Beauty and the Breast
Pictures captured by Maike Liedtke
and Adam Brannon.
L.A. LAW (September 1986 - May 1994) -- season 6, episode 20 -- "Beauty and the
Breast" Zoe Clemmens first tries to plea bargain with convicted
murderer-turned-lawyer, Nick Motes (Terry OQuinn, MILLENNIUM and X-FILES), defending
a fellow inmate, Walter Phelps (James Morrison), on trial for murdering another inmate
Phelps is not a hard criminal and has almost completed his prison sentence for his
original crime, growing marijuana. Motes believes that the evidence against him -- the
bloody knife wiped free of fingerprints and lack of blood splatter on the accuseds
clothes -- warrants a fight not a plea bargain.
Clemmens proceeds, and the prosecution proves opportunity, motive and intent when she
presents witnesses who heard Phelps threaten to kill the victim. To which the mustachioed
Phelps explains, "Because of my long hair, Mr. Jebsom thought I wanted to be a woman,
his woman, which I did not. Therefore like the spiny blowfish I adopted a menacing
behavior to ward off a predator, though neither of us is equipped to kill."
The head-to-head heat could turn for the defense when real evidence appears in the form of
a prison guards jilted ex who offers to testify that her ex- fiance guard, Hocksey,
confessed to her that he committed the murder in question. Motes debates utilizing this
testimony because he -- and Phelps if convicted -- would have to return to the same prison
ruled by this guard and the guards Latino gang supporters who Motes now feels are
the real instigators of the murder, executed by Hocksey and pinned on Phelps.
Clemmens attempts to talk Motes into taking the risk to save his client, even though this
would still leave Motes in great danger as he would be returned to the prison despite
winning Phelps case, as Motes crime -- murdering a prison guard -- would never
be commuted or forgotten.
Motes does not fail his client and only asks in return from Clemmens access to a law
library to prepare for final arguments. Clemmens gladly arranges that, remorseful that she
may be partially responsible for putting this validated mans life in danger. Motes
repays her kindness by escaping the library through a ventilation shaft thereby escaping
police custody and escaping the return to this corrupt prison -- or to any other.
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Morrison's work as an actor, and does not intend or imply any infringement of
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