Feb 17, 2014
NBC needed a show to replace Mr. District Attorney, which had gone to ABC.
They came up with The Defense Rests.
But at the last minute, they turned it down and ABC picked it up, renaming it Defense Attorney.
The title character was played by Mercedes McCambridge, and Howard Culver played a newspaper reporter.
The show was on in 1951 and 1952, and this episode, The Jim Leonard Case, first aired on September 14, 1951.