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"The Exorcism of Emily Rose": Guilty but Free

Based upon a true story, The Exorcism of Emily Rose tells the story of Father Moore (played by Tom Wilkinson), a priest on trial for the murder of a young girl named Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) who died during an exorcism he supervised. As the movie progresses, the priest's formerly skeptic lawyer comes to believe that there may be actual supernatural forces at play. She begins to argue that Father Moore acted justly, given the circumstances. The jury also recognizes that this is no ordinary murder case.

In this scene, after deliberating over all the evidence, the jury returns to the courtroom and reluctantly delivers the verdict.

"In the case of the people vs. Father Richard Moore, we, the jury, find the defendant guilty of negligent homicide."

Following the announcement of the sentencing date, Father Moore's attorney addresses the judge. "Your Honor, if it pleases the court, Father Moore requested at the beginning of the trial that, if found guilty, he would be sentenced immediately."

Hearing no objections from the prosecution, the judge questions Father Moore. "Father Richard Moore, do you understand this sentence that has been found against you?"

"Yes, Your Honor."

"And do you understand that—given the gravity of this crime—that you may, under the law, be sentenced to a term of up to ten years?"

"Yes, I do."

"Are there any statements you would like to make before I impose this sentence?"

"No, Your Honor."

"Very well."

The jury foreperson, recognizing the unique circumstances of the case, asks to comment before the sentence is imposed.

"Excuse me, Your Honor, but the jury would like to make a recommendation regarding the sentence." After the judge overrules the prosecution's objection, the foreperson continues, "We recommend a sentence of time served."

After a long pause, the judge responds: "I'll accept that. You are guilty, Father Moore, and you are free to go. This court is dismissed."

Elapsed time: 01:48:20 – 01:50:20

Content: Rated PG-13 for mild language, intense/frightening sequences, and disturbing images.

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