Perry Mason has lost a murder trial and his client, Janice Barton, has been sentenced to death in the gas chamber for murdering her Aunt Amanda. Perry holds little hope for the appeal process as he can find no errors in the trial and his client was caught by Burger lying about her actions that night on the stand. She refuses to tell Perry the truth. Furthermore, her life has been a chain of unfortunate incidents involving the death of a boyfriend in Italy and her sister being paralyzed after a car accident. Perry keeps digging with no luck until he learns there had been a prescription mix up. The aunt had been given an old prescription. She was poisoned when she was given her medicine which was always done by Janice. He learns the reason why Janice lied about her actions the night of the murder but it is of no help. Adding pressure is the fact that the appeals for Janice are all denied. Paul visits Brazil to see the family member, Dr. Andrew Barton, who was Amanda's doctor, but he has...
Did You Know?
Contrary to popular belief, the opening scene does not show the jury delivering its guilty verdict - that's already happened - rather, it shows the jury delivering its sentencing verdict, that Janice Barton should be put to death for murder. See more
During one of his conferences with Janice, Perry mentions having given an oral report to the California Supreme Court in Sacramento. The California Supreme Court is in San Francisco, not Sacramento. However, the court's website notes that the justices hold regular sessions in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento - if this had been the case in 1963, then this is arguably not a goof. See more
Dr. Charles Nevin
Excuse me? The lights, do they mean the jury is returning?