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Judge Gwen Warwick becomes involved in the murder trial she has been assigned. Her marriage is on the rocks and the murder victim is an old friend, who rumour has it, had an affair with her.
One of the main themes of the film is the death penalty: the judge talks about the times she imposed it and the fear of it in her case is a major undercurrent. However, the film is set in Michigan (there are several references to Michigan and it was filmed in Detroit and Ann Arbor). Michigan abolished the death penalty in 1846, and nobody has been hanged under Michigan law since 1830.
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