Episode 121, Scene 1.

     [Dialog in Rodney's court arraignment.  Allison, Elliot Carson, 
     Rodney, Clerk, Judge, Theodore Dowell, Steven Cord, Norman 
     Harrington and others in the courtroom.]   

AM:  Rodney, are you all right?
RH:  Yes.
AM:  Is there anything I can do to help?
RH:  Nothing.
AM:  I want to help.
RH:  You're here.
     
     [Allison sits back down beside her father.  See scene 2.]
     [The court clerk gavels three times.]

Ck:  All rise.  Court will come to order.  Department 2 of Peyton County
     Judicial District is now in session, Judge Charles E. Webber, 
     presiding. 

     [Judge Webber puts on his glasses and takes the bench.]

JW:  People vs Harrington.  

     [Theodore Dowell and Rodney Harrington rise.]

JW:  Are you Rodney Harrington?
RH:  Yes, sir.
JW:  The people of this state hereby accuse Rodney Harrington of a 
     felony, to wit:  

          On or about the 16th day of July 1965, County of 
          Peyton, said Rodney Harrington did there and then 
          unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously, kill and murder 
          one Joseph Chernak, a human being with malice 
          aforethought.  Thereby violating section 189 of the 
          state's penal law and the peace and dignity of people of 
          this state.  

JW:  Do you wish to be advised of your rights in this matter? 
TD:  The defendant has been advised of his rights, your honor, and 
     requests that the reading of rights be waived. 
JW:  Are you ready to enter a plea?
TD:  Yes, your honor.
JW:  You've heard the charges.  How do you plead?
RH:  Not guilty.

JW:  Rodney Harrington, I hereby remand you to the custody of the sheriff 
     of this county.  The sheriff is hereby ordered to bring you to this 
     court on the 27th day of this month at 9:00 a.m. for the preliminary 
     hearing on the charges against you.

TD:  With your honor's permission, I would like to make a motion that the 
     court set bail for the defendant.  

     [Leslie Harrington enters the courtroom.]

     The defendant, Rodney Harrington, has lived in this town all his 
     life.  He has no prior arrests.  He is known to be responsible and 
     reliable by everyone who knows him in this community.  Certain your 
     honor will allow that in this particular case in there is no risk 
     whatsoever to release him on bail. 
     
JF:  Your Honor, there is no precident in this state for a defendant in a 
     capital case to be released on bail.

TD:  Your Honor, neither is there a precident against it.  I submit that 
     this particular case warrants your honor's consideration.
JW:  I do not believe that this particular case is a special case, that 
     requires special consideration.  Request on bail denied. 

     [Judge Webber gavels the arraignment hearing to a close.]
     [Leslie enters the courtroom.]
     
LH:  Hello, Norman.
NH:  Dad.
TD:  I'm glad you're here Leslie.
LH:  Hello, son.
RH:  Hi. 
LH:  Your honor, may I have a few moments with my son?
JW:  You're welcome to use my chambers.
LH:  Thank you.

LH:  Norman.

     [The Harringtons go into chambers.  Judge Webber remains seated at 
     the bench.  Steven Cord remains seated at the defense table.] 

LH:  I caught the first plane I could.
RH:  Thanks, Dad.
LH:  Have they been treating you all right?  
RH:  I'm sorry you had to come back to this.  
LH:  Perhaps, if I had stayed here in the first place, there wouldn't 
     have been any need. 
NH:  It was my fault, Dad.
RH:  That's not going to do any good now, Norman.  
NH:  He's got a right to know. 
LH:  Elliot said you had been trying to reach me.
NH:  I quit before I did.
LH:  The instinct was there, Norman.  It was a start.
RH:  Well, I talked him out of it.  I didn't want to worry you for 
     nothing. 
LH:  Is that what it has come to?  My sons afraid to worry me?
RH:  That was before the police arrested me. 
LH:  Elliot was rather vague on the phone.  I don't know whether he was 
     trying to spare me.  Or . . . 
RH:  I'm not a murderer, Dad.
LH:  You didn't have to tell me that, Rod.
LH:  What did you and the Chernak boy fight about?
NH:  About me.  Rod was trying to get me off the hook.
LH:  What hook?
NH:  Rita used to go with Chernak.  I told you about her the night of 
     graduation, when you called.  Well, he was spreading a lot of lies 
     about her and Rod tried to stop him before I did.  He was trying to 
     protect me, because I told him I wanted to kill him.  
RH:  Norman. 
NH:  Look.  He's in this mess because of me.  We have got to do 
     something to get him out of it. 
LH:  We will, Norman.
LH:  How long has this been simmering?
RH:  A while.
LH:  There wasn't anyone you could talk it out with?
RH:  There was no one.
LH:  Ted Dowell was here.
RH:  He's not our father.
RH:  Oh, I'm sorry, dad.
LH:  So am I.

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