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By Tom Casteel
Laura Sue Cutler
The lawyer spoke, his fluid voice rising to fill the courtroom.
"Laura Sue, you took an oath to stay with your husband for better or for worse. Yet at the first sign of trouble you cheat on him with Bronson Alcott. The fact that you got pregnant and lied about the paternity was all your doing. Your husband paid more attention to his mother then you, as you have stated to the jury, so you turned to someone who paid more attention to you. But the fact still remains that you lied to your husband and told him that his little girl Clara Sue was his."
Silence filled the courtroom as the jurors started blankly at Laura Sue on the stand.
"Still after you gave birth to Clara Sue you still had affairs and one with your father-in-law. Then again you became pregnant. This time you didn't hide it, you let everyone know and you played the victim. When your mother-in-law came up with the plan of letting Sally Jean and Ormand Longchamp kidnapping her, you did nothing to stop it. You let your little girl get kidnapped and you again played the victim."
A few gasps of shock could be heard from the crowd. Lillian Cutler turned to Randolph and whispered into his ear, an evil smirk on her face.
"Then about twelve years later when your little girl was brought back to you, you let Ormand be put in jail. He was falsely put in jail for following your mother-in-law's plans because you are a weak, vain person who doesn't care about anyone but herself. When your little girl returned to your house, you didn't welcome her and spoil her like Clara Sue. You let your mother-in-law treat her like an employee of the hotel. Have you no love for your child? Conceivably you were too busy trying to stay young and beautiful to care what happened. Besides, it would be too late for you to start caring about your children now."
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