Suffering County Courthouse. The clerk calls a case in which the Commonwealth is charging Frank Vaughn with breaking and entering, and trespassing. A "Geoff Carlton" represents the state. The clerk turns around and tells the judge that the public defender is a no show. Lindsay tries to creep out unnoticed, only her ruse really doesn't work, as he calls her back. She moans, "I'm just filing some papers with your clerk!" He waves his pencil around as the clerk hands Lindsay a file. With the file open, and without even looking at poor Frank Vaughn (played by Ray McKinnon, a.k.a. Vernon T. Waldrip in O Brother, Where Art Thou?), the abandoned client, she hands him her card and says, "I'm Lindsay Dole. I'll be representing you." Frank mumbles that he didn't do anything. This seems to be the theme of this episode -- lots of crimes that no one actually committed. At least there are no dead wives. She explains that she's going to get a trial date set, and then Frank can explain exactly what happened. Something piques Lindsay's interest, though. She walks toward the podium, still with the file open, still with her detached legal-eagle mind functioning on high speed, and screams, "One second!" She looks at the judge: "Your Honour. This complaint doesn't even allege a criminal act!" Apparently, the door to the home where Mr. Vaughn was caught had been open all day. Lindsay continues, "He was just sitting in the doorway of an empty house." The Fresh On Tuesday DA pipes up: "It was private property, and the lock was broken, I think we can infer --" Lindsay snarks at the "infer" part of his argument. Blah the neighbours called the police, blah they knew something wasn't right, and blah he's guilty as sin blah. Lindsay continues her barrage: "Ah, hello, the police only arrested him because maybe they thought he was on drugs, which he wasn't, according to subsequent tests." The Newbie Carlton's case is so thin that you could fly a kite through it on a windy day. The judge blows him off. And then he dismisses the case. Carlton doesn't take it very well. Bam! goes the gavel. Lindsay walks over to Frank and says, "Okay, you're free to go." He starts to follow Lindsay out of the courtroom. She stops him, has a William Hinks moment, and says, "Not with me!" The bailiff leads the man out, but he sort of stares at Lindsay, and she back at him.
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