We head over to the office of State's Attorney Bond, where Freamon has just revealed the $80,000-gift-that-was-actually-a-loan. By falsifying a mortgage application, Clay Davis has, in fact, violated federal law, Pearlman explains, putting him in line for a thirty-year sentence in the graybar hotel. "Over at the U.S. Attorney's office, they call it The Head Shot," says Freamon. See? Told you earlier it would all make sense. "With leverage like that," says Freamon, "this case needs to go federal." Bond is all, "Uh...yes, we could do that, but after my pissing match with the U.S. Attorney, that seems like a highly unlikely course of action." What Bond actually does is ask Freamon to leave the room so that he and Pearlman can conspire in private. How strong a case do we have against Clay Davis? Bond wants to know. Pearlman says that they can pretty much prove the four counts that Davis stole from his own charities. "If we convict, that's ten years per count," Bond concludes. "Nothing to sneeze at, even without the bank charge." Wait -- an authority figure choosing self-interest over doing the right thing? This is the most outrageous thing that's ever happened on The Wire. Except for the two dozen or so other times that it's happened.
Episode Report CardMr. Sobell: A- | 1350 USERS: B-
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