The Star Chamber

Synopsis: Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Peter Hyams
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

Councilman Donnagher, who is the only

member to vote against the proposal...

said he was not at all convinced

that the proposed site...

was the only suitable place

for such a facility.

He went on to say that

this is not the first time...

the utilities commission

has come up with a site...

that it insisted was the only suitable place.

In South Los Angeles,

the body of a woman was found in an alley...

behind a row of abandoned automobiles.

She was identified

as 68-year-old Margaret Howard.

She'd been shot in the head

at close range.

Sergeant Thomas Spota told

Eyewitness News reporter Chuck Hurley...

this appears to be the work

of the same person or persons...

who have committed a series of similar attacks

in the area in the past few weeks.

She had apparently cashed her welfare check

about a block and a half away...

at, uh, approximately 4:00 in the afternoon.

She was shot at close enough range...

with a.38 caliber bullet

to leave powder burns.

Forensics estimates the time of death...

at somewhere between 4:00 and 6:00 p. m.

Do you have any suspects?

No. Not really.

Five elderly women have been murdered

and robbed in this area in the past two months.

Is one man responsible for all of them?

Well, we haven't finished

our ballistics check yet...

except that all of the other victims

were shot with a.38...

all were robbed of their welfare checks...

all were killed in the afternoon.

The ballistics on the first four match.

I expect they will on this one.

Anyone with any information

on the Southside Killer...

should call our

Eyewitness hotline number.


You don't have to give your name.

The only possible lead

reported by the police...

is two people who claim

they saw a male Chicano leaving the alley...

at around 4:
30 p. m.

He is described as in his mid-20s...

approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall

and slender.

600,000 to catch a goddamn baseball.

Now we gotta worry that he's sensitive.

Sh*t. You give me 600,000,

you can call me any name you want.

Sh*t. You give me 600,000,

you can call me any name you want.

You gotta know how to

handle your personnel...

you know, get the best out of them.

Hey. Check this cutie out.

- Where?

- Green jacket.

- You know him?

- No.

So what about him?

I don't know. What's he doing bopping around

00 in the morning? Tell me that?

Maybe he's coming from a physics lab at USC.

Right. Let's check him out.

- Aw, are you shitting me?

- This dude ain't right.

- Oh. You got a hunch, right?

- Right.

- Instinct, right?

- Right.

You're watching too much television again.


- Wait! Don't touch it!

- Is it wired?

No, no. Of course not.

You just can't search it. We need a warrant.

- Right.

- For real.

- You're crazy.

- Probably, except we need a warrant.

I know because

it happened to me once before.

How about if I knock on the garbage can...

and identify myself as a police officer...

and the can gives me consent?

You can fart around all you want.

The guy's garbage can is his private property

and we need a warrant.

I don't believe this.

We got a pile of slime...

making tracks as soon as he sees us.

He stops long enough

to drop something in a garbage can.

Think he just can't stand to litter?

You also think we're gonna get a warrant

in the next 30 seconds...

because that's when the can

is going in the truck.

Time out. I got it.

This can is going to that truck.

We can't search this can...

But we can search the truck.

We're talkin' genius here.

Don't pull no lever. Police.

Join the police and see the world.

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Roderick Taylor

Roderick Taylor, also known as Rod Taylor or Roderick Falconer, is an American poet, recording artist, screenwriter, television producer and television director. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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