Attorney Ned Murray wins traveling salesman Lew Rydell a not guilty verdict in a murder trial. An hour later, Rydell tells Murray that he murdered the victim, a delivery boy, because he flirted with his wife, Melanie. Murray wants justice and threatens to go to the D.A., contrary to the admonishment of his senior partner, H.E. Osterman, and Osterman's daughter, Karen, Murray's fiancée. Murray also confronts Melanie about Lew's guilt, inflaming Lew's jealousy. Murray has a rather shady friend, Tony Hardeman, who offers to personally administer capital punishment to Lew. Murray discusses the case with Judge Arthur, and decides to leave Lew alone, but rushes to the Rydell apartment, only to discover that Lew has killed Tony. Murray offers to defend Lew at his next murder trial.
Did You Know?
This story was retold on the popular radio drama The CBS Radio Mystery Theater. That radio drama was called "After the Verdict" and was first broadcast on February 6, 1974. CBS frequently re-used stories from its television dramas in CBSRMT. See more
During the car ride through the theater district immediately following the courtroom scene at the beginning of the story, identical marquees are repeatedly seen through the rear windows as the car travels. See more