Watching Rudy Giuliani dance with disgrace as the loser president’s lawyer pressing claims of fraud in the 2020 election, I thought of a fictional attorney played by Paul Newman in the 1982 film, “The Verdict.”
Newman received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his role as Frank Galvin, an alcoholic attorney. Galvin sobers up just enough to represent the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case. The facts are on his side, but the rules of evidence work against him. Feeling his case hopeless, Galvin makes an emotional plea to the jury.