PEYTON PLACE

     ARRAIGNMENT OF LEE WEBBER

     Episode 260, Scene 3. 

     [Courtroom of Judge Irwin A. Chester in the Peyton County Town 
     Hall.  Among the spectators present are the following:  Dr. Rossi, 
     Steven Cord, Sandy Webber, and Elliot Carson.] 

LW:  Can I speak to my wife, please?
B:   Okay.  But make it quick.  The judge will be right in.
LW:  What did you find out?
SW:  Allison saw you on the beach.
LW:  She says.  It's her word against mine and yours.  
SW:  She says she proved it to the police.  I don't know how.
LW:  She's bluffing.

C:   Court will come to order.  Department three of Peyton Place judicial 
     district now in session.  Everyone please stand.  
        [Everyone stands.]
C:   Judge Irwin A. Chester presiding.
     [Gavel.  Judge sits.  Everybody sits.]
JC:  The People vs Webber.

JC:  Lee Webber.
        [Bailiff gestures and points for Lee to aproach the bench.]
        [Webber approaches.]
JC:  The people of this state hereby accuse Lee Webber of a felony.  To 
     wit, on or about the specified date in the county of Peyton, said Lee 
     Webber did there and then unlawfully, willfully, and with malice 
     aforethought, kill and murder one Ann Howard, a human being.  
     Thereby violating section 189 of the penal law of this state and 
     impairing the peace and dignity of its people.  

JC:  Have you been informed of your rights in this matter, Mr. Webber? 
LW:  Yes, sir.  I have.
JC:  Are you ready to enter a plea?
LW:  Yes, sir.
JC:  Very well.  You have heard the charges.  How do you plead?
LW:  Not guilty.
JC:  Have you made arrangements for counsel, Mr. Webber?
LW:  No, sir.  I haven't.
JC:  Are you able to do so?
LW:  Well, I'm out of work right now, sir, and I'm a little short of cash.
JC:  A number of lawyers have made themselves available to this court, 
     free of charge, Mr. Webber.  They are appointed at the discretion of 
     the court.  I am going to assign Mr. W. J. Anderson of the firm of 
     Anderson and Evans to your case. 
LW:  Is Steven Cord on that list?
JC:  Yes, he is.
LW:  I would like to have him defend me, sir, if it is possible?
JC:  If I were willing to entertain this proposal, what are your wishes 
     in the matter, Mr. Cord? 
        [Steven stands.]
SC:  I'm afraid my personal involvement in the case would contra-indicate 
     defense of Mr. Webber, your honor. 
JC:  I see.  Thank you, Mr. Cord.
        [Steven sits.]
LW:  Pardon me, your honor, can I talk to Mr. Cord for a minute?  It's 
     very important to me.
JC:  Well, it's a little irregular.  But in view of the grave nature of 
     the charge, I shall allow it.  Please make it brief.  Court will 
     recess for five minutes. 
        [Gavel] 
LW:  Thank you, sir.
        [Steven and Lee go outside in the corridor to talk.]
SC:  What is this, Lee?
LW:  I didn't kill her.  I swear, I didn't kill her.  I want you to defend me.
SC:  I helped bring you to trial.  I have given evidence that you 
     harassed Ann.
LW:  I don't care.  Look, I need someone who will put up a fight for me,  
     like you did for Rodney Harrington.  I know why you took his case.  
     You needed a chance to prove that you were good.  And you did it.   
     You cornered Stella Chernak like you would corner a rat.  And when 
     the rules didn't work, you just threw them out.  Well, I need a 
     chance.  A real chance to prove that I'm innocent.  And you and I 
     know that I'm not going to get it.  Not the way things are right 
     now.  This Anderson will sandwich me between chasing ambulances.
     What does he care?  I'm just another second-class citizen. 
SC:  I'm not interested, Lee.
LW:  Why, because you hate my guts?  Well, you weren't crazy about Rodney 
     Harrington.  You went all the way for him.  And he was in much 
     deeper than me.  He admitted tangling with Joe Chernak.  That he 
     knocked him off the pier.  There is no evidence against me.
SC:  There isn't?  You were on the beach.
LW:  That's not true.
SC:  It's a proven fact.
LW:  I thought the law says that a man is innocent until he is proven guilty.  
     Or don't you believe that?  
SC:  I believe that you hated Ann.  You persecuted her.  
LW:  Okay, say it.  You've got me sentenced already, haven't you?  You're 
     just like everybody else. 
SC:  No.  There is one big difference.  Ann was my sister.
LW:  I know.  I also know that she was a messed up little girl who went 
     from Peyton Place straight into a mental home.  What makes you so 
     sure that she didn't kill herself? 
SC:  Knowing you.
LW:  All right.  Maybe I had you figured you all wrong.  Maybe if I had 
     Leslie Harrington's bankroll you would change your mind.  The price 
     of a square deal comes pretty high these days, doesn't it, 
     Counselor? 
       [Steven and Lee re-enter the courtroom.] 
       [Gavel]
JC:  Court will resume.
JC:  Well, Mr. Webber.  Do you wish court to furnish counsel?
LW:  Yes, sir.  I do.
JC:  Very Well, Mr. Anderson will contact you in the morning.

JC:  What is the earliest date available for a preliminary hearing in 
     this case?
C:   Thursday the 23rd at one p.m., your honor.
JC:  Mr. Webber . . .
        [Webber stands.]
JC:  . . .  I hereby remand you to the sheriff of Peyton County who is 
     ordered to bring you to this court on the aforementioned day and 
     hour for a preliminary hearing on the charges against you.

JC:  Court is adjourned.
     [Gavel twice.]
     {End of scene.]

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