Oleaginous, headline-hogging attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere, in the part he was born to play) takes on the defense of young Aaron (Edward Norton), a sweet-tempered rube who stands accused of butchering a prominent Chicago cleric. To Vail, the fact that
most of Chicago has seen news footage of Aaron fleeing the police, drenched in the victim's blood, only makes the case more enticing. Even better, the prosecuting attorney is Vail's former lover, Janet Venable (Laura Linney), a brittle blonde with an ax to grind. Is this a recipe for courtroom
fireworks or what? The sky-high sleaze quotient -- lascivious priests, amateur porn movies, teenage hustlers and institut...