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EXT. COLUMBUS, OHIO - DAY

The state capital of Ohio. It's an impressive building for
a city this size.

INT. OHIO STATE SUPREME COURT - DAY

In chambers striving for august, JUSTICES listen to a lawyer
MR. RODMAN, argue his case before the highest court in Ohio.
Mr. Rodman enjoys the sound of his own voice.

MR. RODMAN
This informant, paid by the police,
using taxpayers dollars to continue
his felony drug habit, was the link
which allowed police to raid a
private farm. A working farm. A
farm where honest Americans make
their living.

One particular justice, ROBERT WAKEFIELD, younger than the
others, is clearly bemused by this performance.

MR. RODMAN (CONT'D)
The government, in its haste, has
employed an army of criminals whose
allegiance to the truth is, at
best, questionable --

Judge Wakefield interrupts --

ROBERT
Mr. Rodman...it's too bad your
client didn't show as much sense in
choosing what he planted as he did
in choosing his attorney...

A polite chuckle from the justices --

ROBERT (CONT'D)
Lately the only variation I'm
hearing in your argument is the
name of the client. And you can
sit there all day arguing the ins
and outs
of Illinois v. Gates, but
you aren't going to convince me
that this country has not sanctioned
the use of anonymous informants.
(MORE)

2.


ROBERT (CONT'D)
(beat)
Furthermore, there is no sacred
protection of property rights in
the United Sates. When you make
the decision to have marijuana on
your farm, whether it's one joint
or an acre of plants, your property
can be seized and your property can
be sold.

MR. RODMAN
I'm sorry the court finds my
argument repetitious.

ROBERT
Mr. Rodman, may I offer a piece of
advice? The next time you argue
this point before this court,
regardless of my whereabouts, I
recommend you have something up
your sleeve
other than your arm.

INT. ROBERT'S CHAMBERS - DAY

The office is marble and dark wood. A young CLERK, black,
29, enters carrying an oddly-shaped gift. They both look at
it.

CLERK
What do you think it is?

ROBERT
Depends who it's from.

CLERK
(reading the card)
Your friends at Warren, Putnam and
Hudson.

ROBERT
You can learn a lot about somebody
from this stuff. Three categories:
you like me, you hate me, you want
something from me.
(re: the elaborate box)
Definitely third category.

CLERK
What would a law firm want from the
new drug Czar?

ROBERT
Depends on the state.

3.


CLERK
(checks)
Arizona.

ROBERT
Medicinal marijuana initiative.
(beat)
Or am I being cynical?

They both laugh. Robert reaches up and pulls a bottle of
Scotch from a shelf. He pours a couple of fingers in two
glasses.

CLERK
Maybe there's a book in it.

The clerk takes one of the glasses.

ROBERT
Not by me.

They toast and drink.

EXT. COURTHOUSE - DAY

Robert exits, trailed by a small group of reporters. He
gets into a car being driven by two security TYPES.

INT. AIRPLANE - DAY

Robert sits in a business class window seat.



allegiance - wierność, lojalność, oddanie
argue- argumentować, dowodzić
attorney- pełnomocnik, adwokat
bemused - zdezorientowany
case - sprawa (sądowa)
chamber - izba, sala
chuckle - chichot
convince - przekonywać
felony - zbrodnia, przestępstwo
furthermore - ponadto; co więcej
haste -pośpiech
impressive - imponujący
informant - informator, donosiciel
initiative - inicjatywa, przedsięwzięcie
ins and outs - niuanse, szczegóły
marble - marmur
medicinal - leczniczy
pour - nalewać
regardless of - niezależnie od
repetitious - powtarzalny, notoryczny
sanction - sankcjonować
seize - zajmować, konfiskować
strive - starać się, walczyć o coś
trail- wlec się; iść za
(have sth) up one’s sleeve- mieć coś w zanadrzu
variation - zmiana
whereabouts- miejsce pobytu / zamieszkania

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