A Stain upon the Robe : The Honorable Barbara Quincy Pitt has been selected to preside over the trial of a Catholic priest accused of raping twenty-three children in his former parishes. But the notoriety and horror of the case seem to be the least of the judge's problems. She has become romantically involved with a young law clerk assigned to assist her in this case. Now the young man has disappeared. Judge Pitt enlists the aid of a former classmate, Sheldon Gold, to locate the law clerk and prevent a scandal that would destroy her career. To complicate matters further, Gold and Judge Pitt were once lovers, and the attraction is clearly still there. As Gold's assistant Mairead O'Clare digs more deeply into the lives of the judge and the missing law clerk, she finds herself caught between defending a client and pursuing justice - and it's not at all clear which will prevail.