Re: Some "Court Martial" notes.
As for the courtroom procedure, yes, it was a mess, but so are most television courtroom dramas.
The entire episode was just poorly written. Besides the dubious courtroom drama, there's the whole business of how Kirk came to be accused of murdering Finney in the first place. Entire threads have been devoted to this topic. I still don't know what the hell an "ion pod" is!
“All the universe or nothingness. Which shall it be, Passworthy? Which shall it be?”