Episode 273, scene 6.

     Dr. Rossi is being cross-examined by Steven Cord.

SC:  Dr. Rossi, did you have a close relationship with the deceased?
MR:  Yes, I did.
SC:  Is it a fact that you and she intended to get married?
JF:  [Rising to his feet]  Objection, your honor.  The witness's 
     relationship with the deceased is not relevant to this hearing. 
SC:  But your honor, it is relevant.  It establishes bias, motivation, 
     and prejudice. 
JC:  Objection overruled.
SC:  Ann Howard's death upset you a great deal.  Didn't it Dr. Rossi?
MR:  Yes.
SC:  And you feel strongly that if she was murdered, her murderer should 
     be punished. 
MR:  Of course.
SC:  You previously testified that shortly after the funeral, you 
     returned to her apartment.  Is that correct?
MR:  Yes I did.
JF:  [Rising to his feet]  Your honor, I object.  Is all this necessary?
SC:  If I may be permitted to continue, your honor.  Perhaps my collegue 
     might see the relevancy of my line of questioning. 
JC:  Very well, Mr. Cord, but get to the point.
SC:  Who was there with you that day in the deceased apartment?
MR:  You were.
JC:  Would the witness speak a little louder.
MR:  You were with me at Ann's apartment, Mr. Cord.
SC:  And you were convinced that Lee Webber killed Ann Howard?  Weren't 
     you?
MR:  Yes.
SC:  That day in the deceased apartment, you were very angry with me.  
     Why?
MR:  Because you said, she . . . 
     Because you said, Ann Howard had committed suicide.
JF:  Objection, your honor.
JC:  Objection sustained.  Strike the question.

JC:  Mr. Cord, you will come to my chambers immediately.  You, too, Mr. 
     Fowler. 

JC:  Court is recessed for five minutes.
     [Gavel twice.]

JF:  [To Steven]  Of all the unprofessional unethical tricks.

     [In chambers]

JF:  Exactly what do you think you're doing, Mr. Cord?
SC:  Defending my client, your honor.
JF:  Is that what you call it?
JC:  First of all, Mr. Cord, I will not have you tricking witnesses into 
     verbalizing your opinions. 
     Secondly, this is a preliminary hearing.  Not a murder trial.  And 
     not a free-for-all.  You and your client don't have to do anything 
     but sit and listen.
JC:  John here, has the burden of the proof.  And that's all we're 
     interested in.  Is there sufficient evidence against Webber to 
     warrant binding him over for trial? 

JF:  So save your tricks for the trial.  You'll need them.
SC:  Are you saying that Judge Chester should be kept in the dark 
     regarding certain facts of this case?
JF:  Of course, not.  
SC:  It's pretty safe to say you're not going to deal with the subject of 
     suicide and if I'm prevented from dealing with it, then . . .  
JF:  Do you think you can prove Ann Howard committed suicide?
SC:  As much as you can prove murder and then some . . .  
     . . . If I'm permitted to. 
JC:  Do you plan calling witnesses to try to prove this?
SC:  Yes, sir.
JC:  You realize what you are doing, I trust?  You're gambling that I'll 
     dismiss the charges against Webber on the basis of evidence you 
     introduce.  And that's a pretty long shot gamble, Mr. Cord.
SC:  I know that, your honor.
JC:  And if you lose, and I decide to bind Webber over for trial, you 
     will have tipped your hand to John here, and he'll know exactly what 
     he has to overcome in the trial to get a conviction. 
SC:  I realize that, too, your honor.
JF:  And you understand to that even if you do get a dismissal I can 
     re-open the case against Webber, any time? 
SC:  Yes, I understand that.
JC:  Does your client understand this, too?
SC:  Yes sir, he does.
JC:  Very well, Mr. Cord.  I don't approve, but it's your privilege to 
     reveal your defense.  Your abusive handling of the witness, however, 
     is another matter. 
SC:  Apparently the witness has some doubts about Lee Webber's guilt.
JF:  All right, he woke up this morning troubled, cautious, hair-splitter. 
     I can't help that. 
SC:  Agreed.  And you have no right to try and prevent me from making use 
     of his doubts.
JF:  But I'm not going to sit by and let you trick him into presenting your 
     theories as evidence. 
JC:  Nor will I, Mr. Cord.
     [Judge Chester stands.]
JC:  You obviously have specific ideas on how to get your client dismissed 
     from the indictment.  It would be unfortunate, indeed, to deprive Lee 
     Webber of the benefit of your counsel by reason of your improper conduct. 
SC:  I understand, your honor.

Judge Chester-Jon Lormer. 

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