I was wondering if somebody could take a look for me at this one-stood to benefit. What does it mean in this context? I am not sure I exactly get it.
And N says-out of the picture. Does he mean the " a lot people" out of the picture, or "Steadman" out the picture?
Thanks for your help.
N: Doesn't take a judge. All it takes is a little special attention from one of his clerks. But how Lincoln got fast-tracked doesn't interest me. It's why. If he was set up, then why?
V: I think the answer to that might lie in the victim. What do we know? He was the CEO of EcoField, right? He was pushing alternative energy.
N: Successfully pushing alternative energy. So, oil companies, the Saudis, even, even our own government... a lot of people stood to benefit with Steadman out of the picture. Why did you wait till now to take up this case?
It means that with Steadman not there, with him not being around, a lot of people would have been better off, they would have benefited from the situation - from his absence.
And yes, it does refer to Steadman being out of the picture.
I'm not a teacher.