Invigorated by the pleas of those he now knows are truly his friends (as well as Babe's profession of love) Deeds takes the stand. He proceeds to calmly tear apart the prosecution's case, beginning by saying that if playing the tuba makes him crazy, then "somebody better look into it because there are a lot of tuba players running around loose." Each seemingly damaging incident he explains, from each witness recalled he gets the true stories - and all Cedar can do is sputter, fume, and make objections that go unheard.

Deeds closes his defense by politely requesting that he be able to make one more point - then floors Cedar with one neatly placed punch.

When the verdict is eventually brought in, the judge pronounces Deeds "not only sane, but the sanest man who has ever walked into this courtroom!" and the jubilant crowds carry Deeds outside on their shoulders.

Babe remains behind, in tears of relief - but Longfellow escapes his exuberant followers, shuts the courtroom doors on their cheering, and sweeps Babe into his arms.    click for Realaudio


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