I recall this strange little gem of a story that I read years ago:
It opens with two opposing lawyers amicably greeting, then one is asked to choose the drug to be used. They are both dosed with a hallucinogen, then hooked up to a computer. It gets very surreal after that, as they try their cases directly via their drugged brains. Unfortunately I don't remember the details. I believe it is from the 60's or so. For some reason I associate it with Harlan Ellison, but it might have been from a collection he edited. I have most of his books but cannot find it.

Does anyone know this one?


Stoned Counsel by H. H. Hollis.

Not for the first time, the lawyer muttered to himself, "There must be an easier way to earn a living." With a grimace, he felt the grief case in his inside jacket pocket, then in an excess of caution pulled it out and flipped it open to be sure it was packed with a full range of hallucinogens. Two weeks before, he had come without scopolamine and had to take a shot from his opponent's case. The memory shuddered in his head. "Bastard had that scop doctored with LSD, I know he did."

It's from the Anthology Again Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison, hence the connection to Ellison you remember.

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  • Thank you! I have that book. I am going to go read it now. – Kirsten Showers Aug 28 '16 at 15:57

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