PRIMER ESCENA – ACEPTACION DE CULPA O NEGACION DE ESTA
INT. THE COURTROOM - DAY
DAWSON and DOWNEY are at the defense table, ROSS is his place.
KAFFEE walks in and joins JOand SAM at their table. Papers
are being passed back and forth between ROSS and the SERGEANT
AT AMS. Quiet activity.
The door in the back of the courtroom opens and RANDOLPH, a
marinecolonel, enters and takes his place at the bench. We
can HEAR the band in the background.
SERGEANT AT ARMS
Everyone present in the courtroom stands.
Where are we?SERGEANT AT ARMS
Docket number 411275. VR-5. United
States versus Lance Corporal Harold
W. Dawson and Private First Class
Loudon Downey. Defendants are charged
with Conspiracy to CommitMurder,
Murder in the First Degree, and
Conduct Unbecoming a United States
Does defense wish to enter a plea?
JO, SAM, ROSS, RANDOLPH... it’s hard to say who’s the most
surprised. It takes everything Jo’s got to suppress a smile.
The silence is broken by ROSS, who takes the two files, dropsthem into his briefcase, closes the lid, and snaps it shut.
RANDOLPH looks at KAFFEE and ROSS, then turns to the SERGEANT
Enter a plea of not guilty for the
defendants.We’ll adjourn until ten-
hundred, three weeks from today, at
which time this Court will reconvene
as a General Court-Martial.
He raps the gavel.
RANDOLPH walks out. ROSS walks up theaisle without a word
to anyone. The M.P.’s come to escort DAWSON and DOWNEY back
to their cell.
KAFFEE and JO and SAM are the only ones remaining. SAM is
looking at KAFFEE with question marksin his eyes.
Why does a junior grade with six
months experience and a track record
for plea bargaining get assigned a
Would it be so that it never sees...