This muted courtroom drama is reasonably intelligent and cynically observant, but overall impact is constipated. With the pedigree of a John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion script, one expects knockout. Instead, this judicial expose lets ethical issues roll around tantalizingly but
independent of the plot mechanics.
A proponent of a strict judicial code, third-generation judge Tim Nash (Tom Selleck) upholds a family tradition of moral rectitude. Approached by ruthless Federal agents, Neil Roemer (William Atherton) and his second-in-command Janice Diller (Elizabeth McGovern), Nash reluctantly takes part in a
bribery-sting operation to nail corrupt associates. Roem...