Law & Order (1990–2010): Season 22, Episode 17 - Law & Order - full transcript

When a public defender is murdered, Cosgrove and Shaw are surprised to find Price at the crime scene; his involvement in the trial compromises the case.

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- In the criminal
justice system,

the people are represented

by two separate, yet
equally important groups:

the police, who
investigate crime,

and the district attorneys,
who prosecute the offenders.

These are their stories.

- Hey, Rachel. It's me.

I know we said 7:00,

but I'm still a
couple of minutes out.

I will see you soon.

Hey, Rachel. It's me again.



I'm 30 minutes
late, but I'm here.

I'm really sorry.

A witness interview ran long,

and I lost track of time.

Just call me back if
you need to reschedule.

Rachel.

Oh, my God.

Oh, my God.

Yeah, I need an ambulance
at Sutton Place Park.

- Talk to us.
- Stabbing.

Single wound. Bled out.

MLI puts time of death
at about 7:00 p.m.

DOA is Rachel
Bender, 38 Red Hook.

- Cash and credit
cards are still here.



We can cross off robbery.

- Any signs of sexual assault?

- MLI says no indications.

Found the wallet here

and got the fresh shoe
print in the mud there.

- Get an imprint
of that to the lab.

- I'll let them know.

- Judging by the blood trail,

it looks like she tried to
make it out of the park.

- Didn't get very far.

Dialed 9.

Maybe trying to call for help.

- Witnesses?

- A park maintenance employee

said he saw the victim arguing
with a guy in a long coat.

He was a ways off, so he didn't
get race or age specifics.

Just figured it
was a lovers' spat.

- Who found the body?

- Home team. Prosecutor.

- Counselor.

- She was a friend.

- Want to tell us what happened?

- We were supposed to meet up.

I hadn't seen her in months,

but she called me this morning.

Said she wanted my
advice about something.

- Did she mention
what it was about?

- No, she just said
it was complicated.

- When were you
supposed to meet?

7:00.

I was running late, so I
didn't get here till 7:30.

- I'm just gonna
assume that someone

can verify your
whereabouts before then.

- Yeah.

- How'd you know her, Nolan?

- We worked side by side at
the public defender's office

for three years.

- She was still a
public defender?

- Yeah.

- Long list of people would want

someone like that dead.

- Somebody like that?

- Sorry. That came out wrong.

Boy, did I put my foot
in my mouth there.

- More like both feet.

- Nothing suspicious
in the vic's apartment.

She lived alone.

No indication of a
significant other.

- Murder weapon?
- Nope.

No eyewitnesses. Nothing
on canvass either.

- What about next of kin?

- Her mom is coming
up from Baltimore now.

- Where was Rachel coming
from before she was killed?

- Work. Public
defender's office

is five blocks from
Sutton Place Park.

- Vi, can we grab any footage

and track her walk
from the office?

- Cameras are sparse
near the park,

but I did pull something
from the security cams

by her office.

Guy's following Rachel.

- Can you freeze that?
- That's a clean look.

Any chance he's in the system?

- Checking now.

Owen Bardo. Yonkers address.

Long sheet of violent priors.

He's on trial for assault now.

Guess who his
counsel of record is?

- Rachel Bender.

- Owen Bardo.
- Yeah.

- NYPD. We need a minute.

When's the last time
you saw Rachel Bender?

- Yesterday evening.

- Why were you with her?

- Wait. What's this about?

- This is about the fact that
your lawyer turned up dead

after you were seen
following her yesterday.

- What?

- So why were you following her?

- I wasn't.

She asked me to sign this
affidavit for my case,

so I was dropping it off.

- We didn't find her
with any affidavit.

- 'Cause she said she was
on her way to meet a friend.

Asked me to bring it back later.

- How'd you two get along?

- We weren't best friends.
She was my lawyer.

- Where'd you go after
meeting with her?

- Straight to the Papaya
King right around the corner.

I was there till 8:00.

Look into it.
- We will.

- Look, she may have had clients

who didn't appreciate
her, but not me.

When I caught up to her,
she was on the phone

talking to someone about
getting a protective order.

She even joked with me about it.

She said I don't have
anything to worry about.

I'm not the guy she's scared of.

- When was this?

6:40, 6:45.

- Only two detectives?

If it was an ADA, how many
would be assigned? Ten?

Plus the press conferences,

commissioner, mayor,
district attorney.

But a dead public
defender, who cares, right?

- Well, I'm so happy you got
that off your chest, Manny.

I hope you feel better.
- Just so you know,

none of that is true.

We investigate all
cases the same way.

- So how can I help you?

- We know Rachel
called you last night

about a protective order.

We just want to know
who she's afraid of.

- She didn't say.

She just wanted to
know if it would

cast the office in a bad
light if one of its lawyers

was getting a protective
order for herself.

I told her if she needed
one, she should get one.

- You know of any clients
she was having problems with?

- Don't know the details,
but I heard her talking

about a recent
murder sentencing.

She said she was scared.

Thought someone
was gonna kill her.

Don't know if she
was joking or not.

- Well, she wasn't.

Do you have her calendar?

- I subbed in for
the sentencing.

Rafael Cortez.

Triple homicide.

A dispute over drug proceeds.

Guidelines left
me no flexibility.

- She have a problem
with her client?

- Problem was with
her client's son.

He tried attacking Rachel.

Called her a stupid bitch.

Said it was all her fault.

Court officers had
to hold him back.

- Is he in the system now?
- No.

I would have held
him in contempt,

but Rachel said the family
had been through enough.

I shouldn't have
listened to her.

- Yo, that's out!
That's out, bro!

Let's go, baby!
You got it, fellas!

- Yo, who's got next?

- Luis Cortez, we need a word.

- 5-0! 5-0!

- Uh-uh.

Almost.

- I didn't do nothing.
- Yep.

Why'd you run then?

Give me your hand.

Other hand.

- I got a gun.

And a knife.

- I didn't do nothing!

- Now what's at 713 Van
Brunt Street, Red Hook, huh?

- That's Rachel
Bender's address.

- Well, well, well,

looks like we need to
have a conversation.

Stand up.

- What's with the arsenal?

- Man's got a right
to protect himself.

I got enemies.

- Was Rachel Bender one of them?

- It's that thing
in court, right?

She should have made
my pops take a plea.

He was gonna die in prison.

- You have any contact with
Rachel after that incident?

- No, but I saw my pops.

He was pissed at me.

Said I should apologize.

Told me how much she
had done for him.

I had her address 'cause I
sent roses to her apartment.

Look it up.

- Where were you last night?

- Why? What's she saying?

- Nothing.

Somebody killed her.

- No. No way.

I was at my baby mama's
house in Bensonhurst, OK?

- Not OK.

First, we're gonna
check out your story.

And then you're
gonna have to answer

for this gun in your bag.

- Luis Cortez's phone
puts him in Brooklyn

at the time of Rachel's murder,

but his knife is not
a match for the wound.

- His credit card confirms
that he sent Rachel flowers

to her apartment the day
before she was killed.

- So back to the drawing board.

- Well, we've been working our
way through Rachel's cases,

and it seems like all of her
clients with an ax to grind

are either in
prison or alibi out.

- Anything back
from the crime lab?

- No DNA found on Rachel,

but they were able to
ID that shoe imprint

we found in the mud
next to her wallet.

- Size 11. Very
distinctive sole pattern.

Pegs it as a Giovanni Presario.
High-end Italian loafer.

- Narrows it a little bit.

- Rachel's mom is here.

Maybe she can help us
narrow it down even more.

- Rachel was so brilliant.

I told her for years

she should get
paid for her smarts

by being in private
practice, but...

- We're very sorry for
your loss, Ms. Bender.

And we really
appreciate you coming in

on this difficult day.

Do you know if Rachel
was dating anyone?

- No, not seriously.

- Did she ever mention anybody
she was having a problem with?

- Like whom?

- Her clients, for instance.

- Well, they were all
problems. They were criminals.

- We mean something irregular,

like a threat or
a confrontation.

- Yeah, she did tell me

about an altercation
she had last Friday

with a restaurant in The Village

named Luchardi's.

- Did she say with whom?
- No.

But she was really shaken up.

Said she was never going back.

- Rachel was a regular.

She always ordered
a caprese salad.

- I understand there
was an incident with her

last time she was in.

- Yeah, it was nutty.

Rachel was over by the bathroom.

A guy is sitting,
drinking at the bar.

He sees her. Starts screaming.

- About what?

- I didn't hear
the nitty gritty.

I got between them
quick, though.

I showed 'em the door.

- He follow her?
- I couldn't tell you.

I was short-staffed that day.

I had a delivery to attend to.

I didn't even know Rachel
was there until I saw her.

- Do you remember the guy?
- Yeah.

Scraggly hairs.
Big, white guy.

- You think you could find
his credit card receipt?

Maybe give us a name?
- Sure.

- Adam Grassley?
- Yeah?

- Mr. Grassley, we're
police detectives.

May we come in and ask
you a few questions?

- No.

- OK, would you like
to step outside,

and we can have a conversation?

- Why don't you take your toy
badges and get off my porch?

- Sir, have you been drinking?

- It's a free country.
- Yes, it is.

And that's why we're
gonna cut you some slack

for getting so mouthy with us.

We're just gonna ask
you a few questions.

- You're gonna cut me slack?

You guys are on my property...
- Easy.

- And you're gonna
tell me what to do?

- Easy, Grassley.
- Hey.

I didn't do any...

Get off of me!
- Hey.

You wanted us off your property?

It's your lucky day, buddy.

You're coming with us.

- What's your beef
with Rachel Bender?

- So that's what this is
about, that piece of garbage?

- Hey. You've had plenty
of time to sober up, buddy,

so do yourself a favor
and answer our questions.

- My 16-year-old daughter
was raped and murdered

by one of her clients in July.

And Bender got him
acquitted last week

'cause of a warrantless
search by meathead cops.

- That's terrible.

I have a teenage
daughter myself.

I can't imagine the pain
you're going through.

I'm sorry for your loss.

- I just wanted to
ask her, like, how...

How do you represent
such a vile human being?

She wouldn't answer my calls.

Then I ran into her.

- You have any
further interactions?

- Why?

- Someone killed her.

- Is this where I'm supposed
to say karma's a bitch?

No, I didn't do it.

It's like I told her
boyfriend. I said my piece.

- Boyfriend?

When did you talk
to her boyfriend?

- Luchardi's.

Guy follows me into the street

screaming at me to
leave her alone.

Almost knocked his ass out too.

But I didn't.

Instead, I just went to
the bar across the street

and kept drinking.

- Went through Rachel's emails
again, texts, phone calls.

There's no sign she
was dating anyone.

- Maybe the relationship
was on the down-low.

- Maybe the guy is married.

- As for her dating pool, there
are 200 males at her office.

Factor in full-timers
at the courthouse,

guys who come in and out.

- Jeez, we're gonna
need an abacus.

- They had to be out and
about a little bit, right?

- Vi, dig back into
Rachel's credit cards.

Look for hotels, restaurants,
bed and breakfasts.

- There's not too much.

But there were three
charges last month

from a café in The
Village called Java Bliss.

They were all before 6:30 a.m.

And the last one was Saturday.
- For an espresso?

That's a long way to go
for a girl from Red Hook.

- You know, I don't
know about you guys,

but if I end up in
a different borough

stumbling into a coffee shop
at that time of the morning...

- It's 'cause you've
just spent the night

at someone's apartment.

- Reach out to Java Bliss.

See if they've got
security cameras.

- We need to speak
to Judge Raymer.

- He's busy.

You can't go in there.

- Francis versus Grace...

What the hell are
you doing here?

- Judge, we're executing
a search warrant.

- I am in the middle
of a conference.

- Well, your conference
is now continued.

Gentlemen, if you please.

- Rachel Bender?
Is this a joke?

- It most certainly is not.

- What's the probable cause?

- We have an eyewitness
who works at a coffee shop

near your home who places you
in the coffee shop Saturday

having a heated
argument with Rachel

because she wouldn't
take you back.

- You need to get the
hell out of there now.

- Judge?

Is that a cut in
your right hand?

- You have no idea

the dimensions of the
mistake you're making.

- We are making no mistakes.

We just got a text
from a detective

executing warrant at your house.

They found a pair of size
11 Giovanni Presario loafers

in your closet, mud
still on the sole.

Matches the footprint
at the crime scene.

- Turn around.
- I'm not gonna turn around.

You're seriously handcuffing
me in my chamber?

- Hey!

You are under arrest for
the murder of Rachel Bender.

- I've been waiting 20
minutes for a cup of coffee.

- Judge, you know
how this works.

You've been in this
business a very long time,

so we're gonna
shoot you straight.

The evidence against
you is very strong.

We got your fancy size 11
loafers at the crime scene.

You got a cut on the
palm of your right hand,

the stabbing hand.

And a man matching
your description

was seen arguing with our vic

shortly before she was murdered.

- Plus we have motive.

The victim dumps your ass a few
days before she was murdered.

- Get out ahead of this, Judge.

Tell us your side of the story.

You want me to confess.

Please.

I had nothing to do
with Rachel's death.

So uncuff me right now,

and I'll pretend that
this was nothing more

than an ill-informed
error of judgment...

A simple but stupid mistake.

- That's not the
way to play this.

Your Honor.

- I want a lawyer now.

- Judge Raymer?

- Hard to believe, I know.

- The facts say what they say.

- No, I agree he's our man.

But I reviewed the file.

Evidence is solid, except
it's all circumstantial.

Is there anyone else who
can help nail this down?

Add some context to
Raymer's personality,

or better yet, provide
some more evidence?

- There may be.

Raymer called his
law clerk at 5:40

the night that
Rachel was killed.

- That's less than two
hours before the murder.

- Which is why we're on
our way to talk to him now.

- I'm coming with you.

- Are you sure about that?

- I am.

- No, that's impossible.

Judge Raymer would
never hurt anybody.

- We appreciate
your loyalty, Tyler.

We just have a few questions,
and we'll be on our way.

Did you know about
his relationship

with Rachel Bender?

- No.

- Why did Raymer
call you at 5:40

the night Rachel was killed?

- I was grabbing a slice

across the street
from the courthouse.

I drive the judge
to and from work.

He wanted me to take him home.

- Is that what you did?
- Yes.

I drove him to his
place in The Village,

then came up and
worked on an opinion.

I was with him till about 9:00.

- Wait, hold on.

You're telling us that you
were at your boss' house

for three hours
that night with him?

- Yes.

- Wow, your judge,
what a lucky guy.

You just handed him
the perfect alibi.

- Hey, guys, could
you give us a minute?

Yeah, I was a clerk
back in the day.

I know what your
boss means to you.

- Judge Raymer is
a brilliant man.

Is a good man.
- No.

I felt the same way
about Judge Munson.

And I wouldn't change that
experience for anything,

even though the hours
were really long

and I felt like an
indentured servant.

Nothing's changed
in that regard.

Trust me.
- No, I know.

Some things will never
change, no matter what.

But here's the thing, Tyler.

Indentured servants don't
socialize with their bosses.

Excuse me?

- You lied about being
with Judge Raymer

at his place on the
night Rachel was killed.

Did you know they were dating?

- I suspected.

She came by the chambers a lot.

And then last week, I
heard raised voices.

She dumped him.

- And where did you
drop him that night?

- Public defender's office.

- Why?

- Because he said
he had business.

I know he had a
contentious divorce, right?

But he would never
hurt Rachel, OK?

That's not who he is.

- I already spoke
to the detectives.

My ex-husband is a powerful man.

I'm not comfortable saying
anything else about him.

- Respectfully, Ms. Raymer,
he's on trial for murder.

Your comfort is not
our chief concern.

- You filed a restraining
order against him.

Why don't you tell us
what your ex-husband did?

- What he did was stalk
me after I moved out.

Hit me.

Said if I left him,
he would kill me.

- Well, then why did you
decide not to pursue charges?

- He's a judge.

It would have been
my word against his.

Plus, there's no alimony
if your ex is behind bars.

If I testify against him...

- Ms. Raymer, a woman is dead.

And he has to be
held responsible.

So we are gonna subpoena you.

And if you won't testify,

I will seek to hold
you in contempt.

Do you understand?

- Mr. Price is attempting

to introduce Ms. Raymer's
testimony as a prior bad act.

- Goes to pattern, Your Honor.

- There is no pattern.

Ms. Raymer is not dead.
- Judge, please.

- Can we call this
for what it is:

a shameless ploy to poison
the jury against my client

to cover for the prosecution's
lack of evidence?

- The defendant's penchant
for stalking women

and committing acts of
violence is highly relevant

to this trial.
- Enough.

The probative value of
the testimony sought here

is clearly outweighed by
its prejudicial impact.

I'm precluding it.

Anything else, Mr. Price?

Mr. Price, do you mind telling
me what you're staring at?

- A photo of you
and the defendant.

- Yes. We went to
Harvard together.

- I knew that.

I just didn't realize
how close you were.

- Is there something you'd
like to say, Counselor?

- Yes, respectfully,

the victim's family
and the press

could misconstrue

your relationship
with the defendant.

And the people have no choice

but to move for your immediate
recusal in this matter.

- We oppose.

This is a bald-faced
attempt at judge-shopping.

- No, it's worse than that.

It's an unfounded attack on
the integrity of my courtroom.

And I won't stand for it.

Motion denied.

- Judge Benning...
- Denied.

Openings tomorrow, 9:00 a.m.

Goodbye, Mr. Price.

- Thank you, Judge.
- Thank you, Judge.

- Judges have an immense amount
of power in the courtroom.

Outside of the courtroom,
that power is circumscribed,

like it is for every one of us.

This is a story

of a judge who would
not accept those limits.

The evidence will
show that the victim

ended her relationship
with the defendant,

rejected his desperate
attempt to reconcile,

and so, he hunted her down
and stabbed her to death

in a brutal and deranged
exercise of power

and one he has to answer for.

- This case is about power...

The prosecution's abuse of it.

Because Mr. Price is
twisting a simple breakup

into a fantasy of murder.

Why do this on what
will become clear

is a flimsy
evidentiary foundation

to eliminate an enemy...

Mr. Price's enemy?

Because Mr. Price has
been on the wrong end

of Judge Raymer's
rulings over and over.

- Objection. Foundation.
Move to strike.

- Overruled. Sit
down, Mr. Price.

And don't interrupt again.

- At the end of the
prosecution's so-called case,

I will ask you to
send a message:

that the judiciary
is independent

and can't be intimidated.

I will ask you to
acquit Judge Raymer

of this baseless charge.

- I manufactured the case
to eliminate an enemy?

It's offensive on its
face and sanctionable.

- So then there's no truth
to Strawn's contention

that you've been
on the losing side

of a majority of
Raymer's rulings?

- Well, of course there is,

like every other
prosecutor in the building.

Raymer is notoriously
pro-defense.

- Then the defendant is entitled

to make the argument that
Raymer's bias stoked yours.

Speaking of Benning's
bias, if you'd asked me,

I would have argued against
that motion to recuse.

- He's compromised,
Jack, and his prejudice

will manifest itself
in ways big and small

throughout the trial,
even if it's unconscious.

- Maybe, but you're
seasoned enough

to know that any judge who
admits to being partial

is acknowledging his failings.

Your motion didn't
stand a chance.

All it did was infuriate him.

- Defense counsel suggested
I'm framing his client.

The trial judge is pals
with the defendant.

I think I was expecting you to
share in a bit of my outrage.

- Our outrage isn't gonna
convince the jury of anything.

Feeding them evidence is.

I suggest you focus
your energies on that.

- At some point, Mr. Minter,
did you become aware

that the defendant
and Ms. Bender

were engaged in a relationship?
- Yes.

- When did you
become aware of that?

- When I overheard them
talking in chambers.

- And what was the substance
of their conversation?

- It was about...

the relationship.

- Mm-hmm.

Do you recall overhearing
that Miss Bender wanted

to end that relationship?

- I don't remember
overhearing that.

- What do you
remember overhearing?

- Not much.

The walls are thick.

- Well, which is
it, Mr. Minter?

You don't remember the
victim telling the defendant

she wanted to break up, or
you couldn't hear the victim

telling the defendant
she wanted to break up?

- Both, I guess.

- Did you or did
you not inform me

that you heard the victim
break up with the defendant?

- I said no such thing.

- All right. Let's move on.

Did you drop the defendant off
outside Ms. Bender's office

shortly before she
was stabbed to death?

- No, I dropped him
off at his apartment

and worked on a case
with him for three hours.

- You told me you
dropped the defendant off

outside Ms. Bender's
place of work

shortly before she
was killed, correct?

- I don't recall.

- Mr. Minter, did you
discuss your testimony

with the defendant in advance
of your appearance here today?

- No.
- Yet suddenly,

you are contradicting
everything you told me?

- That's not true.
- All right.

Will the court please
remind Mr. Minter

that he is testifying
under penalty of perjury?

- Objection.

Asked and answered. Badgering.

If the prosecution doesn't
like Mr. Minter's testimony,

they shouldn't have called him.
- Sustained.

The witness' testimony is clear.

You're done here, Mr. Price.

Your witness, Mr. Strawn.

- We have nothing,
Judge Benning.

- You were right.

Raymer clearly had
a chat with Minter.

Called him early this morning.

Conversation lasted
an hour and a half.

- Kid's always been shaky.

- Well, we can open a
perjury investigation.

- No, there's no point.
We couldn't prove it.

And even if we could, he's
been completely burned

as a witness.

- Nolan Price?
- Yes.

Thank you.

- What's that?

- It's a subpoena
for my testimony.

- I discovered
the victim's body.

The defense is entitled
to inquire about that

and nothing else.

- Says Mr. Price.

We're entitled to inquire

about his private
conversation with Mr. Minter.

- It's called
interviewing a witness.

- Yes, with no one else present

and referencing that
conversation repeatedly

during Mr. Minter's
questioning.

- You could have objected
to those references.

You did not.

- But it's part
of the record now,

making you a party
to a conversation

that is central to the
outcome of this case,

whether you like it or not.
- Your Honor...

- As someone who is so concerned

with the appearance
of impropriety,

Mr. Price, you, of all people,

should know that it would
be highly improper of me

to deprive the defense
the opportunity

to impeach your testimony.

Mr. Price will take the stand.

- Mr. Price, how often have you
appeared before Judge Raymer?

- Perhaps a half dozen times.

- Eight, actually.

And you've lost three
of those cases, right?

- Yes, but they
were jury verdicts.

- Each of which involved

numerous motions crucial
to the case's outcome...

Motions you lost.

- Objection. Relevance.

- Make your point, Mr. Strawn.

- You dislike appearing
before Judge Raymer.

- No, I have no animus towards
Judge Raymer as a judge.

I do, however, despise
him for the heinous act

the evidence establishes
he committed.

- You and the victim,
Rachel Bender,

were colleagues at the
public defender's office

for three years.
- Yes.

- At the time of her death,

were you two
romantically involved?

- No.
- Objection. Relevance.

- A little latitude, Judge.

- I'll allow it.

- I'd like to offer
the following photo

as defense exhibit 34.

- Judge, may we approach?

Mr. Price's past
relationship with the victim

has absolutely nothing
to do with this case.

- But it has everything to do

with his decision
to bring this case.

Mr. Price's relationship
with Ms. Bender

establishes prosecutorial
overreach and bias.

- I'll allow it. Step back.

- Judge...
- Ms. Maroun, step back.

Mark it as defense exhibit 34.

You can put it up.

- Mr. Price, can you tell
us what this photo depicts?

- It's an office holiday party.

I think it was 2012.

- It's a photo of you
kissing Rachel Bender, right?

- That's correct.

- So let me rephrase
my question.

Did you ever have a romantic
relationship with Ms. Bender?

- A brief one. Decade ago.

- But you still
loved her, correct?

- No, I was never
in love with her.

- And you hated the fact
Judge Raymer was dating her.

- Objection. This
is preposterous.

- Overruled.

- There were no witnesses to
Ms. Bender's killing, correct?

- None that we've located.

- But you're the one
that found the body.

Your fingerprints were
on her driver's license.

How do we know you
didn't kill her?

- Objection.
- How do we know

this entire trial
isn't a frame job

by a jealous man
who killed the lover

he was still obsessed with?
- Judge, please.

- And the man you're framing
was also ruling against you

in case after case... A
two-for-one deal, right?

- Objection.

- Sustained.
Enough, Mr. Strawn.

- Nothing further.

- You think it might
have dawned on you

to inform co-counsel the
victim was an ex-girlfriend?

- It was a casual thing, Sam.
It was more than a decade ago.

- You went after Benning
because he's Raymer's friend.

You are just as
compromised as he is.

- Look, I am sorry I didn't
bring you into the loop,

but it was irrelevant.

- Well, that may be true,
but we're on life support.

I mean, the jury may not believe

you framed Raymer
for the murder,

but they could believe
you overreached,

that you are not
seeing things clearly.

We need more evidence.

- I agree.

Maybe we take another
run at Tyler Minter.

- His testimony is useless.

You said it yourself.
- I know.

But he seems to know more
about Raymer than anybody else.

- I'm not talking.

I believe in Judge
Raymer's innocence.

He's gonna be acquitted, and
he'll be back on the bench

in a week.
- I understand the sentiment.

But you will have to
pay a price for it.

- Excuse me?

- You're still relatively
new to the legal profession,

so let me educate you.

This is a murder trial,

and you lied on the stand.

I can't allow that
to go unchecked.

- Y-you're gonna indict me?

You'll never prove it.

- Maybe.

But are you really
willing to take that risk?

- Tyler, if you
don't talk to us,

you're gonna force our hand.

- You told me you didn't know

why Judge Raymer wanted
to be dropped off

at the public defender's office

on the day that
Rachel was killed.

That's not true, is it?

The judge...

He bought a diamond ring.

He was gonna propose
to her in Dewey Park.

It's a block from the
public defender's office.

It's where they had
their first date.

Can I go?

- So we got the proposal.

- Problem is what comes next.

The street vendor stops his
cart right in front of them.

Obstructs the view.

- By the time the
cart moves again,

Raymer is storming off.

- So Raymer thinks he can get
her back by proposing to her.

She turns him down flat.

- He stews over it.

An hour later, she's
dead two blocks away.

- But there is a guy
standing right behind him.

He had to have seen
the whole thing.

- Yeah, maybe he can
provide some context

and fill in some of
the gaps for the jury.

- Can you zoom in on his jacket?

- Yeah, I was on my
break having a smoke.

Saw the guy flame out.

- Can you run through
what you saw, Drew?

- It was pretty quick.
He got down on one knee.

She said, sorry,
but it was over.

He gets up. Starts
screaming at her.

- Anything else?

- Yeah, the last thing
he said stuck with me.

He said she would be sorry.

Told her he was gonna get her.

- I appreciate you, brother.

We'll be in touch.
- Sure thing.

Yo, the guy was a real prick.
- Mm.

- How's the doorman's
trial prep going?

- Afraid we've hit a snag.

- What do you mean?

- He's got a prior conviction

for harassing an ex-girlfriend.

Pled guilty in 2015.

The defense could spin
this to its advantage

and turn him into an
obsessive predator

who met the victim right
before she was murdered.

Make it look like
he's the killer.

Not if we don't use him.

Look, the Java Bliss barista.

Plus, we have the cut
on Raymer's right palm

and his shoes at
the crime scene.

And the jury will
put it together.

- But we still have to
turn over information

about Drew to the defense.

- It's not our job to
present alternative theories

to the defense.

- No, but it is our job

to turn over
exculpatory evidence.

- You really think that there
is a reasonable probability

that this information would
result in a different verdict?

- Is that opinion based on
your legal interpretation

or your desire to get
justice for your friend?

- Both.

- Well, what would you say

if you were still
a defense attorney?

- It doesn't matter.

I'm a prosecutor.

It's my call, Sam.

- Thank you, Hannah.

Any word on the jury?

- No. It's been two days, so...

- I just hope your
passion for the victim

doesn't cloud their
assessment of the facts.

- I did what I thought
was right for the case

and for Rachel's family.

- Winning the case
is what's right.

And we have 20 other
homicide prosecutors here

who could have handled...

- But I'm the best.

And you know it.

- What you are is compromised.

If I had known you
found the victim's body

and you slept with her,

I wouldn't have let you
within a time zone of this!

- I took this on because

I thought I could maximize
the chance of a conviction.

- Because you cared so
deeply for the victim.

- Correct.

- I rest my case.

- Jury's back.

- Counsel, please rise.

Madam foreperson,

in the matter of the people
versus Ephraim Raymer,

has the jury reached a verdict?

- We have, Your Honor.

- On the sole count of
murder in the second degree,

how do you find?

- We find the defendant guilty.

- Ladies and
gentlemen of the jury,

thank you for your service.

Court is adjourned.

- Nice work, Sam.

- We did what we had to do.

Just hope your friend,
Rachel, wasn't looking down.