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Title:
Thicker than Water
Plot:
A tired lawyer is made to take on a murder trial with the defendant adamantly professing his innocence. But the lawyer refuses to believe his client's claims and orders a series of tests to be run on the weapon allegedly used in the crime.
Episode:
0149
Air Dates:
First Run - September 17, 1974
Repeat - November 9, 1974
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9 Responses to Episode 0149


Intriguing courtroom drama somewhat marred by unconvincing dialogue for the defendant and an implausible bit of forensic science. The inner conflict of the attorney makes for a nice hook, though.

An attorney with a reputation for getting his clients acquitted of armed robbery charges takes a complex case in which a young man is accused of stabbing a man who later dies. The young man's father is convinced that he is innocent. He claims to be innocent, but the attorney himself has doubts from the outset.

The best thing that I can say about this episode is that the ending was a mystery until the end. Very good listen--4 stars.

An overworked lawyer is persuaded to take the case of a defendant who insists he is innocent. The lawyer is not convinced and orders a special test be performed on the murder weapon.

A young thug is charged with murder in the stabbing death of an old man. He is part of a gang who were identified at the scene and eye witnesses finger his as the one who had the knife. A criminal defense attorney who has defended muggers successfully in the past is, ironically, recovering from a stab wound after being mugged himself. He is reconsidering his clientele and looking forward to a vacation when the father of the young thug approaches him with all sincerity and pleads his son’s innocence and asks for his representation in court. The lawyer reluctantly agrees and prepares a defense case for a client of whose innocence he is unconvinced. Good courtroom drama, well paced.

A prosecutor can't call the defendant to the stand! Fifth Amendment and all. I was surprised that the test was thrown out in court. In real life it would have been, but stuff like that gets through in popular court dramas. Courtroom drama, no supernatural elements.

The first few seconds repeat. You may want to re-edit this show. Questions: A boy scout knife is not that large. (Unless they were bigger back then), can you kill someone with one jab of a lil boyscout knife. (Maybe Rambo was a Boy Scout?) Is there a test on the knife for blood? Unless you use bleach, blood usually leaves traces. Do they compare stab wounds with the knife. (Basic CSI even for the 70s) A good lawyer would ask these questions. Not believeable!!

Great ending, and a satisfying one. Things aren't tied up in a nice little neat bow. SPOILER WARNING: I like how the accused is utterly confident in his innocence, and--until the end--the dad seemed to be, too, until he showed how much he actually trusted his boy. I didn't see it coming.

An excellent story! Held my interest and the ending was very satisfying. Pretty good recording quality too.

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