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An impressionist accused of murder claims he's innocent because "Jimmy Cagney did it"—and gives evidence of multiple-personality disorder when interrogated on the witness-stand.
Years ago, Ernest Pomeroy was executed for murder. But now someone else has confessed to the crime.
A court hearing raises important issues about civil rights, free speech and the right of lawful assembly.
After many years of being unoffically blacklisted, actor Joe Larch finally gets a major role - only to find that right-wing interests are only too keen to prevent his returning to work, even now.
A condemned man, who has always protested his innocence, escapes from prison, but kills a man along the way - and only then does he learn that his original sentence has been overturned.
The Prestons are forced to explore the world of organized crime when their client is accused of the murder of a low-level hoodlum.
Joey Tassili may be guilty, but isn't he also insane?
The Prestons seem unable to save their disturbed client from execution.
Twenty-seven people witnessed the murder, but none of them called the police.
Nuclear scientist Daniel Orren has destroyed secret scientific information - in defiance of the law - becuase he thinks it's too dangerous for anyone to know.
A visit to Fire Island for the weekend is complicated by murder.
The Prestons have twelve hours to persuade Acting Governor White that their client should not be executed.
The Prestons find themselves involved when some teenagers decide to hold a secret kangaroo court to deal with someone they regard as a criminal.
Circumstantial evidence seems likely to send a former mental patient to prison - and execution.
Public opinion becomes a factor when a policeman is arrested for killing an apparent sex offender.
When a defence witness is caught out in a lie, he blurts out that Lawrence Preston told him to do it. The elder Preston finds himself on trial...
A pharmacist has been selling drugs to drug addicts - at cost, so that he makes no money out of it. He argues that this is a more sensible way of solving the problems of addiction than merely penalising the users.
Representing the plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit, the Prestons find that doctors are reluctant to testify against a colleague.
The newly-convicted Arnold Foster thinks he can handle the prison system, but it may destroy him.
Ken Preston makes himself unpopular when he re-opens an old murder case - even though a man was long since executed for the crime.
Gerald Lowen has unquestionably killed a man - but his excuse is that he knew, through ESP, that the man intended to kill him, and thus it was self-defence.
During an important trial, Lawrence Preston receives an anonymous letter suggesting that certain members of the jury are behaving improperly.
Belligerent Earl Chafee inadvertently kills a man during a fight at his hotel. But the man is a Cuban official.
Lawrence Preston is persuaded to run for political office, and soon regrets it.
A woman receiving psychiatric treatment is accused of murder.
A young man dies during a student fraternity's initiation ritual.
Governor Defoe faces impeachment - but has he been set up by a corrupt political machine?
Lawrence Preston is held as hostage by an ex-convict who holds him responsible for his incarceration.
Willie Drucker, a shady character, has killed a man he found in his apartment, and claims defence of property as his excuse. But the dead man is a plain-clothes cop armed with a "no-knock" warrant.
Has Luke Jackson truly been rehabilitated by his seven years on Death Row?
When an eccentric street preacher is arrested, he seems unwilling to be defended.
Vincent Kayle has been arrested for betraying secret information to a foreign power. Lawrence Preston's defence of him seems likely to be hampered by his personal animosity to his client.
The Prestons represent a sharp-tongued drama critic in a libel suit.
The Prestons form the awkward suspicion that the man they're defending is actually guilty.
A kindly old lady threatens to blow up a bank.
An innocent man has already done twelve years in jail - can Ken Preston get him released?
Teenager Alan Slater has been accused of shoplifting; but his divorcecd parents don't seem to care.
Frank Thorpe, a contractor, is accused of arranging for a business competitor to be murdered. Defending him, Lawrence Preston is unable to shake the suspicion that he might be guilty.
Preparatory-school teacher Roger Wesley is likely to lose his job when he is accused of encouraging atheism in his students.
Young Roger Bailey finds it's hard to be a conscientious objector.
Discovering that his beloved older brother has committed a murder, attorney Cliff Sellers tries to cover up for him.
A famous author is accused of having written an obscene book.
A drug addict is arrested after a robbery attempt has ended in murder. But, because of his narcotic intoxication, he has no idea whether he did the killing or not.
Mild-mannered Jim McCleery has killed a man who attacked him. It seems obviously a case of self-defence, but the DA discovers that Jim was trained to kill during his war service.
A boy is run over by a shallow young woman, Eleanor Dunn. His parents decline an operation for him, for religious reasons.
At Jenny Scott's trial for murder, the testimony of the chief defence witness seems - unintentionally? - likely to convict her.
Lawrence Preston finds himself defending a once-famous actress for whom he had, during his younger days, a strong admiration - which now threatens to diminish his necessary objectivity.
On the verge of finding a cure for cancer, or so he claims, Dr. Chaney is arrested for murder.
Is Catherine Collins simply a thief or is she mentally ill?
A young lawyer friend of Ken Preston's is accused of taking a bribe.
The Prestons try to prevent the deportation of a young illegal immigrant.
A factory blaze leads to an arrest and a trial; but the wrong man is in the dock.
Journalist Harvey Slaughter has made an unauthorised visit to Communist China, and now finds that the US authorities have taken his passport away from him.
Admiral Kiley's outspoken (and extreme) patriotism gets him into big legal trouble.
Edward Banter has been framed for murder, or so he claims - by a woman who may once have been his mistress.
An elderly man is accused of manufacturing bootleg wine.
The D.A. realises that prosecuting a group of elderly people for illegal wine-making is likely to damage his career.
A woman journalist, investigating a sex attacker, is herself attacked.
Peter Dowling has shot an unarmed teenager, but claims it was self-defence.
Hoping simply to attract the attention of a famous stage director, an eccentric young actress attacks a police officer.
Prosecutor Charles Parker must choose between remaining in the District Attorney's office or joining the Prestons' law firm.
A penniless vagrant is arrested for murder; he didn't do it, but his life is so desperate, he couldn't care less about his fate.
After a child has been killed in an accident, the bereaved parents are determined to sue - but the wife develops costly psychiatric problems.
A governess tries to shield her young charge from the fall-out of an acrimonious parental divorce.
Leo Rolf has unquestionably killed his wife's lover, but he seems to think an "unwritten law" will be sufficient to get him off.
Bob Garrison pleads temporary insanity after running someone over in his car.
Harry Oberman is a lonely, unhappy nonentity. When a drug dealer is killed, he confesses to the deed in the hope of becoming, at least briefly, a popular hero.
Matthew Ritter might be the President some day. But now his son has been kidnapped, and he prefers to keep it out of the papers and so doesn't go to the police.
Two men have committed murder, ostensibly because it was the only way to save their own lives.
Dr. Bill Conrad is accused of a "mercy killing" - the victim being a newborn baby with Down's Syndrome.
Is local politician Juan Espejo really corrupt, or is he the victim of anti-Hispanic prejudice, as he claims?
A young woman of strong - if very curious - religious beliefs claims that ethereal voices have directed her to kill someone.
Wealthy property developer Mark Vronis is accused of involvement in narcotics smuggling.
Christine Knox is accused of murdering her own young son.
Circumstantial evidence seems likely to get the Prestons' client condemned to death.
During intensive training, an Army drill instructor orders that live ammunition be used - with tragic results.
After failing to secure an acquittal for their client, the Prestons find that the client's son blames them, and is vengeful.
Blood County, Pennsylvania, is not just unfriendly to the Prestons when they come to investigate police corruption on behalf of a client - their lives may be in danger.
The Prestons, with much distaste, defend an American Nazi who has been accused of murdering the caretaker of a synagogue.
An old derelict is saved from suicide - but why is Lawrence Preston's business card in his pocket?
A doctor and his wife have looked after an abandoned child as if she were their own. Now the real mother wants the child back.
A very ordinary-seeming man is charged with bigamy.
When a doctor is murdered, it is revealed that he was - perhaps - an escaped war criminal.
When David, who's Jewish, marries Irene, who's Greek, both their families object.
To stop his daughter Carla going to Vermont with her boyfriend, Howard March is quite prepared to break the law.
Defending Peter Crewe offers the Prestons quite enough problems as it is - and then his blowhard father tries to bribe a juror.
Some Air Force officers take the law into their own hands to deal with someone they regard as a traitor.
A professor finds himself being blackmailed by the mother of a stripper.
A man is released from a mental hospital after a long incarceration, and finds he must now stand trial for a murder committed over twenty years earlier.
Dwight Harkavy has killed a prowler in defence of his property, or so he claims - but it turns out the dead man is his young wife's ex-husband.
A doctor may have helped an elderly patient arrive earlier than scheduled in the grave - a patient who has left him money.
When a teenager in reform school is found dead, a supervisor is accused of beating him to death.
Stacy Phillips, star college basketball player, is accused of taking money from gambler Vince Fargo to fix a game. The Prestons, alumni of the college, are hired to defend him before the State's Senate Rackets Committee.
When a parachute fails to open and a man is killed, it may not be the accident it first appears to be.
When Lawrence Preston defends the elderly Louis Astor, who is accused of stealing money from his son's firm, he finds that his courtroom opponent is his former teacher, the eminent Professor Hopkins.
A man with six months to live kills his business partner in a fit of rage when the latter refuses to help support his family after his death.
Danny Ross insists on serving as his own defence counsel, and is contemptuous of the Prestons' attempts to help him.
Joseph Green is arrested on a drug-peddling charge; but should wiretap evidence be admissible?
Beatrice Hillyer wants to frame her estranged husband for a murder - her own.
A judge finds that he is required to repay a political favour by bending the law a little.
A young couple hope to escape the ghetto with the proceeds of a robbery.
A veteran cop inadvertently kills an innocent bystander and tries to blame it on his partner.
Fr. Phelps has heard the confession of a murderer - but the man refuses to give himself up as the priest has advised and, when the police arrest the wrong man, the seals of the confessional forbid Phelps from speaking out.
Boxer Danny Norton is accused of manslaughter, and the Prestons defend him.
Lawrence Preston finds himself in the unwelcome role of intermediary in a prison riot.
Penniless bohemian and failed poet Gregor Martin is prepared to take the blame for a death to save a man who was kind to him from prosecution.
The Prestons find themselves representing an American who has been jailed behind the Iron Curtain.
Norma Burgess finds that the police don't believe her story - she has two convictions for prostitution.
When a mortally ill man dies earlier than anticipated, his widow is suspected of mercy-killing.
"Jeremiah the Prophet", a self-styled religious leader, sues a tough-minded journalist for libel.
When the police find his wife dead in their own bedroom, Jerry Thomas affects surprise.
The arrogant Commissioner for Public Works plans to raze a school playground as part of a new project. When one of his minions is injured during a protest by local people, Ken Preston finds himself defending his own girlfriend.
The Prestons travel to a small town to represent Edward Fry at his trial for murder - only to find that he's been lynched.
The Prestons find themselves involved in a trade-union dispute.
Is Jason Thomas insane, as he claims? And how many people has he killed?
Ken Preston is arrested on a bribery charge.
An estranged wife retains the Prestons in order to get a restraining order preventing her husband from ever seeing their child.
Lawrence Preston represents a lonely woman in a divorce case, and finds himself falling in love with her.
Ken Preston represents his friend Gil Rawson in a particularly unpleasant divorce case.
An elderly man seems likely to be convicted on the evidence of a child.
Gideon, an unpleasant millionaire, wants to introduce his new wife to his five ex-wives. But someone murders him.
Something terrible happened, but alcoholic Sheila Phelps was too drunk to remember what it was.
The Prestons get involved with eccentric theatrical types when they agree to represent a play on tour and bound for Broadway.