Merle packed up his papers.
Snyder said, â€œIt moves.â€
â€œThat was embarrassing, Snyder.â€
â€œSo is hanging. Even I know Hollerman was way out of line. What were you doing?â€
â€œWhat are you talking about? The manâ€™s brilliant. In getting an acquittal, objecting like a bad TV lawyer wonâ€™t help.â€
â€œSo whatâ€™s your next plan, Perry Mason?â€
Merle blinked. â€œWho?â€
I forgot. Iâ€™m in the land of the philistines. â€œNever mind. Whatâ€™s your plan?â€
â€œIâ€™ll call an Imperial law expert who dis-agrees with Hollerman regarding the Imperial charter.â€
â€œSo you can let Hollerman destroy your law expert just like he destroyed Dr. Boulet?â€
â€œLook, this is good law Iâ€™m practicing.â€
â€œIâ€™d hate to see bad law. You were so stiff, you should be thankful we donâ€™t hold court outdoors. Thereâ€™d be pigeons landing on you.â€
â€œThat whole ‘rough men’ quote was taken from Orwell, whose works are banned by the Empire.â€
Merle smiled. â€œGreat. One question. How did you know that?â€
Snyder swallowed. â€œI see your point.â€
They couldn’t get Hollerman in trouble for reading forbidden literature unless Snyder ad-mitted to reading it. Besides, Hollerman could claim he didnâ€™t know Orwell had said it. People still said ‘big brother’ to refer to intrusive gov-ernment policies even though Orwell had been banned for fifty years along with other authors that would cause stress by making the people distrust the Imperial government.
â€œThanks for nothing, Merle.â€ Snyder walk-ed towards the waiting guard.
Mama Borden called, â€œDonâ€™t worry, baby! Mama will take care of everything!â€
Snyder smiled. Thatâ€™d be what sheâ€™d tell him when he came to her with a scraped knee when he was a boy. A gallows was a lot harder to deal with.
Dread joined Mama Borden. â€œPardon me, Mrs. Borden, would you like to accompany Specialist Snyder back to the stockade?â€
No way, thereâ€™s something wrong here.
Mama smiled. â€œWhy, thank you, Colonel, I think I will.â€
Snyder swallowed. This wouldnâ€™t be good.
Continued Next Thursday
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