Reuben Ortotzo is an appellate court judge that has no problem selling his signature for a price. He refuses to allow the fact that he is only four feet two inches tall to interfere with his lifestyle. And being such a good advocate, he has convinced his appellate court colleagues to go along with him. The California Supreme Court comes across a case where it becomes apparent that there is corruption. They then do a review of other cases from the same appellate court that they had previously ruled on and realize that the corruption had been going on for awhile. The problem gets compounded when they realize that they upheld some of the outrageous decisions issued by the corrupt court. Because of this they cannot turn them in without exposing themselves. A plan is hatched to alleviate the situation. The chief judge forces the judge with the most integrity to resign, thus creating a vacancy on the California Supreme Court. He does this after he plants the name of Reuben Ortotzo in the mind of several state officials including the governor. The idea is that since he is the ringleader he won-t dare be involved in corruption on the highest court. The idea is idealistic in nature and wrong. Once Reuben becomes seated on the California Supreme Court he becomes an advocate for the corrupt decisions his former colleagues are still issuing, and in which he still gets a cut. Besides being corrupt, Reuben also becomes a thorn to his colleagues, but what can they do? In absentia they sentence Reuben to death, Since the hearing is not authorized, the state cannot carry out the death penalty that is issued. The six members chip in for a fund to hire a hit man. The hit man they hire is out of New York, so he is required to make a transcontinental flight. He misses several times resulting in several cross-country trips. Taking the red-eye has given the hit man red eye, pure blood shot. When he is finally caught it comes out that he had been hired by the six California Supreme Court members. When they are arrested they realize that any appeal may have the eyes of Reuben Ortotzo as one of those looking it over.