The dead man who tried to scam the court - a screenplay

We're thinking make him younger, Michael Rosen could be played by Seth Rogen... it could work

INTERIOR, COURTHOUSE OFFICE, DAY

CLERK - Can I help you sir?

MICHAEL ROSEN - Yes, my brother has a court case pending, and I need to report that he cannot go to court.

CLERK - Okay, and the reason?

MICHAEL ROSEN - My brother has... is died. Dead.

CLERK - Oh, I'm very sorry for your loss. What is his name?

MICHAEL ROSEN - My brother's name is... was... Michael Rosen. I have paperwork that proves he... here's the death certificate. He died last week. He's been buried.


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INTERIOR, PROBATION OFFICER'S OFFICE, DAY

(SEAN WHALEN is looking at his computer, talking to himself)

SEAN WHALEN - That's odd. Hey, Ted, come take a look at this.

(TED comes over)

SEAN WHALEN - His case was dismissed. Because he's dead. What do you think?

(TED looks at the computer screen)

TED - That's not right. His death certificate says - look right there - it says he died of  “cardio-respiratory arrest."

SEAN WHALEN - And?

TED - No such thing as  “cardio-respiratory arrest." My mom's a nurse. That should be "cardiac-respiratory arrest.” A real doctor would know that.

SEAN WHALEN - You know, I didn't see that. But I'll tell you, I did just see this guy last week, and he looked a little too healthy to be dead this week. I'm going to call the cemetery.

(He picks up his phone)


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INTERIOR, PROBATION OFFICER'S OFFICE, LATER IN THE DAY

TED - So, what did you find out about that dead guy?

SEAN WHALEN - I called Temple Israel Cemetary. They have nobody named Michael Rosen buried there. And I got a copy of the paper certificate. See this? Wrong kind of paper. And it doesn't have a raised seal. But here's the clincher. The name of the cemetery is spelled wrong. You know how it's spelled? "Temple Is real Cemetery."


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INTERIOR, COURTROOM, DAY

JUDGE Mr. Rosen, the court appreciates that you turned yourself in. You're charged with - on these new charges - two counts of forgery of a document, and one count of uttering a false writing. How do you plead?

MICHAEL ROSEN - I plead not guilty.

JUDGE RICHARD MORI - The original charges were for two counts of larceny of a credit card and two counts of larceny over $250. I set bail at $2,500 for the two previous larceny charges. For your new charges of forgery and false writing, I set bail at $10,000 cash. I see here that you also have another pending charge of operating a motor vehicle after your license was suspended?

MICHAEL ROSEN - Yes, sir.

JUDGE RICHARD MORI - Hmm. I see here in your eight-page record that you've also had 92 adult arraignments, dating back to 1996. (The judge pauses) Mr. Rosen, I've been practicing law for 30 years. Never heard of anyone faking their own death to get out of charges. I think there's no telling what you might be capable of if I let you go. Bail is revoked.

Death-faking suspect held: Rosen accused of using bogus documentation to avoid court - Salem News>>
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