Witness for the Prosecution

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The mystery, “Witness for the Prosecution”, was produced in 1957 by Arthur Hornblow, Jr. and directed by Billy Wilder. The two lead male actors were Tyrone Power as Leonard Vole and Charles Laughton as Sir Wilfrid Robarts. The lead female actor was Marlene Dietrich as Christine Helm. “Witness for the Prosecution” superbly demonstrated a realist view of the operating procedures in a courtroom. The actors within the courtroom were easy to identify, and the steps transitioned smoothly from the arrest to the reading of the verdict. The murder trial of Leonard Vole provided realistic insight into how laws on the books are used in courtroom proceedings. With the inferior elements noted, the superior element of the court system in “Witness …show more content…
The defense for Vole was nonexistent until a stranger provided damaging evidence against the prosecution’s most damaging witness.
For the defendant to be found guilty of murder, the burden is placed on the prosecutor “to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt” (Neubauer & Fradella, 2014, p. 33). In other words, the prosecutor, Mr. Myer must present a strong case to satisfy the jury “that charges against the defendant are almost certainly true” (Neubauer & Fradella, 2014, p. 35). When the trial started, the evidence was strong enough for a guilty verdict. The prosecution had three witnesses to support the claim that Vole killed Emily French. The first witness, Inspector Hearne, provided the court with blood evidence on the sleeve of Vole’s jacket; however, during cross-examination, Sir Wilfrid disputed the evidence because Vole’s blood type was not excluded as the donor. The second witness was Janet McKenize, Mrs. French’s hard of hearing housekeeper, who stated she heard Vole and Mrs. French talking on the night of the murder; nevertheless, during cross-examination, Sir Wilfrid discredited her testimony when he proved to the jury that she was hard of hearing. The climax of the prosecution came when Mr. Myers, after objections by Sir Wilfrid, called Christine Helm, Vole’s wife, to the stand. Christine was thought to be the wife of Vole but provided