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23rd May '16 3:33:07 PM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:349:Perry Mason, having his way with a sorry witness]]
20th May '16 5:58:44 PM bt8257
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When the only possible way for a lawyer to save his client is to badger a confession out of a witness on the stand in the courtroom. Subtrope of PerpSweating. Frequently stems from [[AccuseTheWitness Accusing the Witness]]. The result is usually a MotiveRant. The first step is often to PullTheThread.

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When the only possible way for a lawyer to save his client is to badger a confession out of a witness on the stand in the courtroom. Subtrope SubTrope of PerpSweating. Frequently stems from [[AccuseTheWitness Accusing the Witness]]. The result is usually a MotiveRant. The first step is often to PullTheThread.
20th May '16 5:58:44 PM bt8257
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4th Apr '16 11:20:08 AM Joysweeper
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* Do everything right in the first case of ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' and this plays out, the witness losing his temper and threatening to [[PettingZooPeople gut you with his claws]], which is what happened to the victim. [[spoiler: Cruelly subverted as it turns out the defendant was guilty, thought you knew it too, and is happy to profit off an innocent man being executed.]]
31st Mar '16 3:43:57 PM eroock
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When the only possible way for a lawyer to save his client is to badger a confession out of a witness on the stand in the courtroom. Subtrope of PerpSweating. Frequently stems from [[AccuseTheWitness Accusing The Witness]]. The result is usually a MotiveRant. The first step is often to PullTheThread.

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When the only possible way for a lawyer to save his client is to badger a confession out of a witness on the stand in the courtroom. Subtrope of PerpSweating. Frequently stems from [[AccuseTheWitness Accusing The the Witness]]. The result is usually a MotiveRant. The first step is often to PullTheThread.
8th Feb '16 1:56:45 PM ShorinBJ
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* The climax of ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' is probably the [[TropeCodifier Trope Codifier]]: Danny Kaffee pins the futures of both his clients and his own to the hope that his final witness - [[spoiler: Colonel Jessup]] - will confess.

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* The climax of ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' is probably the [[TropeCodifier Trope Codifier]]: Danny Kaffee pins the futures of both his clients and his own to the hope that his final witness - [[spoiler: Colonel Jessup]] - will confess. Deconstructed, as Kaffee explains to the rest of the defense team that [[spoiler:Jessup]] ''wants'' to confess, because he thinks he did the right thing. Or another way to say it is, he wants to take credit.
23rd Jan '16 8:30:14 PM Willbyr
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* ''{{Matlock}}'' almost always proved his client's innocence by interrogating the real killer in court; usually not by getting an actual confession, though.

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* ''{{Matlock}}'' ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' almost always proved his client's innocence by interrogating the real killer in court; usually not by getting an actual confession, though.



* The title character of ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' does this in nearly every single case, apropos to his role as a Perry Mason stand-in. He misses the mark in case 2-4: [[spoiler:the person he badgers is really innocent (and the fact that the method didn't work cues him in that something else is going on), and his client was actually a MagnificentBastard[=/=]{{Sociopath}} who hired an assassin and was planning to blackmail him]]. In fact this is directly called out by Godot in the final case of the third game. Even after Phoenix proves that his client is innocent through a very convoluted set of explanations, Godot insists that the trial must continue because they haven't found out who the culprit is yet. And everyone just goes with it [[spoiler:even though it leads to his own conviction]].

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* The title character of ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' does this in nearly every single case, apropos to his role as a Perry Mason stand-in. He misses the mark in case 2-4: [[spoiler:the person he badgers is really innocent (and the fact that the method didn't work cues him in that something else is going on), and his client was actually a MagnificentBastard[=/=]{{Sociopath}} who hired an assassin and was planning to blackmail him]]. In fact this is directly called out by Godot in the final case of the third game. Even after Phoenix proves that his client is innocent through a very convoluted set of explanations, Godot insists that the trial must continue because they haven't found out who the culprit is yet. And everyone just goes with it [[spoiler:even though it leads to his own conviction]].



** We also get three subversions in ''ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. The first case only worked because Phoenix [[spoiler: forged some evidence]] (that [[spoiler:Kristoph]] [[INeverSaidItWasPoison couldn't reveal without admitting to stealing the original evidence and committing the crime]]), the third case only worked because Apollo convinced [[spoiler: the accomplice that you can't be killed for smuggling in the US/Japan and so he had no reason not to talk]], and the fourth case had to be done as a Jury trial as it was impossible to have enough evidence to pin the crime on [[spoiler:Kristoph]]. The jury trial runs on reasonable doubt, which is enough to save the defendant.

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** We also get three subversions in ''ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''.''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. The first case only worked because Phoenix [[spoiler: forged some evidence]] (that [[spoiler:Kristoph]] [[INeverSaidItWasPoison couldn't reveal without admitting to stealing the original evidence and committing the crime]]), the third case only worked because Apollo convinced [[spoiler: the accomplice that you can't be killed for smuggling in the US/Japan and so he had no reason not to talk]], and the fourth case had to be done as a Jury trial as it was impossible to have enough evidence to pin the crime on [[spoiler:Kristoph]]. The jury trial runs on reasonable doubt, which is enough to save the defendant.
7th Dec '15 8:29:56 AM Hossmeister
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-->-- ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice For All''

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-->-- ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice For All''
''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'', case 4
15th Nov '15 3:28:35 PM StFan
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* In ''YoungbloodJudgmentDay'', Toby King's relentless pursuit of the details behind a book missing from Riptide's room after her murder, gradually uncovering an intimate connection between a certain member of Youngblood and that book, eventually causes [[spoiler:Sentinel]] to fly into a fit of rage and attack him. He grabs at the book and curses King for ruining his plan, outing himself as the murderer.

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* In ''YoungbloodJudgmentDay'', ''ComicBook/YoungbloodJudgmentDay'', Toby King's relentless pursuit of the details behind a book missing from Riptide's room after her murder, gradually uncovering an intimate connection between a certain member of Youngblood and that book, eventually causes [[spoiler:Sentinel]] to fly into a fit of rage and attack him. He grabs at the book and curses King for ruining his plan, outing himself as the murderer.
18th Oct '15 5:10:57 PM nombretomado
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* The team on ''ThePractice'' used this technique so much that they referred to it as "[[AccuseTheWitness Plan B]]". They became quite infamous for it.

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* The team on ''ThePractice'' ''Series/ThePractice'' used this technique so much that they referred to it as "[[AccuseTheWitness Plan B]]". They became quite infamous for it.
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