With female Q.Cs or 'silks' in a tiny minority, barrister Martha Costello,of the Shoe Lane chambers,is anxious to join that elite number by progressing through the courts. Following a successful acquittal in a murder trial she is given two cases to defend at short notice. One is Mercedes Cordoba,a pregnant drugs mule for whom she pleads for mercy based on Mercedes' poverty-stricken background. However smooth fellow barrister Clive Reader,representing Mercedes's co-defendant,points to her previous,of which Martha was unaware,and she is sent down - though she is relieved to be out of the dealers' clutches. The other is Gary Rush,charged with robbing and assaulting elderly war hero Michael Dodd,though he has no confidence in her. Mr. Dodd commands sympathy in court but Martha demonstrates that Rush has been set up by a vengeful policeman and he walks free. At a chambers party Martha is irate when,in view of the day's business,she sees Reader snorting coke and pushes him downstairs. Her young pupil Nick backs her up by claiming that the fall was accidental.- Written by don @ minifie-1
Martha Costello is a thirty-something barrister who works hard and often finds herself working multiple cases. Fresh off successfully defending a client charged with murder, she is handed two cases to be tried the next morning. The first involves a pregnant drug smuggler, Mercedes Cordoba. Given her condition and lack of record, Martha encourages her to plead guilty. Her colleague Clive Reader, defending Cordoba's co-accused, ambushes Silk who was not as prepared as she should have been. In the second case, she defends Gary Rush who is accused of beating and robbing an elderly pensioner in the old man's home. Rush has a long history with the police but Silk is convinced that he is innocent of this particular crime.- Written by garykmcd
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