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After the Verdict


An upcoming attorney discovers to his dismay that the man he acquitted of homicide is indeed culpable. Now he must find a way to straighten out the facts.



Air Dates

  • First Run - February 6, 1974
  • Repeat - April 20, 1974
  • Repeat - February 24, 1979





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26 Responses to Episode 0032

Predictable ending; saw it coming a mile away. Incidentally, the idea of a defense attorney feeling angst at getting an innocent client off is no longer a common plot device in courtroom fiction, ever since "Law & Order" with its sleazy defense attorneys became a hit.


A lgeal/moral drama that contains more explanations of double jeopardy than you can shake a stick at. Also includes the overused plot device of having the main character be married to the boss' daughter.


Interesting story about a lawyer who battles to win an accused killer his freedom, only to have him confess to him later that he not only actually did commit the murder of a young delivery boy who he thought was flirting with his wife, but that he would do it again if anyone so much as looked at her. The lawyer wants justice to be served, but the killer can't be re-tried. So what to do? A few implausible moments, but none serious enough to make me stop listening. Not at all bad, really, plus there's a news report and commercials.


CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER, “After The Verdict,” starring Tony Robert, with E.G. Marshall, host. A young lawyer finds his career and his client’s life are in jeopardy due to a strange confession. Young attorney Ned Murray wins an acquittal for Lew Rydell, charged with murder, then discovers some disquieting information about his client which places Ned’s career and Lew’s life in jeopardy.

1974 PR Release

Fantastic theater--I enjoyed it. Ned is an attorney who is faced with the delemma of a confession from a client who killed a man. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but this story which was aired in 1974 portrayed an attorney who bisected attorney/client privilige (confidentiality). It was refreshing as today's entertainment depicts lawyers as never, ever pressing the bounds of attorney/client privilige. It was refreshing to hear a story of an attorney whose conscience was larger than his bounds of law.

Davy Joe

In this story, a lawyer defends a client in a murder trial. After an acquittal is reached, the lawyer learns the truth about his client and he struggles with what to do.


A tight story with characters to love and hate. Real drama with unpredictable results.


A young lawyer finds out the man he defended for murder is actually guilty. He must decide how to put things right.

Archiemedes Ebdani

A criminal lawyer wins a high-publicity murder case and frees his violent client from prosecution. Immediately after the trial, his client confesses that he actually did commit the crime. The lawyer is highly ethical and moral and struggles with how to deal with this new information. Some very interesting legal problems dealt with in this episode. Excellent!


I like a story like this, where there's a quandary of ethics. It really makes you think, and sympathize with the protagonist.


Although someone pointed out this plot was overused on shows like "Law & Order" I'm lucky enough not to have watched those shows. In the end it was a morality play. I did find it interesting that the lawyer was friends with the "mobster" that he helped get found innocent of ONE of his crimes, although he does point out several times that he knew he was innocent of that particular crime, just not all crimes.


this was a great one.


Hearing Gerald Ford's voice about Watergate gives truth to the saying that he was the only man who couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time. But, he was a gentleman and much better than the choices we have today.

Zack Margolies

I think a lot of aspects of this episode were very interesting, but there was one part that really bugs me! WHY did the lawyer come to the wife and tell her not to do anything that would "make" her husband kill again?!?!?! As if it was her fault that her husband is insane! He was basically telling her that if she didn't practically stop breathing, it would be *her* fault if her husband decided to kill somebody during one of his jealous rages. I don't blame her for getting mad at him and throwing him out! Bryna Raeburn's acting in this scene is totally brilliant as she gets (rightfully) insulted. I really feel for her in this scene.


Amy... totally agree; that scene keeps this otherwise great play off my "Best of CBSRMT". Tony Roberts, who often plays sleazy guys, is wonderful as the ethical lawyer.


I wish I could go back to this time. What magical recordings.

Charles Byers

Young attorney Ned Murray wins an acquittal for Lew Rydell, charged with murder, and then discovers some disquieting information about his client from a strange confession, making him realize his mistake. Ned soon realizes that his career and Lew’s life are in jeopardy.


You can tell that CBSRMT writers are hardly legal scholars. Double jeopardy is forbidden by the U.S. Constitution, not by any state laws. When the defense lawyer says "That's the law in this state." when referring to his client not being tried again early in this episode, you could just hear attorneys everywhere cringing. It's little goofs like these that make you realize that they cranked these scripts out so fast that they didn't have time for common editing let alone rewrites.


I was hooked with this episode. I'd forgotten that Tony Roberts was involved with the show. Every actor on this really sold it and did a great job.


I'm not thrilled with the way the lawyer blamed the wife for the husband's jealous rages.

Cindy Caldwell

WOW,I remember listening to this episode with my older brother.I was only 11 years old.My brother has since passed on but this story has brought back so many good memories.Thank you so much.


If you're in a hurry, skip the first 10-1/2 minutes of 1977 vintage news and commercials. This is an entertaining episode that, like most CBSRMT episodes, requires some suspension of disbelief. I've heard this episode several times, including the original airing. There is nothing in today's radio to approach the entertainment value and escape provided by these gems.


Tony Roberts elevates this episode, as he always did.


Good episode, although some say it is predictable, it still makes one think of what to do with the dilemma of moral right and wrong. An episode that will make you ponder, what would you do?


Did his friend Tony give himself up to help his friend Ned? An interesting question.


Well written, great actors and voices very distinguishable, the way they should be. This is a Henry Slesar classic at its best!


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