The naked stage. A single ceiling spot pinpoints the
small platform, the dock in this play. The reporter,
trench coat over his arm, enters and looks over the
audience. The reader can do the blocking for the
reporter who acts as moderator and prosecutor. He
has the symbolic Scale of Justice in his hand.
This is known as the Scale of Justice. I've never actually
known the history of this bit of symbolism. Really, I've
never had too much occasion to inquire. (Places the Scale
in mid-stage.) Some judge gave it to me a few years ago
when he felt I had done some public service with a piece of
what he termed fair reporting. All my life I've seen this thing
over the entrances to courthouses...or carved into the hard oak
finish of some judge's bench. You find the Scale of Justice
well-etched into stone faces of public buildings in Montgomery,
Alabama, and places like that. Newspaper cartoonists like the
Scale of Justice because it saves a lot of copy, a lot of words
to explain their story. You often see Lady Justice with
her eyes blindfolded holding the Scale of Justice. Symbolism.
I'm getting into the basics of this justice thing because I'm
not too sure the people in this room really give it much thought.