Ward Toyama is approached by a man claiming to be a government agent asking Ward to use his father's export business to help in a secret project. Ward comes to find the man is a first mate on a ship. When he is murdered, Ward is charged.

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Ward Toyama, a young lawyer, is approached by Frank Jones claiming to be a government agent asking for his assistance. Toyama's father owns a major import/export company with dealings in the Far East and with export licenses in place, is looking to ship 'farm implements' to an unnamed country in Asia. Ward foolishly agrees without checking out Jones' story and soon finds himself charged with murder when after the ship's departure with Ward on board, Jones is killed. Ward realizes he is in trouble upon boarding the ship and finding that Jones is the first mate and the travel plans have changed. He confronts and fights with Jones who falls over the railing. Ward believes it was an accident until Perry tells him the truth. In Los Angeles, Perry Mason doesn't present a defense at the preliminary hearing and even Hamilton Burger is surprised at the ease with which he he manages to have Ward Toyama bound over for trial. Perry quickly files a writ of habeas corpus in the Federal Court ... Written by garykmcd

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6 May 1965 (USA)  »

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During the preliminary hearing, the camera cuts to the judge, also showing his microphone. The on/off switch for the mic is clearly in the "off" position. See more »

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This episode suffered from a weak script.
2 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For many reasons this story did not play out too well for the viewers as we get a high seas murder that Perry defends. The problem was not in the acting but seemed to be a script that played too many angles that left the viewer somewhat confused on who-was-who in the story.

The story plot is that a young lawyer named Ward Toyama is approached by a man named Frank Jones who advised that he worked for the US government and wanted Ward's help for a shipment to an Asian country. Yhe government official knew that Ward's father had export license and it would be easy to help people in foreign lands. However,the problem was that Frank Jones was not a government official and tricked Ward into shipping contraband abroad.

When Frank Jones is murdered, Perry will defend Ward as evidence mounts against him. Perry will have a trick for Hamilton Burger as after the preliminary hearing, Perry will petition the court saying they did not have jurisdiction as the murder was outside the scope of LA boundaries. The hearing moves into US District Court as we hear Perry examine witnesses to finally get to the truth.

The best thing about this episode in the exchange between Perry and Hamilton. Too bad the exchange did not last long as we went back to the story that just seemed an odd account and too strange really to comprehend. It is not really a bad episode but one that looked tired with a weak script as we quickly head to the end of season eight.


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