'If everyone had a perfectly clear conscience, the blackmailer would have no chance.' So begins a trial in which the unfortunate judge is himself blackmailed. Unwittingly 'picked up' by a respectable-looking girl' the judge finds himself put into an impossible situation in which an unscrupulous blackmailer threatens his career and personal life in an attempt to steer the course of a trial to an acquittal. Can Mr Justice Slaughter save himself from ruin and degradation.… (more)
Hugh Bridges, walking somewhat painfully and very disconsolately in worn clothes and old shoes over hard pavements on a cold December afternoon in London, did not appear to be a fruitful source of blood-money to any propective black-mailer.
And, as he left the court, Mr Justice Hereford permitted himself the suspicion of a smile.