MARCO ISLAND, Fla.-Overshadowing even a Supreme Court justice and a famousindependent counsel, the ghost of Jimmy Stewart stole the show at the11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ conference.

Stewart’s portrayal of a wily lawyer in Anatomy of a Murder framed Friday’sdiscussion on how suggestive a lawyer can be in preparing a witness orclient for testimony. Shown a film clip, dozens of judges and lawyerswere asked to weigh in on whether Stewart “crossed the line” while leadinghis client to plead temporary insanity to a murder charge.