Having Jim doing jury duty leads to a mistrial and his being hired to investigate the case of pedestrian hit by a drunk-driver that brought the accused to court.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Dennis Becker (credit only)
George Bassett
Bonnie Pruitt
Sharon Spelman ...
Karen Hathaway
Norman Wheeler
Patricia Hindy ...
Fran Bassett
Arthur Horvath
Edward Walsh ...
Van Sickle
Joe Maross ...
Al Corbett
Martin Horvath
Michael O'Dwyer ...
Pete Johnson
Ed McCready ...
Nancy Bond ...


Having Jim doing jury duty leads to a mistrial and his being hired to investigate the case of pedestrian hit by a drunk-driver that brought the accused to court.

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25 January 1979 (USA)  »

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Sharon Spelman, who appears in this episode as George Bassett (Mills Watson's public defender, Karen Hathaway, has appeared before in the series. In the 2-parter, Profit and Loss, her character, Doris Parker, was very similar. In that one, she was a widow, who believes her husband had been murdered by Fiscal Dynamics, whereas in this one, she's a public defender, who believes her client is wrongly accused of murder. In both cases, she urges Rockford to take the case, in spite of many threats to him. See more »


When Jim visits the office of Horvath and Horvath, he is carrying a briefcase, but when he leaves, he is not carrying the case. See more »


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Hanging a jury with reasonable doubts
25 September 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The usual high quality of a Rockford Files episode is spoiled here as the premise of this has juror James Rockford hanging a jury with reasonable doubts. It's a case of drunk driving and the defendant is Mills Watson. A young woman was allegedly run down by Watson, later Watson and his sister hire Rockford to get to the truth.

First thing there's no way that a private eye would get to serve on a criminal journey. My job with NYS Crime Victims Board got me turned down time and again for criminal cases, imagine what District Attorney would pass on James Garner for a criminal case. I imagine even in a civil suit one of the parties would object.

Of course Rockford's PI instincts are correct would you have a story if they weren't. But the bad guys aren't dumb either, it was a pretty fool proof scheme and they delay Rockford with a plant in pretty Margaret Blye. What she does you have to see the story for.

But this is an incredibly flawed premise.

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