In "The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece"
|Portrayed By||William Talman|
|First Appearance||"The Case of the Restless Redhead"|
|Also Known As||District Attorney Burger|
A running gag- besides Burger losing to Perry Mason-is that Burger is always trying to bring Perry Mason up on charges but failing as usual! Example in "The Case of the Curious Bride" Burger vows to bring Mason up on charges after Mason declares he had replaced a doorbell buzzer; unfortunately for Burger, Mason will beat the charges as he is the legal owner of the apartment in question! The nearest Burger ever succeeds in getting the best of Mason is when he Mason served with a citation for starting a fire within city limits [The Case of the Blushing Pearls] and in another case billing Mason .85 cents for money spent by the District Attorney office for opening a bus storage depot locker. One case in which Mason loses to Burger is "The Case of the Terrified Typist" in which the defendant is found guilty; however Mason wins again because it is found that the person he was defending was not only guilty but also an impostor as well!
Another running gag--is Burger trying and failing to object to Perry Mason defense as "Incompetent; irrelevant and immaterial" and usually being overruled. Ironically in one of their first episodes in court It was Mason who objected to Burgers arguments as "Incompetent; irrelevant" and immaterial."!