Judge Dredd: Knock On The Door
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 195
17 Jan 81
The Complete Judge Dredd 19, Judge Dredd's Crime Files 6, Judge Dredd Definitive Ed. Hall of Justice, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 25 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.
A knock on the door causes a citizen to incriminate himself.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First prog to contain two Judge Dredd strips.
Barbra Streisand Walkways are in Mega-City One.
It is standard operational procedure for Judges to avoid using a doorbell when they can knock. A 59C is a Routine Crime Swoop. Justice Department robots will repair any damage caused during a 59C. A 531 It is illegal to run on a public walkway. A Judge can request supermarket records for the last twenty years. Overdue library slugs are a misdemeanour. Mack has access to spy-in-the-sky footage. An illegally obtained confession is not admissible evidence. Judicial Indictment Four concerns the illegal use of torture by a Judge and carries a sentence of twenty years penal servitude on Titan. Named Judges: Judge Pizmo Turpin, Judge Voor.
He and Judge Turpin conduct enquiries at an apartment, the citizens flees the scene and the Judges give chase. Dredd orders a full crime blitz, but it finds very little. He orders spy-in-the-sky surveillance of the citizen, but instead the footage reveals Judge Turpin beating a confession out of him. Dredd fools the citizen into freely admitting that although the confession was illegally obtained it was still accurate and rearrests the individual.
JUDGE PIZMO TURPIN
He assists Dredd in his enquiries. He beats and tortures a confession out of a citizen that results in an arrest and sentence. He is charged under Judicial Indictment Four and is sentenced to twenty years of penal servitude on Titan.
An unnamed citizen is found guilty of running on a public walkway, but Dredd ignores it due to the individual's cooperation. Judge Turpin beats a confession for running a number racket in '96 and sentences the citizen to three years in an isolation cube. Turpin is charged under Judicial Indictment Four and is sentenced to twenty years of penal servitude on Titan. The confession was illegally obtained, but Dredd's second attempt by deceit provided another confession which saw the individual arrested and sentenced again.
Caption: "A confession obtained by torture is illegal...A confession obtained by deceit will stand up in any Mega-City Court of law."
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
A crime blitz was first seen in Battle of the Black Atlantic.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Barbra Streisand (born 1942) is an American Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and Academy Award winning actress, starring in Funny Girl (1968), The Way We Were (1973), Funny Lady (1975), A Star Is Born (1976), Yentl (1983) and Meet The Fockers (2004).
This strip ignores the Birdie lie detector established earlier.
Script: T.B. Grover
Letters: Tom Frame
This is far better than its reputation would suggest. The artwork is stark and the scripting tight. It's nice to see Dredd's firmness but fairness illustrated again.