Presumed Innocent (1990) Poster

Raul Julia: Sandy Stern



  • Rusty Sabich : Sandy, how did you know what was behind Larren's fear of the B File?

    Sandy Stern : Ahh, you question the judge's integrity?

    Rusty Sabich : With good reason, wouldn't you say? You knew that file didn't have a damn thing to do with my case and yet you let Larren know you'd drag it in at any opportunity. That it would come out he was taking bribes. That Carolyn was the courier. You blackmailed him, Sandy.

    Sandy Stern : We speak now, tonight, and then these things are never spoken of again, agreed? Larren's divorce left him in a state of disorder. He was drinking much too heavily and he fell into a relationship with a beautiful, but uh, self-serving woman. The fact is, Larren grew suicidally depressed. He wanted to resign his post. Raymond Horgan talked him out of it.

    Rusty Sabich : Raymond knew he was taking bribes?

    Sandy Stern : Larren told him. Raymond cleaned up the North side and he also rescued a distinguished mind and career that does honor to the bench. I believe Larren today did what he thought was just. You tell me, Rusty. Was justice done?

  • [during cross-examination, it is revealed that Carolyn had a tubal ligation, presenting doubt as to the presence of the spermicide in the sample] 

    Sandy Stern : Wherever you got that specimen from, *Doctor*, you delivered it to the chemist while you were having secret communications with Mr. Molto behind Mr. Sabich's back, is that correct?

    'Painless' Kumagai : [stands up angrily]  DO YOU *ACCUSE ME*, MISTER STERN!

    Judge Larren Lyttle : [disgusted]  Sit down, Doctor!

    [Kumagai sits down] 

    Sandy Stern : No. I think we've had enough unsupported accusations for one case. Doctor Kumagai.

    Judge Larren Lyttle : You may step down, Doctor!

  • Sandy Stern : Your honor, before we begin our presentation, I would like to make a motion...

    Judge Larren Lyttle : Make a motion for dismissal?

    Sandy Stern : Yes, your honor.

    Judge Larren Lyttle : Sit down, counselor. I have reflected on this case at great lengths, ladies and gentlemen. Now I understand the prosecutors have suspicions. Perhaps Mr. Sabbich was there that night. They might be entitled to that inference. And before yesterday, I might have even said that there were reasonable grounds for those suspicions. Now, I'm not so sure. After yesterday, there is no proof of motive here. There is no evidence that there ever was an intimate relationship between the defendant and Ms. Polhemus. There is no proof so far as I am concerned to give a reasonable person grounds to believe that they had carnal relations on the night of her death. In point of fact, there's not one shred of direct proof that Mr. Sabbich murdered Ms. Polhemus. So under these circumstances, I cannot allow this trial to continue. Mr. Sabbich, you are discharged, sir. And I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am that any of this has taken place. Not even the pleasure of seeing you free can make up for this, this disgrace to the cause of justice. I wish you Godspeed. Case dismissed.

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