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Padgitt was on the ropes battered and gasping for air

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Unformatted text preview: quot; It appeared as if everyone at the defense table had stopped breathing. The strategy over there had been to sneak Lydia in quietly, let her tell her lies, verify the alibi, get her off the stand, then push the case to a verdict before she could be discredited. She had known very few people in the county and now lived an hour away. The strategy was unraveling with disastrous results, and the entire courtroom could see and feel the tension between Lucien and his client. "Do you know a man by the name of Danny Padgitt?" Ernie asked. "Never heard of him," Malcolm said. "Your wife testified yesterday that she had been having an affair with him for almost a year." It's rare to see an unsuspecting husband confronted with such news in such a public manner, but Malcolm seemed to handle it well. "That so?" he said. "Yes sir. She testified the affair ended about two months ago." "Well, sir, I'll tell you—that's kinda hard to believe." Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html "And why is that?" Malcolm was squirming, suddenly interested in his feet. "Well, it's really kinda personal, you know," he said. "Yes, Mr. Vince, I'm sure it is. But sometimes personal matters have to be discussed in open court. A man is on trial here, charged with murder. This is serious business, and we need to know the truth." Malcolm swung his left leg over his right knee and scratched his chin for a few seconds. "Well, sir, it's like this. We stopped havin' sex about two years ago. That's why we're gettin' a divorce, you know." "Any particular reason you stopped having sex?" Ernie asked as he held his breath. "Yes sir. She told me she hated sex with me, said it made her sick to her stomach. Said she preferred sex with, you know, other ladies." Though he knew what answer was coming, Ernie managed to appear sufficiently shocked. Along with everyone else....
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