Paladin applies the U.S. Constitution to criminal law in the West when he fights for Habeas Corpus, the right to counsel in defense, and jury trial by peers for a man accused of killing twice with an outmoded cap-and-ball pistol.
2 beauties Paladin's dating stakeout his San Francisco hotel lobby, so he opts to stalk an accused murderer in Nevada instead. Paladin's dubious when he offers to trot the suspect back alive, but the town's mayor prefers him slung over a saddle. When apprehended, the suspect, just found innocent of another killing, alleges the mayor's framing him for the sheriff's murder. The mayor's black-eyed henchman Boldt (Len Lesser: Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld" (1990) itches to kill the suspect - or Paladin. Written by
Paladin is hired to bring back Ben Tyler (Robert Grist) for trial for murder. Tyler recently just escaped a similar charge thanks to the help of courageous young lawyer Tom Nelson (James Franciscus in a very early role in his career) and thinks he's being set up for a lynching/ kangaroo court. Paladin believes Tyler is no killer and stays to make sure he has a fair trial, despite the wishes of his employer, Mayor Lovett (BG Armstrong).
Decent episode enlivened by the early appearance of Franciscus and Mr. Ziffel (Hank Patterson) from "Green Acres" as a stagecoach driver. Franciscus has a nice scene with Boone as Paladin berates the young lawyer for backing off on the case and justice for Tyler. Ben Grist plays Tyler as a jovial sort. He later went on to direct a number of television shows, including Star Trek's "Galileo 7" episode.
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