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Richard Holmes waits for a man to be released from prison and then empties his revolver into him. When he is interviewed by prosecutor Charles Parker, Holmes says the man he killed raped his wife and no jury will convict him. Parker has been offered a partnership with the Prestons but when Homes retains their services, Parker realizes he is in the fight of his life - he must win the case or be suspected of intentionally losing it in order to gain favor with his new partners. Holmes' wife is now in a mental institution and Parker visits her. Convinced that she is mentally ill, Parker offers to reduce the charge to manslaughter and is shocked when the elder Preston rejects the offer on the basis that no jury will convict his client. Holmes makes a poor witness at his trial and the elder Preston feels compelled call Holmes' wife to the stand. When Mrs. Holmes admits that her mental breakdown occurred after she identified her rapist and not immediately after the rape itself, Parker gets ...