A man confesses to a murder for which someone else has already been executed---a man Lawrence defended. Lawrence tries to find out what went wrong.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
D.A. Charles Grimalia
Olive Deering ...
Mrs. Pomeroy
Judson Laire ...
Judge Burton Henshaw
Luella Gear ...
Mrs. Carney
James Congdon ...
James Mitchell
Helen Donaldson
Dan Morgan ...
Barny Wills
Harry Millard ...
Ernest Pomeroy
Charles Randall ...
Dr. Short
Arthur Anderson ...
Sergeant Cross
Lieutenant Bannister
John Kane ...


A man confesses to a murder for which someone else has already been executed---a man Lawrence defended. Lawrence tries to find out what went wrong.

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20 January 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Law and Justice
29 September 2016 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

Donald Trump said in the recent debate that "wanted law and order". So do I. It was a good show that never should have been canceled. Of course that wasn't what trump was talking about. What he was talking about has been available in many countries. I prefer Law and Justice, which is what this episode of The Defenders is about.

A man walks into a police station, (where he talks to Al Lewis of Car 54 Where Are You? which had debuted in the same year), and confesses to a murder for which another man has already been executed. His account of the crime is specific and accurate and it soon becomes apparent that the ultimate miscarriage of justice has taken place: an innocent man has been "murdered" by the state while the guilty man, (now succumbing to his guilt), has gone free.

This has a devastating impact on four key figures: the Prosecutor, (Jack Klugman), the judge, (Judson Laire) and the attorney (E. G. Marshall as Lawrence Preston). Preston and the prosecutor re-investigate the case trying to find where they went wrong. They go around and talk to the deceased defendant's wife, who just wants them to go away, the witnesses and the jurors, (one was certain of guilt after the prosecutor's case, and didn't listen to the defense: another one felt he was innocent but couldn't stand up to the other 11 jurors). They also do a lot of philosophizing about their profession.

The only thing I didn't care for in the episode, (besides the distracting appearance of Mr. Lewis), is that in the end, they find out justice was done after all. I think the story would have been more powerful if they'd left the lady blind.

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