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Rumpole is busy defending the youngest son of a family of villains on a murder charge. His client has all the evidence stacked against him, but meanwhile it is Rumpole's battered old bowler which is becoming the focus of bemused attention in chambers and beyond
Hilda has made up her mind that Rumpole is to take her to the Scales of Justice Ball. Perhaps a new hat and an acquittal at the Old Bailey will get him in the mood for dancing?
Rumpole represents the wife, Mrs Thripp, in a divorce case where the couple only communicate by leaving each other notes. Hilda is upset by Mrs Thripp's constant phone calls to Rumpole at home. Rumpole helps Phyllida Trant as she tries to become accustomed to bar practice.
Rumpole defends Ken Aspen, a politician accused of raping a party worker. The defendant admits there was intercourse but claims it was consensual, and Rumpole believes he has found a strong line of defence. Meanwhile, Rumpole's favourite clerk has been accused of stealing from the petty cash at Number 3, Equity Court…moreless