DONNELL: Last season on "The Practice"
We need to talk, Clarice.
There's a restraining order.
You just screwed up. O'MALLEY: I promise.
I'm not here to cause anybody any harm.
I just need to talk to her.
Get out before I throw you out!
O'MALLEY: You're in danger, Clarice.
He is coming for you.
Only I can save you.
Why don't you go on ahead without me?
WALSH: She just shot him dead in cold blood.
This was first-degree homicide.
We've heard testimony of another client
who terrorized your wife.
What happened to him?
He was killed.
WALSH: He was murdered
and you were arrested for conspiracy
to commit murder. I was acquitted.
WALSH: I smell a pattern, threaten Lindsay Dole,
you get killed.
GAMBLE: Lindsay killed an unarmed man.
The burden of an excuse is on you.
DONNELL: None of us think of you as a murderer
because you're not. I was there.
I saw it.
When he came, I knew it was probably him,
but I opened my door anyway.
I wasn't gonna be a victim.
It was my house.
And after you opened the door?
I killed him.
WEST: Madam foreperson,
the jury has reached a unanimous verdict?
WOMAN: We have, Your Honor. WEST: What say you?
WOMAN: We find the defendant, Lindsay Dole, guilty.
They're bringing her in.
MAN: Commonwealth versus Lindsay Dole, sentencing.
I have nothing, Your Honor,
other than to remind the court
that the crime for which Ms. Dole
was convicted is murder.
The taking of human life is not only an act
against that life but a crime against law,
humanity, the Commonwealth,
and we feel that the statutory sentence
Your Honor, we would ask the court at this time
to convert Ms. Dole's conviction from first-degree murder
to voluntary manslaughter.
The Commonwealth opposes.
YOUNG: You have before you the psychological examinations
done by both the Commonwealth and the defense
which all conclude that Ms. Dole's state of mind
was severely compromised
at the time she committed this crime.
The court can also take judicial notice of the facts.
Ms. Dole did not act with any aforethought.
There was no premeditation.
Her own husband was in the line of fire.
Now, while the jury was certainly free to reject
the defense of legal insanity,
Ms. Dole's actions just as certainly fall
within the scope of heat of passion.
A killer came to her door, threatened her,
and she reacted.
Your Honor, can and should find that Ms. Dole
committed her act while under the influence
of extreme mental and emotional disturbance
for which there was a reasonable excuse.
This fits the classic definition of manslaughter,
not murder one, not murder two,
but voluntary manslaughter.
Accordingly, this verdict is contrary to the evidence.
It is contrary to the law,
and I would respectfully request
that you adjust the verdict to the appropriate degree.
The jury heard testimony of how Ms. Dole threatened
to kill the victim the very day of the shooting.
Those were her words.
The jury heard Ms. Dole's voice on the phone
evidencing a calm demeanor,
no passion whatsoever,
seconds before the shooting.
Personally, I've never even seen a manslaughter with a gun.
Manslaughter is usually a fist, a vehicle,
a fight, sometimes a stabbing.
But when a woman walks from her door,
retrieves her purse,
retrieves a handgun from within that purse,
shoots the man who is still standing by the door,
that's not manslaughter,
and I will remind the court of something you already know,
you are not entitled to simply substitute
your judgment for that of the jury's.
You can only override the first-degree conviction
if you find there is no reasonable basis for it.
Here, you cannot make such a finding.
As such, I respectfully request
that you allow the jury's verdict to stand.
WEST: Ms. Dole, do you have anything you'd like to say?
I would like to express my condolences
to the family of Lawrence O'Malley.
I would also like to assure the court
the lack of remorse I seemingly demonstrated
in my phone call to the police that night...
was more a product of my shock
than the person I think and hope I am.
I took a human life.
I had the opportunity to retreat.
I didn't do so.
I accept responsibility for a homicide conviction.
I committed a homicide,
but given my shock, and my fear,
and the underlying trauma
I was experiencing from past assaults against me,
I feel my judgment and state of mind
And that the crime I'm guilty of is more consistent
with voluntary manslaughter.
WASHINGTON: Did he say when he would rule?
It's good that he took it under advisement.
DONNELL: But bad he wouldn't let us call witnesses.
What is with the heat?
You said it was being fixed.
It is. It should.
What the hell is wrong with it?
Do I look like a plumber?
A plumber fixes water, Rebecca.
Tell me you didn't know that.
You want to get off my back, Ellenor?
What happens when your toilet clogs,
you call an electrician?
My toilet never clogs, Ellenor.
Do you have that problem?
What's that supposed to mean?
Not a thing. Not a thing?
Only you seem a little edgy.
DONNELL: Ellenor, you do seem a little on edge.
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