“Allen, you’re accused of killing your wife. With a jury trial, the prosecution has to convince 12 people you’re guilty. With bench trials, one person decides – the judge.”
“Bench trial! No argument!”
The defense reluctantly agrees, and Allen Grey appears before Judge Laura Peabody on a first degree murder charge.
The trial lasts three weeks, and Judge Peabody renders her decision four days later.
“I want to thank the judge personally,” as Allen walks down the court hallway.
In the judge’s chambers, Allen takes her in his arms and whispers, “Thank you, Darling.”