i'm in a hospital, some jerk calls rome. you son of a bitch ! you lunatic ! carl ? carl, you're gonna have a stroke. you'll have to deal with my lawyer ! [ grunts ] the death penalty ! you'll die for this.
-he's the best !
-it's not even my car. carl, carl. carl. i got a terrible headache. you'll be all right. i'll call you at the hospital. what about this guy, here ? he says he's all right. i-i mean, it's a friend's car. i-i just borrowed it for the night, and now how am i gonna tell him ? i think you should go to the hospital. well, i'm okay, but the car-- i know. i know. let me take you over to the hospital. my horoscope said it was gonna be a great day, and look what happened ! you'll be fine. you're gonna be fine. nah, it's not gonna be that way at all. [ woman chattering ] i'm askin' you a question. look at me when i'm talkin' to you ! d.a.'s willing to go two years, one year probation. that's a lot of fuckin' time. okay ? hi, artie. i ain't kissin' nobody's ass. i'm not asking you to kiss it. just give it a little pat. arthur ! arthur ! excuse me. yes ? hold it, wenke. uh, where are you going ? bathroom. no. go home. go home and change. you look like shit. what would you say if i walked into court looking like that ? arthur ? what would-- arthur, what would you say ? arthur, i don't want to keep harping on this, but the ethics committee's checking up on everyone. please, you've gotta watch it. okay, i'll watch it. last week, two lawyers were disbarred on minor charges. you run around, get thrown into jail on contempt of court. fleming got me crazy. got me crazy. you push fleming... on that mccullaugh thing, there's gonna be big trouble, i'm telling you ! mccullaugh's innocent, and i can't get goddamn fleming to look at the evidence, jay. what do you want me to do ? you don't threaten a judge. you don't threaten a judge ! [ moaning ] do me a personal favor ? put this on ! chanel something. i got fleming first thing this morning. give him my love. that tie. i like it. it's fleming's favorite color. [ both laughing ] [ man ] all rise. criminal court of baltimore city is now in session, the honorable henry t. fleming presiding. be seated. if your honor please, for the first matter, the state would call... case number -, state v. robert wenke. [ man ] mr. wenke, may i ask you to step forward, please ? [ briefcase clattering ] and how many times have you been before the bench, mr. wenke ? three times, your honor. mm-hmm. once for assault, once for arson, once for grand larceny, and now we have... indecent exposure. what's the matter, mr. wenke ? can't you decide... what you want to be when you grow up ? [ spectators laughing ] got anything to say ? yes, your honor. i'm a loyal colts fan. [ laughing ] you are also a revolting, despicable scum of the earth, who should be taken out and squashed like a cockroach. judge fleming, i object. my client has not been found guilty yet. you're absolutely right, counselor. let's see, it's now :-- at : he will be guilty. [ spectators murmuring ] [ minute hand clicks ] i find the defendant, ronald wenke, guilty as charged. sentence to be imposed at a later time. at this time, your honor, i would request that mr. wenke's bail be continued.
-bail is revoked.
-thank you, your honor. [ prosecutor ] if your honor please, the state will now call... indictment number --- that was good. that was very good work. i want to thank you for your counsel. very nice. colts fan. i need colts ? that's terrific, wenke. you do know. the big white house. you know, with the fat columns out in front ? on greenway avenue. guess how much that house is worth on the market today ? i don't know. take a guess. seven million. [ sighs ] $,. now, that's some nut i've got, huh ? that's okay. i get enough accident cases this year, i'll be all right. maybe i oughta start throwin' out banana peels. listen, recess is almost over, and, uh, all i've got left is this illegal lottery case-- did you know that there's a guy eating something off your table ? huh ? the guy you're prosecuting ? yeah ? he's eating the lottery tickets. holy shit. gibson, get the hell away-- get out of there ! [ moaning ] leave me alone ! don't swallow. you son of a bitch ! my client ! give me that ! don't swallow ! my client ! [ all shouting ] [ clamoring ] [ women shrieking ] gentlemen, need i remind you, you are in a court of law ? now, let's proceed in an orderly fashion. what the hell are you doing ? what-- does the defense have anything further to add ? your honor, it's-- uh, i guess i should, uh, request a recess so that my client could get something to eat. he's obviously very hungry. [ spectators laughing ] [ laughing continues ] uh, my client, mccullaugh. could i see him for a minute ? sure, mr. kirkland. put your hand out. hey, mr. kirkland. what happened ? i just want to reaffirm what i said to you yesterday. we're gonna get you out. i know you're trying, mr. kirkland. but this is crazy, you know ? i know it. you told me you have the evidence that proves i'm innocent. it does prove it, doesn't it ? yes, jeff, you're innocent. and that there judge fleming agrees with you, right ? right. well, if everyone agrees that i'm innocent, how come i'm goin' back to jail ? roll 'em. there's enough proof, jeff. it's just that the court won't accept the proof. why not ? well, uh, there's a law-- there's a law which says that evidence must be submitted... within a certain time period, a-an-and... our evidence came in two days late. what difference does that make ? what difference does it make if it came in three years late ? they got the proof they need. they should let me go ! i don't understand this ! that judge who sent me to jail, he knows i'm innocent ! what's goin' on here ? jeff, it's just gonna take a little more time, that's all. any other judge would have let you out, but this guy, fleming, he goes by the letter of the law. i don't understand that. jeff, i promise-- i promise i'll get you out.
-i promise. -[ prisoner] promises'll get you out, buddy, don't worry. judge fleming ? i want to apologize to you, sir, for my-- my behavior in the courtroom the other day-- i don't want to hear your apologies. i don't want to hear anything you have to say. that's understandable, sir. it's just-- it's just i thought that maybe we could discuss this mccullaugh case, you know, you and i, man to man ? off the record, sir. if you're going to try to make a deal with me, you might wind up right back in jail. a deal ? a deal ? no, sir. no, sir, i'm not trying to make a deal. look, sir, i can understand... your strict enforcement of the statute, but what i can't understand is that my client's constitutional rights... are being denied ! don't you quote the law to me. my client is innocent ! personally, i don't give a shit about your client. hi ! hello, sherry. hi, mr. kirkland. nice to see you. how are you today ? he'll be right with you. boy, do you look tired. coffee, please. mrs. tate wants to talk to you. her son broke his leg again. neighbor's driveway. and bricker wants to know if your client will settle for $,. coffee, please. you can reach him at the club. oh, you have three new clients coming in today. one's a whiplash, one's a divorce, and the other one has something to do with amnesia. [ spraying ] i don't know what it is. arthur, what are you doing ? it won't foam. that's because it's deodorant. and today is tuesday, so don't forget to visit your grandfather. and you have to be back in court at :.
-coffee, please.
-you want some coffee ? sherry, stay with me today, dear. i need you today. arthur. [ whistles ] arthur ! come here. [ chuckles ] hi, judge. are we gonna get together this weekend ? i don't know. you know, you're the only one i've been dating these days. come on, now. you promised you'd go flying with me ! [ groans ] i gotta tell ya, judge, you know, i'm not-- i'm not too fond of anything that takes place off the ground. heights. i don't know. i got a thing about heights. come on, this is flying. it's different.
-how high up do you go ?
-how high up do you wanna go ? come on, it'll be good for you. sure. besides, it gets-- it's lonesome up there. why don't you take your wife, judge ? [ chuckles ] last thing we did together was get married. aw, come on, arthur. now, you promised me, remember ? all right. what time ? sunday morning, :.
-do you always carry that thing with you ?
-there's law and there's order. and that's order.
-hey, you like egg roll ?
-uh, yeah. good. come on, let's get out of here. easy, easy, easy. all right, you got it. [ laughing ] son of a gun. so, it's another week already. another week. i don't know where time goes. no problems, grandpa. everything all right ? see this one ? wonderful woman. i went to her husband's funeral. fine man. gitel ? oh, hello, sam. how are you ? this is my grandson, arthur. oh ! pleased to meet you. good to meet you. he goes to law school. oh ! i'm a lawyer. take my advice. don't be in a hurry. [ chuckles ] he's a nice-looking boy. my grandson. yes. [ chuckles ] good to meet you. oh, pleased to have met you, too. [ whispers ] see you. [ sighs ] it's been a week. yeah, grandpa, remember ? it's been a week. last week, we went for a ride in the car. remember ? oh ! that's a good machine. always give signals when you turn. right. right. left. [ piano ] [ woman ] reach for the sky. [ coughs ] so-- are you a... good lawyer ? [ scoffs ] are you honest ? well, i don't know. bein' honest doesn't have much to do with bein' a lawyer, grandpa. if you're not honest, you've got nothing. [ sighs ] ah, your parents should see you now. the hell with them. they've never cared before, why are they gonna care now ? they're still your parents. no. you raised me. you're the one that put me through law school. you're a wonderful man, grandpa, but your son is a shit. he was born with colic. sam. i love ya. look at you. filled out like a man. soon, you'll look like a lawyer, and you'll be a lawyer. iama lawyer, sam. i've been a lawyer for twelve years. [ sighs ] so, it's another week, already ? [ man ] do you know jules stouffer ? [ arthur ] yes, i do. -[ man ] he was a client of yours, isn't that right ? -[ arthur ] yes. wasn't he originally represented by alvin burton ? yes, that is correct. why did he change representation ? because i handled him on an aggravated assault charge. that's my area, not burton's area, so-- did jules stouffer express dissatisfaction with mr. burton ? no. not at all. burton's an excellent lawyer. you're not going after him, are you ? we're not going after anyone, mr. kirkland. we are simply-- do you know david-- we are simply trying to review certain accusations, to determine whether or not they are true, and to, more or less, clean our own house. so, please do not overdramatize these proceedings.
-it's not the mccarthy hearings.
-oh ! that's a relief. so, you're not gonna ask me, "are you now, or have you ever been, a lawyer ?" that wasn't amusing, mr. kirkland.
-do you know david crebbs ?
-no, it wasn't, miss, um--
-packer.
-packer. this isn't amusing. it is, however, ridiculous. yes. david crebbs ? i know him. have you ever seen-- [ microphone feeding back ] is this mike working ? do you know david crebbs ? why are we using microphones ?
-why don't we just talk to each other ?
-this is a hearing. ah ! yes. it's a hearing. -do you know jules stouffer ?
-we've already asked that question, mr. crenna. oh, we're through with stouffer ? how about alvin burton ? do you know david crebbs ? i already asked that. what'd he say ? he said, "yes." have you ever seen him intoxicated in court ? david crebbs has a speech impediment. now, if you check your records, you'll see it's there someplace. no. that's the answer to your question: no, he doesn't drink. doesn't drink at all. at this point, i would just like to say... that what this committee is doing in theory is highly commendable. however, in practice, it sucks. and i am not going to answer any more questions. what do you think we're trying to do in there ? want a drink ? no. whatever you may think, we are not conducting some kind of, uh, witch-hunt. [ sighs ] what are you doing, then ? well, you might not be aware of this, mr. kirkland, but there's a lot of corruption going around... that nobody's doing anything about. do you think your committee's doing something about it ? yes, i do. that committee is a very dangerous farce. wh-o-oa, mr. kirkland. i spend hours a day working on that committee. i don't care how many hours you spend. i don't do it... because it's going to give me laughs, understand ? you know what you're going to wind up accomplishing ? listen to me. maybe ruining the careers... if we don't police our own activities, of a few guys who happen to wipe their ass the wrong way-- nothing's gonna happen ! other than that, nothing. nothing's gonna happen ! so, what do you think ? about what ? about me. what do you think ? think i'm kinda interesting ? somebody you'd like to have a drink with ? i think that you're crazy. oh, what about daniels ? say around : ? i don't think so. : ? :. [ sirens wailing ] [ footsteps receding ] all right. uh, i'm arthur kirkland. you wanted to see me ? [ chuckles ] yeah. yeah, m-my man, bambi, ooh, he recommended you real highly. he say, "arthur kirkland, he the man to see." okay, ralph. why don't you tell me what happened ? it says here in the report that you were involved in a robbery. uh-uh. n-no, sir. uh-uh. no. see-
- see, what happened is, it was time to come down on the nigger. mr. kirkland, you know, it's like smokin'. they got to have a nigger every minutes. see, what happened is-- i was in this alley, pettin' my dog... when they came down on me. it states that you were-- the dog was attacking you when you were first seen in the alley. yeah ? yeah, well-- mm-hmm. well, see, my dog, he gets like that sometime. it also states that the dog... belonged to mrs. b. jackson. well, he sure looked like my dog. you know, he had that-- come on, ralph. it also states here... that when asked what you were doing in the alley, you replied, "i don't know nothin' about that taxi cab robbery." now, that's true. 'cause i don't. how'd you know there was one, ralph ? mr. kirkland, there's always one. ralph, tell me the truth or get another lawyer. i don't need the bullshit. let's go. okay. i was in that cab. but i didn't rob it. it was my cousin's idea. i didn't know nothin'. it was my cousin's idea. see, he-he crazy. what's your cousin's name ? i don't know. i mean, uh-- h-he live over on hillsdale. you don't know your cousin's name ? ralph, who do you think you're talkin' to ? you think i'm an idiot ? okay, i read a report, i can tell if somebody's bullshittin' me or not. now, either you give me some straight answers, or you get yourself another lawyer. i don't have time to listen to some jive-ass put me on. okay. i-it wasn't my idea, but i-i did know what was comin' down. see, my and my cousin royce-- royce shavers-- s-see, he figures that since i am the way i am-- [ chuckles ] mr. kirkland, i can look real fine sometimes, you know ? yeah, i'm sure you can, ralph. w-well, royce figures that we can be a couple. you know, like a man and a woman couple. 'cause a cab driver will pick up a couple a whole lot faster... than they will two nigger men. so, uh-- we got into this cab over on garrison boulevard, and we asked him to take us down to the harbor. you know, like-like we was tourists. hey, man, i-- i can't go to jail, man. i just can't do it. i can't go to that place. please, mr. kirkland, you've got to help me. please. please. okay. okay, i'll help you out. please. just don't lie to me, that's all. [ pen scratching ] okay ? yes, sir. thank you. don't lie to me. okay ? yes, sir. thank you. okay. [ woman giggling ] [ man muttering, key turning lock ] [ laughing continues ] [ sighs ] thanks for bringing me home, gail. oh, god. well ! you really take renting an unfurnished apartment literally, don't you ? arthur, you know it doesn't have to stay this way. what happened ? did your wife take you in the divorce settlement ? she had a better lawyer. oh. what about your kids ? get to see them much ? well, they're in california, you know. phone calls, holidays-- put the food out. i'll get the plates. i guess i was lucky. we never had any kids. how long were you married ? three years. ooh. were you in love ? nah. i was in love with the law. you know what i mean ? got a serving spoon ? serving spoon. thank you. so, uh, you eat out a lot ? yeah, you ? yeah. the committee works just about every night. how did you feel when you walked out on the committee this morning ? [ grunts ] did you feel all those daggers in your back ? that's a very dangerous group, you know ? [ sighs ] oh, jesus. here we go, here we go. arthur, why ? why do you feel it's dangerous ? because you're conning the public into thinking you're doing something. and you're not. yeah. but we are doing something. no, you're not. we are protecting the public from a lot of corrupt lawyers, is what we're doing. you're skimming the surface. you're not going after real power. [ whistles ] wow, that's scary. what real power, arthur ? you don't know ? no, why don't you tell me ? well, now we know they are definitely safe. what makes you think you know so goddamn much ? i don't know so much. no, no. tell me. what makes you the great voice of authority ? [ scoffs ] i don't pretend to be a voice of authority. i don't think you know what you're doing, that's all. oh, i see. yeah, yeah. this is nice, don't you think ? no, i don't find this particularly nice. arthur, i'm, uh-- i'm angry again.
-you know ? i don't like being angry.
-it's not very pleasant. i don't understand how you can criticize me for what i do. i'm not criticizing you, gail. you're taking it too personally. arthur, the committee is doingsomethingabout what's going on. we are not sitting in jail at nights because of contempt of court. do you know what that's about ? yeah. yeah ? you threw a punch at judge fleming. uh-huh. you know why ? i have no idea. tell me. i got a client who's in jail... because of a faulty taillight, and i can't get him out. what do you mean, you can't get him out ? you want to hear... a story about our wonderful judicial system ? hmm ? sure. there's a guy named jeff mccullaugh, and he's goin' down the highway one night. and the cops stop him because his taillight isn't working. they pull him over to the side, run a make on him. computer kicks back that there's a jeff mccullaugh... wanted in alabama for assault with a deadly weapon. is this the same jeff mccullaugh ? no. but he fits the same general description, so they arrest him. why didn't mccullaugh tell them they had the wrong person ? well, he did. he told the public defender, who i don't think really believed him. and he was too busy. he never even bothered to check. [ laughing ] are you serious ? ah, wait. it gets better. while jeff is sittin' in jail, a guard is stabbed. and the knife is planted in jeff's cell. and jeff is brought to trial on a new charge-- this time, assaulting a guard with a deadly weapon. and a trial date is set, six months from the time he was first picked up. i'll make a long story short for you. six months go by. and a very shaky, very crazy jeff mccullaugh goes to court. now, the public defender who's defending him, he says-- he tells jeff that he can get him off if he pleads guilty. he'll make a deal with the judge, and he'll get him off. time served. right. so he pleads guilty, even though he's innocent. that's right. however, the deal was made with a judge callahan. the day of the trial, judge callahan can not be found. fleming is in his place. fleming doesn't know anything about the deal. jeff pleads guilty. fleming sentences jeff to five years in prison. [ exhales ] goddamn. so, one little guy... has already spent a year and a half in jail, because his lights didn't work. i've spent the last year puttin' together enough evidence to prove he's innocent. and i prove it. i get it all together, and i bring it into fleming's court, and he throws it out. why ? because it came in three days late. [ moving plate ] [ sighs ] holy shit. oh, that's incredible. it's not incredible. it's fleming. [ laughs bitterly ] no, arthur. that's the law. you can't fault fleming legally, because he was going by the letter of the law. are you kidding ? no, i'm not. you talk to me like that, you're not going to get me into bed, dear. yes, i will. i've had tougher cases. [ laughs ] you're so easy ! you knew that, huh ? [ laughing ] that's why you went out with me. finish your egg roll. [ laughing continues ] arthur, arthur ! you'll never guess who the police just grabbed. who ? take a guess. warren, please ! this may sound crazy, but judge fleming... was just taken away. what do you mean, "taken away" ? arrested. come on. i'm telling you, they just arrested the judge. your very own favorite judge. judge fleming ? judge fleming. what's the joke, warren ? there's a joke connected to this. there is no joke, arthur. i don't know what it's all about. they're sitting on this thing very hard. i can't get anything from anybody. i'll see you later. warren-- [ stammers ] let me know the-- [ pigeons cooing ] judge, we're ready to reconvene. be right there. okay. [ sniffs, coughs ] congratulations, counsel. well, thank you very much. what did i do ? [ warren ] come in, come in. come in. go. judge fleming. yeah ? i was right. he was arrested this morning and booked. we know that-- but arthur, you'll never guess what for. take a guess. mm ? what for ? rape. fleming was booked on a rape !
-i can't stand it !
-isn't that the best ! [ laughing ] rape ! unbelievable. that's not the best. -that's not the best. no. i didn't tell you--
-give him the punch line. tell you the punch line. you're gonna love this. his people just called the office, and mr. fleming would like you to represent him. me ? [ raucous laughing ] [ both lawyers laughing ] me ? [ laughing hysterically ] why me ? [ shrieking with laughter ] i hate the son of a bitch ! i'm going crazy ! [ man ] mr. kirkland, as you undoubtedly know, judge fleming has been accused-- falsely, i might add-- of sexually assaulting a young lady. he wants you to represent him in this case. [ laughs ] [ whispers ] excuse me. i can't-- what, may i ask, is so funny ? i-i just think it's-- it-it's just crazy. i don't think it sounds so crazy. not really. well, there are two lawyers up in the third floor men's room who think differently. as a matter of fact, one of them, right now, is laughing so hard he's choking in the sink. i'm aware that i'm not particularly, um, well-liked. but the fact remains, i am innocent, and i fully intend... to have that proven in a court of law. now, mr. bates and i feel, in this particular situation, you would be the perfect lawyer to handle my defense. what is this ? the two of you got together, put your little heads together, came up with that one. that's a beauty. the real question is, "why ?" why me, fellas ? come on. we need you for political reasons. political reasons ? yes. what kind of political reasons ? this case will create a tremendous amount of media coverage. the animosity between you and the judge is well known. but we can use that to our advantage. why else would you defend a man you dislike so much, unless he was truly innocent ? and he is, you know. remarkable. remarkable. but, you see, personally, i don't give a shit. why, you smug son of a bitch ! henry ! henry ! henry. i've never committed a crime in my life. judge, if you're innocent, truly innocent, you don't need me. get yourself another lawyer. [ gail giggling ] [ gasping, sighing ] [ continues laughing ] what are you laughing at, gail ? well-- i really hate to tell you this, but... you remind me a little of my ex-husband. [ snores ] [ laughs ] in what way ? because, during sex, he would always say, "go ! go !" "go" ? yeah. i don't say "go." i heard you say "go." no, i don't say "go." "go" is... dumb. i say "god." are you sure you didn't say "go" ? i'm sure. could have sworn i heard a couple of go's coming from you. that was "god." i said, "oh--" sounded like "go." it was "oh--" then i changed to "god !" [ groaning ] oh, god ! [ knocking at door ] oh, god. [ groans ] [ knocking continues ] yeah ? who is it ? arthur ! it's jay ! jay ? what the heck ? it's my partner. [ knocking continues ] jay ? jay ? [ banging ] all right, all right. jay ! what do you say ? hell of a night... tonight ! it's : in the morning, jay. i know it's :. the bars just closed. so, what are you doing here ? i came to ask you a question. oh, yeah ? what ? i'm a good lawyer. right ? right. i got earl soames off. right ? what are you talking about, jay ? i got earl soames. i got earl soames ! yeah, you got him off. no. no, i just didn't get him off. i got him off on murder ! and we all know that mr. soames did it. right, he did it, jay. he was guilty. [ faucet running ] we all know that. brilliant defense. brilliant !
-brilliant defense, arthur !
-brilliant. right. brilliant. brilliant ! right. right. brilliant ! i got him off on a-- on a technicality. i know, jay. right. good.
-mr. soames did it again.
-what do you mean ? at : tonight, he went out, and he killed two kids. [ softly ] oh, jesus. i mean, he killed kids. you see ? aw, jay. i gotta take a piss. jay-- [ sighs ] my partner. there's women in here. hello ? arthur, what's goin' on ? come on, it won't hurt ya ! just duck a little. you got about three feet there. [ laughing ] for christ's sake, come on. get in. how do ya feel ? you ready to go ? whoa, i thought you flew, uh, planes. you know ? with wings. no, no. been flyin' helicopters ever since korea. come on. get in. [ groans ] here you are. button up. close the door. i gotta tell ya, judge. i'm not too happy about this. relax, arthur. now just relax. do you think maybe we could just sorta, you know, go out a bit ?
-kinda just go and hover ?
-we'll do any goddamn thing you want. now, hold on to yourcojones,huh ? [ laughing ] whoo-hoo ! [ whimpering ] [ judge laughing ] ah, this is what it's all about ! pretty, isn't it ? [ gasps ] i don't want to talk. what ? i don't want to talk ! [ judge ] did you ever skydive ? skydive. did you ever skydive ? no. why ? you oughta try it. you might learn something. you know, i was skydiving once, and my main chute, it didn't open. i pulled my reserve. that didn't open either. there i was, plunging to the earth. just as i hit the treetops, i discovered the meaning of life.
-which is ?
-it sucks, arthur. it really sucks. there it is, they keep native dancer down there. [ judge ] native dancer, the horse ? yeah. they used to keep 'im down there ! beautiful animal. [ gasping ] [ arthur ] where are we going ? [ judge ] you want to go someplace in particular ? no. down, i would prefer to go down ! [ judge ] now, just relax, arthur. just relax and enjoy it. the old chinese proverb. [ laughs ] whoo ! [ chuckling ] whoa ! [ wicked chuckling ] [ sighing, whimpering ] ohh. great, isn't it ?
-[ judge laughing ]
-oh, my, my ! [ judge ] here, let me show you something. my, my. [ whimpering ] oh, my ! look at that ! [ laughing ] wild, isn't it ? oh. we've hit it. hit what ? what ? what have we hit ? the halfway point. there's a little game i play, each time i go out. i calculate how much fuel i have. and how far i can go and still get back on it. well-- then i figure out the halfway point, and i go just a little beyond it. [ chuckles ] you mean, we're beyond the halfway point ? yeah. well, what are-- well, you mean we're not gonna make it back ? [ laughs ] well, maybe, maybe not ! well, land ! land ! put it down ! land. arthur, come on now. we're all right. if we're beyond the halfway point, judge, we're not all right ! that's all right. [ arthur ] land ! [ judge ] here we go. headin' back. [ judge ] sixteen years of marriage, and my wife still won't eat chinese food. it's crazy ! especially since we met in a chinese restaurant. how're we doin' ? where are we ? are we back yet ? trust me, arthur. i know what i'm doing. it's a protest on her behalf. she relates chinese food to our marriage ! we're not gonna make it back ! we're not gonna make it back ! [ arthur ] i knew it ! i knew it ! we're not gonna make it back ! i knew it ! arthur. look at that, huh ? didn't i tell ya i got good instincts ? ha-ha-ha-hah ! [ engine sputtering ] oh. hang on, arthur. hang on, now. -hang on ! -[ arthur ] get us back ! hang on, arthur ! we'll make it. [ arthur whimpering ]
-hang on !
-oh, god ! oh, go-- hang on ! [ arthur ] jesus !
-hang on ! -god ! home free. we almost made it right on the button. another feet. [ chuckles ] told ya i had good instincts. [ sighs ] come on. let's go ashore. god ! ah, shit. my wheel. come on, arthur. ah, it's easier when you take the belt off. that's it. you all right ? come on. let's get some coffee. [ chuckling ] you'll be all right. your adrenaline's still charged. you gotta admit, though, makes you feel alive, vital. [ sighs ] when i think that we could be dead right now, i tell ya-- yeah. listen, why is everyone so preoccupied with death ? i'm not usually preoccupied with it, but this certainly seems like a valid time, wouldn't you say ? [ chuckling ] how about another chicken salad sandwich, huh ? arthur ? no. listen, let's get back to fleming. you mean, you won't even consider taking his case ? nope, not interested. well, you better be interested, arthur, because there's some very powerful people in this town who can ruin your career. ruin my career ? what do you mean, ruin my career ? well, they can have you disbarred. do you want some more coffee ? [ both ] yeah. okay. disbarred ? what are you talking about, disbarred ? did you ever have a client named ernest drago ? sure. yeah, drago. yeah. what about him ? well, you gave information to the police on the q.t. that led to his arrest and conviction. drago was anut ! drago was insane. he used to sit in my office and rattle off to me... some of the most grotesque fantasies you can imagine. i handled him one time on a burglary charge and used to hear that stuff every day. he would tell me these fantasies and one of his favorites was: what would happen if he stuck a firecracker in somebody's mouth ? yeah, that was one of his favorites. so i read in the newspapers... that there was this-this-this nut... who was holding people up with a gun, forcing cherry bombs in their mouths. i knew it was drago, so i told the police. the specifics don't matter. by telling the police, you didn't prevent a crime. you betrayed a client. you violated the code of ethics. what the hell are you talkin' about ? what the hell is going on here ? arthur, they want you. you're a very principled, ethical lawyer... with no political ties. [ sighing ] tsk. i tell ya. they wantme-- they want me to defend fleming because of my moral integrity, and if i don't defend him, they're gonna have me disbarred for bein' unethical ? look, arthur. put aside your personal feelings. take the case. you've worked too hard. come on, don't throw your career away. i can't believe this. i tell ya, i just don't believe it. [ engine whirring ] judge, i want mccullaugh freed.
-nothing can be done.
-now i don't buy that, judge. just reopen the case. that's all i'm askin'. reopen the case and give me a crack at a jury. i'll get him acquitted. now, look, you are in no position to ask for anything. but... i'll see what i can do to help. perhaps there's an exception to the statute. okay. okay, so ? uh, why don't you tell me about the girl ? this leah shepard ? can you tell me anything about her ? [ sighs ] what do you want to know ? i saw her on a couple of occasions. she works over at city hall. did you have sex with her the first date ? yes, i did. first and second time. that's why this whole thing makes no sense to me. well, what do you think happened to her ? i assure you that i did not rape her, but i really don't know. maybe some angry boyfriend showed up after i left. "angry boyfriend"-- that's a little mild, don't you think ? i mean, she wasn't just raped. she was sadistically beaten and sodomized. that goes a little bit beyond an angry boyfriend. you're right. you're right. i'm sorry. [ sighs ] i-
-i don't know how i got into this thing. i've been involved in the law for over years, and i tell you, i can't find five people out there... who are willing to believe that i'm innocent-- not five of 'em ! will you take a lie detector test ? why ? polygraph is not admissible evidence. i know. i just-- i-i would like you to do it. i'll think about it. no, no, no, no, no. i said that i would think about it. you can't do this. no, no, i need a polygraph... to prepare your case. if i'm gonna be your lawyer-- ifyou're going to be my lawyer ? mr. kirkland, youaremy lawyer. i know, i'm your lawyer. i'm your lawyer. i know that. and as your lawyer, there are certain demands i'm gonna have to-- as i said to you before, you don't ask for anything, you don't demand anything. now, sit down. we've got a lot of work to do. i said, sit down. [ ticking ] leave it out here. gimme a kiss. all right. now one for you, my man. all right. [ chattering ] jeff, what happened to you ? some-
-somebody beat me up. what-what for ? i don't know. i didn't ask. listen, jeff, i talked to fleming. and, uh, we're gonna work something out. we're gonna get you outta here. when ? well, it's gonna take a couple of weeks, jeff. three weeks, tops. i promise you, i'll get you out by then. three weeks ? three weeks. that's the best i can do. you have to be kiddin' me. well, it's the best i can do. what am i supposed to do ? i don't know. you're gonna have to hang in, that's all. just gonna have to take care of yourself. take care of myself ? mr. kirkland, i got myself locked up in solitary just to get away from some guys. i don't know how to fight. you read in the paper about all these guys gettin' let out of prison 'cause it's too crowded. and here i am, and i didn't do nothin'. if that don't beat all. [ sighs ] i know, i know, i know it, jeff. you can't lose hope. you understand me ? you can't lose hope. [ prison cell door slamming ] happy thanksgiving. i bet we're gonna have good turkey. of course we're gonna have good turkey. what are you talkin' about ? where's your teeth ? you gotta have your teeth if you're gonna eat turkey. where's your teeth, grandpa ? did i have my teeth the last time you were here ? of course you had teeth. you had teeth this morning. [ chuckles ] he don't remember so good. what did i do with my teeth ? he's very proud of you. he's always talkin' about how his grandson is gonna become a lawyer. oh, i wish he could remember that i am a lawyer. well, sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. what's the difference ? he's still proud of you. arnie, are you sure i had my teeth this morning ? yeah ? i know you had teeth. hey ! what's that ? by the television. [ groaning ] all right. okay. i'm ready. hope this friend of yours won't mind me coming. no, arnie. no, this is thanksgiving. it's an open house. there are gonna be a lot of people. be all right. be fine. let me get this here. okay, guys. let's go, let's go. i hope they don't have yams. i hate yams. [ chattering ] i can't eat off my knees. mm. what happened to sitting at a table ? you say, "pass the salt. a little more stuffing, if you don't mind." is it true that fleming passed the polygraph test ? larry, that's privileged information. yeah, let's just say i'm one of the privileged. he did, didn't he ? what's the odds on that ? i mean, nobody wanted to believe he was innocent. i can't talk about that. i could tell this is catered. turkey, i know. what is this ? what is it ? excuse me. go ahead, go ahead, go ahead ! thank you. go already. what is this fancy thing over here ? you don't like it ? you don't eat it. ah ! [ laughing ] i'll bet it's yams. they're hiding the yams so i'll eat it. hi. how are you ? -is it jay ?
-what ? what do you think, arthur ? hi, tom. happy thanksgiving. good to see you. how are you ? good to see you. how are you ? how are ya ? good to see you. hello, larry. you're an asshole. do you like it ? it came to me during the night. sorry. i gotta talk to you. excuse me. sure. excuse me, marcie. i'm coming back, and when i do, you are allowed to pet it. so what are you doing ? what's goin' on ? nothin'. what do you mean, "nothin'" ? what are you doing with that head ? where'd you get it ? i shaved my head. what for ? change of pace. shave your head for a change of pace ? jay ? you see what it does ? arthur, listen to me. it's going to make it thick. when this comes back, it's gonna be thick. what's bothering you, jay ? don't play big brother, all right ? where's that marcie ? marcie. will the defendant please rise ? i find the defendant guilty of armed robbery. i don't understand, mr. kirkland. what's going on ? am i going to jail ? i can't go. your honor, in light of the fact that this is the defendant's first major offense, that he has no prior criminal record, that he's currently employed, i am requesting a presentence investigation.
-you foresee a favorable probation report ?
-yes, your honor, i do. make note that a probation report is to be drawn up... and presented to this court within days. the sentencing will be withheld until that time. what happens now ? they prepare a report, present it to the judge, and in days, you should be put on probation. "should be." mr. kirkland, i got to be. don't worry, you'll be okay. you'll be okay. [ car horn honking ] [ honking continues ] arthur ! arthur, where you goin' ? uh, my office. come on in. i'll take you. okay. it's a new one, huh ? yeah. yeah, you like it ? arthur ? i got a problem. yeah ? yeah, what ? this young girl, it's-- not again, carl. i think it's a paternity suit. [ groans ] well, you know me, arthur. so is jay letting his hair grow back, or is he keeping it shaved ? he shaves it every day. oh. he carries around a battery-operated razor, keeps runnin' it over his head all day long. jesus. sounds pretty bad. mm. he's not all right, is he ? he's all right. he'll be all right. you know, arthur, the committee's considering calling him in. don't look at me like that. his clients are complaining. he's postponing his court dates, he shaved his head, he's got problems ! look, look, he's all right. he's all right. do you know what this whole thing comes down to, don't you ? what ? every day defense lawyers are out there... protecting guilty people and gettin' 'em off, and they're not affected by it. that's right. mm-hmm. it's not supposed to affect them. difference is that jay was affected by it. you see ? he was hurt by it. he was injured by it. i understand that. that is not the point ! isn't it ironic that the one lawyer-
-the only lawyer-- who felt something... should be brought up before your ethics committee ? arthur, please stop trying to make yourself out to be the only sensitive person around here. i know. i know jay was hurting. i know that ! that's not the point ! the point is, he is not functioning properly because of it. he's all right. he just needs a little time, that's all. i've taken over most of his court cases. he's-he's puttin' his emphasis on contracts. now lay off him, okay ? it's not up to me, arthur. i'm just trying to let you know what's going on. i just love the way the hierarchy works ! i mean, you're goin' after guys like jay or whoever, and nobody is doing anything about judge rayford, who happens to be a suicidal maniac. rayford ? rayford ! the man is bent on killing himself. it's no secret. a court bailiff found him in his chambers trying to hang himself once. you know where he spends his lunch every day ? no. outside his window on the ledge, four stories high. now this is a man who's making value decisions on people's lives every day. wait a minute ! now, his personal behavior is not affecting his work. oh, you know that for sure ? yes, i've worked with him. he's an excellent judge ! -and jay's an excellent lawyer ! -i know. hewas an excellent lawyer. that's not the point. the point is... his problems are affecting his ability to serve his clients, and that's why the committee wants to see him. [ sighs ] [ both sighing ] oh, god. you know, there are times... when i'm not too sure i like you. i mean, we are so opposite... how we feel about things, gail. maybe that's good. that's perfect, right ? right. as long as we just keep a little friction between us, there's... no problems. no problems. that's all the photos in the fleming case. and here's the name and address of a witness that lives in leah shepard's neighborhood. he thinks you oughta see this guy yourself. what's this say ? reisler ? "riesler" ? reisler. yeah, reisler. she's a little constipated, i think. she's got that look on her face. yeah. you say you saw somebody go into leah shepard's house the night she was attacked ? can you describe that person to me ? well, i'd say he was a young fella, small build, maybe about '", '", something like that. cherry ? no, no, thanks. small fella, huh ? yeah. would you be able to identify him if you saw him again ? no. no, it was too dark, too-too far. you knew about this publicity this case has been getting ? yeah. newspapers about judge fleming and all ? oh, yeah, sure. and you knew this information. how come you didn't report it to the police ? i went to the police. i went down there and told them i had information for them, and they told me to wait there on the bench. i waited and hour, two hours, three hours. finally, turned around, went home. i left. i couldn't spend the whole night there. you know leah shepard, mr. reisler ? oh, to say, you know, to wave to her, say hello. would you testify what you just said in court ? i guess i would if i had to, but i'll tell ya, i really don't wanna get involved. and then what happened, officer ? i told him to move on, but he continued to use profanity, and he refused to leave the premises. what sort of profanity ? you know, the normal kind. officer leary, we've all heard these words before. now, for the record, what did he say ? he used "fuck" a lot, [ chuckling ] and "piss on you"... and said he was going to "bunghole" the short order chef, was gonna "cream" on the waitress. [ laughing continues ] stuff like that, your honor. there's a very good reason for all that, your honor. oh ? what is that ?
-i'm a diabetic. -[ laughter ] i fail to see the connection. i've never heard of diabetes causing foul language. that's because you're a douche bag. make sure this man gets over to the hospital this afternoon for psychiatric evaluation. i will withhold a verdict pending a medical report. son of a bitch. day in, day out, the same goddamn thing. most of these people belong in a mental home, for christ's sakes. that judge is slower than the : news. so what can you do for me ? a year. what ? are you kidding ? i thought it was bargain day. make it six months, and i think he'll buy it. all right. what else you got ? fenwick. mm, months. eighteen months ? good luck. you tell him. the son of a bitch is crazy. he'd just as soon snap your neck. all right, tell him a year. the offer's only good for today. oh, frank, come on. he's got beady eyes. he's a maniac. last week, he got mad, he bit off two of his cell mate's fingers. i don't have the nerve to tell him he's gotta spend a year in jail. that's the best i can do. i'm just not in a good mood, you know ?
-frank.
-yeah, here i am. is that it ? yeah, that's it. i'll have to get back to you on fenwick. gotta talk to you. i got a case coming up here, art. and then what happened, mr. saltzman ? [ mumbles ] this punk kept pulling my wife's purse, and she wouldn't let go. so i tried to get him off. he pushes me aside, and then he knocks... my wife into a wall-- you want the good news first ? shoot. fleming passed the polygraph. and i got an eyewitness. in that case, your honor, we will call the defendant to the stand. very well. and as far as your star witness goes-- leah shepard-- well, we know about her and her credibility. so you want me to throw the whole fleming thing out the window, is that it ? i got you by the balls, frank. he's innocent. he's innocent. yeah, well, if the d.a.'s office drops this case now, everybody's gonna be screaming political deal. the old lady kept hanging on. she lets go of that purse, i'm on my way. but, ma'am, she just kept hanging on. i don't mean no harm or nothing. but you're the one who's gonna come out of this looking like a jerk. well, maybe, but let me tell you something, arthur. if this is one of your run-of-the-mill saturday night killings, maybe we could deal. i'm not dealing with you. this is too hot. this is not a trade-off. [ chattering ] any further questions from the state ? what the hell are you doing ? this is a dream ! it's a dream come true. you're not gonna spoil it. when i get fleming down, i'm gonna tear him apart, crucify him. my client, mr. avillar, has no prior criminal record. he merely wanted her money. this is the super bowl, art. it's the super bowl, and i'm the quarterback. and there's three seconds left to go, and i drop back to pass, and there's a touchdown ! fleming's carried out on a stretcher. it's that big, art. [ judge ] i find you guilty, but i'm not going to jail you. i'm placing you on probation for one year. one year probation ? what kind of punishment is that ? they're getting real pissed off at the law these days, art. i can turn that to my advantage. you're gonna find yourself representing a sacrificial lamb. this is justice ? we can't have this in the courtroom. [ mr. saltzman ] crazy ! the whole world is crazy ! what's going on ? it's jay porter. he's gone completely crazy. jay ! jay ! jay ! it's me, arthur ! whoa ! [ plates shattering ] where the hell did he get the plates ? from the cafeteria. he's been bringing them up all morning. nobody paid any attention to him. oh, no. no, he's not armed. what's he got ? he's got plates. plates ? [ chattering ] put that goddamn thing away. what's going on ? there's a guy back there. he's not armed. he's just throwing a bunch of plates. plates ? does anybody know who this guy is ? yeah. jay. it's jay porter. he's a lawyer. he's my partner. a lawyer ? ah, mr. porter ! [ plate shattering ] here. no, wait, wait, wait. no, no, no, hold this. i'm gonna rush him. you all right ? yeah, fine ! oh, screw this. get some canisters. we'll gas him out. oh, christ. what do you say, i'll run interference, huh ? what do you mean ? well, i got this. now you stay right on my tail, all right ? all right, judge coming through ! oh ! jay, it's me, arthur ! jay ! jay ! jay, listen to me ! jay, listen to me ! come on ! get-get-- help me ! come on ! no ! i'm not ready ! i'm not ready ! no ! no ! i'm not ready ! i'm not ready to try this case ! i'm not ready ! i'm not ready, judge ! please ! please, judge ! help me, help me, help me ! [ screams ] [ crowd chattering ] warren, could you do me a favor ? uh-
-uh, :, courtroom "a." my client, ralph agee, they're just gonna review his probation report. now, they-they screwed up the report. i made these corrections. make sure the judge sees it, okay ? no-no problem. you'll be in and out in five minutes. look, he'll be wearing a blonde wig, so don't let it throw you. it makes him happy. yeah, go ahead, arthur, go ahead. tell agee i'll call him tonight. sorry i couldn't make it, okay ? okay. [ siren wailing ] i drew up the contract. i did all the work. i just wanted you to review it. so i reviewed it. for a $, fee ? christ, doctors treat each other for nothing. where's some professional courtesy ? screw the courtesy. this is business. besides, i got the lunch. oh, come on, warren. oh, my god, arthur's case. i forgot all about it. i'll see you later, all right ?
-what are we waiting for ?
-arthur kirkland, your honor. sentencing on ralph agee. check the halls, see if he's lost. yes, sir. okay, let's move on here. [ door opens ] sorry i'm late, your honor. i'm filling in for mr. kirkland. i'm not going to permit this type of conduct in the future. when you're due in my court at :, i expect you here at that time. yes, your honor. all right, let's get on with it. i have a copy of ralph agee's probation report in front of me. mr. fresnell, are you familiar with this report ? uh, yes, i am, your honor. w-who-who-- who-who are you ? mr. kirkland asked me to handle this for him. don't worry, don't worry. routine affair. you'll be outta here in a second. mr. fresnell, is there anything you'd like to say about this report ? i think it's all right there in front of you, your honor. well, i'm not satisfied. ralph agee, will you stand before the court. stand up. on the basis-- and take off that wig. on the basis of this report, i sentence you to a term of three years... in the custody of the department of corrections. mr. kirkland said i'd be out on probation. mr. kirkland-- mr. kirkland said i'd be out on probation ! your honor, i'd like to call your attention to some corrections in that report. you are familiar with the proper proceedings for appeal. yes, i am. however-- now i'd like to move things along here. [ bailiff ] another case, your honor: state of maryland versus della. -[ brakes squealing ]
-what, are you crazy ? arthur ! my car ! arthur, damn you ! back off, arthur ! damn it ! watch out for the car ! arthur, knock it off ! for crying out loud ! what are you, nuts ? get out ! for christ's sake, stop it, arthur ! get out ! back off, and i'll get out. what the hell's wrong with you ? what do you think you're doing to my car ? tell me about it. you tell me about agee. come on, warren, tell me about it. it got by me. it got by you ? it got by you ? it got by you ! got by you ! damn it ! jesus ! now listen ! just stay away from the car ! agee did not have to go to jail ! do you understand ? he did not have to go to jail ! so he gets out on probation in ten months ! listen, that's not all my fault ! you know i don't like those penny-ante bullshit cases. i was doing you a favor ! favor ? what kind of favor ? it's nickel and dime, arthur ! it's all nickel and dime ! don't you care ? warren, don't you even care ? if you cared so much, why weren't you in that courtroom ? you're goddamn right i care. but not about them ! they're people, warren. you know ? they're people. they're just people. if he's not in jail this week, he'll be in jail next week. [ mumbles ] oh, arthur, goddamn it ! you know probation's at fault. appeal it. i can't appeal it ! he's dead ! he's dead ! half hour after they put him in the lockup, he hanged himself ! he-
- goddamn it ! i'm sorry. goddamn it ! i'm sorry, i-- goddamn it ! [ water splashing ] judge ? judge ? yeah ? i, uh-
-i spoke with the state's attorney's office, and they're gonna go ahead with an indictment. who'd you talk to ? bowers. frank bowers. well, he's right. if we don't go into court on this, it would look like a political maneuver. i want everything out in the open. i'm very pleased, arthur. yeah. okay. what about mccullaugh ? i need your ruling on my motion for a new trial. what about it, judge ? the groundwork is all prepared. we should have a date any time now. what are you talking about, groundwork ? what are you doing, judge ? jerking me off here ? all i need is a "yes" or a "no" on my motion. tell mccullaugh to be patient.
-patient ?
-what ? what'd you say ? patient ? what are you talking about, patient ? judge, judge, this is not a case of monetary damages, judge. this is a human being we're talking about, okay ? this is a boy who's in prison, frightened out of him mind, fighting every day for his life. i can't tell him to be patient. good. prison should be a frightening place. let those criminals create their own hellhole. are you crazy ? what are you talking to me about ? i tell you, arthur, the idea of punishment to fit the crime doesn't work. we need unjust punishment ! hang somebody for armed robbery ! try it. we've got nothing to lose. do you understand what i'm saying to you, for god sake ? you don't, do you ? [ sighs ] you fellas with your fancy ideas of rehabilitation. i tell you that the concept of rehabilitation is a farce. do you honestly think that-- that bringing johnny cash into prisons to sing railroad songs... is gonna rehabilitate anyone ? most people are sick and tired of mugging and crime in the streets. do you hear what i'm telling you, arthur ? arthur ? arthur ! come on, let's move ! let's go ! sir, could you tell us what's going on ? please give us your statement. how many hostages inside ? how many ? [ overlapping chattering ] please, just a statement. that's all we want. move out of the way. move out of the way. move back. how many hostages is he holding ? here. you take the back. the clinic doctor felt he was well enough to be sent back to his cell and was signing-- look, i'm not sure what happened, but all of a sudden, mccullaugh had a gun. these guards, i don't know where they come from. no training, no education. and motivation ? forget it. i hope you've got this thing under control. i don't want anything crazy happening. we're doing what we can. we can't sit on this for long. there are too many goddamn criminals in this building. [ chattering ] get those nurses off the floor. excuse me, warden. i'm sorry, but i couldn't hold onto him any longer. he had to go back. he had to, huh ? look, look, that's not even the point. i'm surprised he's even awake. i loaded him up on tranqs before it was time to leave. jeff ! jeff ! it's me, jeff, arthur. hi, mr. kirkland. hi. uh-- how you doing ? oh, pretty good. how you doing ? i'm all right. can i come in here a little further, jeff ? where are you ? i'm out here in the hallway. i can't see you.
-you can't see me ? can you see me now ?
-uh-uh. i'm over here, jeff, in the hallway. can you see me ? can you see me ? could i come in, you think ? um, yeah, i guess so. okay, i'm coming in. so, uh, what's new ? [ chuckles ] you know, the usual. [ mumbles ] oh, man. jeff, this is crazy. you know ? i know. i mean, me, taking hostages. that's what's really crazy. you know, i don't know what the hell i'm doing. it took me minutes to tie these guys up, 'cause i couldn't figure out how to make a good knot. i mean, would you know how to do that ? i don't know. i guess i would-- i-
-i don't know. i guess you-you make a square knot. and that's the easiest. i don't know. would you like to take a look to see if i did these okay ? oh, yeah, sure, jeff. yeah. look at that knot. oh, well, you sure tied 'em. they're good knots, jeff. tell them not to come in here ! i don't want anybody in here ! get out ! get out ! [ whimpers ] oh, jeff. oh, jeff, now look. jeff, you can't win this thing. you understand me ? you can't win. jeff, this is their thing. they gear up for this kind of thing, jeff. please. i can't stand it anymore. they raped me. a whole bunch of times. and other stuff too. [ sobbing ] [ dispatcher chattering ] here. all right, take your positions. [ sobbing continues ] hey, jeff. jeff. jeff ! can i move closer, jeff ? can i move a little closer ? i guess so. just down here. i wanna talk to you. jeff. hey, listen to me, jeff. i don't know what to tell you. i just don't know what to tell you. anything i tell you, you know ? it's just-
-it's just that you gotta give up. give up ? to who ? yeah. yeah, jeff, you gotta do it. everybody screwed me. who else is there ?
-would you go away, please ?
-oh, no, jeff. that's all i want is just this much free space. just this much, that's all i want. i swear to god. jeff, i swear to god, it'll be all right. you did what you could, mr. kirkland, but nothing makes sense anymore. not in here.
-what are you gonna do, jeff ?
-nothing. i don't have to do anything. -you can't just sit there, jeff. -yes, i can ! that's all i want to do is just sit here.
-okay.
-it's cold in here.
-you want my coat, jeff ?
-and my legs. oh, god. my legs are cramping so bad i can hardly move 'em. i'll give you my coat.
-ow ! -stay down ! [ screaming ] [ whispering ] [ honking ] hey, arthur. come on in. it's sunday, carl. hey, come on in. i wanna show you something. what's up ? your partner's coming back, i hear. yeah. they gonna let him practice again ? sure. why not ? well, who says you gotta be sane to practice law ? [ laughing ] come on, carl, what's going on ? what do you want ? i got a little present for ya. you know, favor for favor. sweetheart, give him the pictures. there you have it. it's the head of the ethics committee, judge fleming and the hooker. [ laughing ] she takes a good picture, huh ? [ continues laughing ] what do you think ? that take care of my legal fees for the next two years ? oh, carl. take the pictures. it's a token of my appreciation. oh, my, my. look, arthur, come on. these photographs are disgusting, but they're not proof that fleming raped leah shepard. he did it. the son of a bitch is guilty. he's guilty. okay, okay. then drop the case. i can't. why not ? because the man with the whip is blackmailing me. he's blackmailing you ? yeah. what for ? a long time ago, i betrayed a client's confidence. it's a long story, gail. jesus. that's why zinoff pulled your file. what do you-- what do you mean ? after you walked out on the committee, we did a check on you. a check on me ? yeah. yeah, zinoff requested it. i had no idea why. wait, wait, wait, wait. you mean to tell me, while we were sleeping together, you and the fellas were making decisions on my life ? arthur ! gail, on my life ? would you just let me finish, please ? the next thing i knew, zinoff stepped in, he said he wanted to personally review your case. i swear to god, arthur, i had no idea. jesus. this whole thing stinks ! okay, arthur, if you feel that way about it, then fight 'em. go ahead. go up against them, take the consequences. the consequences ? the consequences are that i'll be disbarred, gail. i know that. that's right. i'm a lawyer. that's all i know. then do it. defend fleming. you'll win the case. no disbarment, right ? you'll end up being a very important lawyer. the judge is guilty... w-w-wait a minute. of beating and raping a woman. wait ! you're talking crazy. you don't know he's guilty. you're making an assumption he's guilty because you hate him so much, right ? even if he is, what difference does it make ? come on. a defense lawyer has to defend people who are guilty. you know that. would you defend him ? if you were me, would you do it ? i would, arthur, 'cause it's my job, you know ? look, you took an oath to defend your clients to the best of your ability. now, if you can't do that, then get out. where'd you get these ? i've been carrying 'em around for a couple of days. i'd like to know what they mean. i see the wheels spinning. sex photos, sex crime. is he guilty ? is he ? yes. what about the polygraph ? the eyewitness ? how'd you do that ? those were taken care of for me. so-
-so now you have it. well, i'll see you in court, arthur. oh, you forgot these. so you're home on leave. arthur's in the coast guard. i don't understand. he's gettin' worse. it depends. he comes, he goes. you didn't come for three weeks. he missed you very much. oh, yeah, well, i was busy, arnie. you know, i had the trial and all. i know, i know. it's important to you. but you missed three tuesdays, so he lost his sense of time. you know, arnie, i don't know what i'd do if he goes. he's the only family i got. he's very proud of you. i'm a lawyer because of him. he wanted it for me, and he made sure i got it. to him, being a lawyer was the finest thing you could be. [ groaning ] [ groaning continues ] [ knocking ]
-your honor, court's about to begin.
-[ coughing ] coming ! [ spits ] coming ! [ crowd chattering ] you must admit, she's an attractive woman. i wouldn't mind seeing her again some time. you're gonna be fine. take the stand. answer simply and directly. silence ! all rise ! all persons having matters before this court draw near and give your attention ! the honorable francis rayford presiding. [ coughing ] be seated ! so it's really very simple. we have a judge, a symbol of justice here... who's accused... of raping and brutally beating this young girl right here. now, we can do something about it, and we can do it today, and we can do it together. let's make this our goal-line stand. just give me a verdict of guilty. i need your help. thank you. [ applause ] prosecutor's completed his opening statement. defense counsel ready ? yes, your honor. your honor, mr. foreman, ladies and gentleman of the jury, my name is arthur kirkland, and i am the defense counsel... for the defendant, judge henry t. fleming. now that man over there, he's the prosecuting attorney, and he couldn't be happier today. he is a happy man today... because today he's going after a judge. and if he gets him-- if he gets him, he's gonna be a star. he's gonna have his name in this month'slaw review, centerfold, "lawyer of the month." now, in order to win this case, he needs... you. naturally. you're all he's got. believe me. so he's counting on tapping that emotion in you which says, "let's get somebody in power. let's get a judge." however, these proceedings are not about that. these proceedings are here to see that justice is done. and justice is, as any reasonable person would tell ya, the finding of the truth. and what is the truth today ? one truth-- a tragic one-- is that that girl has been beaten and raped. another truth is that the prosecution doesn't have a witness, does not have one piece of substantiating evidence... other than the testimony of the victim herself. another truth is that my client voluntarily-- and the prosecution is well aware of this fact-- voluntarily took a lie detector test-- objection, your honor, that's inadmissible evidence ! objection !
-come on, arthur.
-he told the truth. the jury will disregard that remark. polygraph tests have not been proven percent reliable, therefore, inadmissible in a court of law. sorry, your honor. let's get back to justice. what is justice ? what is the intention of justice ? the intention of justice is to see that the guilty people are proven guilty... and that the innocent are freed. simple, isn't it ? only it's not that simple. however, it is the defense counselor's duty... to protect the rights of the individual, as it is the prosecution's duty... to uphold and defend the laws of the state. justice for all. only we have a problem here. you know what it is ? both sides wanna win. we wanna win. we wanna win, regardless of the truth, and we wanna win regardless of justice, regardless of who's guilty or innocent. winning... is everything. that man there wants a win so badly today. it means so much to him. he is so carried away with the prospect of winning, the idea... that he forgot something... that's absolutely essential to today's proceedings. he forgot his case. he forgot to bring it. i don't know. i don't see it. do you ? the prosecution's case-- he's gotta have one. not a witness ! not one piece of substantiating evidence... other than the testimony of the victim herself. ladies and gentlemen of the jury, i have a case to end all cases. [ sighs ] i have witnesses for my client. i have character references, testimonials, that are backed up from here to washington d.c.
-i got lie detector tests--
-[ both ] objection ! objection sustained. sit down, frank. mr. kirkland, you are out of order ! one thing... that bothered me-- the one thing that stayed in my mind, and i couldn't get rid of it, that haunted me... was why. why would she lie ? what was her motive for lying ? if my client is innocent, she's lying. why ? was it blackmail ? no. was it jealousy ? no. yesterday i found out why. [ sniffles ] she doesn't have a motive. you know why ? because she's not lying. and ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the prosecution... is not gonna get that man today ! no. because i'm gonna get him ! my client, the honorable henry t. fleming, should go right to fucking jail ! [ gasping ] the son of a bitch is guilty ! -that's right ! that man is guilty !
-mr. kirkland !
-damn it, arthur !
-that man there. that man is a slime ! he is a slime. if he's allowed to go free, then something really wrong is going on here. you are out of order ! you're out of order ! you're out of order ! the whole trial is out of order ! they're out of order ! that man-- that sick, crazy, depraved man... [ shouting, banging gavel ] raped and beat that woman there ! and he'd like to do it again. he told me so. -please.
-it's just a show, it's a show. it'slet's make a deal! let's make a deal ! hey, frank, you wanna make a deal ? i got an insane judge who likes to beat the shit out of women. what do you wanna give me ? three weeks probation ? damn it ! you-- you son of a bitch ! you're supposed to stand for something ! you're supposed to protect people ! but instead, you fucking murder them. get him outta here ! you killed mccullaugh ! you killed him ! hold it ! hold it ! i just completed my opening statement ! [ whistling ] all right ! [ shouting ] order in the court ! order in the courtroom ! oh, shit. the judge says you've won a trial, now the guy's doing two to ten. hi, arthur. good to see ya. nice day. i went to day school i went to night school too they gave me a diploma when i was through uh-huh i learned that air was clean and sex was dirty and two and two made four well, i'm not so sure anymore there's something funny goin' on there's something funny goin' on, goin' on uh-huh there's something funny yeah there's something funny goin' on, goin' on uh-huh there's somethin' funny goin' on with all of the wheelin' and dealin' whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo the cheatin', the lyin', the stealin' whoo, whoo, whoo you know i'm gettin' a definite feelin' there's something funny goin' on there's something funny there's something funny goin' on, goin' on there's something funny yes, there is there's something funny goin' on ahh goin' on how come if i steal a nickel and he steals a dime he writes a best-selling book and i do the time ain't no way to tell the good guys from the bad guys they all look the same and let's make a deal is the name of the game there's something funny there's something funny there's something funny goin' on there's something funny listen to me there's something funny hey, hey, hey goin' on, goin' on the whole world has sold me it looks like they rolled me uh-huh, uh-huh it ain't like they told me uh-huh there's something funny goin' on there's something funny there's something funny goin' on yeah, yeah goin' on, goin' on goin' on all this wheelin' and dealin' and lyin' and stealin' uh-huh i'm gettin' the feelin' there's something funny goin' on there's something funny there's something funny ain't it You read about guys being let out of prison because it's too crowded. And here I am and I didn't do nothing. If that doesn't beat all. I know, Jeff. You can't lose hope. Understand me? You can't lose hope. Happy Thanksgiving.
-I bet we're gonna have good turkey.
-Of course we are. Where's your teeth? You need your teeth if you're gonna eat turkey. Where's your teeth, Grandpa? Did I have my teeth last time you were here? Of course you had. You had teeth this morning. He doesn't remember so well.
-What did I do with my teeth?
-He's very proud of you. He always talks about his grandson studying to become a lawyer. I wish he could remember that I am a lawyer. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. So what? He's still proud. Arnie, are you sure I had my teeth this morning? I know you had teeth. What's that? By the television. All right. I'm ready. I hope your friend won't mind me coming. No, Arnie. This is Thanksgiving. There will be a lot of people. You'll be all right. Let me get this here.
-Okay, guys.
-Let's go, let's go. I hope they don't have yams. I hate yams. I can't eat off my knees. What happened to sitting at a table? You say: "Pass the salt". "A little more stuffing, please". Is it true, that Fleming passed the polygraph test? Larry, that's privileged information. Let's just say I'm one of the privileged. He did, didn't he? What are the odds? Nobody wanted to believe he's innocent. I can't talk about that. I could tell this is catered. Turkey I know. What is this?
-Excuse me...
-Go ahead, go ahead.
-Thank you.
-Go already. What is this fancy thing over here? You don't like it? You don't eat it. I'll bet it's the yams. They're hiding the yams so I'll eat it. Hi. How are you? Is it Jay? What do you think, Arthur? Hello, Larry. Do you like it? It came to me during the night.
-I gotta talk to you.
-Excuse me. Marcie, I'm coming back. When I do, you can pet it.
-What are you doing? What's going on?
-Nothing. What do you mean? What are you doing with that head?
-Where'd you get it?
-I shaved my head.
-What for?
-A change of pace. You shaved your head for a change of pace? Also, do you see what it does? It's going to make it thick. When this comes back it's gonna be thick. What's bothering you? Don't play big brother, all right? Where's that Marcie? Will the defendant please rise. I find the defendant guilty of armed robbery I don't understand. What's going on? Am I going to jail? Since this is the defendant's first major offence, -
-and he has no criminal record and is currently employed, -
-I request an investigation.
-You foresee a favourable report?
-Yes, Your Honour. A probation report is to be drawn up and presented within fifteen days. Sentencing will be withheld until that time. What happens now? They prepare a report for the judge -
-and in fifteen days you should be out on probation.
-Should be? I have to be.
-Don't worry, you'll be okay. Arthur. Where are you going?
-My office.
-Come in, I'll take you.
-It's a new one, huh?
-Yeah, you like it?
-Arthur, I've got a problem.
-What?
-This young girl...
-Not again, Carl. I think it's a paternity suit. Well, you know me, Arthur. Is Jay letting his hair grow back or keeping it shaved? He shaves it every day. He carries around a razor -
-which he runs over his head all day long. Jesus. Sounds pretty bad. He's not all right, is he? He's all right. He'll be all right. You know, the committee's considering calling him in. His clients are complaining. He's postponing his court dates. He's got a problem. He's all right. He's all right. You know what this whole thing comes down to, don't you? Every day, defence lawyers get guilty people off and are not affected by it. It's not supposed to affect them. The difference is that Jay was affected by it. He was hurt by it.
-That's not the point.
-Isn't it ironic? That the one lawyer who felt something is brought before your ethics committee? Don't make yourself out to be the only sensitive person around here. I know Jay was hurting. That's not the point. He's not functioning properly because of it. He's all right. He just needs time. I've taken over his court cases. He's emphasizing on contracts. Now lay off him, okay? I'm just trying to let you know what's going on. I love the way the hierarchy works. You're going after guys like Jay -
-and nobody is doing anything about Judge Rayford, who's a suicidal maniac.
-Rayford?
-Yes. The man is bent on killing himself. A bailiff once found him trying to hang himself. You know where he eats his lunch? Outside his window, on the ledge, four stories high. This man is making value decisions on people's lives. His personal behaviour is not affecting his work.
-You know that for sure?
-He's an excellent judge.
-And Jay's an excellent lawyer.
-I know. He was. That's not the point. The point is, his problems are affecting his clients. That's why the committee wants to see him. Oh, God. You know, there are times -
-when I'm not too sure I like you. We are so opposite -
-in how we feel about things. Maybe that's good.
-That's perfect, right?
-Right. As long as we keep a little friction between us, there are no problems. That's all the photos in the Fleming case. Here's the name and address of a witness that lives in Leah's neighbourhood.
-He thinks you ought to see this guy.
-What does this say? Reisler? Reisler. Yeah, Reisler. She's a little constipated. She's got that look on her face. You saw somebody go into Leah's house on the night of the attack? Can you describe that person? I'd say he was a young fella. Small build, about ', '.
-Cherry?
-No, thanks. A small fella, huh? Could you identify him if you saw him? No, it was too dark. Too far. You knew about the publicity this case is getting? Newspapers about Judge Fleming? Then how come you didn't report this to the police? I went to the police. I told them I had information for them -
-and they told me to wait. I waited one, two, three hours. I finally turned around and went home. I couldn't spend the whole night there. Do you know Leah Shephard? Oh, you know, to wave to her and say hello. Would you testify to what you just said in court? I guess I would, if I had to. But I really don't wanna get involved. Then what happened? I told him to move on, but he used profanity and refused to leave. What sort of profanity? You know, the normal kind. We've all heard these words before. What did he say? He used "fuck" a lot. And "Piss on you". And said he was going to "bunghole" the short-order chef. He was going to "cream" on the waitress. Stuff like that. There's a very good reason for all that, Your Honour. What is that? I'm a diabetic. I don't get it. I've never heard of diabetes causing foul language. That's because you're a douche bag. Make sure this man gets a psychiatric evaluation. I will withhold a verdict pending a medical report. Day in, day out, same goddamn thing. These people belong in a mental home. That judge is slower than the six-o'clock news.
-What can you do for me?
-A year. Are you kidding? I thought it was bargain day. He'll buy six months. All right. What else have you got? Fenwick.
-Eighteen months.
-Eighteen months? You tell him. He's crazy. He'll snap your neck. Tell him a year, but the offer's only good for today. Frank, come on... He's got beady eyes. He's a maniac. He bit off two of his cellmate's fingers. I can't tell him a year. It's the best I can do. I'm not in a good mood.
-Frank?
-Here I am.
-Is that it?
-Yeah. I'll get back to you on Fenwick.
-I have to talk to you.
-I've got a case coming up. Then what happened, Mr Saltzman? This punk kept pulling my wife's purse and she wouldn't let go. So I tried to get him off. He pushes me aside and knocks my wife into a wall. You want the good news first?
-Shoot.
-Fleming passed the polygraph. And I have an eyewitness. We will call the defendant Robert Avillar to the stand. And as for your star witness, Leah Shephard... We know about her credibility. You want me to throw the whole Fleming thing out the window? I've got you by the balls. He's innocent. If the DA drops the case, everybody will scream political deal. The old lady kept hanging on. She lets go of the purse, I'm gone. But she kept hanging on. I didn't mean any harm. You're gonna come out of this looking like a jerk. Maybe. But let me tell you something. If this was a run-of-the-mill killing, maybe we could deal. This is not. This is too hot. It's the silver ring. Any questions from the State?
-What the hell are you doing?
-This is a dream come true. Don't spoil it. When I get Fleming down I'm gonna crucify him! My client has no criminal record. He just wanted to take her money. It's the Super Bowl, Art. And I'm the quarterback. With three seconds to go, I drop back to pass and there's a touchdown. Fleming's carried out on a stretcher. It's that big. I find you guilty. But I'm not going to jail you. I'm placing you on probation for one year. One year probation? What kind of punishment is that? People are really pissed off at the law. I'll turn that to my advantage. You're representing the sacrificial lamb. This is justice? What kind of world do we live in? Crazy! The whole world is crazy. What's going on? It's Jay Porter. He's gone completely crazy. Jay! Jay! It's me, Arthur!
-Where did he get the plates?
-From the cafeteria. He's been bringing them up all morning. Nobody paid any attention to him. No, no! He's not armed.
-What's he got?
-He's got plates. Put that away. What's going on? He's not armed. He's just throwing plates.
-Does anybody know who he is?
-It's Jay Porter. He's a lawyer. A lawyer? Mr Porter!
-Here.
-No, wait, wait. Hold this. I'm gonna wrestle him.
-Are you all right?
-Yeah, fine. Get some canisters. We'll gas him out. Oh, Christ!
-How about I run interference?
-What do you mean? I've got this. You stay right on my tail. Judge coming through! Jay, it's me, Arthur! Jay, listen to me. Jay, listen to me. No! I'm not ready! No! I'm not ready to try this case! I'm not ready! I'm not ready, Judge! Please! Help me, help me, help me! Warren, could you do me a favour? Three o'clock, courtroom A. My client, Ralph Agee. They're reviewing his probation report. They screwed up the report. I made these corrections.
-Make sure the judge sees it.
-No problem. You'll be in and out in five minutes. He'll be wearing a blonde wig. Don't let it throw you. It makes him happy. Tell Agee I'll call him tonight, and I'm sorry I couldn't make it. I drew up the contract. I just wanted you to review it.
-So I reviewed it.
-For a , dollar fee? Doctors treat each other for free. Where's some professional courtesy? Screw that, this is business. Besides, I got the lunch.
-Come on, Warren.
-My God, Arthur's case! I forgot all about it. I'll see you later. What are we waiting for? For Arthur Kirkland. Sentencing on Ralph Agee. Check the halls. See if he's lost. Let's move on here. Sorry I'm late. I'm filling in for Mr Kirkland. I will not permit this type of conduct. When you're due in my court at three, I expect you here at that time. I have a copy of Ralph Agee's probation report here.
-Are you familiar with this?
-Yes, I am, Your Honour. Who are you? Mr Kirkland asked me to handle this. You'll be out of here in a second. Do you have anything to say about this report? It's all right there in front of you. Well, I'm not satisfied. Ralph Agee, will you stand before the court? Stand up. On the basis... And take off that wig. On the basis of this report, I sentence you to three years -
-in the custody of the Department of Corrections. Mr Kirkland said I'd be out on probation. He said I'd be out on probation! I'd like to call your attention to some corrections... You know the proper procedure for appeal. I'd like to move things along. We have another case, Your Honour. State of Maryland versus Della. Are you crazy? Arthur! Arthur, damn you! Back off, dammit! Watch out for the car! Arthur, knock it off! Are you nuts?
-Get out!
-For Christ's sake, stop it! Back off and I'll get out. What the hell's wrong with you? What are you doing to my car? Tell me about it. You tell me about Agee. Tell me about it. It got by me. It got by you? It got by you? It got by you! By you! Just stay away from the car! Agee did not have to go to jail. He did not have to go to jail! So he gets out on probation in ten months. It's not all my fault. I hate those cases. I was doing you a favour.
-What kind of favour?
-It's all nickel and dime, Arthur! Don't you care? Warren, don't you even care? If you cared so much, why weren't you there? I do care, but not about them. They're people, Warren. They're people. Just people. If he's not in jail this week he will be next week. You know probation's at fault. Appeal it. I can't appeal. He's dead! He's dead! Half an hour after they put him in the lock
-up -
-he hanged himself. Goddammit! I'm sorry.
-Goddammit!
-I'm sorry... Goddammit! Judge?
-Judge?
-Yeah. I spoke with the state attorney's office. They're gonna go ahead with an indictment.
-Who'd you talk to?
-Bowers. Frank Bowers. Well, he's right. If we don't go to court, it'll look like a political manoeuvre. I want everything out in the open. I'm very pleased. Okay, what about McCullaugh? I need your ruling on my motion for a new trial. What about it? The groundwork is prepared. We'll have a date soon. What do you mean, groundwork? Are you jerking me off here? I just need a yes or a no. Tell McCullaugh to be patient. Patient?
-What did you say?
-What do you mean patient? Judge, this is not a case of monetary damages. This is a human being we're talking about. A boy who's in prison, frightened out of his mind. Fighting every day for his life. I can't tell him to be patient. Prison should be frightening. Let the criminals create their own hellhole. Are you crazy? What are you talking about? I tell you, the idea of punishment to fit the crime doesn't work. We need unjust punishment. Hang somebody for armed robbery. Try it. We have nothing to lose. Do you understand what I'm saying, for God's sake? You don't, do you? You fellas with your fancy ideas of rehabilitation. The concept of rehabilitation is a farce. Do you honestly think -
-that bringing Johnny Cash into prisons to sing railroad songs -
-is gonna rehabilitate anyone? Most people are sick and tired of crime in the streets. Do you hear what I'm saying? Arthur? Arthur! Could you tell us what's going on? How many hostages are there? A statement is all we want. The clinic doctor felt he was well enough to go back to his cell. All of a sudden McCullaugh had a gun. Where do these guards come from? No training, no education and no motivation. I hope you have this thing under control. We can't sit on this for long. There are too many goddamn criminals in this building! Open up. Get those nurses off the floor. Excuse me, warden. I couldn't hold him any longer. He had to go back. He had to, huh? That's not the point. I'm surprised he's even awake. I loaded him up on tranqs just before he was to leave. Jeff? Jeff? It's me, Arthur. Hi, Mr Kirkland. Hi.
-How are you doing?
-Pretty good. And you? I'm all right.
-Can I come in?
-Where are you?
-I'm out in the hallway.
-I can't see you. Can you see me now? I'm over here in the hallway. Can you see me? Can you see me? Could I come in you think? I guess so. Okay, I'm coming in. So, what's new? You know, the usual. Business. Jeff, this is crazy. You know? I know. I mean, me taking hostages. That's what's really crazy. It took me forty minutes to tie them up because I couldn't make a good knot.
-Would you know how to do that?
-I don't know. I guess I would... I guess you make a square knot. That's the easiest. I don't know. Would you take a look to see if I did these okay? Sure, Jeff. Look at the knot. You sure tied them. They're good knots. Tell them not to come in here! I don't want anybody in here! Get out! Down! Oh, Jeff. Jeff, now look... You can't win this thing. Understand? You can't win. This is their thing. They gear up for this kind of thing. Please. I can't stand it anymore. They raped me. A whole bunch of times. And other stuff, too. Jeff. Jeff... Can I move closer, Jeff?
-Can I move closer?
-I guess so. Just down here. I want to talk to you. Jeff... Listen to me, Jeff. I don't know what to tell you. I just don't know. Anything I tell you... It's just that you gotta give up.
-Give up? To whom?
-Jeff, you gotta do it. Everybody screwed me. Who else is there? Would you go away please? I just want this much free space. This much is all I want. I swear to God, Jeff... It'll be all right. You did what you could. But nothing makes sense anymore. Not in here.
-What are you gonna do?
-Nothing. I don't have to do anything.
-You can't just sit there.
-Yes, I can! All I want to do is sit here. Okay.
-It's cold in here.
-You want my coat? My legs... Oh, God. My legs are cramping so bad I can hardly move them. Stay down! Arthur, come on in.
-It's Sunday, Carl.
-I want to show you something. What's up? Your partner's coming back, I hear.
-Will they let him practice again?
-Sure. Why not? Who says you gotta be sane to practice law? Come on, what's going on? What do you want? I've got a little present for you. You know, favour for favour. Sweetheart, give him the pictures. There you have it. It's the head of the Ethics Committee, -
-Judge Fleming and the hooker. She takes a good picture, huh? What do you think? Does that cover my legal fees for the next two years? Oh, Carl... Take the pictures. It's a token of my appreciation. Oh, my, my... Look, Arthur... These photos are disgusting, but not proof that Fleming raped Leah Shephard. He did it. The son of a bitch is guilty. Okay. Then drop the case.
-I can't.
-Why not? Because the man with the whip is blackmailing me. He's blackmailing you? What for? A long time ago I betrayed a client's confidence. It's a long story, Gail. That's why Zinoff pulled your file. What do you mean? After you walked out on the committee, we did a check on you.
-A check on me?
-Yeah. Zinoff requested it. I had no idea why. You mean to tell me that while we were sleeping together -
-you and the fellas were making decisions on my life?
-Gail, on my life?
-Would you just let me finish? Then Zinoff said he wanted to personally review your case.
-I swear, I had no idea.
-Jesus, this whole thing stinks! Okay, if you feel that way about it, then fight them. Go ahead. Go up against them. Take the consequences. Consequences? The consequences are that I'll be disbarred.
-I know that.
-I'm a lawyer. It's all I know. Then do it. Defend Fleming. You'll win the case. No disbarment. You'll end up being a very important lawyer. A judge is guilty of beating and raping a woman. You're talking crazy. You don't know he's guilty. You assume he is guilty because you hate him so much. Even if he is, what difference does it make? A defence lawyer has to defend people who are guilty. You know that. Would you defend him? If you were me, would you do it? I would because it's my job. You know? Look... You took an oath to defend your clients as best you can. If you can't do that, then get out. Where'd you get these? I've been carrying them around for a couple of days. What do they mean? I see the wheels spinning. Sex photos, sex crime. Is he guilty? Is he? Yes. What about the polygraph? The eyewitness. How did you do that? Those were taken care of for me. So, now you have it. I'll see you in court, Arthur. Oh, you forgot these. So, you're home on leave? Arthur's in the coastguard. I don't understand. He's getting worse. It depends. He comes, he goes. You didn't come for three weeks. He missed you very much. I was busy, Arnie. I had the trial and all. I know, I know. It's important to you. But you missed three Tuesdays, so he lost his sense of time. You know, Arnie... I don't know what I'd do if he goes.
-He's the only family I've got.
-He's very proud of you. I'm a lawyer because of him. He wanted it for me and he made sure I got it. To him -
-being a lawyer was the finest thing you could be. Your Honour, court's about to begin. Coming! Coming! You must admit she's an attractive woman. I wouldn't mind seeing her again. You'll be fine. Just answer simply and directly. Silence. All rise. All persons in this court draw near and pay attention. The Honourable Francis Rayford presiding. Be seated. It's really very simple. We have a judge, the symbol ofjustice here -
-who's accused of raping and brutally beating this young girl. We can do something about it. We can do it today and we can do it together. Let's make this our goal line stand. Just give me a verdict of guilty. I need your help. Thank you. The Prosecutor has completed his opening statement.
-Is the defence counsellor ready?
-Yes, Your Honour. Your Honour, Mr Foreman, ladies and gentlemen of the jury. My name is Arthur Kirkland -
-and I am the defence counsellor for the defendant -
-Judge Henry T. Fleming. That man over there is the prosecuting attorney. And he couldn't be happier today. He is a happy man because today he's going after a judge. And if he gets him -
-he's gonna be a star. He will have his name in this month's Law Review, centrefold. Lawyer of the month. Now, in order to win this case he needs you. Naturally. You're all he's got. So, he's counting on tapping that emotion in you, which says: "Let's get somebody in power. Let's get a judge." However, these proceedings are here to see thatjustice is done. And justice is, as any reasonable person would tell you, finding the truth. And what is the truth today? One tragic truth -
-is that that girl has been beaten and raped. Another truth is that the prosecution has no witness. Does not have one piece of evidence -
-other than the testimony of the victim herself. Another truth is that my client voluntarily, -
-and the prosecution is well aware of this, -
-took a lie detector test... Objection! That's inadmissible evidence.
-Come on, Arthur.
-He told the truth. The jury will disregard that remark. Polygraph tests have not been proven reliable enough. They are inadmissible. Sorry, Your Honour. Let's get back to justice. What is justice? What is the intention ofjustice? The intention is to prove guilty the guilty and free the innocent. Simple, isn't it? Only it's not that simple. However, it is the defence counsellor's duty -
-to protect the rights of the individual. As it is the prosecution's duty to uphold the laws of the state. Justice for all. Only we have a problem here. And do you know what it is? Both sides want to win. We want to win. We want to win regardless of the truth. We want to win regardless of justice. Regardless of who's guilty or innocent. Winning is everything. That man wants to win so badly today. It means so much to him. He is so carried away with the prospect of winning -
-that he forgot something that's essential to today's proceedings. He forgot his case. He forgot to bring it. I don't see it. Do you? The prosecution has got to have a case. Not a witness. Not one piece of evidence -
-other than the testimony of the victim herself. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a case to end all cases. I have witnesses for my client. I have character references. Testimonials that are backed up from here to Washington DC.
-I have lie detector tests...
-Objection! Objection sustained. Mr Kirkland, you are out of order! The one thing that bothered me... The one thing that stayed in my mind and haunted me -
-was why? Why would she lie? What was her motive for lying? If my client is innocent, she's lying. Why? Was it blackmail? No. Was it jealousy? No. Yesterday I found out why. She doesn't have a motive. You know why? Because she's not lying. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury... The prosecution -
-is not going to get that man today. No. Because I'm gonna get him. My client, the Honourable Henry T. Fleming, -
-should go right to fucking jail! The son of a bitch is guilty! That man is guilty. That man there... That man is a slime. He is a slime. If he's allowed to go free -
-then something is really wrong here.
-Mr Kirkland, you're out of order.
-You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order. They're out of order. That sex-crazy, depraved man -
-raped and beat that woman. And he'd like to do it again. It's just a show! It's a show! It's "Let's Make a Deal". Let's make a deal! Frank, you wanna make a deal? I have an insane judge who likes to beat up women. What'll you give me? Three weeks probation? You son of a bitch! You're supposed to stand for something, to protect people. Instead you fuck and murder them! You killed McCullaugh! You killed him! Hold it, hold it! I just completed my opening statement! Oh, shit. The judge says, you won the trial. So now he's doing two to ten. Hi, Arthur. Good to see ya. Nice day.I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. And to the republic, for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty-
-and justice for all.
Take your wig off. Take your wig off. Turn and face the wall. Turn and face the wall. Face the wall. All right, that's it.
-Are you a natural blonde?
-Chicken Delight! He delivers! Don't put that in here. She ain't my type. That's my wife you're talking about. She's here for our conjugal visit. Come, let daddy show you what he's got in his pants for you. She's got the same thing under her skirt that you've got in your pants. Come on, you guys, we've got a lady here. Have you got any concealed weapons they didn't find up front?
-You've got something concealed...
-But it ain't no weapon. Let's see you strip just to make sure. A star is born! Kirkland, watch your hands. Come on, Kirkland. Let's go. Can you make a phone call for me? Where the hell is he? What do you mean, he's in jail? My lawyer's in jail? Contempt of court? He's too goddamn emotional. Get him. I've had a car accident. I haven't left the scene of the accident, I'm in it! Can't you hear the confusion? Do you hear this noise? They're trying to get me out of the car. I'm trapped because some prick... Could you move back, so we can get you out? Can't you see I'm on the phone? Keep it down! I'm trying... Goddammit! Tell Arthur to get over here. I'm on Eager Street. Where are we? Eager Street... Just tell him to get over here. You can't miss it. I understand you took a swing at Judge Fleming. Is that true? Kiley, why not do something about that kid? Put him someplace else. They're just having some fun with him, that's all.
-Fun?
-Sometimes the boys get bored. For you, it's still new and exciting. Sign here. Why don't you ease up on the judge? He's your kind of guy, huh? Yeah, Fleming's a tough man. Hates scum almost as much as we do. Good morning, Mr Kirkland. Carl! Come on. Here. Are you all right? Sue the son of a bitch who did this for every cent he's got. Every nickel.
-Carl, are you all right?
-Disappear.
-Miss, why don't you...
-She's not hurt. Nothing to report.
-Wait in the car.
-There's no need for the wife to know. After all I was your first client, Arthur. You broke cherry on me. Not the time to go down memory lane. Let's just get you to the hospital. You're the best, Arthur. Get every nickel and put him away.
-I'll see he gets the death penalty.
-Death is okay too.
-You stink. Did somebody piss on you?
-Get him out of here. Let nobody use my car phone. I'm in the hospital and some jerk calls Rome. You son of a bitch! You lunatic! Carl, you're gonna have a stroke. You'll have to deal with my lawyer.
-You'll die for this! He's the best!
-It's not even my car. Be calm, Carl. Be calm.
-I have a terrible headache.
-You'll be all right. I'll call you.
-What about this guy here?
-He says he's all right. It's a friend's car. I just borrowed it for the night.
-How am I gonna tell him?
-You should go to the hospital.
-I'm okay, but the car...
-Let me take you to the hospital. My horoscope said it would be a great day and look what happened. Shit! It's not going to be that way this time. We should request a postponement. That would put us into January. Look at me when I'm talking to you!
-The DA is willing to go two years.
-That's a lot of fucking time, man.
-I ain't kissing nobody's ass.
-I'm not asking you to. Just give it a little pat. Arthur. Arthur. Excuse me. Hold it, Wenke.
-Where are you going?
-The bathroom. Go home and change. You look like shit. What would you say if I walked into court looking like that? What would you say? I don't wanna keep harping on this, -
-but the Ethics Committee is checking up on everyone. You've gotta watch it. Last week two lawyers were disbarred on minor charges. You get thrown in jail on contempt of court. Fleming got me crazy. Push him on that McCullaugh thing and there will be big trouble. McCullaugh's innocent and Fleming won't look at the evidence.
-What do you want me to do?
-You don't threaten a judge! Will you do me a personal favour? Put this on. I got Fleming first thing this morning. Give him my love. The tie, I like it. It's Fleming's favourite colour. All rise. Criminal Court of Baltimore City is now in session. The Honourable Henry T. Fleming presiding. Be seated. If Your Honour please, for the first matter -
-the State would call case number , State versus Robert Wenke. Mr Wenke, may I ask you to step forward, please. How many times have you been before the bench, Mr Wenke? Three times, Your Honour. Once for assault, once for arson, once for grand larceny. And now indecent exposure. What's the matter? Can't you decide what you wanna be when you grow up? Anything to say? Yes, Your Honour. I'm a loyal Colts fan. You are also a revolting, despicable scum of the earth -
-who should be squashed like a cockroach. I object. My client has not been found guilty yet. You're absolutely right, Counsellor. It's now :. At : he will be guilty. I find the defendant guilty. Sentence to be imposed later. I would like Mr Wenke's bail to be continued.
-Bail is revoked.
-Thank you. The State will now call number . That was very good work. Very nice. Colts fan. I need Colts? Terrific, Wenke. Then you do know? The big white house? With the fat columns out in front on Greenway Avenue? Guess how much that house is worth.
-I don't know.
-Take a guess. Seven million. , dollars. Now that's some nut I've got, huh? I just need some more accident cases. I ought to throw banana peels around. Recess is almost over, and I only have this lottery case... Did you know there's a guy eating something off your table? The guy you're prosecuting. He's eating the lottery tickets. Holy shit! Gibson, get the hell away!
-Don't swallow, you son of a bitch!
-That's my client! Don't swallow! Gentlemen, need I remind you you are in a court of law? Now let's proceed in an orderly fashion. What the hell are you doing? Does the defence have anything to add? Your Honour... I guess I should request a recess -
-so my client could get something to eat. He's obviously very hungry. My client, McCullaugh. Could I see him for a minute? Sure, Mr Kirkland. Stick your hand out. Mr Kirkland, what happened? I just want to reaffirm what I said yesterday. We'll get you out. I know you're trying, but this is crazy, you know? I know it. You said you had evidence that proves I'm innocent.
-Yes, you're innocent.
-And Judge Fleming agrees, right? If everyone agrees I'm innocent, why am I going back to jail? There's enough proof, but the court won't accept it.
-Why not?
-Well, there's a law... It says that evidence must be submitted within a certain time period. And ours came in three days late. What difference does that make? Even if it came in three years late. They've got the proof they need. They should let me go. The judge sends me to jail and he knows I'm innocent. What's going on? It's gonna take more time. Any other judge would let you out. But Fleming goes by the letter of the law. Jeff, I promise I'll get you out. I promise. He promises to get you out. Don't worry. Judge Fleming. I want to apologise for my behaviour in the courtroom the other day. I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear anything. That's understandable, sir. But I thought maybe we could discuss this McCullaugh case. You and I, man to man. Off the record. If you try to make a deal with me, you might wind up back in jail. A deal? No, sir. I'm not trying to make a deal. I understand your strict enforcement of the statute. But my client's constitutional rights are being denied.
-My client is innocent.
-I don't give a shit about your client. Hi, Sherry.
-Hi, Mr Kirkland.
-Mrs Tate, how are you? He'll be right with you.
-Boy, do you look tired.
-Coffee, please. Mrs Tate wants to talk. Her son broke his leg again. Neighbour's driveway. And Bricker wants to know if your client will settle for , dollars. Coffee, please. You have three new clients today. One's a whiplash, one's divorce. And the third has to do with amnesia. I don't know what it is. What are you doing?
-No foam.
-That's because it's deodorant. Don't forget to visit your grandfather today.
-And be in court at two fifteen.
-Coffee, please. Do you want some coffee? Sherry, stay with me today, dear. I need you today. Arthur. Arthur, come here. Hi, Judge. Are we gonna get together this weekend? I don't know. You're the only one I've been dating these days. You promised you'd go flying with me. I gotta tell you... I'm not too fond of anything that takes place off the ground. I don't know. I've got a thing about heights.
-This is flying. It's different.
-How high up do you go? How high do you wanna go? Come on, it'll be good for you.
-Besides, it gets lonesome up there.
-Why don't you take your wife? The last thing we did together was get married. Come on, Arthur. You promised me.
-All right. What time?
-Sunday morning. Ten o'clock. Do you always carry that thing with you? There's law and there's order. And that's order. Do you like egg rolls?
-Yeah.
-Good. Come on, let's get out of here. Easy, easy, easy. You got it. You son of a gun. So, it's another week already? Another week. I don't know where time goes. No problems, Grandpa? Everything all right? See this one? Wonderful woman. I went to her husband's funeral. Fine man. Gitel? Hello, Sam. How are you? This is my grandson, Arthur.
-I'm pleased to meet you.
-Good to meet you.
-He goes to law school.
-I'm a lawyer. Take my advice. Don't be in a hurry. He's a nice-looking boy.
-My grandson.
-Yes...
-Good to meet you.
-Pleased to have met you too. So, it's been a week. Yeah, it's been a week. Last week we went for a ride in the car. Remember? That's a good machine. Always give signals when you turn. Right. Left. So... Are you a good lawyer? Are you honest? Well, I don't know. Being honest doesn't have much to do with being a lawyer, Grandpa. If you're not honest, you've got nothing. Your parents should see you now. To hell with them. They never cared before. Why should they care now?
-They're still your parents.
-No. You raised me. You're the one who put me through law school. You're a wonderful man, Grandpa. But your son, he's a shit. He was born with colic. Sam, I love you. Look at you. Filled out, like a man. Soon you'll look like a lawyer and you'll be a lawyer. I am a lawyer, Sam. I've been a lawyer for twelve years. So, it's another week already.
-Do you know Jules Stouffer?
-Yes, I do.

-He was a client of yours, right?
-Yes.
Wasn't he originally represented by Alvin Burton?
-Yes, that is correct.
-Why did he change representation? I handled him on an assault charge. That's my area, not Burton's. Did Stouffer express dissatisfaction with Mr Burton? Not at all. Burton's an excellent lawyer. Are you going after him?
-We're not going after anyone.
-Do you know David Crebbs? We're reviewing certain accusations to determine if they're true -
-and to clean our own house. So please do not overdramatize this. It's not the McCarthy hearings. Oh, that's a relief. So you're not gonna ask me: "Are you now or have you ever been a lawyer?"
-That wasn't amusing, Mr Kirkland.
-Do you know David Crebbs? No, it wasn't, Miss...? Packer. This isn't amusing. It is ridiculous. Yes, I know David Crebbs. Have you ever seen... Is this mike working?
-Do you know David Crebbs?
-Why are we using microphones?
-Why don't we just talk to each other?
-This is a hearing, Mr Kirkland. Yes. It's a hearing.
-Do you know Jules Stouffer?
-We've already asked that. Are we through with Stouffer? How about Alvin Burton?
-Do you know David Crebbs?
-I've already asked that.
-What did he say?
-He said yes. Have you ever seen him intoxicated in court? David Crebbs has a speech impediment. Check your records. It's in there. As answer to your question: No, he doesn't drink. Not at all. At this point I would just like to say -
-that what this committee is doing in theory is highly commendable. However, in practice it sucks. And I am not going to answer any more questions. What do you think we're trying to do in there?
-Want a drink?
-No. Whatever you may think, we're not conducting some kind of witch-hunt. What are you doing then? You might not be aware of this, -
-but there's a lot of corruption that nobody's doing anything about.
-Do you think you're doing something?
-Yes, I do. That committee is a very dangerous farce. Whoa, Mr Kirkland. I spend fourteen hours a day on that committee. I don't do it to get a few good laughs. You could spend the rest of your life. You'll wind up a cop. Maybe ruining the careers of a few guys who wiped their ass the wrong way. Other than that, nothing. So what do you think? About what? About me. What do you think? Think I'm kind of interesting? Somebody you'd like to have a drink with? I think that you're crazy. What about Daniel's? Say, around seven thirty? I don't think so. Eight? Eight thirty. All right. I'm Arthur Kirkland. You wanted to see me? Yeah. My man, Bambi, he recommended you real highly. He said, Arthur Kirkland was the man to see. Okay, Ralph, tell me what happened. It says here you were involved in a robbery. No, sir. What happened is, it was time to come down on a nigger. It's like smoking. They've got to have a nigger every twenty minutes. What happened is... I was in an alley, petting my dog, when they came down on me. It states here the dog was attacking you -
-when you were seen in the alley. Well, my dog, he gets like that. It also states that the dog belonged to a Mrs B. Jackson. He sure looked like my dog. He had that little... It also states that when asked what you were doing you replied: "I don't know nothing about that taxi cab." That's true. I don't.
-How did you know there was one?
-Mr Kirkland, there's always one. Ralph, tell me the truth or get another lawyer. I don't need the bullshit. Okay. I was in that cab, but I didn't rob it. It was my cousin's idea. I didn't know nothing. He's crazy.
-What's your cousin's name?
-I don't know. I mean...
-He lives over on Hillsdale.
-You don't know your cousin's name? Who do you think you're talking to? Do you think I'm an idiot? I read a report, I can tell if somebody's bullshitting me. Give me straight answers or get another lawyer. I don't have time to listen to some jive-ass put-me-on. Okay. It wasn't my idea, but I did know what was coming down. See me and my cousin Royce... Royce Shavers. He figures that since I am the way I am... Mr Kirkland, I can look really fine sometimes. I'm sure you can. Royce figures we can be a couple. You know, a man and a woman couple. A cab driver will pick up a couple faster than he will two nigger men. We got into a cab on Garrison Boulevard. And we asked him to take us down to the harbour like we were tourists. I can't go to jail, man. I just can't do it. I can't go to that place. Please, Mr Kirkland, you've got to help me. Please... Okay, I'll help you, Ralph. Just don't lie to me.
-Okay?
-Yes, sir.
-Don't lie to me, okay?
-Yes, sir. Thank you. Thanks for bringing me home, Gail. Oh, God. You really take renting an unfurnished apartment literally, don't you? It doesn't have to stay this way. What happened? Did your wife take you in the divorce settlement? She had a better lawyer. Do you get to see your kids much? They're in California. Phone calls, holidays. Put the food out. I'll get the plates. I guess I was lucky. We never had any kids.
-How long were you married?
-Three years.
-Were you in love?
-No... I was in love with the law. You know what I mean? You got a serving spoon? Serving spoon. Thank you. So, do you eat out a lot?
-Yeah. Do you?
-Yeah. The committee works just about every night. How did you feel when you walked out on the committee?
-Did you feel daggers in your back?
-That's a very dangerous group. Jesus, here we go... Arthur, why do you feel it's dangerous? You con the public to think you're doing something, and you're not. We are doing something. Protecting the public from corrupt lawyers. You're skimming the surface. You're not going after real power. Wow, that's scary. What real power, Arthur?
-You don't know?
-No. Tell me. Well, now we know they're definitely safe. What makes you think you know so goddamn much?
-I don't know so much.
-No, tell me. What makes you the great voice of authority? I don't pretend to be a voice of authority. I just don't think you know what you're doing. Oh, I see. This is nice, don't you think? No, I don't find this particularly nice, Arthur. I'm angry again, you know. I don't like being angry.
-It's not very pleasant.
-Why do you criticize me for what I do? I'm not criticizing you. You're taking it too personally. The committee is doing something about what's going on. We're not sitting in jail at nights because of contempt of court.
-Do you know what that's about?
-Yeah. You punched Judge Fleming.
-You know why?
-I have no idea. Tell me. I have a client who's in jail because of a faulty tail light.
-And I can't get him out.
-What do you mean? Do you want to hear a story about our wonderful judicial system? Sure. A guy named Jeff McCullaugh is going down a highway one night. And the cops stop him because his tail light isn't working. They run a make on him. The computer kicks back -
-that a Jeff McCullaugh is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon.
-Was it the same guy?
-No. But he fits the description, so they arrest him. Did he tell them they had the wrong person? He tried. He told the public defender. But he was too busy. He never bothered to check.
-Are you serious?
-Wait, it gets better. While Jeff is in jail, a guard is stabbed -
-and the knife is planted in Jeffs cell. And Jeff is trialled on a new charge: Assaulting a guard with a deadly weapon. And a trial date is set. Six months from the time he was first picked up. I'll make a long story short. Six months go by -
-and a very shaky, very crazy Jeff McCullaugh goes to court. The public defender tells Jeff that he can get him off -
-if he pleads guilty. He'll make a deal with the judge. So he pleads guilty even though he's innocent. Right. The deal was made with a Judge Callahan. The day of the trial Judge Callahan cannot be found. Fleming is in his place. Fleming doesn't know about the deal. Jeff pleads guilty. Fleming sentences Jeff to five years in prison. So, one little guy has already spent -
-a year and a half in jail because his lights didn't work. I've spent the last year gathering evidence to prove he's innocent. And I prove it. I bring it all into Fleming's court -
-and he throws it out.
-Why?
-It came in three days late. Holy shit! That's incredible. It's not incredible. It's Fleming. No, Arthur. That's the law. You can't fault Fleming legally. Because he was going by the letter of the law.
-Are you kidding?
-No, I'm not. You talk to me like that you won't get me into bed, dear. Yes, I will. I've had tougher cases.
-You're so easy.
-You knew that, huh? That's why you went out with me. Finish your egg roll. Arthur! Arthur! You'll never guess who the police just grabbed.
-Take a guess.
-Warren, please... This may sound crazy, but Judge Fleming was just taken away.
-What do you mean, taken away?
-Arrested. Come on. I'm telling you. They just arrested your very own favourite judge.
-Judge Fleming?
-Judge Fleming. What's the joke, Warren? There's a joke connected to this. There is no joke. I don't know what it's about. They're sitting on this very hard. I can't get anything from anybody. Warren... Let me know the...
-Judge, we're ready to reconvene.
-I'll be right there. Congratulations, Counsel. Thank you very much. What did I do? Come here, come here. Judge Fleming. I was right. He was arrested this morning and booked.
-We know that.
-You'll never guess what for.
-Take a guess.
-What for? Rape. Fleming was booked on a rape.
-I can't stand it.
-Isn't that the best?
-Rape!
-I don't believe it. That's not the best. Oh, no. I'm gonna tell you the punchline. You're gonna love this. His people just called. Mr Fleming would like you to represent him. Me? Me? Why me? I hate the son of a bitch. I'm going crazy! Mr Kirkland, as you undoubtedly know, -
-Judge Fleming has been accused, falsely I might add, -
-of sexually assaulting a young lady. He wants you to represent him. Excuse me.
-What, may I ask, is so funny?
-I just think it's... It's just crazy. I don't think it's so crazy. Two lawyers up in the third-floor men's room think differently. Right now one of them is laughing so hard he's choking in the sink. I'm aware that I'm not particularly well liked. But the fact is that I'm innocent and I will have that proven in court. Mr Bates and I feel, in this particular situation, -
-you would be perfect to handle my defence. What is this? The two of you got together and came up with that one. That's a beauty. The real question is: Why? Why me, fellas? We need you for political reasons. Political reasons? What kind? This case will create a lot of media coverage. The animosity between you and the judge is well known. But we can use that. Why else defend a man you dislike so much -
-unless he was truly innocent? And he is, you know. Remarkable. Remarkable. But personally I don't give a shit. You smug son of a bitch! Henry! Henry! I've never committed a crime in my life. Judge, if you're innocent, truly innocent, -
-you don't need me. Get yourself another lawyer. What are you laughing at? I really hate to tell you this, but -
-you remind me a little of my ex-husband. In what way? Because, during sex, he would always say: "Go! Go!" "Go"? I don't say "go".
-I heard you say "go".
-No, I don't say "go". "Go" is dumb. I say "God".
-Are you sure?
-I'm sure. I could have sworn I heard a couple of go's. That was "God". I said "Ooooh..." It sounded like "go". And then I said "God". "Ooooh, God". Oh, God... Yeah? Who is it? Arthur, it's Jay!
-Jay?
-What the hell...? It's my partner. Jay. Jay? All right, all right. What do you say? Hell of a night tonight.
-It's two o'clock in the morning.
-I know. The bars just closed. So, what are you doing here?
-I came to ask you a question.
-Oh, yeah? What?
-I'm a good lawyer, right?
-Right.
-I got Earl Soames off, right?
-What are you talking about? I got Earl Soames...
-Yeah, you got him off.
-I didn'tjust get him off. I got him off on murder. And we all know Mr Soames did it. Right, he did it. He was guilty. We all know that. Brilliant defence. Brilliant.
-Brilliant defence, Arthur.
-Right. Brilliant. Brilliant! Brilliant! I got him off on a technicality. I know, Jay. Right. Good.
-Mr Soames did it again.
-What do you mean? At twelve o'clock tonight he killed two kids. Oh, Jesus. He killed kids, you see. Oh, Jay...
-I gotta take a piss.
-Jay... My partner.
-There's women in here.
-Hello. Arthur, what's going on? Come on, it won't hurt you. Just duck. You've got about three feet. For Christ's sake, get in. How are you feeling? Ready to go? I thought you flew planes. With wings. I've been flying helicopters ever since Korea. Get in. Button up. Close the door. I gotta tell you, Judge. I'm not too happy about this. Just relax, Arthur. Could we maybe just go out a bit? Kind ofjust go and hover? We'll do any goddamn thing you want. Now hold on to your cojones. This is what it's all about! Pretty, isn't it? I don't want to talk. What? I don't want to talk. Did you ever skydive?
-Did you ever skydive?
-No! Why? You oughta try it. You might learn something. I was skydiving once and my main chute didn't open. My reserve didn't open either. There I was, plunging to the earth. As I hit the treetops I discovered the meaning of life.
-Which is?
-It sucks, Arthur. It really sucks. They used to keep Native Dancer down there. Native Dancer, the horse. They kept him down there. Beautiful animal.
-Where are we going?
-Do you have any place in mind? Down. I would prefer to go down. Just relax and enjoy it, Arthur. The old Chinese proverb. Great, isn't it? Oh, my! Let me show you something. Look at that. Wild, isn't it?
-We've hit it.
-Hit what? What did we hit? The halfway point. There's a little game I play. I always calculate how far I can go on the fuel I have and still get back. Then I figure out the halfway point and I go just a little beyond it. You mean we're beyond the halfway point? You mean we're not gonna make it back? Maybe, maybe not. Well, land. Land! Put it down! Come on, we're all right. If we're beyond the halfway point we're not all right. Land! Here we go! Heading back. Sixteen years of marriage and my wife still won't eat Chinese food. It's crazy. Especially since we met in a Chinese restaurant. How are we doing? Where are we? Are we back yet? Trust me, Arthur. It's a protest. She relates Chinese food to our marriage. We're not gonna make it back! I knew it! I knew it! We're not gonna make it back! Arthur, look at that. I told you I had good instincts. Hang on, Arthur. Hang on now. Hang on... Hang on, Arthur. We'll make it. Hang on! Oh, God! Oh, God! Hang on! Hang on! Home free. We almost made it right on the button. Another ninety feet. I told you I had good instincts. Come on, let's go ashore. Shit, my wheel. Come on, Arthur. It's easier when you take the belt off. That's it. Are you all right? Come on, let's get some coffee. You'll be all right. Your adrenaline's still charged. You have to admit it makes you feel alive, vital. When I think that we could be dead right now... Listen, why is everyone so preoccupied with death? I'm not usually preoccupied with it, but this seems like a valid time. Another chicken salad sandwich. Arthur? No. Let's get back to Fleming.
-You won't consider taking his case?
-Nope. Not interested. You'd better be interested. There are some very powerful people who can ruin your career. Ruin my career? What do you mean? For one they can have you disbarred. Do you want some more coffee? Disbarred? What are you talking about? Did you ever have a client named Ernest Drago? Drago, yeah. What about him? You gave the police information that led to his conviction. Drago was a nut. Drago was insane. He sat in my office and rattled off the most grotesque fantasies imaginable. I handled him on a burglary charge and I heard that stuff every day. His favourite fantasy was: What would happen if he stuck a firecracker in somebody's mouth? So, I read in the newspapers that there was this nut -
-who held people at gunpoint and forced cherry bombs in their mouths. I knew it was Drago, so I told the police. You didn't prevent a crime. You betrayed a client.
-You violated the code of ethics.
-What are you talking about?
-What's going on?
-Arthur, they want you. You're a very principled lawyer with no political ties. I tell ya... They want me to defend Fleming because of my moral integrity. And if I don't defend him I'll be disbarred for being unethical. Look, Arthur. Put aside your personal feelings. Take the case. You've worked too hard. Don't throw your career away. I can't believe this. I just don't believe it.
-Judge, I want McCullaugh freed.
-Nothing can be done. I don't buy that, Judge. Just reopen the case. Reopen the case and I'll get him acquitted. Now look. You are in no position to ask for anything. But I'll see what I can do to help. Perhaps there's an exception to the statute. Okay. Okay. So, why don't you tell me about the girl? This Leah Shephard. Can you tell me anything about her? What do you want to know? I saw her a few times. She works at City Hall.
-Did you have sex on the first date?
-Yes. First and second time.
-That's why this makes no sense.
-What do you think happened to her? I assure you I did not rape her, but... I really don't know. Maybe an angry boyfriend showed up after I left. Angry boyfriend? That's a little mild, don't you think? She wasn't just raped, she was sadistically beaten and sodomized. That's a bit beyond angry boyfriend. You're right. I'm sorry. How did I get into this? I've been involved in the law for thirty years. And I can't find five people who'll believe I'm innocent.
-Will you take a lie detector test?
-Why? It's not admissible evidence. I know. I would like you to do it for me.
-I'll think about it.
-No, no...
-I said, I would think about it.
-You can't do this. I need a polygraph to prepare your case.
-If I'm going to be your lawyer...
-If you're going to be?

-Mr Kirkland, you are my lawyer.
-I know. I'm your lawyer.
And as your lawyer there are certain demands... As I said to you before, you don't demand anything. Now sit down. I have a lot of work to do. I said, sit down. Leave it out here.
-Jeff, what happened to you?
-Somebody beat me up.
-What for?
-I don't know. I didn't ask. Listen, I talked to Fleming. We'll work something out. We'll get you out of here. When? It's gonna take maybe three weeks. I promise I'll get you out by then.
-Three weeks?
-That's the best I can do.
-You must be kidding.
-It's the best I can do.
-What am I supposed to do?
-You're gonna have to hang in there.
-Just take care of yourself.
-Take care? I got myself locked up in solitary to get away from some guys. I can't fight.I pledge allegiance to the flag ofthe United States ofAmerica. And to the republic, for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty -
-andjustice forall. Take your wig off. Take your wig off. Turn and face the wall. Turn and face the wall. Face the wall. All right, that's it.
-Are you a natural blonde?
-Chicken Delight! He delivers! Don't put that in here. She ain't my type. That's my wife you're talking about. She's here for our conjugal visit. Come, let daddy show you what he's got in his pants for you. She's got the same thing under her skirt that you've got in your pants. Come on, you guys, we've got a lady here. Have you got any concealed weapons they didn't find up front?
-You've got something concealed ...
-But it ain't no weapon. Let's see you strip just to make sure. A star is born! Kirkland, watch your hands. Come on, Kirkland. Let's go. Can you make a phone call for me? Where the hell is he? What do you mean, he's in jail? My lawyer's in jail? Contempt of court? He's too goddamn emotional. Get him. I've had a car accident. I haven't left the scene of the accident, I'm in it! Can't you hear the confusion? Do you hear this noise? They're trying to get me out ofthe car. I'm trapped because some prick ... Could you move back, so we can get you out? Can't you see I'm on the phone? Keep it down! I'm trying ... Goddammit! Tell Arthur to get over here. I'm on Eager Street. Where are we? Eager Street ... Just tell him to get over here. You can't miss it. I understand you took a swing at Judge Fleming. Is that true? Kiley, why not do something about that kid? Put him someplace else. They're just having some fun with him, that's all.
-Fun?
-Sometimes the boys get bored. For you, it's still new and exciting. Sign here. Why don't you ease up on the judge? He's your kind of guy, huh? Yeah, Fleming's a tough man. Hates scum almost as much as we do. Good morning, Mr Kirkland. Carl! Come on. Here. Are you all right? Sue the son of a bitch who did this for every cent he's got. Every nickel.
-Carl, are you all right?
-Disappear.
-Miss, why don't you ...
-She's not hurt. Nothing to report.
-Wait in the car.
-There's no need for the wife to know. After all I was your first client, Arthur. You broke cherry on me. Not the time to go down memory lane. Let's just get you to the hospital. You're the best, Arthur. Get every nickel and put him away.
-I'll see he gets the death penalty.
-Death is okay too.
-You stink. Did somebody piss on you?
-Get him out of here. Let nobody use my car phone. I'm in the hospital and some jerk calls Rome. You son of a bitch! You lunatic! Carl, you're gonna have a stroke. You'll have to deal with my lawyer.
-You'll die for this! He's the best!
-It's not even my car. Be calm, Carl. Be calm.
-I have a terrible headache.
-You'll be all right. I'll call you.
-What about this guy here?
-He says he's all right. It's a friend's car. I just borrowed it for the night.
-How am I gonna tell him?
-You should go to the hospital.
-I'm okay, but the car ...
-Let me take you to the hospital. My horoscope said it would be a great day and look what happened. Shit! It's not going to be that way this time. We should request a postponement. That would put us into January. Look at me when I'm talking to you!
-The DA is willing to go two years.
-That's a lot of fucking time, man.
-I ain't kissing nobody's ass.
-I'm not asking you to. Just give it a little pat. Arthur. Arthur. Excuse me. Hold it, Wenke.
-Where are you going?
-The bathroom. Go home and change. You look like shit. What would you say if I walked into court looking like that? What would you say? I don't wanna keep harping on this, -
-but the Ethics Committee is checking up on everyone. You've gotta watch it. Last week two lawyers were disbarred on minor charges. You get thrown in jail on contempt of court. Fleming got me crazy. Push him on that McCullaugh thing and there will be big trouble. McCullaugh's innocent and Fleming won't look at the evidence.
-What do you want me to do?
-You don't threaten a judge! Will you do me a personal favour? Put this on. I got Fleming first thing this morning. Give him my love. The tie, I like it. It's Fleming's favourite colour. All rise. Criminal Court of Baltimore City is now in session. The Honourable Henry T. Fleming presiding. Be seated. If Your Honour please, for the first matter -
-the State would call case number , State versus Robert Wenke. Mr Wenke, may I ask you to step forward, please. How many times have you been before the bench, Mr Wenke? Three times, Your Honour. Once for assault, once for arson, once for grand larceny. And now indecent exposure. What's the matter? Can't you decide what you wanna be when you grow up? Anything to say? Yes, Your Honour. I'm a loyal Colts fan. You are also a revolting, despicable scum of the earth -
-who should be squashed like a cockroach. I object. My client has not been found guilty yet. You're absolutely right, Counsellor. It's now :. At : he will be guilty. I find the defendant guilty. Sentence to be imposed later. I would like Mr Wenke's bail to be continued.
-Bail is revoked.
-Thank you. The State will now call number . That was very good work. Very nice. Colts fan. I need Colts? Terrific, Wenke. Then you do know? The big white house? With the fat columns out in front on Greenway Avenue? Guess how much that house is worth.
-I don't know.
-Take a guess. Seven million. , dollars. Now that's some nut I've got, huh? I just need some more accident cases. I ought to throw banana peels around. Recess is almost over, and I only have this lottery case ... Did you knowthere's a guy eating something off your table? The guy you're prosecuting. He's eating the lottery tickets. Holy shit! Gibson, get the hell away!
-Don't swallow, you son of a bitch!
-That's my client! Don't swallow! Gentlemen, need I remind you you are in a court of law? Now let's proceed in an orderly fashion. What the hell are you doing? Does the defence have anything to add? Your Honour ... I guess I should request a recess -
-so my client could get something to eat. He's obviously very hungry. My client, McCullaugh. Could I see him for a minute? Sure, Mr Kirkland. Stick your hand out. Mr Kirkland, what happened? I just want to reaffirm what I said yesterday. We'll get you out. I knowyou're trying, but this is crazy, you know?. I know it. You said you had evidence that proves I'm innocent.
-Yes, you're innocent.
-And Judge Fleming agrees, right? If everyone agrees I'm innocent, why am I going back to jail? There's enough proof, but the court won't accept it.
-Why not?
-Well, there's a law ... It says that evidence must be submitted within a certain time period. And ours came in three days late. What difference does that make? Even if it came in three years late. They've got the proofthey need. They should let me go. The judge sends me to jail and he knows I'm innocent. What's going on? It's gonna take more time. Any otherjudge would let you out. But Fleming goes by the letter ofthe law. Jeff, I promise I'll get you out. I promise. He promises to get you out. Don't worry. Judge Fleming. I want to apologise for my behaviour in the courtroom the other day. I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear anything. That's understandable, sir. But I thought maybe we could discuss this McCullaugh case. You and l, man to man. Off the record. Ifyou try to make a deal with me, you might wind up back in jail. A deal? No, sir. I'm not trying to make a deal. I understand your strict enforcement of the statute. But my client's constitutional rights are being denied.
-My client is innocent.
-I don't give a shit about your client. Hi, Sherry.
-Hi, Mr Kirkland.
-Mrs Tate, how are you? He'll be right with you.
-Boy, do you look tired.
-Coffee, please. Mrs Tate wants to talk. Her son broke his leg again. Neighbour's driveway. And Bricker wants to know ifyour client will settle for , dollars. Coffee, please. You have three new clients today. One's a whiplash, one's divorce. And the third has to do with amnesia. I don't know what it is. What are you doing?
-No foam.
-That's because it's deodorant. Don't forget to visit your grandfather today.
-And be in court at two fifteen.
-Coffee, please. Do you want some coffee? Sherry, stay with me today, dear. I need you today. Arthur. Arthur, come here. Hi, Judge. Are we gonna get together this weekend? I don't know. You're the only one I've been dating these days. You promised you'd go flying with me. I gotta tell you ... I'm not too fond of anything that takes place off the ground. I don't know. I've got a thing about heights.
-This is flying. It's different.
-How high up do you go? How high do you wanna go? Come on, it'll be good for you.
-Besides, it gets lonesome up there.
-Why don't you take your wife? The last thing we did together was get married. Come on, Arthur. You promised me.
-All right. What time?
-Sunday morning. Ten o'clock. Do you always carry that thing with you? There's law and there's order. And that's order. Do you like egg rolls?
-Yeah.
-Good. Come on, let's get out of here. Easy, easy, easy. You got it. You son of a gun. So, it's another week already? Another week. I don't know where time goes. No problems, Grandpa? Everything all right? See this one? Wonderful woman. I went to her husband's funeral. Fine man. Gitel? Hello, Sam. How are you? This is my grandson, Arthur.
-I'm pleased to meet you.
-Good to meet you.
-He goes to law school.
-I'm a lawyer. Take my advice. Don't be in a hurry. He's a nice-looking boy.
-My grandson.
-Yes ...
-Good to meet you.
-Pleased to have met you too. So, it's been a week. Yeah, it's been a week. Last week we went for a ride in the car. Remember? That's a good machine. Always give signals when you turn. Right. Left. So ... Are you a good lawyer? Are you honest? Well, I don't know. Being honest doesn't have much to do with being a lawyer, Grandpa. Ifyou're not honest, you've got nothing. Your parents should see you now. To hell with them. They never cared before. Why should they care now?
-They're still your parents.
-No. You raised me. You're the one who put me through law school. You're a wonderful man, Grandpa. But your son, he's a shit. He was born with colic. Sam, I love you. Look at you. Filled out, like a man. Soon you'll look like a lawyer and you'll be a lawyer. I am a lawyer, Sam. I've been a lawyer for twelve years. So, it's another week already.
-Do you know Jules Stouffer?
-Yes, I do.
-He was a client ofyours, right?
-Yes. Wasn't he originally represented by Alvin Burton?
-Yes, that is correct.
-Why did he change representation? I handled him on an assault charge. That's my area, not Burton's. Did Stouffer express dissatisfaction with Mr Burton? Not at all. Burton's an excellent lawyer. Are you going after him?
-We're not going after anyone.
-Do you know David Crebbs? We're reviewing certain accusations to determine if they're true -
-and to clean our own house. So please do not overdramatize this. It's not the McCarthy hearings. Oh, that's a relief. So you're not gonna ask me: "Are you now or have you ever been a lawyer?"
-That wasn't amusing, Mr Kirkland.
-Do you know David Crebbs? No, it wasn't, Miss ... ? Packer. This isn't amusing. It is ridiculous. Yes, I know David Crebbs. Have you ever seen ... Is this mike working?
-Do you know David Crebbs?
-Why are we using microphones?
-Why don't we just talk to each other?
-This is a hearing, Mr Kirkland. Yes. It's a hearing.
-Do you know Jules Stouffer?
-We've already asked that. Are we through with Stouffer? How about Alvin Burton?
-Do you know David Crebbs?
-I've already asked that.
-What did he say?
-He said yes. Have you ever seen him intoxicated in court? David Crebbs has a speech impediment. Check your records. It's in there. As answer to your question: No, he doesn't drink. Not at all. At this point I would just like to say -
-that what this committee is doing in theory is highly commendable. However, in practice it sucks. And I am not going to answer any more questions. What do you think we're trying to do in there?
-Want a drink?
-No. Whatever you may think, we're not conducting some kind of witch-hunt. What are you doing then? You might not be aware ofthis, -
-but there's a lot of corruption that nobody's doing anything about.
-Do you think you're doing something?
-Yes, I do. That committee is a very dangerous farce. Whoa, Mr Kirkland. I spend fourteen hours a day on that committee. I don't do it to get a few good laughs. You could spend the rest ofyour life. You'll wind up a cop. Maybe ruining the careers of a few guys who wiped their ass the wrong way. Other than that, nothing. So what do you think? About what? About me. What do you think? Think I'm kind of interesting? Somebody you'd like to have a drink with? I think that you're crazy. What about Daniel's? Say, around seven thirty? I don't think so. Eight? Eight thirty. All right. I'm Arthur Kirkland. You wanted to see me? Yeah. My man, Bambi, he recommended you real highly. He said, Arthur Kirkland was the man to see. Okay, Ralph, tell me what happened. It says here you were involved in a robbery. No, sir. What happened is, it was time to come down on a nigger. It's like smoking. They've got to have a nigger every twenty minutes. What happened is ... I was in an alley, petting my dog, when they came down on me. It states here the dog was attacking you -
-when you were seen in the alley. Well, my dog, he gets like that. It also states that the dog belonged to a Mrs B. Jackson. He sure looked like my dog. He had that little ... It also states that when asked what you were doing you replied: "I don't know nothing about that taxi cab." That's true. I don't.
-How did you knowthere was one?
-Mr Kirkland, there's always one. Ralph, tell me the truth or get another lawyer. I don't need the bullshit. Okay. I was in that cab, but I didn't rob it. It was my cousin's idea. I didn't know nothing. He's crazy.
-What's your cousin's name?
-I don't know. I mean ...
-He lives over on Hillsdale.
-You don't know your cousin's name? Who do you think you're talking to? Do you think I'm an idiot? I read a report, I can tell if somebody's bullshitting me. Give me straight answers or get another lawyer. I don't have time to listen to some jive-ass put-me-on. Okay. It wasn't my idea, but I did knowwhat was coming down. See me and my cousin Royce ... Royce Shavers. He figures that since I am the way I am ... Mr Kirkland, I can look really fine sometimes. I'm sure you can. Royce figures we can be a couple. You know, a man and a woman couple. A cab driver will pick up a couple faster than he will two nigger men. We got into a cab on Garrison Boulevard. And we asked him to take us down to the harbour like we were tourists. I can't go to jail, man. I just can't do it. I can't go to that place. Please, Mr Kirkland, you've got to help me. Please ... Okay, I'll help you, Ralph. Just don't lie to me.
-Okay?
-Yes, sir.
-Don't lie to me, okay?
-Yes, sir. Thank you. Thanks for bringing me home, Gail. Oh, God. You really take renting an unfurnished apartment literally, don't you? It doesn't have to stay this way. What happened? Did your wife take you in the divorce settlement? She had a better lawyer. Do you get to see your kids much? They're in California. Phone calls, holidays. Put the food out. I'll get the plates. I guess I was lucky. We never had any kids.
-How long were you married?
-Three years.
-Were you in love?
-No ... I was in love with the law. You knowwhat I mean? You got a serving spoon? Serving spoon. Thank you. So, do you eat out a lot?
-Yeah. Do you?
-Yeah. The committee works just about every night. How did you feel when you walked out on the committee?
-Did you feel daggers in your back?
-That's a very dangerous group. Jesus, here we go ... Arthur, why do you feel it's dangerous? You con the public to think you're doing something, and you're not. We are doing something. Protecting the public from corrupt lawyers. You're skimming the surface. You're not going after real power. Wow, that's scary. What real power, Arthur?
-You don't know?
-No. Tell me. Well, now we know they're definitely safe. What makes you think you know so goddamn much?
-I don't know so much.
-No, tell me. What makes you the great voice of authority? I don't pretend to be a voice of authority. I just don't think you knowwhat you're doing. Oh, I see. This is nice, don't you think? No, I don't find this particularly nice, Arthur. I'm angry again, you know. I don't like being angry.
-It's not very pleasant.
-Why do you criticize me for what I do? I'm not criticizing you. You're taking it too personally. The committee is doing something about what's going on. We're not sitting in jail at nights because of contempt of court.
-Do you know what that's about?
-Yeah. You punched Judge Fleming.
-You knowwhy?
-I have no idea. Tell me. I have a client who's in jail because of a faulty tail light.
-And I can't get him out.
-What do you mean? Do you want to hear a story about our wonderful judicial system? Sure. A guy named Jeff McCullaugh is going down a highway one night. And the cops stop him because his tail light isn't working. They run a make on him. The computer kicks back -
-that a Jeff McCullaugh is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon.
-Was it the same guy?
-No. But he fits the description, so they arrest him. Did he tell them they had the wrong person? He tried. He told the public defender. But he was too busy. He never bothered to check.
-Are you serious?
-Wait, it gets better. While Jeff is in jail, a guard is stabbed -
-and the knife is planted in Jeff's cell. And Jeff is trialled on a new charge: Assaulting a guard with a deadly weapon. And a trial date is set. Six months from the time he was first picked up. I'll make a long story short. Six months go by -
-and a very shaky, very crazy Jeff McCullaugh goes to court. The public defender tells Jeff that he can get him off -
-if he pleads guilty. He'll make a deal with the judge. So he pleads guilty even though he's innocent. Right. The deal was made with a Judge Callahan. The day ofthe trial Judge Callahan cannot be found. Fleming is in his place. Fleming doesn't know about the deal. Jeff pleads guilty. Fleming sentences Jeff to five years in prison. So, one little guy has already spent -
-a year and a half in jail because his lights didn't work. I've spent the last year gathering evidence to prove he's innocent. And I prove it. I bring it all into Fleming's court -
-and he throws it out.
-Why?
-It came in three days late. Holy shit! That's incredible. It's not incredible. It's Fleming. No, Arthur. That's the law. You can't fault Fleming legally. Because he was going by the letter ofthe law.
-Are you kidding?
-No, I'm not. You talk to me like that you won't get me into bed, dear. Yes, I will. I've had tougher cases.
-You're so easy.
-You knew that, huh? That's why you went out with me. Finish your egg roll. Arthur! Arthur! You'll never guess who the police just grabbed.
-Take a guess.
-Warren, please ... This may sound crazy, but Judge Fleming was just taken away.
-What do you mean, taken away?
-Arrested. Come on. I'm telling you. They just arrested your very own favourite judge.
-Judge Fleming?
-Judge Fleming. What's the joke, Warren? There's a joke connected to this. There is no joke. I don't know what it's about. They're sitting on this very hard. I can't get anything from anybody. Warren ... Let me knowthe ...
-Judge, we're ready to reconvene.
-I'll be right there. Congratulations, Counsel. Thank you very much. What did I do? Come here, come here. Judge Fleming. I was right. He was arrested this morning and booked.
-We know that.
-You'll never guess what for.
-Take a guess.
-What for? Rape. Fleming was booked on a rape.
-I can't stand it.
-Isn't that the best?
-Rape!
-I don't believe it. That's not the best. Oh, no. I'm gonna tell you the punchline. You're gonna love this. His people just called. Mr Fleming would like you to represent him. Me? Me? Why me? I hate the son of a bitch. I'm going crazy! Mr Kirkland, as you undoubtedly know, -
-Judge Fleming has been accused, falsely I might add, -
-of sexually assaulting a young lady. He wants you to represent him. Excuse me.
-What, may I ask, is so funny?
-I just think it's ... It's just crazy. I don't think it's so crazy. Two lawyers up in the third-floor men's room think differently. Right now one ofthem is laughing so hard he's choking in the sink. I'm aware that I'm not particularly well liked. But the fact is that I'm innocent and I will have that proven in court. Mr Bates and I feel, in this particular situation, -
-you would be perfect to handle my defence. What is this? The two of you got together and came up with that one. That's a beauty. The real question is: Why? Why me, fellas? We need you for political reasons. Political reasons? What kind? This case will create a lot of media coverage. The animosity between you and the judge is well known. But we can use that. Why else defend a man you dislike so much -
-unless he was truly innocent? And he is, you know. Remarkable. Remarkable. But personally I don't give a shit. You smug son of a bitch! Henry! Henry! I've never committed a crime in my life. Judge, ifyou're innocent, truly innocent, -
-you don't need me. Get yourself another lawyer. What are you laughing at? I really hate to tell you this, but -
-you remind me a little of my ex-husband. In what way? Because, during sex, he would always say: "Go! Go!" "Go"? I don't say "go".
-I heard you say "go".
-No, I don't say "go". "Go" is dumb. I say "God".
-Are you sure?
-I'm sure. I could have sworn I heard a couple of go's. That was "God". I said "Ooooh ..." It sounded like "go". And then I said "God". "Ooooh, God". Oh, God ... Yeah? Who is it? Arthur, it's Jay!
-Jay?
-What the hell ... ? It's my partner. Jay. Jay? All right, all right. What do you say? Hell of a night tonight.
-It's two o'clock in the morning.
-I know. The bars just closed. So, what are you doing here?
-I came to ask you a question.
-Oh, yeah? What?
-I'm a good lawyer, right?
-Right.
-I got Earl Soames off, right?
-What are you talking about? I got Earl Soames ...
-Yeah, you got him off.
-I didn'tjust get him off. I got him off on murder. And we all know Mr Soames did it. Right, he did it. He was guilty. We all know that. Brilliant defence. Brilliant.
-Brilliant defence, Arthur.
-Right. Brilliant. Brilliant! Brilliant! I got him off on a technicality. I know, Jay. Right. Good.
-Mr Soames did it again.
-What do you mean? At twelve o'clock tonight he killed two kids. Oh, Jesus. He killed kids, you see. Oh, Jay ...
-I gotta take a piss.
-Jay ... My partner.
-There's women in here.
-Hello. Arthur, what's going on? Come on, it won't hurt you. Just duck. You've got about three feet. For Christ's sake, get in. How are you feeling? Ready to go? I thought you flew planes. With wings. I've been flying helicopters ever since Korea. Get in. Button up. Close the door. I gotta tell you, Judge. I'm not too happy about this. Just relax, Arthur. Could we maybe just go out a bit? Kind ofjust go and hover? We'll do any goddamn thing you want. Now hold on to your cojones. This is what it's all about! Pretty, isn't it? I don't want to talk. What? I don't want to talk. Did you ever skydive?
-Did you ever skydive?
-No! Why? You oughta try it. You might learn something. I was skydiving once and my main chute didn't open. My reserve didn't open either. There I was, plunging to the earth. As I hit the treetops I discovered the meaning of life.
-Which is?
-It sucks, Arthur. It really sucks. They used to keep Native Dancer down there. Native Dancer, the horse. They kept him down there. Beautiful animal.
-Where are we going?
-Do you have any place in mind? Down. I would prefer to go down. Just relax and enjoy it, Arthur. The old Chinese proverb. Great, isn't it? Oh, my! Let me showyou something. Look at that. Wild, isn't it?
-We've hit it.
-Hit what? What did we hit? The halfway point. There's a little game I play. I always calculate how far I can go on the fuel I have and still get back. Then I figure out the halfway point and I go just a little beyond it. You mean we're beyond the halfway point? You mean we're not gonna make it back? Maybe, maybe not. Well, land. Land! Put it down! Come on, we're all right. Ifwe're beyond the halfway point we're not all right. Land! Here we go! Heading back. Sixteen years of marriage and my wife still won't eat Chinese food. It's crazy. Especially since we met in a Chinese restaurant. How are we doing? Where are we? Are we back yet? Trust me, Arthur. It's a protest. She relates Chinese food to our marriage. We're not gonna make it back! I knew it! I knew it! We're not gonna make it back! Arthur, look at that. I told you I had good instincts. Hang on, Arthur. Hang on now. Hang on ... Hang on, Arthur. We'll make it. Hang on! Oh, God! Oh, God! Hang on! Hang on! Home free. We almost made it right on the button. Another ninety feet. I told you I had good instincts. Come on, let's go ashore. Shit, my wheel. Come on, Arthur. It's easier when you take the belt off. That's it. Are you all right? Come on, let's get some coffee. You'll be all right. Your adrenaline's still charged. You have to admit it makes you feel alive, vital. When I think that we could be dead right now ... Listen, why is everyone so preoccupied with death? I'm not usually preoccupied with it, but this seems like a valid time. Another chicken salad sandwich. Arthur? No. Let's get back to Fleming.
-You won't consider taking his case?
-Nope. Not interested. You'd better be interested. There are some very powerful people who can ruin your career. Ruin my career? What do you mean? For one they can have you disbarred. Do you want some more coffee? Disbarred? What are you talking about? Did you ever have a client named Ernest Drago? Drago, yeah. What about him? You gave the police information that led to his conviction. Drago was a nut. Drago was insane. He sat in my office and rattled off the most grotesque fantasies imaginable. I handled him on a burglary charge and I heard that stuff every day. His favourite fantasy was: What would happen if he stuck a firecracker in somebody's mouth? So, I read in the newspapers that there was this nut -
-who held people at gunpoint and forced cherry bombs in their mouths. I knew it was Drago, so I told the police. You didn't prevent a crime. You betrayed a client.
-You violated the code of ethics.
-What are you talking about?
-What's going on?
-Arthur, they want you. You're a very principled lawyer with no political ties. I tell ya ... They want me to defend Fleming because of my moral integrity. And if I don't defend him I'll be disbarred for being unethical. Look, Arthur. Put aside your personal feelings. Take the case. You've worked too hard. Don't throw your career away. I can't believe this. I just don't believe it.
-Judge, I want McCullaugh freed.
-Nothing can be done. I don't buy that, Judge. Just reopen the case. Reopen the case and I'll get him acquitted. Now look. You are in no position to ask for anything. But I'll see what I can do to help. Perhaps there's an exception to the statute. Okay. Okay. So, why don't you tell me about the girl? This Leah Shephard. Can you tell me anything about her? What do you want to know? I saw her a few times. She works at City Hall.
-Did you have sex on the first date?
-Yes. First and second time.
-That's why this makes no sense.
-What do you think happened to her? I assure you I did not rape her, but ... I really don't know. Maybe an angry boyfriend showed up after I left. Angry boyfriend? That's a little mild, don't you think? She wasn'tjust raped, she was sadistically beaten and sodomized. That's a bit beyond angry boyfriend. You're right. I'm sorry. How did I get into this? I've been involved in the law for thirty years. And I can't find five people who'll believe I'm innocent.
-Will you take a lie detector test?
-Why? It's not admissible evidence. I know. I would like you to do it for me.
-I'll think about it.
-No, no ...
-I said, I would think about it.
-You can't do this. I need a polygraph to prepare your case.
-If I'm going to be your lawyer ...
-Ifyou're going to be?
-Mr Kirkland, you are my lawyer.
-I know. I'm your lawyer. And as your lawyer there are certain demands ... As I said to you before, you don't demand anything. Now sit down. I have a lot ofwork to do. I said, sit down. Leave it out here.
-Jeff, what happened to you?
-Somebody beat me up.
-What for?
-I don't know. I didn't ask. Listen, I talked to Fleming. We'll work something out. We'll get you out of here. When? It's gonna take maybe three weeks. I promise I'll get you out by then.
-Three weeks?
-That's the best I can do.
-You must be kidding.
-It's the best I can do.
-What am I supposed to do?
-You're gonna have to hang in there.
-Just take care ofyourself.
-Take care? I got myself locked up in solitary to get away from some guys. I can't fight. You read about guys being let out of prison because it's too crowded. And here I am and I didn't do nothing. Ifthat doesn't beat all. I know, Jeff. You can't lose hope. Understand me? You can't lose hope. Happy Thanksgiving.
-I bet we're gonna have good turkey.
-Of course we are. Where's your teeth? You need your teeth ifyou're gonna eat turkey. Where's your teeth, Grandpa? Did I have my teeth last time you were here? Of course you had. You had teeth this morning. He doesn't remember so well.
-What did I do with my teeth?
-He's very proud ofyou. He always talks about his grandson studying to become a lawyer. I wish he could remember that I am a lawyer. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. So what? He's still proud. Arnie, are you sure I had my teeth this morning? I know you had teeth. What's that? By the television. All right. I'm ready. I hope your friend won't mind me coming. No, Arnie. This is Thanksgiving. There will be a lot of people. You'll be all right. Let me get this here.
-Okay, guys.
-Let's go, let's go. I hope they don't have yams. I hate yams. I can't eat off my knees. What happened to sitting at a table? You say: "Pass the salt". "A little more stuffing, please". Is it true, that Fleming passed the polygraph test? Larry, that's privileged information. Let's just say I'm one of the privileged. He did, didn't he? What are the odds? Nobody wanted to believe he's innocent. I can't talk about that. I could tell this is catered. Turkey I know. What is this?
-Excuse me ...
-Go ahead, go ahead.
-Thank you.
-Go already. What is this fancy thing over here? You don't like it? You don't eat it. I'll bet it's the yams. They're hiding the yams so I'll eat it. Hi. How are you? Is it Jay? What do you think, Arthur? Hello, Larry. Do you like it? It came to me during the night.
-I gotta talk to you.
-Excuse me. Marcie, I'm coming back. When I do, you can pet it.
-What are you doing? What's going on?
-Nothing. What do you mean? What are you doing with that head?
-Where'd you get it?
-I shaved my head.
-What for?
-A change of pace. You shaved your head for a change of pace? Also, do you see what it does? It's going to make it thick. When this comes back it's gonna be thick. What's bothering you? Don't play big brother, all right? Where's that Marcie? Will the defendant please rise. I find the defendant guilty of armed robbery I don't understand. What's going on? Am I going to jail? Since this is the defendant's first major offence, -
-and he has no criminal record and is currently employed, -
-I request an investigation.
-You foresee a favourable report?
-Yes, Your Honour. A probation report is to be drawn up and presented within fifteen days. Sentencing will be withheld until that time. What happens now? They prepare a report for the judge -
-and in fifteen days you should be out on probation.
-Should be? I have to be.
-Don't worry, you'll be okay. Arthur. Where are you going?
-My office.
-Come in, I'll take you.
-It's a new one, huh?
-Yeah, you like it?
-Arthur, I've got a problem.
-What?
-This young girl ...
-Not again, Carl. I think it's a paternity suit. Well, you know me, Arthur. Is Jay letting his hair grow back or keeping it shaved? He shaves it every day. He carries around a razor -
-which he runs over his head all day long. Jesus. Sounds pretty bad. He's not all right, is he? He's all right. He'll be all right. You know, the committee's considering calling him in. His clients are complaining. He's postponing his court dates. He's got a problem. He's all right. He's all right. You knowwhat this whole thing comes down to, don't you? Every day, defence lawyers get guilty people off and are not affected by it. It's not supposed to affect them. The difference is that Jay was affected by it. He was hurt by it.
-That's not the point.
-Isn't it ironic? That the one lawyer who felt something is brought before your ethics committee? Don't make yourself out to be the only sensitive person around here. I know Jay was hurting. That's not the point. He's not functioning properly because of it. He's all right. He just needs time. I've taken over his court cases. He's emphasizing on contracts. Now lay off him, okay? I'm just trying to let you know what's going on. I love the way the hierarchy works. You're going after guys like Jay -
-and nobody is doing anything about Judge Rayford, who's a suicidal maniac.
-Rayford?
-Yes. The man is bent on killing himself. A bailiff once found him trying to hang himself. You knowwhere he eats his lunch? Outside his window, on the ledge, four stories high. This man is making value decisions on people's lives. His personal behaviour is not affecting his work.
-You knowthat for sure?
-He's an excellentjudge.
-And Jay's an excellent lawyer.
-I know. He was. That's not the point. The point is, his problems are affecting his clients. That's why the committee wants to see him. Oh, God. You know, there are times -
-when I'm not too sure I like you. We are so opposite -
-in how we feel about things. Maybe that's good.
-That's perfect, right?
-Right. As long as we keep a little friction between us, there are no problems. That's all the photos in the Fleming case. Here's the name and address of a witness that lives in Leah's neighbourhood.
-He thinks you ought to see this guy.
-What does this say? Reisler? Reisler. Yeah, Reisler. She's a little constipated. She's got that look on her face. You saw somebody go into Leah's house on the night ofthe attack? Can you describe that person? I'd say he was a young fella. Small build, about ', '.
-Cherry?
-No, thanks. A small fella, huh? Could you identify him ifyou saw him? No, it was too dark. Too far. You knew about the publicity this case is getting? Newspapers about Judge Fleming? Then how come you didn't report this to the police? I went to the police. I told them I had information for them -
-and they told me to wait. I waited one, two, three hours. I finally turned around and went home. I couldn't spend the whole night there. Do you know Leah Shephard? Oh, you know, to wave to her and say hello. Would you testify to what you just said in court? I guess I would, if I had to. But I really don't wanna get involved. Then what happened? I told him to move on, but he used profanity and refused to leave. What sort of profanity? You know, the normal kind. We've all heard these words before. What did he say? He used "fuck" a lot. And "Piss on you". And said he was going to "bunghole" the short-order chef. He was going to "cream" on the waitress. Stuff like that. There's a very good reason for all that, Your Honour. What is that? I'm a diabetic. I don't get it. I've never heard of diabetes causing foul language. That's because you're a douche bag. Make sure this man gets a psychiatric evaluation. I will withhold a verdict pending a medical report. Day in, day out, same goddamn thing. These people belong in a mental home. Thatjudge is slower than the six-o'clock news.
-What can you do for me?
-A year. Are you kidding? I thought it was bargain day. He'll buy six months. All right. What else have you got? Fenwick.
-Eighteen months.
-Eighteen months? You tell him. He's crazy. He'll snap your neck. Tell him a year, but the offer's only good for today. Frank, come on ... He's got beady eyes. He's a maniac. He bit off two of his cellmate's fingers. I can't tell him a year. It's the best I can do. I'm not in a good mood.
-Frank?
-Here I am.
-Is that it?
-Yeah. I'll get back to you on Fenwick.
-I have to talk to you.
-I've got a case coming up. Then what happened, Mr Saltzman? This punk kept pulling my wife's purse and she wouldn't let go. So I tried to get him off. He pushes me aside and knocks my wife into a wall. You want the good news first?
-Shoot.
-Fleming passed the polygraph. And I have an eyewitness. We will call the defendant Robert Avillar to the stand. And as for your star witness, Leah Shephard ... We know about her credibility. You want me to throw the whole Fleming thing out the window?. I've got you by the balls. He's innocent. Ifthe DA drops the case, everybody will scream political deal. The old lady kept hanging on. She lets go of the purse, I'm gone. But she kept hanging on. I didn't mean any harm. You're gonna come out of this looking like a jerk. Maybe. But let me tell you something. Ifthis was a run-of-the-mill killing, maybe we could deal. This is not. This is too hot. It's the silver ring. Any questions from the State?
-What the hell are you doing?
-This is a dream come true. Don't spoil it. When I get Fleming down I'm gonna crucify him! My client has no criminal record. He just wanted to take her money. It's the Super Bowl, Art. And I'm the quarterback. With three seconds to go, I drop back to pass and there's a touchdown. Fleming's carried out on a stretcher. It's that big. I find you guilty. But I'm not going to jail you. I'm placing you on probation for one year. One year probation? What kind of punishment is that? People are really pissed off at the law. I'll turn that to my advantage. You're representing the sacrificial lamb. This is justice? What kind of world do we live in? Crazy! The whole world is crazy. What's going on? It's Jay Porter. He's gone completely crazy. Jay! Jay! It's me, Arthur!
-Where did he get the plates?
-From the cafeteria. He's been bringing them up all morning. Nobody paid any attention to him. No, no! He's not armed.
-What's he got?
-He's got plates. Put that away. What's going on? He's not armed. He's just throwing plates.
-Does anybody know who he is?
-It's Jay Porter. He's a lawyer. A lawyer? Mr Porter!
-Here.
-No, wait, wait. Hold this. I'm gonna wrestle him.
-Are you all right?
-Yeah, fine. Get some canisters. We'll gas him out. Oh, Christ!
-How about I run interference?
-What do you mean? I've got this. You stay right on my tail. Judge coming through! Jay, it's me, Arthur! Jay, listen to me. Jay, listen to me. No! I'm not ready! No! I'm not ready to try this case! I'm not ready! I'm not ready, Judge! Please! Help me, help me, help me! Warren, could you do me a favour? Three o'clock, courtroom A. My client, Ralph Agee. They're reviewing his probation report. They screwed up the report. I made these corrections.
-Make sure the judge sees it.
-No problem. You'll be in and out in five minutes. He'll be wearing a blonde wig. Don't let it throw you. It makes him happy. Tell Agee I'll call him tonight, and I'm sorry I couldn't make it. I drew up the contract. I just wanted you to review it.
-So I reviewed it.
-For a , dollar fee? Doctors treat each other for free. Where's some professional courtesy? Screwthat, this is business. Besides, I got the lunch.
-Come on, Warren.
-My God, Arthur's case! I forgot all about it. I'll see you later. What are we waiting for? For Arthur Kirkland. Sentencing on Ralph Agee. Check the halls. See if he's lost. Let's move on here. Sorry I'm late. I'm filling in for Mr Kirkland. I will not permit this type of conduct. When you're due in my court at three, I expect you here at that time. I have a copy of Ralph Agee's probation report here.
-Are you familiar with this?
-Yes, I am, Your Honour. Who are you? Mr Kirkland asked me to handle this. You'll be out of here in a second. Do you have anything to say about this report? It's all right there in front ofyou. Well, I'm not satisfied. Ralph Agee, will you stand before the court? Stand up. On the basis ... And take off that wig. On the basis of this report, I sentence you to three years -
-in the custody of the Department of Corrections. Mr Kirkland said I'd be out on probation. He said I'd be out on probation! I'd like to call your attention to some corrections ... You know the proper procedure for appeal. I'd like to move things along. We have another case, Your Honour. State of Maryland versus Della. Are you crazy? Arthur! Arthur, damn you! Back off, dammit! Watch out for the car! Arthur, knock it off! Are you nuts?
-Get out!
-For Christ's sake, stop it! Back off and I'll get out. What the hell's wrong with you? What are you doing to my car? Tell me about it. You tell me about Agee. Tell me about it. It got by me. It got by you? It got by you? It got by you! By you! Just stay away from the car! Agee did not have to go to jail. He did not have to go to jail! So he gets out on probation in ten months. It's not all my fault. I hate those cases. I was doing you a favour.
-What kind of favour?
-It's all nickel and dime, Arthur! Don't you care? Warren, don't you even care? Ifyou cared so much, why weren't you there? I do care, but not about them. They're people, Warren. They're people. Just people. If he's not in jail this week he will be next week. You know probation's at fault. Appeal it. I can't appeal. He's dead! He's dead! Half an hour after they put him in the lock-up -
-he hanged himself. Goddammit! I'm sorry.
-Goddammit!
-I'm sorry ... Goddammit! Judge?
-Judge?
-Yeah. I spoke with the state attorney's office. They're gonna go ahead with an indictment.
-Who'd you talk to?
-Bowers. Frank Bowers. Well, he's right. Ifwe don't go to court, it'll look like a political manoeuvre. I want everything out in the open. I'm very pleased. Okay, what about McCullaugh? I need your ruling on my motion for a newtrial. What about it? The groundwork is prepared. We'll have a date soon. What do you mean, groundwork? Are you jerking me off here? I just need a yes or a no. Tell McCullaugh to be patient. Patient?
-What did you say?
-What do you mean patient? Judge, this is not a case of monetary damages. This is a human being we're talking about. A boy who's in prison, frightened out of his mind. Fighting every day for his life. I can't tell him to be patient. Prison should be frightening. Let the criminals create their own hellhole. Are you crazy? What are you talking about? I tell you, the idea of punishment to fit the crime doesn't work. We need unjust punishment. Hang somebody for armed robbery. Try it. We have nothing to lose. Do you understand what I'm saying, for God's sake? You don't, do you? You fellas with your fancy ideas of rehabilitation. The concept of rehabilitation is a farce. Do you honestly think -
-that bringing Johnny Cash into prisons to sing railroad songs -
-is gonna rehabilitate anyone? Most people are sick and tired of crime in the streets. Do you hear what I'm saying? Arthur? Arthur! Could you tell us what's going on? How many hostages are there? A statement is all we want. The clinic doctor felt he was well enough to go back to his cell. All of a sudden McCullaugh had a gun. Where do these guards come from? No training, no education and no motivation. I hope you have this thing under control. We can't sit on this for long. There are too many goddamn criminals in this building! Open up. Get those nurses offthe floor. Excuse me, warden. I couldn't hold him any longer. He had to go back. He had to, huh? That's not the point. I'm surprised he's even awake. I loaded him up on tranqs just before he was to leave. Jeff? Jeff? It's me, Arthur. Hi, Mr Kirkland. Hi.
-How are you doing?
-Pretty good. And you? I'm all right.
-Can I come in?
-Where are you?
-I'm out in the hallway.
-I can't see you. Can you see me now?. I'm over here in the hallway. Can you see me? Can you see me? Could I come in you think? I guess so. Okay, I'm coming in. So, what's new? You know, the usual. Business. Jeff, this is crazy. You know?. I know. I mean, me taking hostages. That's what's really crazy. It took me forty minutes to tie them up because I couldn't make a good knot.
-Would you know how to do that?
-I don't know. I guess I would ... I guess you make a square knot. That's the easiest. I don't know. Would you take a look to see if I did these okay? Sure, Jeff. Look at the knot. You sure tied them. They're good knots. Tell them not to come in here! I don't want anybody in here! Get out! Down! Oh, Jeff. Jeff, now look ... You can't win this thing. Understand? You can't win. This is their thing. They gear up for this kind ofthing. Please. I can't stand it anymore. They raped me. A whole bunch oftimes. And other stuff, too. Jeff. Jeff ... Can I move closer, Jeff?
-Can I move closer?
-I guess so. Just down here. I want to talk to you. Jeff ... Listen to me, Jeff. I don't know what to tell you. I just don't know. Anything I tell you ... It's just that you gotta give up.
-Give up? To whom?
-Jeff, you gotta do it. Everybody screwed me. Who else is there? Would you go away please? I just want this much free space. This much is all I want. I swear to God, Jeff ... It'll be all right. You did what you could. But nothing makes sense anymore. Not in here.
-What are you gonna do?
-Nothing. I don't have to do anything.
-You can'tjust sit there.
-Yes, I can! All I want to do is sit here. Okay.
-It's cold in here.
-You want my coat? My legs ... Oh, God. My legs are cramping so bad I can hardly move them. Stay down! Arthur, come on in.
-It's Sunday, Carl.
-I want to showyou something. What's up? Your partner's coming back, I hear.
-Will they let him practice again?
-Sure. Why not? Who says you gotta be sane to practice law?. Come on, what's going on? What do you want? I've got a little present for you. You know, favour for favour. Sweetheart, give him the pictures. There you have it. It's the head of the Ethics Committee, -
-Judge Fleming and the hooker. She takes a good picture, huh? What do you think? Does that cover my legal fees for the next two years? Oh, Carl ... Take the pictures. It's a token of my appreciation. Oh, my, my ... Look, Arthur ... These photos are disgusting, but not proof that Fleming raped Leah Shephard. He did it. The son of a bitch is guilty. Okay. Then drop the case.
-I can't.
-Why not? Because the man with the whip is blackmailing me. He's blackmailing you? What for? A long time ago I betrayed a client's confidence. It's a long story, Gail. That's why Zinoff pulled your file. What do you mean? After you walked out on the committee, we did a check on you.
-A check on me?
-Yeah. Zinoff requested it. I had no idea why. You mean to tell me that while we were sleeping together -
-you and the fellas were making decisions on my life?
-Gail, on my life?
-Would you just let me finish? Then Zinoff said he wanted to personally reviewyour case.
-I swear, I had no idea.
-Jesus, this whole thing stinks! Okay, ifyou feel that way about it, then fight them. Go ahead. Go up against them. Take the consequences. Consequences? The consequences are that I'll be disbarred.
-I knowthat.
-I'm a lawyer. It's all I know. Then do it. Defend Fleming. You'll win the case. No disbarment. You'll end up being a very important lawyer. A judge is guilty of beating and raping a woman. You're talking crazy. You don't know he's guilty. You assume he is guilty because you hate him so much. Even if he is, what difference does it make? A defence lawyer has to defend people who are guilty. You know that. Would you defend him? If you were me, would you do it? I would because it's my job. You know?. Look ... You took an oath to defend your clients as best you can. Ifyou can't do that, then get out. Where'd you get these? I've been carrying them around for a couple of days. What do they mean? I see the wheels spinning. Sex photos, sex crime. Is he guilty? Is he? Yes. What about the polygraph? The eyewitness. How did you do that? Those were taken care of for me. So, nowyou have it. I'll see you in court, Arthur. Oh, you forgot these. So, you're home on leave? Arthur's in the coastguard. I don't understand. He's getting worse. It depends. He comes, he goes. You didn't come for three weeks. He missed you very much. I was busy, Arnie. I had the trial and all. I know, I know. It's important to you. But you missed three Tuesdays, so he lost his sense of time. You know, Arnie ... I don't know what I'd do if he goes.
-He's the only family I've got.
-He's very proud ofyou. I'm a lawyer because of him. He wanted it for me and he made sure I got it. To him -
-being a lawyer was the finest thing you could be. Your Honour, court's about to begin. Coming! Coming! You must admit she's an attractive woman. I wouldn't mind seeing her again. You'll be fine. Just answer simply and directly. Silence. All rise. All persons in this court draw near and pay attention. The Honourable Francis Rayford presiding. Be seated. It's really very simple. We have a judge, the symbol of justice here -
-who's accused of raping and brutally beating this young girl. We can do something about it. We can do it today and we can do it together. Let's make this our goal line stand. Just give me a verdict of guilty. I need your help. Thank you. The Prosecutor has completed his opening statement.
-Is the defence counsellor ready?
-Yes, Your Honour. Your Honour, Mr Foreman, ladies and gentlemen ofthe jury. My name is Arthur Kirkland -
-and I am the defence counsellor for the defendant -
-Judge Henry T. Fleming. That man over there is the prosecuting attorney. And he couldn't be happier today. He is a happy man because today he's going after a judge. And if he gets him -
-he's gonna be a star. He will have his name in this month's Law Review, centrefold. Lawyer ofthe month. Now, in order to win this case he needs you. Naturally. You're all he's got. So, he's counting on tapping that emotion in you, which says: "Let's get somebody in power. Let's get a judge." However, these proceedings are here to see that justice is done. And justice is, as any reasonable person would tell you, finding the truth. And what is the truth today? One tragic truth -
-is that that girl has been beaten and raped. Another truth is that the prosecution has no witness. Does not have one piece of evidence -
-other than the testimony of the victim herself. Another truth is that my client voluntarily, -
-and the prosecution is well aware ofthis, -
-took a lie detector test ... Objection! That's inadmissible evidence.
-Come on, Arthur.
-He told the truth. The jury will disregard that remark. Polygraph tests have not been proven reliable enough. They are inadmissible. Sorry, Your Honour. Let's get back to justice. What is justice? What is the intention of justice? The intention is to prove guilty the guilty and free the innocent. Simple, isn't it? Only it's not that simple. However, it is the defence counsellor's duty -
-to protect the rights of the individual. As it is the prosecution's duty to uphold the laws of the state. Justice for all. Only we have a problem here. And do you know what it is? Both sides want to win. We want to win. We want to win regardless of the truth. We want to win regardless of justice. Regardless of who's guilty or innocent. Winning is everything. That man wants to win so badly today. It means so much to him. He is so carried away with the prospect of winning -
-that he forgot something that's essential to today's proceedings. He forgot his case. He forgot to bring it. I don't see it. Do you? The prosecution has got to have a case. Not a witness. Not one piece of evidence -
-other than the testimony of the victim herself. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a case to end all cases. I have witnesses for my client. I have character references. Testimonials that are backed up from here to Washington DC.
-I have lie detector tests ...
-Objection! Objection sustained. Mr Kirkland, you are out of order! The one thing that bothered me ... The one thing that stayed in my mind and haunted me -
-was why? Why would she lie? What was her motive for lying? If my client is innocent, she's lying. Why? Was it blackmail? No. Was itjealousy? No. Yesterday I found out why. She doesn't have a motive. You knowwhy? Because she's not lying. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury ... The prosecution -
-is not going to get that man today. No. Because I'm gonna get him. My client, the Honourable Henry T. Fleming, -
-should go right to fucking jail! The son of a bitch is guilty! That man is guilty. That man there ... That man is a slime. He is a slime. If he's allowed to go free -
-then something is really wrong here.
-Mr Kirkland, you're out of order.
-You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order. They're out of order. That sex-crazy, depraved man -
-raped and beat that woman. And he'd like to do it again. It's just a show! It's a show! It's "Let's Make a Deal". Let's make a deal! Frank, you wanna make a deal? I have an insane judge who likes to beat up women. What'll you give me? Three weeks probation? You son of a bitch! You're supposed to stand for something, to protect people. Instead you fuck and murder them! You killed McCullaugh! You killed him! Hold it, hold it! I just completed my opening statement! Oh, shit. The judge says, you won the trial. So now he's doing two to ten. Hi, Arthur. Good to see ya. Nice day.You read about guys being let out of prison because it's too crowded. And here I am and I didn't do nothing. If that doesn't beat all. I know, Jeff. You can't lose hope. Understand me? You can't lose hope. Happy Thanksgiving.
-I bet we're gonna have good turkey.
-Of course we are. Where's your teeth? You need your teeth ifyou're gonna eat turkey. Where's your teeth, Grandpa? Did I have my teeth last time you were here? Of course you had. You had teeth this morning. He doesn't remember so well.
-What did I do with my teeth?
-He's very proud ofyou. He always talks about his grandson studying to become a lawyer. I wish he could remember that I am a lawyer. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. So what? He's still proud. Arnie, are you sure I had my teeth this morning? I knowyou had teeth. What's that? By the television. All right. I'm ready. I hope your friend won't mind me coming. No, Arnie. This is Thanksgiving. There will be a lot of people. You'll be all right. Let me get this here.
-Okay, guys.
-Let's go, let's go. I hope they don't have yams. I hate yams. I can't eat off my knees. What happened to sitting at a table? You say: "Pass the salt". "A little more stuffing, please". Is it true, that Fleming passed the polygraph test? Larry, that's privileged information. Let's just say I'm one of the privileged. He did, didn't he? What are the odds? Nobody wanted to believe he's innocent. I can't talk about that. I could tell this is catered. Turkey I know. What is this?
-Excuse me...
-Go ahead, go ahead.
-Thank you.
-Go already. What is this fancy thing over here? You don't like it? You don't eat it. I'll bet it's the yams. They're hiding the yams so I'll eat it. Hi. How are you? Is it Jay? What do you think, Arthur? Hello, Larry. Do you like it? It came to me during the night.
-I gotta talk to you.
-Excuse me. Marcie, I'm coming back. When I do, you can pet it.
-What are you doing? What's going on?
-Nothing. What do you mean? What are you doing with that head?
-Where'd you get it?
-I shaved my head.
-What for?
-A change of pace. You shaved your head for a change of pace? Also, do you see what it does? It's going to make it thick. When this comes back it's gonna be thick. What's bothering you? Don't play big brother, all right? Where's that Marcie? Will the defendant please rise. I find the defendant guilty of armed robbery I don't understand. What's going on? Am I going to jail? Since this is the defendant's first major offence, -
-and he has no criminal record and is currently employed, - I request an investigation.
-You foresee a favourable report?
-Yes, Your Honour. A probation report is to be drawn up and presented within fifteen days. Sentencing will be withheld until that time. What happens now? They prepare a report for the judge -
-and in fifteen days you should be out on probation.
-Should be? I have to be.
-Don't worry, you'll be okay. Arthur. Where are you going?
-My office.
-Come in, I'll take you.
-It's a new one, huh?
-Yeah, you like it?
-Arthur, I've got a problem.
-What?
-This young girl...
-Not again, Carl. I think it's a paternity suit. Well, you know me, Arthur. Is Jay letting his hair grow back or keeping it shaved? He shaves it every day. He carries around a razor -
-which he runs over his head all day long. Jesus. Sounds pretty bad. He's not all right, is he? He's all right. He'll be all right. You know, the committee's considering calling him in. His clients are complaining. He's postponing his court dates. He's got a problem. He's all right. He's all right. You knowwhat this whole thing comes down to, don't you? Every day, defence lawyers get guilty people off and are not affected by it. It's not supposed to affect them. The difference is that Jay was affected by it. He was hurt by it.
-That's not the point.
-Isn't it ironic? That the one lawyer who felt something is brought before your ethics committee? Don't make yourself out to be the only sensitive person around here. I know Jay was hurting. That's not the point. He's not functioning properly because of it. He's all right. He just needs time. I've taken over his court cases. He's emphasizing on contracts. Now lay off him, okay? I'm just trying to let you know what's going on. I love the way the hierarchy works. You're going after guys like Jay -
-and nobody is doing anything about Judge Rayford, who's a suicidal maniac.
-Rayford?
-Yes. The man is bent on killing himself. A bailiff once found him trying to hang himself. You knowwhere he eats his lunch? Outside his window, on the ledge, four stories high. This man is making value decisions on people's lives. His personal behaviour is not affecting his work.
-You knowthat for sure?
-He's an excellentjudge.
-And Jay's an excellent lawyer.
-I know. He was. That's not the point. The point is, his problems are affecting his clients. That's why the committee wants to see him. Oh, God. You know, there are times - when I'm not too sure I like you. We are so opposite - in how we feel about things. Maybe that's good.
-That's perfect, right?
-Right. As long as we keep a little friction between us, there are no problems. That's all the photos in the Fleming case. Here's the name and address of a witness that lives in Leah's neighbourhood.
-He thinks you ought to see this guy.
-What does this say? Reisler? Reisler. Yeah, Reisler. She's a little constipated. She's got that look on her face. You saw somebody go into Leah's house on the night ofthe attack? Can you describe that person? I'd say he was a young fella. Small build, about ', '.
-Cherry?
-No, thanks. A small fella, huh? Could you identify him ifyou saw him? No, it was too dark. Too far. You knew about the publicity this case is getting? Newspapers about Judge Fleming? Then how come you didn't report this to the police? I went to the police. I told them I had information for them -
-and they told me to wait. I waited one, two, three hours. I finally turned around and went home. I couldn't spend the whole night there. Do you know Leah Shephard? Oh, you know, to wave to her and say hello. Would you testify to what you just said in court? I guess I would, if I had to. But I really don't wanna get involved. Then what happened? I told him to move on, but he used profanity and refused to leave. What sort of profanity? You know, the normal kind. We've all heard these words before. What did he say? He used "fuck" a lot. And "Piss on you". And said he was going to "bunghole" the short-order chef. He was going to "cream" on the waitress. Stuff like that. There's a very good reason for all that, Your Honour. What is that? I'm a diabetic. I don't get it. I've never heard of diabetes causing foul language. That's because you're a douche bag. Make sure this man gets a psychiatric evaluation. I will withhold a verdict pending a medical report. Day in, day out, same goddamn thing. These people belong in a mental home. Thatjudge is slower than the six-o'clock news.
-What can you do for me?
-A year. Are you kidding? I thought it was bargain day. He'll buy six months. All right. What else have you got? Fenwick.
-Eighteen months.
-Eighteen months? You tell him. He's crazy. He'll snap your neck. Tell him a year, but the offer's only good for today. Frank, come on... He's got beady eyes. He's a maniac. He bit off two of his cellmate's fingers. I can't tell him a year. It's the best I can do. I'm not in a good mood.
-Frank?
-Here I am.
-Is that it?
-Yeah. I'll get back to you on Fenwick.
-I have to talk to you.
-I've got a case coming up. Then what happened, Mr Saltzman? This punk kept pulling my wife's purse and she wouldn't let go. So I tried to get him off. He pushes me aside and knocks my wife into a wall. You want the good news first?
-Shoot.
-Fleming passed the polygraph. And I have an eyewitness. We will call the defendant Robert Avillar to the stand. And as for your star witness, Leah Shephard... We know about her credibility. You want me to throw the whole Fleming thing out the window?. I've got you by the balls. He's innocent. Ifthe DA drops the case, everybody will scream political deal. The old lady kept hanging on. She lets go ofthe purse, I'm gone. But she kept hanging on. I didn't mean any harm. You're gonna come out of this looking like a jerk. Maybe. But let me tell you something. Ifthis was a run-of-the-mill killing, maybe we could deal. This is not. This is too hot. It's the silver ring. Any questions from the State?
-What the hell are you doing?
-This is a dream come true. Don't spoil it. When I get Fleming down I'm gonna crucify him! My client has no criminal record. He just wanted to take her money. It's the Super Bowl, Art. And I'm the quarterback. With three seconds to go, I drop back to pass and there's a touchdown. Fleming's carried out on a stretcher. It's that big. I find you guilty. But I'm not going to jail you. I'm placing you on probation for one year. One year probation? What kind of punishment is that? People are really pissed off at the law. I'll turn that to my advantage. You're representing the sacrificial lamb. This is justice? What kind ofworld do we live in? Crazy! The whole world is crazy. What's going on? It's Jay Porter. He's gone completely crazy. Jay! Jay! It's me, Arthur!
-Where did he get the plates?
-From the cafeteria. He's been bringing them up all morning. Nobody paid any attention to him. No, no! He's not armed.
-What's he got?
-He's got plates. Put that away. What's going on? He's not armed. He's just throwing plates.
-Does anybody know who he is?
-It's Jay Porter. He's a lawyer. A lawyer? Mr Porter!
-Here.
-No, wait, wait. Hold this. I'm gonna wrestle him.
-Are you all right?
-Yeah, fine. Get some canisters. We'll gas him out. Oh, Christ!
-How about I run interference?
-What do you mean? I've got this. You stay right on my tail. Judge coming through! Jay, it's me, Arthur! Jay, listen to me. Jay, listen to me. No! I'm not ready! No! I'm not ready to try this case! I'm not ready! I'm not ready, Judge! Please! Help me, help me, help me! Warren, could you do me a favour? Three o'clock, courtroom A. My client, Ralph Agee. They're reviewing his probation report. They screwed up the report. I made these corrections.
-Make sure the judge sees it.
-No problem. You'll be in and out in five minutes. He'll be wearing a blonde wig. Don't let it throwyou. It makes him happy. Tell Agee I'll call him tonight, and I'm sorry I couldn't make it. I drew up the contract. I just wanted you to review it.
-So I reviewed it.
-For a , dollar fee? Doctors treat each other for free. Where's some professional courtesy? Screwthat, this is business. Besides, I got the lunch.
-Come on, Warren.
-My God, Arthur's case! I forgot all about it. I'll see you later. What are we waiting for? For Arthur Kirkland. Sentencing on Ralph Agee. Check the halls. See if he's lost. Let's move on here. Sorry I'm late. I'm filling in for Mr Kirkland. I will not permit this type of conduct. When you're due in my court at three, I expect you here at that time. I have a copy of Ralph Agee's probation report here.
-Are you familiar with this?
-Yes, I am, Your Honour. Who are you? Mr Kirkland asked me to handle this. You'll be out of here in a second. Do you have anything to say about this report? It's all right there in front ofyou. Well, I'm not satisfied. Ralph Agee, will you stand before the court? Stand up. On the basis... And take offthat wig. On the basis of this report, I sentence you to three years -
-in the custody of the Department of Corrections. Mr Kirkland said I'd be out on probation. He said I'd be out on probation! I'd like to call your attention to some corrections... You know the proper procedure for appeal. I'd like to move things along. We have another case, Your Honour. State of Maryland versus Della. Are you crazy? Arthur! Arthur, damn you! Back off, dammit! Watch out for the car! Arthur, knock it off! Are you nuts?
-Get out!
-For Christ's sake, stop it! Back off and I'll get out. What the hell's wrong with you? What are you doing to my car? Tell me about it. You tell me about Agee. Tell me about it. It got by me. It got by you? It got by you? It got by you! By you! Just stay away from the car! Agee did not have to go to jail. He did not have to go to jail! So he gets out on probation in ten months. It's not all my fault. I hate those cases. I was doing you a favour.
-What kind of favour?
-It's all nickel and dime, Arthur! Don't you care? Warren, don't you even care? Ifyou cared so much, why weren't you there? I do care, but not about them. They're people, Warren. They're people. Just people. If he's not in jail this week he will be next week. You know probation's at fault. Appeal it. I can't appeal. He's dead! He's dead! Half an hour after they put him in the lock-up - he hanged himself. Goddammit! I'm sorry.
-Goddammit!
-I'm sorry... Goddammit! Judge?
-Judge?
-Yeah. I spoke with the state attorney's office. They're gonna go ahead with an indictment.
-Who'd you talk to?
-Bowers. Frank Bowers. Well, he's right. Ifwe don't go to court, it'll look like a political manoeuvre. I want everything out in the open. I'm very pleased. Okay, what about McCullaugh? I need your ruling on my motion for a newtrial. What about it? The groundwork is prepared. We'll have a date soon. What do you mean, groundwork? Are you jerking me off here? I just need a yes or a no. Tell McCullaugh to be patient. Patient?
-What did you say?
-What do you mean patient? Judge, this is not a case of monetary damages. This is a human being we're talking about. A boy who's in prison, frightened out of his mind. Fighting every day for his life. I can't tell him to be patient. Prison should be frightening. Let the criminals create their own hellhole. Are you crazy? What are you talking about? I tell you, the idea of punishment to fit the crime doesn't work. We need unjust punishment. Hang somebody for armed robbery. Try it. We have nothing to lose. Do you understand what I'm saying, for God's sake? You don't, do you? You fellas with your fancy ideas of rehabilitation. The concept of rehabilitation is a farce. Do you honestly think -
-that bringing Johnny Cash into prisons to sing railroad songs - is gonna rehabilitate anyone? Most people are sick and tired of crime in the streets. Do you hear what I'm saying? Arthur? Arthur! Could you tell us what's going on? How many hostages are there? A statement is all we want. The clinic doctor felt he was well enough to go back to his cell. All of a sudden McCullaugh had a gun. Where do these guards come from? No training, no education and no motivation. I hope you have this thing under control. We can't sit on this for long. There are too many goddamn criminals in this building! Open up. Get those nurses offthe floor. Excuse me, warden. I couldn't hold him any longer. He had to go back. He had to, huh? That's not the point. I'm surprised he's even awake. I loaded him up on tranqs just before he was to leave. Jeff? Jeff? It's me, Arthur. Hi, Mr Kirkland. Hi.
-How are you doing?
-Pretty good. And you? I'm all right.
-Can I come in?
-Where are you?
-I'm out in the hallway.
-I can't see you. Can you see me now?. I'm over here in the hallway. Can you see me? Can you see me? Could I come in you think? I guess so. Okay, I'm coming in. So, what's new? You know, the usual. Business. Jeff, this is crazy. You know?. I know. I mean, me taking hostages. That's what's really crazy. It took me forty minutes to tie them up because I couldn't make a good knot.
-Would you know how to do that?
-I don't know. I guess I would... I guess you make a square knot. That's the easiest. I don't know. Would you take a look to see if I did these okay? Sure, Jeff. Look at the knot. You sure tied them. They're good knots. Tell them not to come in here! I don't want anybody in here! Get out! Down! Oh, Jeff. Jeff, now look... You can't win this thing. Understand? You can't win. This is their thing. They gear up for this kind ofthing. Please. I can't stand it anymore. They raped me. A whole bunch oftimes. And other stuff, too. Jeff. Jeff... Can I move closer, Jeff?
-Can I move closer?
-I guess so. Just down here. I want to talk to you. Jeff... Listen to me, Jeff. I don't know what to tell you. I just don't know. Anything I tell you... It's just that you gotta give up.
-Give up? To whom?
-Jeff, you gotta do it. Everybody screwed me. Who else is there? Would you go away please? I just want this much free space. This much is all I want. I swear to God, Jeff... It'll be all right. You did what you could. But nothing makes sense anymore. Not in here.
-What are you gonna do?
-Nothing. I don't have to do anything.
-You can'tjust sit there.
-Yes, I can! All I want to do is sit here. Okay.
-It's cold in here.
-You want my coat? My legs... Oh, God. My legs are cramping so bad I can hardly move them. Stay down! Arthur, come on in.
-It's Sunday, Carl.
-I want to showyou something. What's up? Your partner's coming back, I hear.
-Will they let him practice again?
-Sure. Why not? Who says you gotta be sane to practice law?. Come on, what's going on? What do you want? I've got a little present for you. You know, favour for favour. Sweetheart, give him the pictures. There you have it. It's the head of the Ethics Committee, - Judge Fleming and the hooker. She takes a good picture, huh? What do you think? Does that cover my legal fees for the next two years? Oh, Carl... Take the pictures. It's a token of my appreciation. Oh, my, my... Look, Arthur... These photos are disgusting, but not proof that Fleming raped Leah Shephard. He did it. The son of a bitch is guilty. Okay. Then drop the case.
-I can't.
-Why not? Because the man with the whip is blackmailing me. He's blackmailing you? What for? A long time ago I betrayed a client's confidence. It's a long story, Gail. That's why Zinoff pulled your file. What do you mean? After you walked out on the committee, we did a check on you.
-A check on me?
-Yeah. Zinoff requested it. I had no idea why. You mean to tell me that while we were sleeping together -
-you and the fellas were making decisions on my life?
-Gail, on my life?
-Would you just let me finish? Then Zinoff said he wanted to personally reviewyour case.
-I swear, I had no idea.
-Jesus, this whole thing stinks! Okay, ifyou feel that way about it, then fight them. Go ahead. Go up against them. Take the consequences. Consequences? The consequences are that I'll be disbarred.
-I knowthat.
-I'm a lawyer. It's all I know. Then do it. Defend Fleming. You'll win the case. No disbarment. You'll end up being a very important lawyer. A judge is guilty of beating and raping a woman. You're talking crazy. You don't know he's guilty. You assume he is guilty because you hate him so much. Even if he is, what difference does it make? A defence lawyer has to defend people who are guilty. You know that. Would you defend him? lfyou were me, would you do it? I would because it's my job. You know?. Look... You took an oath to defend your clients as best you can. Ifyou can't do that, then get out. Where'd you get these? I've been carrying them around for a couple of days. What do they mean? I see the wheels spinning. Sex photos, sex crime. Is he guilty? Is he? Yes. What about the polygraph? The eyewitness. How did you do that? Those were taken care of for me. So, nowyou have it. I'll see you in court, Arthur. Oh, you forgot these. So, you're home on leave? Arthur's in the coastguard. I don't understand. He's getting worse. It depends. He comes, he goes. You didn't come for three weeks. He missed you very much. I was busy, Arnie. I had the trial and all. I know, I know. It's important to you. But you missed three Tuesdays, so he lost his sense of time. You know, Arnie... I don't know what I'd do if he goes.
-He's the only family I've got.
-He's very proud ofyou. I'm a lawyer because of him. He wanted it for me and he made sure I got it. To him -
-being a lawyer was the finest thing you could be. Your Honour, court's about to begin. Coming! Coming! You must admit she's an attractive woman. I wouldn't mind seeing her again. You'll be fine. Just answer simply and directly. Silence. All rise. All persons in this court draw near and pay attention. The Honourable Francis Rayford presiding. Be seated. It's really very simple. We have a judge, the symbol ofjustice here -
-who's accused of raping and brutally beating this young girl. We can do something about it. We can do it today and we can do it together. Let's make this our goal line stand. Just give me a verdict of guilty. I need your help. Thank you. The Prosecutor has completed his opening statement.
-Is the defence counsellor ready?
-Yes, Your Honour. Your Honour, Mr Foreman, ladies and gentlemen ofthe jury. My name is Arthur Kirkland -
-and I am the defence counsellor for the defendant - Judge Henry T. Fleming. That man over there is the prosecuting attorney. And he couldn't be happier today. He is a happy man because today he's going after a judge. And if he gets him - he's gonna be a star. He will have his name in this month's Law Review, centrefold. Lawyer ofthe month. Now, in order to win this case he needs you. Naturally. You're all he's got. So, he's counting on tapping that emotion in you, which says: "Let's get somebody in power. Let's get a judge." However, these proceedings are here to see thatjustice is done. And justice is, as any reasonable person would tell you, finding the truth. And what is the truth today? One tragic truth -
-is that that girl has been beaten and raped. Another truth is that the prosecution has no witness. Does not have one piece of evidence -
-other than the testimony of the victim herself. Another truth is that my client voluntarily, -
-and the prosecution is well aware ofthis, - took a lie detector test... Objection! That's inadmissible evidence.
-Come on, Arthur.
-He told the truth. The jury will disregard that remark. Polygraph tests have not been proven reliable enough. They are inadmissible. Sorry, Your Honour. Let's get back to justice. What is justice? What is the intention ofjustice? The intention is to prove guilty the guilty and free the innocent. Simple, isn't it? Only it's not that simple. However, it is the defence counsellor's duty -
-to protect the rights of the individual. As it is the prosecution's duty to uphold the laws of the state. Justice for all. Only we have a problem here. And do you knowwhat it is? Both sides want to win. We want to win. We want to win regardless ofthe truth. We want to win regardless ofjustice. Regardless ofwho's guilty or innocent. Winning is everything. That man wants to win so badly today. It means so much to him. He is so carried away with the prospect of winning -
-that he forgot something that's essential to today's proceedings. He forgot his case. He forgot to bring it. I don't see it. Do you? The prosecution has got to have a case. Not a witness. Not one piece of evidence -
-other than the testimony of the victim herself. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a case to end all cases. I have witnesses for my client. I have character references. Testimonials that are backed up from here to Washington DC.
-I have lie detector tests...
-Objection! Objection sustained. Mr Kirkland, you are out of order! The one thing that bothered me... The one thing that stayed in my mind and haunted me - was why? Why would she lie? What was her motive for lying? If my client is innocent, she's lying. Why? Was it blackmail? No. Was itjealousy? No. Yesterday I found out why. She doesn't have a motive. You knowwhy? Because she's not lying. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury... The prosecution -
-is not going to get that man today. No. Because I'm gonna get him. My client, the Honourable Henry T. Fleming, - should go right to fucking jail! The son of a bitch is guilty! That man is guilty. That man there... That man is a slime. He is a slime. If he's allowed to go free -
-then something is really wrong here.
-Mr Kirkland, you're out of order.
-You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order. They're out of order. That sex-crazy, depraved man -
-raped and beat that woman. And he'd like to do it again. It's just a show! It's a show! It's "Let's Make a Deal". Let's make a deal! Frank, you wanna make a deal? I have an insane judge who likes to beat up women. What'll you give me? Three weeks probation? You son of a bitch! You're supposed to stand for something, to protect people. Instead you fuck and murder them! You killed McCullaugh! You killed him! Hold it, hold it! I just completed my opening statement! Oh, shit. The judge says, you won the trial. So now he's doing two to ten. Hi, Arthur. Good to see ya. Nice day.I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States ofAmerica. And to the republic, for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty - and justice forall. Take your wig off. Take your wig off. Turn and face the wall. Turn and face the wall. Face the wall. All right, that's it.
-Are you a natural blonde?
-Chicken Delight! He delivers! Don't put that in here. She ain't my type. That's my wife you're talking about. She's here for our conjugal visit. Come, let daddy show you what he's got in his pants for you. She's got the same thing under her skirt that you've got in your pants. Come on, you guys, we've got a lady here. Have you got any concealed weapons they didn't find up front?
-You've got something concealed...
-But it ain't no weapon. Let's see you strip just to make sure. A star is born! Kirkland, watch your hands. Come on, Kirkland. Let's go. Can you make a phone call for me? Where the hell is he? What do you mean, he's in jail? My lawyer's in jail? Contempt of court? He's too goddamn emotional. Get him. I've had a car accident. I haven't left the scene of the accident, I'm in it! Can't you hear the confusion? Do you hear this noise? They're trying to get me out ofthe car. I'm trapped because some prick... Could you move back, so we can get you out? Can't you see I'm on the phone? Keep it down! I'm trying... Goddammit! Tell Arthur to get over here. I'm on Eager Street. Where are we? Eager Street... Just tell him to get over here. You can't miss it. I understand you took a swing at Judge Fleming. Is that true? Kiley, why not do something about that kid? Put him someplace else. They're just having some fun with him, that's all.
-Fun?
-Sometimes the boys get bored. For you, it's still new and exciting. Sign here. Why don't you ease up on the judge? He's your kind of guy, huh? Yeah, Fleming's a tough man. Hates scum almost as much as we do. Good morning, Mr Kirkland. Carl! Come on. Here. Are you all right? Sue the son of a bitch who did this for every cent he's got. Every nickel.
-Carl, are you all right?
-Disappear.
-Miss, why don't you...
-She's not hurt. Nothing to report.
-Wait in the car.
-There's no need for the wife to know. After all I was your first client, Arthur. You broke cherry on me. Not the time to go down memory lane. Let's just get you to the hospital. You're the best, Arthur. Get every nickel and put him away.
-I'll see he gets the death penalty.
-Death is okay too.
-You stink. Did somebody piss on you?
-Get him out of here. Let nobody use my car phone. I'm in the hospital and some jerk calls Rome. You son of a bitch! You lunatic! Carl, you're gonna have a stroke. You'll have to deal with my lawyer.
-You'll die for this! He's the best!
-It's not even my car. Be calm, Carl. Be calm.
-I have a terrible headache.
-You'll be all right. I'll call you.
-What about this guy here?
-He says he's all right. It's a friend's car. I just borrowed it for the night.
-How am I gonna tell him?
-You should go to the hospital.
-I'm okay, but the car...
-Let me take you to the hospital. My horoscope said it would be a great day and look what happened. Shit! It's not going to be that way this time. We should request a postponement. That would put us into January. Look at me when I'm talking to you!
-The DA is willing to go two years.
-That's a lot of fucking time, man.
-I ain't kissing nobody's ass.
-I'm not asking you to. Just give it a little pat. Arthur. Arthur. Excuse me. Hold it, Wenke.
-Where are you going?
-The bathroom. Go home and change. You look like shit. What would you say if I walked into court looking like that? What would you say? I don't wanna keep harping on this, -
-but the Ethics Committee is checking up on everyone. You've gotta watch it. Last week two lawyers were disbarred on minor charges. You get thrown in jail on contempt of court. Fleming got me crazy. Push him on that McCullaugh thing and there will be big trouble. McCullaugh's innocent and Fleming won't look at the evidence.
-What do you want me to do?
-You don't threaten a judge! Will you do me a personal favour? Put this on. I got Fleming first thing this morning. Give him my love. The tie, I like it. It's Fleming's favourite colour. All rise. Criminal Court of Baltimore City is now in session. The Honourable Henry T. Fleming presiding. Be seated. If Your Honour please, for the first matter -
-the State would call case number , State versus Robert Wenke. Mr Wenke, may I ask you to step forward, please. How many times have you been before the bench, Mr Wenke? Three times, Your Honour. Once for assault, once for arson, once for grand larceny. And now indecent exposure. What's the matter? Can't you decide what you wanna be when you grow up? Anything to say? Yes, Your Honour. I'm a loyal Colts fan. You are also a revolting, despicable scum of the earth -
-who should be squashed like a cockroach. I object. My client has not been found guilty yet. You're absolutely right, Counsellor. It's now :. At : he will be guilty. I find the defendant guilty. Sentence to be imposed later. I would like Mr Wenke's bail to be continued.
-Bail is revoked.
-Thank you. The State will now call number . That was very good work. Very nice. Colts fan. I need Colts? Terrific, Wenke. Then you do know? The big white house? With the fat columns out in front on Greenway Avenue? Guess how much that house is worth.
-I don't know.
-Take a guess. Seven million. , dollars. Now that's some nut I've got, huh? I just need some more accident cases. I ought to throw banana peels around. Recess is almost over, and I only have this lottery case... Did you knowthere's a guy eating something off your table? The guy you're prosecuting. He's eating the lottery tickets. Holy shit! Gibson, get the hell away!
-Don't swallow, you son of a bitch!
-That's my client! Don't swallow! Gentlemen, need I remind you you are in a court of law? Now let's proceed in an orderly fashion. What the hell are you doing? Does the defence have anything to add? Your Honour... I guess I should request a recess -
-so my client could get something to eat. He's obviously very hungry. My client, McCullaugh. Could I see him for a minute? Sure, Mr Kirkland. Stick your hand out. Mr Kirkland, what happened? I just want to reaffirm what I said yesterday. We'll get you out. I knowyou're trying, but this is crazy, you know?. I know it. You said you had evidence that proves I'm innocent.
-Yes, you're innocent.
-And Judge Fleming agrees, right? If everyone agrees I'm innocent, why am I going back to jail? There's enough proof, but the court won't accept it.
-Why not?
-Well, there's a law... It says that evidence must be submitted within a certain time period. And ours came in three days late. What difference does that make? Even if it came in three years late. They've got the proofthey need. They should let me go. The judge sends me to jail and he knows I'm innocent. What's going on? It's gonna take more time. Any otherjudge would let you out. But Fleming goes by the letter ofthe law. Jeff, I promise I'll get you out. I promise. He promises to get you out. Don't worry. Judge Fleming. I want to apologise for my behaviour in the courtroom the other day. I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear anything. That's understandable, sir. But I thought maybe we could discuss this McCullaugh case. You and l, man to man. Off the record. Ifyou try to make a deal with me, you might wind up back in jail. A deal? No, sir. I'm not trying to make a deal. I understand your strict enforcement of the statute. But my client's constitutional rights are being denied.
-My client is innocent.
-I don't give a shit about your client. Hi, Sherry.
-Hi, Mr Kirkland.
-Mrs Tate, how are you? He'll be right with you.
-Boy, do you look tired.
-Coffee, please. Mrs Tate wants to talk. Her son broke his leg again. Neighbour's driveway. And Bricker wants to know ifyour client will settle for , dollars. Coffee, please. You have three new clients today. One's a whiplash, one's divorce. And the third has to do with amnesia. I don't know what it is. What are you doing?
-No foam.
-That's because it's deodorant. Don't forget to visit your grandfather today.
-And be in court at two fifteen.
-Coffee, please. Do you want some coffee? Sherry, stay with me today, dear. I need you today. Arthur. Arthur, come here. Hi, Judge. Are we gonna get together this weekend? I don't know. You're the only one I've been dating these days. You promised you'd go flying with me. I gotta tell you... I'm not too fond of anything that takes place off the ground. I don't know. I've got a thing about heights.
-This is flying. It's different.
-How high up do you go? How high do you wanna go? Come on, it'll be good for you.
-Besides, it gets lonesome up there.
-Why don't you take your wife? The last thing we did together was get married. Come on, Arthur. You promised me.
-All right. What time?
-Sunday morning. Ten o'clock. Do you always carry that thing with you? There's law and there's order. And that's order. Do you like egg rolls?
-Yeah.
-Good. Come on, let's get out of here. Easy, easy, easy. You got it. You son of a gun. So, it's another week already? Another week. I don't know where time goes. No problems, Grandpa? Everything all right? See this one? Wonderful woman. I went to her husband's funeral. Fine man. Gitel? Hello, Sam. How are you? This is my grandson, Arthur.
-I'm pleased to meet you.
-Good to meet you.
-He goes to law school.
-I'm a lawyer. Take my advice. Don't be in a hurry. He's a nice-looking boy.
-My grandson.
-Yes...
-Good to meet you.
-Pleased to have met you too. So, it's been a week. Yeah, it's been a week. Last week we went for a ride in the car. Remember? That's a good machine. Always give signals when you turn. Right. Left. So... Are you a good lawyer? Are you honest? Well, I don't know. Being honest doesn't have much to do with being a lawyer, Grandpa. Ifyou're not honest, you've got nothing. Your parents should see you now. To hell with them. They never cared before. Why should they care now?
-They're still your parents.
-No. You raised me. You're the one who put me through law school. You're a wonderful man, Grandpa. But your son, he's a shit. He was born with colic. Sam, I love you. Look at you. Filled out, like a man. Soon you'll look like a lawyer and you'll be a lawyer. I am a lawyer, Sam. I've been a lawyer for twelve years. So, it's another week already.
-Do you know Jules Stouffer?
-Yes, I do.
-He was a client ofyours, right?
-Yes. Wasn't he originally represented by Alvin Burton?
-Yes, that is correct.
-Why did he change representation? I handled him on an assault charge. That's my area, not Burton's. Did Stouffer express dissatisfaction with Mr Burton? Not at all. Burton's an excellent lawyer. Are you going after him?
-We're not going after anyone.
-Do you know David Crebbs? We're reviewing certain accusations to determine if they're true - and to clean our own house. So please do not overdramatize this. It's not the McCarthy hearings. Oh, that's a relief. So you're not gonna ask me: "Are you now or have you ever been a lawyer?"
-That wasn't amusing, Mr Kirkland.
-Do you know David Crebbs? No, it wasn't, Miss...? Packer. This isn't amusing. It is ridiculous. Yes, I know David Crebbs. Have you ever seen... Is this mike working?
-Do you know David Crebbs?
-Why are we using microphones?
-Why don't we just talk to each other?
-This is a hearing, Mr Kirkland. Yes. It's a hearing.
-Do you know Jules Stouffer?
-We've already asked that. Are we through with Stouffer? How about Alvin Burton?
-Do you know David Crebbs?
-I've already asked that.
-What did he say?
-He said yes. Have you ever seen him intoxicated in court? David Crebbs has a speech impediment. Check your records. It's in there. As answer to your question: No, he doesn't drink. Not at all. At this point I would just like to say -
-that what this committee is doing in theory is highly commendable. However, in practice it sucks. And I am not going to answer any more questions. What do you think we're trying to do in there?
-Want a drink?
-No. Whatever you may think, we're not conducting some kind of witch-hunt. What are you doing then? You might not be aware ofthis, -
-but there's a lot of corruption that nobody's doing anything about.
-Do you think you're doing something?
-Yes, I do. That committee is a very dangerous farce. Whoa, Mr Kirkland. I spend fourteen hours a day on that committee. I don't do it to get a few good laughs. You could spend the rest ofyour life. You'll wind up a cop. Maybe ruining the careers of a few guys who wiped their ass the wrong way. Other than that, nothing. So what do you think? About what? About me. What do you think? Think I'm kind of interesting? Somebody you'd like to have a drink with? I think that you're crazy. What about Daniel's? Say, around seven thirty? I don't think so. Eight? Eight thirty. All right. I'm Arthur Kirkland. You wanted to see me? Yeah. My man, Bambi, he recommended you real highly. He said, Arthur Kirkland was the man to see. Okay, Ralph, tell me what happened. It says here you were involved in a robbery. No, sir. What happened is, it was time to come down on a nigger. It's like smoking. They've got to have a nigger every twenty minutes. What happened is... I was in an alley, petting my dog, when they came down on me. It states here the dog was attacking you - when you were seen in the alley. Well, my dog, he gets like that. It also states that the dog belonged to a Mrs B. Jackson. He sure looked like my dog. He had that little... It also states that when asked what you were doing you replied: "I don't know nothing about that taxi cab." That's true. I don't.
-How did you knowthere was one?
-Mr Kirkland, there's always one. Ralph, tell me the truth or get another lawyer. I don't need the bullshit. Okay. I was in that cab, but I didn't rob it. It was my cousin's idea. I didn't know nothing. He's crazy.
-What's your cousin's name?
-I don't know. I mean...
-He lives over on Hillsdale.
-You don't know your cousin's name? Who do you think you're talking to? Do you think I'm an idiot? I read a report, I can tell if somebody's bullshitting me. Give me straight answers or get another lawyer. I don't have time to listen to some jive-ass put-me-on. Okay. It wasn't my idea, but I did knowwhat was coming down. See me and my cousin Royce... Royce Shavers. He figures that since I am the way I am... Mr Kirkland, I can look really fine sometimes. I'm sure you can. Royce figures we can be a couple. You know, a man and a woman couple. A cab driver will pick up a couple faster than he will two nigger men. We got into a cab on Garrison Boulevard. And we asked him to take us down to the harbour like we were tourists. I can't go to jail, man. I just can't do it. I can't go to that place. Please, Mr Kirkland, you've got to help me. Please... Okay, I'll help you, Ralph. Just don't lie to me.
-Okay?
-Yes, sir.
-Don't lie to me, okay?
-Yes, sir. Thank you. Thanks for bringing me home, Gail. Oh, God. You really take renting an unfurnished apartment literally, don't you? It doesn't have to stay this way. What happened? Did your wife take you in the divorce settlement? She had a better lawyer. Do you get to see your kids much? They're in California. Phone calls, holidays. Put the food out. I'll get the plates. I guess I was lucky. We never had any kids.
-How long were you married?
-Three years.
-Were you in love?
-No... I was in love with the law. You knowwhat I mean? You got a serving spoon? Serving spoon. Thank you. So, do you eat out a lot?
-Yeah. Do you?
-Yeah. The committee works just about every night. How did you feel when you walked out on the committee?
-Did you feel daggers in your back?
-That's a very dangerous group. Jesus, here we go... Arthur, why do you feel it's dangerous? You con the public to think you're doing something, and you're not. We are doing something. Protecting the public from corrupt lawyers. You're skimming the surface. You're not going after real power. Wow, that's scary. What real power, Arthur?
-You don't know?
-No. Tell me. Well, now we know they're definitely safe. What makes you think you know so goddamn much?
-I don't know so much.
-No, tell me. What makes you the great voice of authority? I don't pretend to be a voice of authority. I just don't think you knowwhat you're doing. Oh, I see. This is nice, don't you think? No, I don't find this particularly nice, Arthur. I'm angry again, you know. I don't like being angry.
-It's not very pleasant.
-Why do you criticize me for what I do? I'm not criticizing you. You're taking it too personally. The committee is doing something about what's going on. We're not sitting in jail at nights because of contempt of court.
-Do you know what that's about?
-Yeah. You punched Judge Fleming.
-You knowwhy?
-I have no idea. Tell me. I have a client who's in jail because of a faulty tail light.
-And I can't get him out.
-What do you mean? Do you want to hear a story about our wonderful judicial system? Sure. A guy named Jeff McCullaugh is going down a highway one night. And the cops stop him because his tail light isn't working. They run a make on him. The computer kicks back -
-that a Jeff McCullaugh is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon.
-Was it the same guy?
-No. But he fits the description, so they arrest him. Did he tell them they had the wrong person? He tried. He told the public defender. But he was too busy. He never bothered to check.
-Are you serious?
-Wait, it gets better. While Jeff is in jail, a guard is stabbed -
-and the knife is planted in Jeff's cell. And Jeff is trialled on a new charge: Assaulting a guard with a deadly weapon. And a trial date is set. Six months from the time he was first picked up. I'll make a long story short. Six months go by -
-and a very shaky, very crazy Jeff McCullaugh goes to court. The public defender tells Jeff that he can get him off -
-if he pleads guilty. He'll make a deal with the judge. So he pleads guilty even though he's innocent. Right. The deal was made with a Judge Callahan. The day ofthe trial Judge Callahan cannot be found. Fleming is in his place. Fleming doesn't know about the deal. Jeff pleads guilty. Fleming sentences Jeff to five years in prison. So, one little guy has already spent -
-a year and a half in jail because his lights didn't work. I've spent the last year gathering evidence to prove he's innocent. And I prove it. I bring it all into Fleming's court - and he throws it out.
-Why?
-It came in three days late. Holy shit! That's incredible. It's not incredible. It's Fleming. No, Arthur. That's the law. You can't fault Fleming legally. Because he was going by the letter ofthe law.
-Are you kidding?
-No, I'm not. You talk to me like that you won't get me into bed, dear. Yes, I will. I've had tougher cases.
-You're so easy.
-You knew that, huh? That's why you went out with me. Finish your egg roll. Arthur! Arthur! You'll never guess who the police just grabbed.
-Take a guess.
-Warren, please... This may sound crazy, but Judge Fleming was just taken away.
-What do you mean, taken away?
-Arrested. Come on. I'm telling you. They just arrested your very own favourite judge.
-Judge Fleming?
-Judge Fleming. What's the joke, Warren? There's a joke connected to this. There is no joke. I don't know what it's about. They're sitting on this very hard. I can't get anything from anybody. Warren... Let me knowthe...
-Judge, we're ready to reconvene.
-I'll be right there. Congratulations, Counsel. Thank you very much. What did I do? Come here, come here. Judge Fleming. I was right. He was arrested this morning and booked.
-We know that.
-You'll never guess what for.
-Take a guess.
-What for? Rape. Fleming was booked on a rape.
-I can't stand it.
-Isn't that the best?
-Rape!
-I don't believe it. That's not the best. Oh, no. I'm gonna tell you the punchline. You're gonna love this. His people just called. Mr Fleming would like you to represent him. Me? Me? Why me? I hate the son of a bitch. I'm going crazy! Mr Kirkland, as you undoubtedly know, -
-Judge Fleming has been accused, falsely I might add, -
-of sexually assaulting a young lady. He wants you to represent him. Excuse me.
-What, may I ask, is so funny?
-I just think it's... It's just crazy. I don't think it's so crazy. Two lawyers up in the third-floor men's room think differently. Right now one ofthem is laughing so hard he's choking in the sink. I'm aware that I'm not particularly well liked. But the fact is that I'm innocent and I will have that proven in court. Mr Bates and I feel, in this particular situation, -
-you would be perfect to handle my defence. What is this? The two of you got together and came up with that one. That's a beauty. The real question is: Why? Why me, fellas? We need you for political reasons. Political reasons? What kind? This case will create a lot of media coverage. The animosity between you and the judge is well known. But we can use that. Why else defend a man you dislike so much -
-unless he was truly innocent? And he is, you know. Remarkable. Remarkable. But personally I don't give a shit. You smug son of a bitch! Henry! Henry! I've never committed a crime in my life. Judge, ifyou're innocent, truly innocent, -
-you don't need me. Get yourself another lawyer. What are you laughing at? I really hate to tell you this, but -
-you remind me a little of my ex-husband. In what way? Because, during sex, he would always say: "Go! Go!" "Go"? I don't say "go".
-I heard you say "go".
-No, I don't say "go". "Go" is dumb. I say "God".
-Are you sure?
-I'm sure. I could have sworn I heard a couple of go's. That was "God". I said "Ooooh..." It sounded like "go". And then I said "God". "Ooooh, God". Oh, God... Yeah? Who is it? Arthur, it's Jay!
-Jay?
-What the hell...? It's my partner. Jay. Jay? All right, all right. What do you say? Hell of a night tonight.
-It's two o'clock in the morning.
-I know. The bars just closed. So, what are you doing here?
-I came to ask you a question.
-Oh, yeah? What?
-I'm a good lawyer, right?
-Right.
-I got Earl Soames off, right?
-What are you talking about? I got Earl Soames...
-Yeah, you got him off.
-I didn'tjust get him off. I got him off on murder. And we all know Mr Soames did it. Right, he did it. He was guilty. We all know that. Brilliant defence. Brilliant.
-Brilliant defence, Arthur.
-Right. Brilliant. Brilliant! Brilliant! I got him off on a technicality. I know, Jay. Right. Good.
-Mr Soames did it again.
-What do you mean? At twelve o'clock tonight he killed two kids. Oh, Jesus. He killed kids, you see. Oh, Jay...
-I gotta take a piss.
-Jay... My partner.
-There's women in here.
-Hello. Arthur, what's going on? Come on, it won't hurt you. Just duck. You've got about three feet. For Christ's sake, get in. How are you feeling? Ready to go? I thought you flew planes. With wings. I've been flying helicopters ever since Korea. Get in. Button up. Close the door. I gotta tell you, Judge. I'm not too happy about this. Just relax, Arthur. Could we maybe just go out a bit? Kind ofjust go and hover? We'll do any goddamn thing you want. Now hold on to your cojones. This is what it's all about! Pretty, isn't it? I don't want to talk. What? I don't want to talk. Did you ever skydive?
-Did you ever skydive?
-No! Why? You oughta try it. You might learn something. I was skydiving once and my main chute didn't open. My reserve didn't open either. There I was, plunging to the earth. As I hit the treetops I discovered the meaning of life.
-Which is?
-It sucks, Arthur. It really sucks. They used to keep Native Dancer down there. Native Dancer, the horse. They kept him down there. Beautiful animal.
-Where are we going?
-Do you have any place in mind? Down. I would prefer to go down. Just relax and enjoy it, Arthur. The old Chinese proverb. Great, isn't it? Oh, my! Let me showyou something. Look at that. Wild, isn't it?
-We've hit it.
-Hit what? What did we hit? The halfway point. There's a little game I play. I always calculate how far I can go on the fuel I have and still get back. Then I figure out the halfway point and I go just a little beyond it. You mean we're beyond the halfway point? You mean we're not gonna make it back? Maybe, maybe not. Well, land. Land! Put it down! Come on, we're all right. Ifwe're beyond the halfway point we're not all right. Land! Here we go! Heading back. Sixteen years of marriage and my wife still won't eat Chinese food. It's crazy. Especially since we met in a Chinese restaurant. How are we doing? Where are we? Are we back yet? Trust me, Arthur. It's a protest. She relates Chinese food to our marriage. We're not gonna make it back! I knew it! I knew it! We're not gonna make it back! Arthur, look at that. I told you I had good instincts. Hang on, Arthur. Hang on now. Hang on... Hang on, Arthur. We'll make it. Hang on! Oh, God! Oh, God! Hang on! Hang on! Home free. We almost made it right on the button. Another ninety feet. I told you I had good instincts. Come on, let's go ashore. Shit, my wheel. Come on, Arthur. It's easier when you take the belt off. That's it. Are you all right? Come on, let's get some coffee. You'll be all right. Your adrenaline's still charged. You have to admit it makes you feel alive, vital. When I think that we could be dead right now... Listen, why is everyone so preoccupied with death? I'm not usually preoccupied with it, but this seems like a valid time. Another chicken salad sandwich. Arthur? No. Let's get back to Fleming.
-You won't consider taking his case?
-Nope. Not interested. You'd better be interested. There are some very powerful people who can ruin your career. Ruin my career? What do you mean? For one they can have you disbarred. Do you want some more coffee? Disbarred? What are you talking about? Did you ever have a client named Ernest Drago? Drago, yeah. What about him? You gave the police information that led to his conviction. Drago was a nut. Drago was insane. He sat in my office and rattled off the most grotesque fantasies imaginable. I handled him on a burglary charge and I heard that stuff every day. His favourite fantasy was: What would happen if he stuck a firecracker in somebody's mouth? So, I read in the newspapers that there was this nut -
-who held people at gunpoint and forced cherry bombs in their mouths. I knew it was Drago, so I told the police. You didn't prevent a crime. You betrayed a client.
-You violated the code of ethics.
-What are you talking about?
-What's going on?
-Arthur, they want you. You're a very principled lawyer with no political ties. I tell ya... They want me to defend Fleming because of my moral integrity. And if I don't defend him I'll be disbarred for being unethical. Look, Arthur. Put aside your personal feelings. Take the case. You've worked too hard. Don't throw your career away. I can't believe this. I just don't believe it.
-Judge, I want McCullaugh freed.
-Nothing can be done. I don't buy that, Judge. Just reopen the case. Reopen the case and I'll get him acquitted. Now look. You are in no position to ask for anything. But I'll see what I can do to help. Perhaps there's an exception to the statute. Okay. Okay. So, why don't you tell me about the girl? This Leah Shephard. Can you tell me anything about her? What do you want to know? I saw her a few times. She works at City Hall.
-Did you have sex on the first date?
-Yes. First and second time.
-That's why this makes no sense.
-What do you think happened to her? I assure you I did not rape her, but... I really don't know. Maybe an angry boyfriend showed up after I left. Angry boyfriend? That's a little mild, don't you think? She wasn'tjust raped, she was sadistically beaten and sodomized. That's a bit beyond angry boyfriend. You're right. I'm sorry. How did I get into this? I've been involved in the law for thirty years. And I can't find five people who'll believe I'm innocent.
-Will you take a lie detector test?
-Why? It's not admissible evidence. I know. I would like you to do it for me.
-I'll think about it.
-No, no...
-I said, I would think about it.
-You can't do this. I need a polygraph to prepare your case.
-If I'm going to be your lawyer...
-Ifyou're going to be?
-Mr Kirkland, you are my lawyer.
-I know. I'm your lawyer. And as your lawyer there are certain demands... As I said to you before, you don't demand anything. Now sit down. I have a lot ofwork to do. I said, sit down. Leave it out here.
-Jeff, what happened to you?
-Somebody beat me up.
-What for?
-I don't know. I didn't ask. Listen, I talked to Fleming. We'll work something out. We'll get you out of here. When? It's gonna take maybe three weeks. I promise I'll get you out by then.
-Three weeks?
-That's the best I can do.
-You must be kidding.
-It's the best I can do.
-What am I supposed to do?
-You're gonna have to hang in there.
-Just take care ofyourself.
-Take care? I got myself locked up in solitary to get away from some guys. I can't fight.
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