As a favor to an old friend, a disbarred alcoholic attorney trying to get a new start, Lawrence agrees, after some hesitancy, to defend his client---a racketeer charged with the murder of a rival.

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As a favor to an old friend, a disbarred alcoholic attorney trying to get a new start, Lawrence agrees, after some hesitancy, to defend his client---a racketeer charged with the murder of a rival.

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30 December 1961 (USA)  »

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One angry man
25 September 2016 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

The show rebounds strongly from the silly "Gideon's Follies episode with this visit to the murky world between legal ethics and true morality.

It's another reunion between E. G. Marshall and a member of the cast of the 1957 classic "12 Angry Men". Martin Balsam played the jury foreman in that film, which helped to inspire this show. there he was a gentle man who wanted everyone to get along and to edge the proceedings forward as best he could. Here he's racketeer and a drunk who has been accused of bumping off another crook during a time when he was sleeping off a drunken spree at a "rest home".

An old colleague of Preston's, (Edward Andrews) is now working for Balsam but cannot defend him as he's been disbarred.He convinces the reluctant Preston to defend the guy: whatever he's done he didn't do this and every man is supposed to get a competent defense.Then the whole thing begins to unravel in the middle of the trial and Preston has unwittingly suborned perjury. he wants to withdraw from the case. Kenneth wants to go to the DA but that's a violation of ethics because that's not in the best interests of his client.

Ken goes out to find another way to prove their clients innocence, resulting in a rather wonderful twist at the end.


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