I guess the Lt. & his wife did ditch their lawyer, from the ending it seems, Stewart & Co. won't go after them.
As for whether the wife was raped or not, we will never really know. It is left up to the audience to decide.
And finally, whether the Lt. said those things in jail to his cellmate, I really doubt it. First, it's clear they didn't get on very well. I doubt he would've said anything to him of all people. Also, if the Lt. was guilty (he knew his wife wasn't raped), then he would've been quite smart & cool headed in maintaining his innocence, I doubt he would've slipped up in his jail cell for someone he didn't even like. 3rd, based on his intense reaction in the courtroom, it's pretty clear & obvious to me that the statement was a lie and made up by the jail mate to get whatever offer the prosecutor has to offer and as a retaliation to a man he didn't like.
I agree with you. They got away without paying their lawyer.
I always thought that the wife encouraged the attention. Nobody should be forced to do what they don't want to do. I don't believe she wanted sex with Barney. Unfortunately for her, she was giving off all of the wrong signals.
I hate saying that because I am a woman and I don't believe that I have to dress in sack cloth.
I am married and I love my husband. I don't need a lawyer because I don't venture out to bars at night while he's asleep. If I did need a lawyer I wouldn't come on to him.
I enjoy this movie and I understand the people involved. I have known lots of couples like the Lt and his wife. I've been in the Army, but even as a civilian, I have known a few couples like the ones in this movie.
I believe that she was raped. Was she asking for it? No.
I do think that she should have been smarter in her behavior.....
It sucks that the lawyer didn't get paid.