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Charles Terranova is a young assistant district attorney. He prosecuted an elderly man for bookmaking and the man was found guilty. The bookmaker's daughter contacts Patrick Birch for help. Birch is a political fixer - for a fee he uses his political contacts to get people what they want. Birch tells the bookmaker's daughter that for $2,000 Terranova will tell the Judge to dismiss the case prior to sentencing. The bookmaker's daughter waits outside a restaurant where Terranova is having lunch while Birch goes in to make the payoff. When Birch asks Terranova to dismiss the case, Terranova says that's what he already intends to do. No payoff being required, Birch keeps the money but does not tell the bookmaker's daughter. After the case against her father is dismissed, the bookmaker's daughter turns Terranova in for taking a bribe. At the trial, Birch can't explain why he didn't take his usual fee in this case. The bookmaker's daughter has to be removed from the courtroom after her ...