That's what Sam Friedman tells Thurgood Marshall.
Friedman is Jewish and a lawyer representing insurance companies.
Marshall is African-American and a member of the embryonic NAACP.
Because WASPY Connecticut won't recognize out-of-town Marshall, he persuades Friedman, who has no criminal law experience, to be his front man in court.
Initially, Friedman is reluctant but he goes on to be a fighter in CT for human rights. His wife's relatives wind up in a Nazi concentration camp.
The case couldn't be a more difficult one to win. The time is pre-"Brown v. Board of Education," which Marshall will eventually argue before SCOTUS. Later, of course, he will become a justice at SCOTUS.
The defendant - Joseph Spell - is an African-American servant with a record of irresponsibility and petty theft. He is a accused of raping white wealthy resident of Greenwich, CT - Eleanor Strubing. The judge continually rules against Friedman.
Meanwhile, as fallout, white families are firing their African-American servants. They fear another Spell.
Then, after dallying with a female not his wife at a bar, Marshall has an epiphany. As a side comment, she observes, "Men will be men, women will be woman." Spell and Strubing had consensual sex, he realizes. Afterwards, she probably went into a panic mode, fearing being pregnant with an African-American baby.
Marshall explains this to Friedman mid-trial in which the defendant has gone on record as not-guilty. Yes, it is the stuff of legal genius for Spell to testify to the new truth and why he knew he would be a dead man if he had tried to reveal it earlier. Originally from the South, he has witnessed what happens to "colored" who even touch a white woman. Before being hung, he tells the court, "his manhood" would be cut off.
The jury doesn't convict. The win makes Marshall's brandname.
In this era when we learn that lawyers such as David Boies helped enable alleged sexual miscreants like Harvey Weinstein, "Marshall" reminds us of the good other lawyers have accomplished on behalf of the oppressed. Ironically, Boies had also been in the front lines for marriage equality.
Years later, an equally passionate white lawyer - Ralph Nader - would use the courts to fight for consumer rights.
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