Kenneth Preston is at a prison to talk to a client and sees a man, (Warren Stevens), break down after being denied parole. he claims to be innocent of assault and rape. Kenneth decides to to represent him on his own, with Dad on the sidelines giving advise. Other than Steven's emotional collapse, ken has nothing to go on or any reason to believe the guy is innocent.
But the whole thing unravels very neatly after a chance remark opens the way. it all ends in a dramatic, if informal hearing where the real culprit is identified and the victim's culpability revealed. The willingness of the people of a small town to believe one of their own and let an outsider take the blame is a key factor.
Two things I didn't understand: an affidavit from a psychiatrist who was treating the victim: doesn't doctor-patient privilege apply here? And why does the judge, after Stevens is shown to be fully innocent announce that he's being "pardoned"?
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