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Poor defense speech leading to defendant finally being thrown out (14)

The defendant never reached their prison cell. How did they die?

jafe helped design the clue - thanks! :)

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  • $\begingroup$ Is this a correct characterization of the clue? Nqwrpgvir abha nqwhapg abha cerfrag cebterffvir cercbfvgvba abha nqireo cerfrag cebterffvir cnfg cnegvpvcyr cercbfvgvba $\endgroup$ Sep 29, 2020 at 22:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Acccumulation I don't think so, but anyhow I don't want to reveal much in that direction, as it could accidentally spoil the clue. $\endgroup$
    – Avi
    Sep 30, 2020 at 1:59

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It looks like:

DEFENESTRATION

Because:

poor = anagram of [ defense + speech + (leading) to] : DEFENSE + ORATION + T => DEFENESTORATION

But I am slightly confused by:

I need to remove O... is this O for offender? (as a defendant being thrown out?)

EDIT 2:

I'm not sure I have another path forward other than finding a word that means "defendant" that ends in -O.

EDIT 3:

Thanks to Stiv the light dawns and the last step is to exchange the leading letter of "speech" (ORATION) with the final letter of "defendant" (T) and now I can finally sleep.

But the total is:

Being thrown out a window!

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  • $\begingroup$ You're almost there, just a little fiddling left with the WP :) $\endgroup$
    – Avi
    Sep 30, 2020 at 0:21
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    $\begingroup$ I think you need to rot13(punatr gur 'yrnqvat' punenpgre bs BENGVBA 'gb' qrsraqnaG svanyyl - v.r. punatr gur B gb n G) - that then uses all the words in the clue :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Sep 30, 2020 at 8:57
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv ... thank you ... that makes far more sense. I even wrote that in my scrapped edit #42. $\endgroup$
    – Graylocke
    Sep 30, 2020 at 9:30

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