SYNOPSIS OF FIFTH EPISODE
The fifth week's episode treated everyone to another powerful trial outing for Eugene. He successfully defended Steven Frenault, charged with the knife-point armed robbery of a professional photographer who testified he had "absolute certainty" about his identification of Frenault as the perpetrator.
Eugene not only took the court-assigned case to trial; he also took a couple of side bets on his own powers as a cross examiner. And, in much the same manner as the legendary Babe Ruth used to telegraph his home runs, Eugene came back with the speedy not-guilty verdict that he'd forecast.
The only thing that gave Eugene pause was his own cynicism. He hardly took the time even to get to know his client before the trial started, and he never stopped to consider the possibility that Steven Frenault might indeed be innocent.
Meanwhile, Ellenor's classified-ad-generated date finally happened -- and fizzled, and in the process we got to discover a lot more about Ellenor than we'd been able to figure out before.
And through it all, the dogged preparations for the big trial continued. Dr. Braun refuses to consider the option of a temporary insanity defense for killing his daughter's killer -- sending Jimmy to the law books to develop a complicated "Heat-of- passion" defense known as "moral justification." If the defense can show that Braun was consumed with a morally-based drive to kill, it can overcome the element of premeditation necessary to convict Braun of first degree or even second murder. Because the cocky District Attorney refuses to charge the lesser offense of manslaughter, this could result in an acquittal. But stay tuned!
And be sure that Rabbi Daniel Winter will be staying tuned also. His trial as an accessory before the fact, for allegedly counseling Dr. Braun's intended vengeance, is scheduled to follow the Braun trial.