Suffering County Courthouse. The media descends the minute the team exits the elevator, blocking the pathway to the courtroom.
Walsh opens. He lets the jury in on a little secret. He's glad Lawrence O'Malley "took three in the chest." Blah cannibal, blah accused murderer, blah damaged, blah Lindsay did us all a favour blah. Walsh insists, "I would have liked to shoot him. But I wouldn't have. Neither would any of you." Because he knows every single juror intimately. Oh, the law is on his side and everything, yeah, yeah. Oh, there are rules against revenge killing, yeah, yeah. Oh, stop, we all know about the "rules" against shooting an unarmed man, Walsh. Yes. We understand. You are trying to convince them of Lindsay's guilt. Walsh's position: Lindsay executed O'Malley, and it's first-degree homicide.
Ellenor gets up and explains their argument. She opens with a little "Lindsay Dole doesn't even remember shooting Lawrence O'Malley." Then she tosses in a pinch of blackout on Lindsay's behalf. Gather this together with the rope of the previous events: a) the stabbing and b) William Hinks stalking her. What do you get? That's right, my pretties -- a battered woman. Oh, and don't forget that Lannibal Hector threatened to kill her. Ellenor argues that Lawrence personified all the baddies in Lindsay's life and she just snapped. She closes with this statement: "If Lindsay hadn't snapped. She'd be dead right now. No question." Ellenor calls this opening statement The Magic Ball Speech. Everyone is taken by her words, because the courtroom falls silent, and even Bobby looks at the floor. Oh. He's. So. Moved.