Sorry about not posting for so long but life keeps happening. two quick notes about lawyers. One lawyer was a DS character early in the show who didn't work and was dropped, never to be seen again, while the other is yet seen, she had a long run in Hit Comics, almost the entire series as a back up strip. only Bob and Swab had a longer run than the Lady at Law. Now back to our tale:
Collinsport Maine March 31st 1973
Frank Garner knew he was out of his depth the minute he walked into the Collinsport Police Station and saw the six Challengers of the Unknown. Frank was the only son of Elizabeth Stoddard's lawyer, Richard Garner. Neither man was experienced in criminal or meta-human law as their practice involved business law. Frank's father was enjoying the fruits of semi-retirement down in Florida even as Frank was feeling as though his father's legacy was being torn away from him because he knew that Mrs. Stoddard did not feel totally comfortable with him as her lawyer and she would replace him if he did not act smartly.
Elizabeth Stoddard was a smart woman. She knew was Frank's specialty was and what it wasn't. What Frank Garner had to do now was act smartly and quickly. That was why he was at the Collinsport Jail. He had had a hard time persuading Mrs. Stoddard and her brother Roger into not coming here to see their cousin Barnabas. He encouraged them and their other cousin Quentin Collins to go see Barnabas's Wife Dr. Julia Hoffman-Collins, who was in under guard in the hospital instead. She had yet to be charged with anything because she had collapsed before she could be. When he saw the flush of reporters outside the jail he was glad the Collins's followed his advice.
The District Attorney was still at the jail when Frank Garner arrived. Frank knew that Tony Stevens had a long standing animosity towards the Collins Family. Frank knew from a couple workman compensation cases that Tony had against the Collins Canning Plant in town. Mrs. Stoddard had been more than generous in her trying to help Tony's clients but the man tried to take the woman for all he could get. He failed both times and that just increased his animosity.
Tony Stevens was beaming before Frank Garner walked in the jail, but he was smiling like the Cheshire Cat when the Collins' lawyer walk in. "There's not going to be any bail hearing until Monday, if then because I've got a full confession" the DA crowed as loud as he could without yelling.
Frank Garner merely shook his head yes. "I figured as much Tony. That's why I retained a lawyer out of New York who specializes in criminal law. I think she's probably even handled a case involving mystery men once or twice before."
The smile left Tone Stevens face even as he said the word "Who?"
"Her name is Elizabeth Bates" said Frank Garner.
"But everybody calls her Betty" chimed in long native New Yorker Sandy Keane. "You better get you ducks in a row Mr. Stevens because Miss Bates has been practicing law since before you were born."
"Bah, I've got an open and shut case Keane."
The six Challengers all silently looked at one another and then at the sheriff. Frank Garner could tell they wanted to say something, but would not; not with District Attorney Tony Stevens there. Knowing he wouldn't find out what they wanted to tell him he asked to see his client.
"Go ahead Keane; take him in to see his client. Let him go tell his client that he has a miracle lawyer coming that can overcome confessions. While he does that I'll go have my press conference." Said the arrogant DA
"That guy gives me a headache" said Red Ryan
"Amen Brother" agreed Rocky Davis who was somewhat surprised because he and Red hadn't been agreeing on much of anything lately
As Tony Stevens left the room to the press with dream of a bright political future ahead of him and Frank Garner left to meet with Barnabas Collins the Challengers of the Unknown planned their next move against the person they believed to be the real evil in Collinsport-Count Petofi