THE SWORD AND THE SCALES
Neil Archer is charged with the brutal and sadistic murder of his socialite mistress and begs his old friend, Paul Lipmann, to defend him. Both loved the same woman, whom Lipmann married.
For Lipmann it’s a dilemma, for he’s no more than a junior barrister and Archer could have called on a Queen’s Counsel to cross swords with the Attorney-General, who will prosecute.
Reluctantly, Lipmann takes the case but has a psychiatrist analyse Archer’s personality. Maclean, the psychiatrist, suggests there are good grounds for pleading diminished responsibility and saving Archer’s neck.
But for his own reasons, Lipmann goes for an acquittal, loses the case and Archer hangs.