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ACT II

CASSEN DEN. MORNING. A FEW SECONDS AFTER THE PRECEDING SCENE. DON IS CONTINUING HIS TALK WITH THE JUDGE AND CLAIRE.

DON
He simply refused to communicate. With any of us -- on any level.

CLAIRE
Not even with Bob?

DON
Especially not with Bob. He just sat there -- polite, well-mannered, pleasant -- like a polite, well-mannered pleasant tree trunk -- and wouldn't tell us a thing -- about what happened last night -- where he was -- what he was doing -- who might have seen him at the time of Shea's murder.

JUDGE
Didn't you explain to him that it's almost impossible for an attorney to set up a workable defense unless the accused parties are willing to cooperate?

DON
A dozen times. With absolutely no response -- except to say that what he did, he had to do in his own way. Bob was furious.

JUDGE
He had a right to be. The boy is facing a murder charge and he makes no effort to defend himself. Why, it's the most infuriating thing I ever heard of.

CLAIRE
Yes, it is frustrating. But it's so terribly pathetic, too. When someone has so little need for living that he doesn't even bother trying to survive. Oh, Tom -- that dear, sweet -- hopeless boy.

DON
(BRISKLY, OPENING HIS BRIEF CASE, PULLING OUT LEGAL BOOKS AND PAPERS) Well, it's our job to save his hide -- even if he doesn't want it saved. (SPREADING THE BOOKS AND PAPERS ON A TABLE) I pulled everything out of the law library I thought would help.

JUDGE
Good. Don. The boy is entitled to the best defense we can possibly give him.

CLAIRE
(STARTS TOWARD DOOR) I hear coffee sharpens the mind -- I'll go bring some.

TAKE HER OUT. TAKE DON AND THE JUDGE AS THEY START TO LOOK THROUGH THE BOOKS.

JUDGE
(PICKING UP A BOOK) -- The latest rulings on search and seizure. Do you think the police might have been a little over-anxious when they came into Tom's apartment?

DON
(MAKES A NOTE ON A PAD) I'll check on it. But with Lieutenant Robinson on the case, I'd bet that every letter of every law was observed down to the last semi-colon. He's the sort of fellow who reads the fine print.

JUDGE
What about this janitor -- in case he positively identifies the boy? Is there any new ways we can challenge the validity of that identification?

DON
I was up half the night trying to find an answer to that one.

JUDGE
And -- ?

DON
And - nothing. If the janitor picks him out of a legally assembled lineup, he's stuck. The identification is admissable evidence in court. Of course, we can always question the janitor's eyesight -- or his depth perception -- or his -- state of mind at the time.

JUDGE
None of those legal niceties is going to give us any real help, Don, you know that.

DON
I'm afraid I do. What we need most is what we just can't get: the right words from Tom Hughes.

TAKE HIS DEFEATED EXPRESSIONS,
DISSOLVE TO:
TOM'S JAIL CELL. MORNING. TOM SITS ALONE, HUNCHED FORLORNLY IN A CORNER.

ED'S VOICE
(CALLING FROM THE ADJOINING CELL) Hey! (TOM DOESN'T REACT) Hey, you -- in number 27. (STILL NO REACTION) Hey!

TOM
(FINALLY NOTICES, SITS UP) Me?

ED'S VOICE
You're the only one in 27, they got a policy here of no roommates.

TOM
Hi.

CUT TO ED IN THE ADJOINING CELL. INTERCUT THROUGHOUT THE FOLLOWING, AS REQUIRED.

ED
What's your name?

TOM
Tom.

ED
Mine's Ed.

TOM
Pleased to meet you, Ed.

ED
Same here. Welcome to our exclusive club. Not everybody can get in, you know.

TAKE TOM AS HIS FACE CLOUDS OVER. AND TAKE IT OUT.
MUSIC: BRIDGE




next up: ACT III
Edited by Matt, Sep 5 2010, 06:10 PM.
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