The Virginian: Season 1, Episode 17

The Judgment (16 Jan. 1963)

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Garth recalls his early days as a judge in Medicine Bow in one particularly dangerous murder case. The family of the man convicted tries to intimidate the residents into having Garth overturn the conviction putting him a lonely position.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trampas (credit only)
Gary Clarke ...
Steve Hill (credit only)
The Virginian (credit only)
Jake Carewe
Alice Finley
Roberta Shore ...
Oliver Smith
David McLean ...
Burt Adams
Gilbert Green ...
Patrick McVey ...
Clyde Carey
Joseph Denton
Conlan Carter ...
Lennie Carewe
Johnson (as Steven Darrell)


Judge Garth is asked to run against a younger man for a judgeship. When Betsy asks him if he will run, he reminds her of a promise he made to her ten years earlier when she was five. At that time Garth as the local judge had to confront a capital case. A jury found Billy Carewe guilty of first degree murder. He was a member of the Carewe family who had terrorized Medicine Bow before the family went to Montana. Five of the family members return to Medicine Bow led by Jake Carewe to seek Billy's release. They try legal means via a rookie attorney who defended Billy and now tries to provide Judge Garth with an out on the case but they are rebuffed by Judge Garth. They threaten the town with destruction by fire causing the citizens to ask Garth to release the prisoner. At the same time the new sheriff quits the job when the Carewes rough him up and after Judge Garth learns he has been seeing Garth's intended Alice Finley without Garth's knowledge. The Judge is forced to think creatively ... Written by Anonymous

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