Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–…): Season 11, Episode 15 - Confidential - full transcript

An attorney confesses that she had knowledge that her client committed a 22-year-old murder that another man was serving time for, but could not come forward because of attorney-client privilege.

male announcer:
IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM,

SEXUALLY-BASED OFFENSES

ARE CONSIDERED
ESPECIALLY HEINOUS.

IN NEW YORK CITY,

THE DEDICATED DETECTIVES

WHO INVESTIGATE THESE
VICIOUS FELONIES

ARE MEMBERS
OF AN ELITE SQUAD

KNOWN AS
THE SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT.

THESE ARE THEIR STORIES.

- MORNING.
WEEKEND QUIET, I HOPE.

- YEAH, EXCEPT THE BLACKOUTS
FRIDAY NIGHT ON 58.



- WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?
- UH, FRIEDMAN AND SONS.

SCHEDULED RENOVATION,
REWIRING.

- OH, YEAH. UM, CAMERAS
COME BACK ONLINE OKAY?

- TONY'S CHECKING IT NOW.
- BOSS, YOU BETTER SEE THIS.

- WHAT'S WRONG?
- SHE'S THERE.

THEN THE POWER WENT OUT.

- SOMEONE PULLED HER
INTO THE MEN'S ROOM.

- CALL THE COPS.
SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT.

AND LET'S SEARCH 58.

- DO YOU MIND?
- SORRY.

- LADY, COME ON!

- NO EVIDENCE OF A CRIME.
- LOOK AT THE PICTURE.

A GUY PULLED A WOMAN
INTO THE MEN'S ROOM.

IT SCREAMED RAPE.



- WELL, YOU CAN'T HAVE A RAPE
WITHOUT A VICTIM.

- THANKS. WE'RE ON IT.

CLEANING WOMAN VALERIE MARTIN
SWIPED HER I.D. BADGE

INTO THE BUILDING FRIDAY NIGHT
AT 6:00 P.M.,

BUT NEVER SWIPED OUT.

- COULD SHE HAVE LEFT
WITHOUT USING HER BADGE?

- NO, SHE WOULD'VE SET OFF
THE ALARM.

- WHAT FLOORS
DOES VALERIE CLEAN?

- THIS ONE AND THE ONE BELOW.
- I ALREADY SEARCHED 57, BOSS.

- CHECK THE STORAGE ROOM
AND UTILITY CLOSETS?

- YES, SIR.
- ANY UNOCCUPIED OFFICE SPACE?

- THERE'S AN EMPTY SUITE,
NORTHEAST CORNER.

JANITORS USE IT FOR STORAGE.

[breathing and moaning]

- RISE AND SHINE.
VALERIE MARTIN?

- "MARTINE."

- YOU'VE BEEN HERE
ALL WEEKEND.

- I GOT ROOMMATES. ME AND HECTOR
NEEDED SOME PRIVACY.

- LET'S GET THEM DRESSED
AND OUT OF HERE.

- ALL RIGHT, YOU TWO,
LET'S GO.

- IF THAT'S VALERIE,
WHO'S THIS?

- AND WHERE THE HELL IS SHE?

- SO JANE DOE GETS YANKED
INTO THE 58TH FLOOR MEN'S ROOM.

ANY VIDEO SHOWING
HOW SHE GOT UP THERE?

- NO RECORD OF HER ENTERING
THE BUILDING.

NO VIDEO OF HER FACE.
NO SIGN OF HER ANYWHERE.

- OTHER THAN
THE CLEANING WOMAN,

ANYBODY ELSE
SPEND THE WEEKEND HERE?

- ALL WORKERS AND VISITORS
WHO ENTERED THE BUILDING

FRIDAY MORNING
ARE ON RECORD AS LEAVING.

- HOW WE DOING
ON THE CANVASS?

- IT'S BEFORE 8:00 A.M.,
CAPTAIN.

IT'S GONNA BE A FEW HOURS
UNTIL EVERYONE'S PRESENT

AND ACCOUNTED FOR.

- GET PATROL TO HELP YOU OUT.

- HOPKINS, WHAT THE HELL
IS GOING ON HERE?

- RICHARD MORGAN
OWNS THE BUILDING.

POLICE SITUATION, SIR.

THERE MAY BE A CRIME VICTIM
MISSING ON THE PREMISES.

- I'M CAPTAIN CRAGEN.

THESE ARE
DETECTIVES STABLER AND BENSON.

- THEY'RE NOT SEARCHING
WITHOUT A WARRANT, RICHARD.

EACH OF OUR ATTENDANTS
HAS A RIGHT TO PRIVACY.

- WHICH WE HAVE NO INTENTION
OF VIOLATING, MISS...

- BLOCK.
INGRID'S MY CHIEF COUNSEL.

RUNS MY LIFE.

- I'M TELLING YOU, RICHARD,
IF WE LET THEM

TRAIPSE THROUGH EVERY OFFICE,

WE COULD BE IN BREACH
OF OUR LEASES.

- THIS WOMAN IS SOMEWHERE
IN YOUR BUILDING,

MAYBE HURT, BARELY ALIVE.

WE REALLY NEED
YOUR COOPERATION.

- YOU GOT IT.
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO?

- PUT THE WORD OUT
TO ALL OF YOUR ATTENDANTS

TO GET US THE NAME OF ANYBODY
WHO DIDN'T SHOW UP FOR WORK.

- DONE.
HOPKINS, KEEP ME POSTED.

- UPDATES EVERY HOUR.
- YES, MA'AM.

UNIT ONE, PLEASE REPEAT.
- WHAT'S UP?

- CSU WANTS YOU ON 58.
MEN'S ROOM.

- BLOOD SMEARS
ALL OVER THIS WALL.

- NOTHING ON THE STALLS
OR THE SINK.

- OR ON THE FLOOR.
HOW DID THE PERP MANAGE THAT?

- NO IDEA. EVEN IF HE CLEANED
UP WITH BLEACH,

THERE'D STILL BE TRACES
OF BLOOD.

- GHOSTS DON'T BLEED
SO SHE'S GOT TO BE HERE.

YOU GOT A BLOODY VICTIM,

FIVE MINUTES OF BLACKOUT
TO GET RID OF HER.

WHAT'S THE QUICKEST WAY OUT?

- SERVICE ELEVATORS
IN THE TRASH ROOM

DOWN THE HALL.

- THESE ELEVATORS
HAVE A CAMERA?

- YEAH, THEY WEREN'T AFFECTED
BY THE POWER SHUTDOWN.

WE CHECKED THE VIDEO,
DIDN'T SEE OUR PERP

OR THE VICTIM.

- ANY CAMERAS IN THE STAIRWELL?
- NO. THEY'RE NEVER USED.

- COULD HE HAVE GOTTEN OUT
THIS WAY

WITHOUT SETTING OFF
THE ALARM?

- SURE.
IF HE KNEW THE COMBINATION.

- READY WHEN YOU ARE.
- DO IT.

- FLOORS LOOK CLEAN.
WALLS.

- THERE'S SOMETHING
ON THE TRASH CAN.

- YEAH, WE GOT BLOOD
INSIDE.

- WHEN AND WHERE
DOES THE TRASH GO OUT?

- THE DUMPSTER'S OUT
BY THE LOADING DOCK

RIGHT ABOUT NOW.

- HEY, HEY, HEY!
WHOA, WHOA, WHOA!

STOP THAT THING!
HEY, HEY, DROP IT!

DROP IT! POLICE!

- DID YOU FIND ANYTHING?

- CHECK IT OUT.
- BLOODY PAPER TOWELS.

HE MUST'VE USED IT
TO CLEAN UP THE BATHROOM.

- EVERYBODY GRAB A DUMPSTER.

- WHOA. DON'T EVEN BOTHER.

- OH, GOD.
- [exhales]

WRAPPED HER UP
NICE AND TIGHT.

- HOPE HE LEFT TRACE EVIDENCE
INSIDE FOR WARNER.

CSU COMBED THE DUMPSTERS.
NOTHING OTHER THAN THE CORPSE.

- HOW DID THE PERP
GET INTO THE MEN'S ROOM

WITHOUT BEING SEEN?

- WELL, IT HAD TO BE
DURING THE FIRST BLACKOUT,

WHICH MEANS HE KNEW
WHEN THE 58TH FLOOR

WAS GOING TO GO DARK.

- VICTIM WALKS DOWN
THE HALLWAY.

HE PULLS HER IN A SPLIT SECOND
BEFORE BLACKOUT NUMBER TWO.

- TIMING IS TOO PRECISE
TO BE A RANDOM GRAB.

HE MUST'VE KNOWN HER
AND LURED HER THERE.

THEN WHAT?
- HE BASHED HER HEAD IN.

THAT EXPLAINS THE BLOOD
ON THE BATHROOM WALL.

HE LAID DOWN PLASTIC

SO HER BLOOD WOULDN'T GET
ON THE FLOOR.

- THEN HE WRAPS HER UP.
HE WIPES UP THE BLOOD.

DRAGS HER DOWN THIS HALLWAY
INTO THE TRASH ROOM.

HE KNEW
THE BLACKOUT SCHEDULE,

WHEN THE GARBAGE GOT PICKED UP,
AND HIS ESCAPE ROUTE.

HAD TO BE AN INSIDE JOB.

- WE'RE INTERVIEWING
ALL THE MAINTENANCE

AND SECURITY EMPLOYEES.

- IT'S AMAZING
HE PULLED IT OFF.

- WHAT'S EVEN MORE AMAZING,
IT HAPPENED BEFORE.

- WHEN?
- OCTOBER, 1987.

NANCY PIERCE, 27.

RAPED, STRANGLED, AND LEFT
TO DECOMPOSE IN AN AIR VENT

TWO BLOCKS AWAY
AT TRENT TOWERS.

- PERP GOT AWAY WITH IT?
- THE PERP GOT POPPED.

DANIEL HARDY, MAINTENANCE MAN
AT TRENT TOWERS.

DOING THE FULL MONTY
AT SING SING FOR NANCY'S MURDER.

- SO HE'S BEEN IN PRISON
FOR TWO DECADES.

CAN'T BE THE SAME GUY.

- UNLESS HE HAD AN ACCOMPLICE
WE NEVER COLLARED.

- HOPEFULLY, JANE DOE
WILL TELL US MORE

WHEN SHE'S UNWRAPPED.

ANY WORD FROM WARNER?

- SHE SAID SHE'S SWAMPED.

IT'S GONNA BE A FEW HOURS.

- WELL, TAKE A GOOD BOOK
TO THE M.E.'S, JOHN.

LIV, ELLIOT, HEAD UP
TO SING SING.

SEE IF MR. HARDY HAD HELP
MURDERING NANCY PIERCE.

- I DIDN'T HAVE A PARTNER
BECAUSE I DIDN'T KILL NANCY.

- YOU'RE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE
IN THREE YEARS.

NOW, THE BOARD COULD LET YOU GO
YOU COME CLEAN.

- I'M NOT GONNA ADMIT
TO WHAT I DIDN'T DO.

- THEN WHY WON'T YOU LOOK
AT HER?

- BECAUSE I LOVED HER
AND SHE LOVED ME.

- UNTIL SHE DIDN'T ANYMORE.

SO YOU RAPED HER
AND CHOKED HER TO DEATH.

- THEY FOUND SEMEN INSIDE HER
THAT MATCHED YOUR BLOOD TYPE.

- EXCEPT IT WASN'T MINE.

I WAS CONVICTED
BEFORE THERE WAS DNA.

TAKE A SWAB FROM ME.
COMPARE IT.

- IT'S NOT OUR JOB.
CALL YOUR LAWYER.

- REALLY. MY LAWYER GAVE UP
AFTER THE SUPREME COURT RULED

WE DIDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT
TO DEMAND DNA TESTS

TO PROVE OUR INNOCENCE.

IF I RAPED NANCY,
IF I KILLED HER,

THEN WHY WOULD I ASK YOU
TO DO THIS?

[door opens]

- HERE YOU GO.

- WE FIND THE DNA
FROM NANCY PIERCE'S MURDER,

WE SHOULD RUN IT.

- 'CAUSE YOU THINK
HARDY'S INNOCENT?

- BECAUSE I ONCE PUT
AN INNOCENT MAN

AWAY IN PRISON...
[cell phone rings]

BEFORE WE HAD DNA.

- BENSON.

- LIV, WARNER'S UNWRAPPING
JANE DOE NOW.

WE'LL SEND YOU A PHOTOGRAPH.

- SHE'S GOT HEAD TRAUMA
AND A WIDE LIGATURE ON HER NECK.

- DO YOU RECOGNIZE HER?
- RENEE SIMMONS.

SHE WAS A SECRETARY

IN MR. MORGAN'S ACCOUNTING
DEPARTMENT.

- AND WHY DIDN'T YOU REPORT
HER MISSING?

- BECAUSE SHE WASN'T.

- SHE WASN'T SPEAKING TO YOU,
COUNSELOR.

- I LAID OFF RENEE

AND 12 OTHERS
FRIDAY MORNING.

WE--WE COLLECTED THEIR ID BADGES
AND SWIPED THEM OUT.

THEY, UH--THEY ALL LEFT
THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY.

- IS THERE A REASON
RENEE WOULD COME BACK

FRIDAY NIGHT?

CLEAN OUT HER OFFICE?

- WE DID IT FOR HER.
- I'LL HANDLE THIS, INGRID.

- YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER
TO THEM.

- INGRID, PLEASE.
RENEE IS DEAD.

- WE'RE GONNA NEED TO SPEAK
WITH HER COWORKERS.

MAYBE ONE OF THEM KNOWS
WHO DID THIS.

- WELL, ANYONE WHO KNEW RENEE
KNOWS WHO DID THIS.

HER HUSBAND MATT SIMMONS.

GUY WENT NUTS
AFTER SHE DIVORCED HIM.

- WHAT DO YOU MEAN "NUTS"?

- ENOUGH FOR AN ORDER
OF PROTECTION.

- BUT WE COULDN'T LEGALLY
KEEP HIM OUT OF THE BUILDING.

HE WORKS FOR FRIEDMAN
AND SONS AS A STOCKBROKER

ON THE 58TH FLOOR.

- SIMMONS DIDN'T SWIPE OUT.

- WELL, IF RENEE
LEFT THE BUILDING

AFTER BEING LAID OFF,

HOW'D HER EX GET HER BACK IN
WITHOUT BEING SEEN?

- LET'S ASK HIM.
HEY, MATT!

GOT A SEC?

- HEY,
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

- WHERE YOU GOING?
HE'S CLOSED.

- WEED. FELONY WEIGHT.
AT LEAST 8 OUNCES.

- NO WONDER YOU HAD
THE MUNCHIES.

- PLEASE. CUT ME A BREAK
ON THE WEED, MAN.

THE S.E.C. WILL YANK
MY TRADING LICENSE.

- LICENSE?

YOUR--YOUR WHOLE LIFE'S
ABOUT TO GO UP IN SMOKE, PAL.

- RENEE?
OH, MY GOD.

WAS--WAS SHE THE ONE
THAT WAS KILLED

ON THE 58TH FLOOR?

- YOU SHOULD KNOW.

MEDICAL EXAMINER SAYS
YOU BASHED HER HEAD IN

AND STRANGLED HER.

- NO. I DIDN'T--
I DIDN'T DO THAT.

- YEAH, YOU DID.

YOU WRAPPED HER UP,
HAULED HER DOWN THE STEPS,

AND DUMPED HER
LIKE SOME TRASH.

- I-I-I DIDN'T--
I DIDN'T KILL RENEE.

I SWEAR.
- THIS IS YOUR BIG CHANCE.

YOU KNEW THEY WERE GOING
TO CUT THE POWER

TO YOUR OFFICE
AND YOU KNEW SHE GOT LAID OFF.

- YOU KNEW SHE NEEDED MONEY.

IS THAT HOW YOU LURED HER
BACK, MATT?

OFFER TO GIVE HER SOME?

- HAD TO CREEP IN
THROUGH THE LOADING DOCK.

WALK UP ALL THOSE STEPS
TO THE 58TH

WHERE YOU SNATCHED HER
IN THE MEN'S BATHROOM.

- PLEASE.
WHY WOULD I KILL HER?

- THE SAME REASON SHE GOT
A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST YOU.

YOU'RE OBSESSED.

- I WAS PISSED.

SHE--SHE WAS BANGING
THAT SLEAZEBALL BOSS OF HERS,

MORGAN.

- RICHARD MORGAN.

HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT?

- I FOLLOWED THEM.

LUNCH AT THE SAME HOTEL
EVERY TUESDAY.

WHAT THEY WERE EATING
WASN'T ON ANY MENU.

I WANTED RENEE
OUT OF MY LIFE.

BUT NOT LIKE THIS.

- RICHARD MORGAN, 56.
CEO OF RICHMORE INVESTMENTS.

15 YEARS ON THE FORTUNE 500.

- BIG PHILANTHROPIST.
MARTIAL ARTS ENTHUSIAST.

HE TEACHES KARATE
TO UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS.

- ALSO A TENANT
AT TRENT TOWERS IN 1987

WHEN NANCY PIERCE
WAS MURDERED THERE.

- SAME M.O. AS RENEE SIMMONS.
SAME MURDER WEAPON.

LIGATURE MARKS
ARE IDENTICAL.

- 22 YEARS BETWEEN MURDERS
IS A LONG TIME.

IF MORGAN IS OUR GUY,
WHY NO SIMILAR KILLINGS?

- MAYBE HE JUST DIDN'T
NEED TO.

- OR WE HAVEN'T FOUND
HIS OTHER VICTIMS YET.

- WE THINK HE WAS SCREWING NANCY
WAY BACK WHEN?

- HE WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR
WITH RENEE SIMMONS.

HE COULD HAVE KILLED THEM BOTH
TO COVER UP HIS DALLIANCES.

- OR SOME OTHER SECRET
THEY LEARNED DURING PILLOW TALK.

- AND DANIEL HARDY
TAKES THE FALL.

ANYTHING IN NANCY PIERCE'S
CASE FILE THAT CAN HELP US?

- THERE ARE VOUCHERS
FOR BLOOD AND SEMEN

FROM HER BODY.

GOT THE PROPERTY CLERK
LOOKING FOR THEM NOW.

- WELL, I MEANT ANYTHING
THAT COULD HELP US SUSS OUT

MORGAN'S MOTIVE
FOR KILLING NANCY.

- WELL, ACCORDING TO MORGAN'S
TESTIMONY AT HARDY'S TRIAL,

IT WAS ALL HARDY.

LET'S SEE.

"DANIEL HARDY
HAD THE MASTER KEYS

"TO THE BUILDING.

DANIEL HARDY HAD A TEMPER."

AH. LISTEN TO THIS ONE.

"THAT NIGHT, I SAW HARDY
YELLING AT NANCY IN THE HALLWAY.

NEXT THING ANY OF US KNEW,
SHE HAD DISAPPEARED."

- MORGAN WAS MASTER
OF THE UNIVERSE.

I WAS A SLAVE.
A NOBODY.

I STILL AM.
- OKAY.

NANCY.
SHE WAS AN ACCOUNTANT?

- SHE WAS A JUNIOR PARTNER
AT A SMALL FIRM.

- AROUND THE TIME
SHE DISAPPEARED,

DID SHE SEEM NERVOUS?

- NO. THE OPPOSITE.
SHE WAS--SHE WAS EXCITED.

SHE--SHE--SHE TELLS ME
SHE'S GONNA PAY FOR ME

TO GO TO COLLEGE.

SHE WAS GONNA BUY
AN APARTMENT.

SHE WAS GONNA BE RICH.
- HOW RICH?

- HALF A MILLION BUCKS.
FROM MORGAN.

HE WAS GONNA BUY OUT
HER FIRM.

NANCY WAS GONNA TAKE HER PIECE
OF THE ACTION AND QUIT.

HE FLIPPED OUT.

SAID SHE HAD TO STAY ON
TO GET THE MONEY.

AND THE NEXT DAY,

GOES BACK TO THE OFFICE
TO GET HER STUFF.

AND THEN SUNDAY...

THEY FIND HER DEAD.

- NANCY WAS MURDERED
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1987.

THAT WAS FOUR DAYS
AFTER THE STOCK MARKET CRASHED

ON BLACK MONDAY.

- NOW THE MARKET TANKS AGAIN.

ANY CAT WITH MORGAN'S
KIND OF SCRATCH

MUST'VE TAKEN A BATH.

- WELL, THAT'S REASON
TO LAY PEOPLE OFF,

NOT MOTIVE TO MURDER
TWO WOMEN.

- NOT IF HE HAD SOMETHING
TO HIDE

THAT BOTH WOMEN KNEW ABOUT.

- LIKE HIS MONEY.
- WHAT DO YOU GOT?

- RICHARD MORGAN'S BROKE.

MORGAN'S BOOKS
SHOW INVESTMENTS TOTALING

ALMOST 800 MILLION BUCKS,

BUT ALL HIS ACCESSIBLE
BANK ACCOUNTS

SHOW THAT HE ONLY HAS
$5 MILLION ON DEPOSIT.

- SO HE WOULD'VE BEEN
WIPED OUT

IF ONE OF HIS BIG CLIENTS
CASHED OUT.

- OR A BUNCH OF SMALLER ONES.
WE CALLED SOME OF THEM.

MORGAN'S BEEN STALLING
ON PAYING THEM BACK.

- IT SOUNDS LIKE HE WENT
TO THE BERNIE MADOFF

SCHOOL OF INVESTING.

- MAKES SENSE TO ME.

- THAT'S MORE THAN ENOUGH MOTIVE
TO MURDER NANCY PIERCE

AND RENEE SIMMONS.

- THEY BOTH WORKED
IN ACCOUNTING.

THEY BOTH HAD ACCESS
TO HIS BOOKS.

THEY MUST'VE STUMBLED
ONTO HIS PONZI SCHEME.

- RENEE DIDN'T JUST STUMBLE
ONTO IT.

BUDDY AT THE IRS
SAYS SHE WAS THEIR INFORMANT.

- HE FOUND OUT.
HE WHACKED HER.

AND HE TRIED TO BLAME IT
ON THE EX.

- OLD HABITS DIE HARD.

- AND TWO WOMEN PAID
WITH THEIR LIVES.

- THIS GUY KNOWS WE'RE ONTO HIM,
HE'S GONNA SKIP TOWN.

- NOT IF WE CLIP
HIS WINGS FIRST.

- GUY SHOWS ME THE YACHT
HE BUYS WITH HIS BAILOUT BONUS.

YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAYS,
"YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK."

[laughter]

- I'M DONE WITH YOU GUYS
HARASSING MY CLIENT.

- WE'VE ONLY JUST STARTED.
- STAND UP, MR. MORGAN.

YOU'RE UNDER ARREST
FOR FRAUD AND GRAND LARCENY.

- YOU'RE RUINING
HIS REPUTATION.

- SAVE IT FOR ARRAIGNMENT,
COUNSELOR.

- IT'LL ALL WORK OUT.

EXCUSE ME.

- DOCKET ENDING 245,
PEOPLE V. RICHARD MORGAN.

CHARGES ARE--
- IS THIS RIGHT?

230 COUNTS EACH
GRAND LARCENY AND FRAUD

IN THE FIRST DEGREE
AND 20 COUNTS

OF INCOME TAX EVASION?

- YOUR HONOR, YOU'RE LOOKING
AT BERNARD MADOFF,

THE KARATE KID EDITION.

- THAT'S PREJUDICIAL, JUDGE.
I WANT HER CENSURED.

- I DON'T SEE ANY JURY HERE,
MISS BLOCK.

AND SHE CERTAINLY ISN'T
GOING TO PREJUDICE ME.

HOW DO YOU PLEAD,
MR. MORGAN?

- NOT GUILTY.

- THE DEFEND HAS A PRIVATE PLANE
AND AMPLE MEANS

TO FLEE THE COUNTRY.

WE REQUEST REMAND TO RIKERS.

- REMAND IS EXCESSIVE.

MY CLIENT WASN'T CHARGED
WITH A VIOLENT CRIME.

- YET. MR. MORGAN
IS ALSO BEING INVESTIGATED

FOR RAPE AND MURDER.

- AND WHEN HE'S CHARGED
WITH EITHER OF THOSE,

HE'LL AWAIT TRIAL
IN RIKERS.

THE DEFENDANT WILL SURRENDER
HIS PASSPORT

AND BE CONFINED TO HIS HOME

WITH AN ELECTRONIC
MONITORING DEVICE.

BAIL IS DENIED.
WE'RE IN RECESS.

- PRESS IS STAKED OUT
AT EVERY EXIT.

NEWS TRAVELS FAST.
- WELL, YOU'RE NOT KIDDING.

THE U.S. ATTORNEY CALLED.
THEY'RE INDICTING TOMORROW.

- WELL, IF WE'RE GONNA GET
MORGAN ON THOSE MURDERS,

IT'S NOW OR NEVER.

- YOU'RE WASTING
MY CLIENT'S TIME.

- WELL, YOUR CLIENT
BETTER GET USED

TO HAVING A LOT OF TIME
ON HIS HANDS.

- THAT'S NOT ALL HE HANDS
ON HIS HANDS THOUGH, IS IT?

IS SOMETHING
ABOUT THIS FUNNY?

- WELL, I WAS JUST THINKING
ABOUT YOUR ACCUSATION

THAT I BILKED MY CLIENTS

OUT OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS.

- YOU DON'T SEEM TOO SORRY

CONSIDERING YOU RUINED
A LOT OF LIVES.

- INCLUDING THE POOR BASTARD
WHO'S SITTING IN PRISON

FOR THE MURDER YOU COMMITTED
22 YEARS AGO.

- AS MEMORY SERVES,
DANIEL HARDY WAS CONVICTED

BY A JURY OF HIS PEERS.

- THAT'S INTERESTING
THAT YOU REMEMBER HIS NAME.

- I DON'T KNOW
WHAT YOU MEAN.

- IF YOU HAD DNA TO PROVE
ANY OF THIS,

WE WOULDN'T BE HAVING
THIS LITTLE CHAT.

UNLESS YOU'RE GOING
TO ARREST MY CLIENT AGAIN,

HE'S GOING HOME.

- I AM GOING TO GET
DANIEL HARDY OUT OF PRISON

AND MAKE SURE HE TAKES
EVERY CENT THAT YOU HAVE LEFT.

- GOOD LUCK
ON YOUR HAMSTER WHEEL.

SHALL WE?

- THAT BASTARD WILL DO ANYTHING
TO PROTECT HIS MONEY.

- EVEN THE ICE PRINCESS
CAN'T GET HIM OUT OF THIS.

- YOU RUINED ME!
[gunfire]

- DROP THE GUN!

DROP IT, NOW!
OKAY, CALM DOWN, SIR.

GET AGAINST THE WALL.
GET AGAINST THE WALL.

- ALL RIGHT. OKAY.
- BOTH HANDS ON THE WALL.

- OKAY--AH!

- NO PULSE.
- WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?

- WE WERE TAKING MORGAN OUT

WHEN THE OLD GEEZER GOT OFF
THE ELEVATOR AND SHOT HIM.

- HE STOLE EVERYTHING
FROM ME.

ALL I'VE WORKED FOR
MY WHOLE LIFE IS GONE.

- YOU OKAY?

- I'M FINE.

- I HEARD HIM
BEFORE I SAW HIM.

HE POINTED THE GUN
RIGHT AT ME

AND THEN HE FIRED TWICE.

I SAW THE BLOOD ON ME
AND THOUGHT I WAS HIT.

- WELL, THAT'S, UH, THAT'S
REALLY ALL I NEED FROM YOU.

IS THERE--IS THERE SOMEBODY
THAT I CAN CALL

TO TAKE YOU HOME?

- NO. THANK YOU.

- I'M SORRY
ABOUT YOUR CLIENT.

- THE GUY'S NAME
IS THOMAS ROONEY.

80 YEARS OLD.
WIFE RECENTLY DIED OF CANCER.

MORGAN WOULD NOT GIVE HIM
HIS MONEY BACK.

SAID HE HAD NOTHING LEFT
TO LOSE.

- HOW DID HE KNOW
THAT MORGAN WAS HERE?

- EL, PROPERTY CLERK ON 2.

- YEAH. STABLER.

I'VE GOT VOUCHERS
THAT SAY IT IS THERE.

WELL, DID--OKAY.

YEAH. THANKS.

DNA FROM THE NANCY PIERCE CASE
IS GONE.

WHICH MEANS DANIEL HARDY

IS NOW OFFICIALLY,
ETERNALLY SCREWED.

HE'S STAYING IN PRISON
FOR THE REST

OF HIS MISERABLE LIFE.

- MISS BLOCK!
MISS BLOCK.

- EVERYTHING OKAY?
- YES. I'M SORRY.

UM, I REALIZED I JUST NEED
TO ASK YOU A FEW MORE QUESTIONS.

SO IF YOU DON'T MIND.

- I'VE TOLD YOU EVERYTHING
ABOUT THE SHOOTING.

- THIS ISN'T ABOUT
THE SHOOTING.

THIS IS ABOUT THE PICTURES
OF THE TWO WOMEN

THAT YOUR CLIENT MURDERED.

I SAW HOW DISTURBED YOU WERE
BY THE PHOTOS, COUNSELOR.

AND YET, WHEN YOUR BOSS
OF 25 YEARS GETS MURDERED

IN COLD BLOOD
RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU,

YOU SEEM RELIEVED.

WHY IS THAT?

- I DON'T KNOW.

- YES, YOU DO.

YOU'VE KNOWN ALL ALONG.

- I DON'T KNOW WHAT
YOU WANT ME TO TELL YOU.

- I JUST WANT THE TRUTH.

DID YOU HELP RICHARD MORGAN
CARRY OUT HIS PONZI SCHEME?

- ABSOLUTELY NOT.
- DID YOU KNOW ABOUT IT?

- NO.

I HAD SUSPICIONS.

BUT I WAS HIS LAWYER.

AND ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE
FORBADE ME

FROM REVEALING ANYTHING
RICHARD EVER SAID TO ME.

- THAT BASTARD STOLE MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS.

HE KILLED TWO WOMEN.

- HE NEVER TOLD ME HE PLANNED
TO KILL ANYONE.

- COME ON, LIV,
ASK HER ABOUT HARDY.

I'M GONNA WRING IT
OUT OF THAT BITCH.

- HOLD ON, ELLIOT.
YOU'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

- WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?

- SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP US
FREE DANIEL HARDY.

- I CAN'T HELP YOU
WITH THAT.

- WELL, YOU ARE
HIS ONLY CHANCE.

THOMAS ROONEY MADE SURE OF THAT
WHEN HE MURDERED YOUR BOSS.

- I HAVE A DUTY TO PRESERVE
MY CLIENT'S CONFIDENTIALITY.

- HE'S DEAD.

- THE LAW SAYS IT DOESN'T
MATTER.

- RICHARD MORGAN
LET AN INNOCENT MAN

TAKE THE FALL FOR A MURDER
THAT HE COMMITTED.

- I TOOK AN OATH.
- YOU'RE PROTECTING A CORPSE!

- MY LIFE
WAS PROTECTING HIM.

DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?

IF I BETRAY HIM NOW,

I BETRAY EVERYTHING
I'VE STOOD FOR!

- INGRID.

MORGAN'S GONE.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO COVER
FOR HIM ANY MORE.

AN INNOCENT MAN IS GOING
TO SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE

IN PRISON

UNLESS YOU STEP UP.

- I REALIZED RICHARD MURDERED
RENEE SIMMONS

ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON

AFTER HE DID IT.

- BECAUSE HE TOLD YOU?

- HE DIDN'T HAVE TO.

BUT I KNEW.

BECAUSE I KNEW 22 YEARS AGO,

HE MURDERED NANCY PIERCE.

- HOW DID YOU KNOW?

- HAVE YOU EVER SEEN
A SHADOW BOX?

- SURE. A SMALL DISPLAY CASE
THAT YOU HANG ON THE WALL.

- RICHARD HAD ONE
IN HIS OFFICE.

IT HELD EVERY KARATE BELT
HE'D EVER EARNED.

- I DIDN'T SEE THAT
IN HIS OFFICE THE OTHER DAY.

- BECAUSE LAST FRIDAY
AFTERNOON,

RICHARD BROUGHT IT
TO MY OFFICE

AND ASKED IF I COULD
HOLD ON TO IT FOR AWHILE.

- AFTER HE MURDERED
RENEE SIMMONS.

SO YOU'RE SAYING
THAT RICHARD MORGAN

DID THE EXACT SAME THING

22 YEARS AGO
IN TRENT TOWERS.

- RICHARD BROUGHT ME
THE SHADOW BOX THAT DAY TOO.

SAID HE WAS RENOVATING

AND ASKED IF HE COULD
LEAVE IT WITH ME.

WE WERE ALL IN SHOCK
WHEN NANCY'S BODY WAS FOUND

AND RICHARD WAS BUSY
WITH HIS "RENOVATION."

IT GOT ME THINKING.

I KNEW HE JUST BOUGHT OUT
NANCY'S ACCOUNTING FIRM

AND THAT SHE WANTED TO LEAVE.

IT DIDN'T TAKE A GENIUS
TO PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER.

SO SEVERAL DAYS LATER,

I ASKED HIM IF HE HAD
ANYTHING TO DO

WITH NANCY'S MURDER.

AND HE SAID

"AS A MATTER OF FACT, YES."

I PLEADED WITH HIM.

I TOLD HIM "RICHARD,
DAN HARDY, A MAINTENANCE GUY,

IS GOING TO JAIL
FOR KILLING HER."

DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE DID?

HE GIGGLED AND SAID
"I KNOW. ISN'T IT GREAT?"

- SO ALL THESE YEARS...

YOU'VE KNOWN...

THAT DANIEL HARDY'S
AN INNOCENT MAN.

- THERE ISN'T A DAY
THAT GOES BY

THAT I HAVEN'T THOUGHT
ABOUT THAT POOR MAN.

[sniffs]

- YEAH, BOO-HOO-HOO.

SHE LET HIM ROT IN PRISON
FOR TWO DECADES.

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG
WITH HER?

- IF SHE HAD COME FORWARD,

SHE WOULD'VE BEEN DISBARRED,
MAYBE GONE TO PRISON.

- FOR PROVIDING EVIDENCE

THAT WOULD SET A WRONGFULLY
ACCUSED MAN FREE?

- ONLY MASSACHUSETTS ALLOWS
AN ATTORNEY TO BREAK PRIVILEGE

IF HE OR SHE KNOWS
OF ACTUAL INNOCENCE.

AND SINCE PRIVILEGE
DOESN'T DIE WITH THE CLIENT,

SHE JUST COMMITTED
CAREER SUICIDE.

- SO WHAT DID YOU DO
WITH THE BOX

AFTER YOU REALIZED
WHY MORGAN GAVE IT TO YOU

THE FIRST TIME?

- I WENT HOME.
I COULDN'T SLEEP.

THE NEXT DAY WHEN I CAME
INTO THE OFFICE,

IT WAS GONE.

WHEN I WENT TO SEE RICHARD,

IT WAS ALREADY BACK
ON HIS WALL.

- AND NOW?
IS IT STILL IN YOUR OFFICE?

- YES. IN THE BACK
OF THE CREDENZA

BEHIND MY DESK.

- HE WASN'T LYING.

I FOUND NANCY'S
EPITHELIAL CELLS

ALL OVER THE BELT
AND MORGAN'S.

- ARROGANT BASTARD
DIDN'T EVEN CLEAN IT UP.

HE JUST HUNG IT BACK ON HIS WALL
LIKE HE WAS UNTOUCHABLE.

- LUCKY FOR US.

- LUCKY FOR US INGRID BLOCK
CLEARED HER CONSCIENCE.

SHE DID US A HUGE SOLID.

- YEAH, 22 YEARS TOO LATE.
- THERE'S MORE.

I FOUND RENEE SIMMONS'
DNA AND BLOOD ON THE BELT TOO.

- THAT'S WHY THE LIGATURE MARK
LOOKED THE SAME AS NANCY'S.

THE SON OF A BITCH
USED THE SAME BELT

TO MURDER BOTH WOMEN.

- AND NOW WE HAVE
BULLETPROOF EVIDENCE

THAT MORGAN KILLED NANCY
AND DANIEL HARDY DID NOT.

- YOU WANT TO TELL ME
WHAT'S GOING ON?

- YOU'RE GETTING OUT, DANIEL.
- THAT SIMPLE? IT'S OVER?

- RICHARD MORGAN.
HE KILLED NANCY.

- RICHARD MORGAN.

ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?

- BOTH THEIR DNA
WAS ON THE KARATE BELT

THAT HE USED
TO STRANGLE HER.

- BELT FROM HIS OFFICE?

HOW'D YOU FIND OUT?

- BECAUSE I GAVE IT TO THEM.

- YOU?

YOU'RE MORGAN'S ATTORNEY.

- UNTIL HE WAS KILLED
TWO NIGHTS AGO.

- DID YOU KNOW
RICHARD KILLED NANCY?

DID YOU KNOW...

THAT RICHARD KILLED NANCY?

YOU KNEW.

YOU KNEW AND YOU DIDN'T
SAY ANYTHING.

- THE LAW SAYS I COULDN'T.
- THE LAW?

YOU HAD THAT POWER
TO GET ME OUT 20 YEARS AGO

AND YOU DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING?

YOU LET ME SIT HERE?

HOW DO YOU LIVE
WITH YOURSELF?

20 YEARS!

- LET'S GO.

- THE ENGLISH JUDGE
WILLIAM BLACKSTONE SAID

"BETTER THAT TEN
GUILTY PERSONS ESCAPE

THAN ONE INNOCENT SUFFER."

I AM SAD TO SAY
THAT IN THIS CASE,

OUR SYSTEM FELL FAR SHORT
OF THAT STANDARD.

- THIS COURT
CAN NEVER REPAY YOU

THE YEARS YOU WERE
WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED.

I CAN ONLY APOLOGIZE

FOR THIS GROSS MISCARRIAGE
OF JUSTICE

WHICH MADE YOU A VICTIM.

THAT SAID, DANIEL HARDY,

I AM HEREBY SETTING ASIDE
YOUR CONVICTION

OF MURDER
IN THE SECOND DEGREE.

I ORDER YOUR RECORD EXPUNGED
AND YOUR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FROM CUSTODY OF THE STATE
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.

WE ARE ADJOURNED.
[gavel bangs]

- THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

- I JUST WISH THERE WAS MORE
WE COULD DO.

- THERE IS.
INGRID BLOCK.

- DETECTIVE STABLER.

- YOU'RE UNDER ARREST
FOR FACILITATING A MURDER.

- ELLIOT,
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

- I'M GETTING JUSTICE
FOR RENEE SIMMONS.

SHE PUT THE MURDER WEAPON
RIGHT BACK

IN RICHARD MORGAN'S HANDS.

- SO DO YOU UNDERSTAND
YOUR RIGHTS

AS I'VE EXPLAINED THEM
TO YOU?

- I'VE ALREADY TOLD YOU
EVERYTHING I KNOW

AND I'LL ACT
AS MY OWN ATTORNEY.

- WELL, IF I WERE YOU,
I'D HIRE SOMEONE MORE ETHICAL.

- DETECTIVE STABLER,
PLEASE UNDERSTAND...

- YOU CAN SAVE THAT
FOR A JURY.

- DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA
WHAT YOU'VE JUST DONE?

- JOB I WAS HIRED TO DO.

- YOU DIDN'T CLEAR
THIS ARREST WITH ME OR ALEX.

YOU DIDN'T EVEN TELL
YOUR PARTNER.

- I FOLLOWED THE LAW.
- WE'RE NOT FINISHED, DETECTIVE.

THOUGH YOU'RE AWFULLY CLOSE.
- CAPTAIN, IT WAS A GOOD COLLAR.

I READ
THE FACILITATION STATUTE.

- PROOF THAT A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE
IS A DANGEROUS THING.

- MORGAN GAVE HIS LAWYER
THE BLACK BELT

HE USED TO STRANGLE
HIS FIRST VICTIM.

SHE RETURNED IT TO HIM.

- WHICH SHE HAD
A LEGAL RIGHT TO DO

TO PRESERVE
ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE.

- INGRID BLOCK KNEW
MORGAN HAD KILLED ONCE.

SHE KNEW HE WAS CAPABLE
OF DOING IT AGAIN.

WHEN SHE HANDED THAT BELT
BACK TO HIM,

SHE FACILITATED
RENEE SIMMONS' MURDER.

- I AM TIRED
OF DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

HIDING BEHIND PRIVILEGE
TO WITHHOLD EVIDENCE.

- MISS BLOCK TOLD US
THAT IN 1987,

MR. MORGAN CONFESSED TO HER

THAT HE HAD STRANGLED
NANCY PIERCE

WITH THE, UH, BLACK BELT
FROM THIS BOX.

- AND HOW DO YOU KNOW MR. MORGAN
LATER KILLED MISS SIMMONS

WITH THE SAME BLACK BELT?

- HIS DNA WAS ON THE BELT
WITH BOTH VICTIMS.

- THANK YOU, DETECTIVE.
NOTHING FURTHER.

- DETECTIVE STABLER,
WHO IS THIS MAN?

- OBJECTION.

- GOES TO THE WITNESS'
CREDIBILITY.

- OVERRULED.
ANSWER THE QUESTION, DETECTIVE.

- THAT IS VICTOR TATE.

I ARRESTED HIM IN 1998
FOR RAPE.

- DID YOU LATER LEARN
HE DID NOT COMMIT THAT CRIME?

- YES.

- WHERE IS VICTOR TATE NOW,
DETECTIVE?

- HE'S SERVING OUT HIS SENTENCE
IN SING SING.

- HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE
IF HE'S INNOCENT?

- THE ONLY MAN THAT CAN PROVE
HE IS INNOCENT--

THE REAL RAPIST--
COMMITTED SUICIDE.

- WHILE IN POLICE CUSTODY.

SO AN INNOCENT MAN
REMAINS IN PRISON

EVEN THOUGH
YOU DID YOUR JOB.

- YES.

- DETECTIVE STABLER,

DO YOU BELIEVE I'M RESPONSIBLE
FOR LEAVING DANIEL HARDY

IN PRISON?

- YES, I DO.

- BUT THAT'S NOT THE ONLY REASON
YOU ARRESTED ME.

YOU DID IT TO ASSUAGE
YOUR OWN GUILT

ABOUT VICTOR TATE,
CORRECT?

- OBJECTION.
- WITHDRAWN.

NOTHING FURTHER.

AS A LAWYER,
I TOOK AN OATH

NEVER TO REVEAL
A CLIENT'S SECRETS.

THIS TRUST IS SO SACRED
IT IS PROTECTED BY LAW.

WHICH MEANS THAT IF YOU,

YOU, OR YOU
ARE EVER ARRESTED,

YOU CAN BE SURE I WILL MAINTAIN
YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY.

ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE
IS A FUNDAMENTAL BASIS

TO YOUR RIGHT
TO A FAIR TRIAL.

RICHARD MORGAN GAVE THIS
SHADOW BOX TO ME IN 1987

AND ADMITTED USING
THE BLACK BELT

TO STRANGLE NANCY PIERCE
BECAUSE HE KNEW

I COULDN'T TELL THE POLICE.

I AGONIZED ABOUT IT.

I KNEW I COULDN'T KEEP THIS

BECAUSE I'D BE GUILTY
OF OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE

BY CONCEALING EVIDENCE.

MY ONLY LEGAL OPTION

WAS TO GIVE IT BACK.

BUT BEFORE I COULD,

THE SHADOW BOX DISAPPEARED
FROM MY OFFICE.

TO THIS DAY, I HAVE NO IDEA
HOW RICHARD GOT IT BACK.

YOUR WITNESS.

- SO...THE BELTS WERE STOLEN

AND MAGICALLY REAPPEARED
ON RICHARD MORGAN'S OFFICE WALL.

DID YOU ASK HIM
HOW IT HAPPENED?

- YES.
HE WOULDN'T TELL ME.

- BUT, OF COURSE, YOU HAVE
NO WAY TO PROVE THIS,

DO YOU, BECAUSE YOUR ONLY
CORROBORATING WITNESS

IS RICHARD MORGAN
AND HE'S DEAD, CORRECT?

- I'M TELLING THE TRUTH.
- REALLY?

BECAUSE YOU JUST TOLD
THIS COURT

YOU HAD A SACRED DUTY TO PROTECT
CLIENT CONFIDENTIALITY,

WHICH YOU VIOLATED,
DID YOU NOT?

- TO GET AN INNOCENT MAN
OUT OF PRISON.

- IF YOU WERE SO CONCERNED
ABOUT DANIEL HARDY,

WHY DIDN'T YOU COME FORWARD
22 YEARS AGO?

- EVERY DAY...

I WANTED TO COME FORWARD.

A WRONGFULLY CONVICTED MAN
SAT IN PRISON

BECAUSE OF MY ACTIONS.

- UNTIL YOU DECIDED
TO BREAK YOUR OATH.

AND YOU DID BREAK IT,
DIDN'T YOU?

- RICHARD WAS DEAD.

THERE WAS NO WAY
MY REVELATIONS COULD HURT HIM.

- SO WHICH IS IT,
KEEP THE OATH, BREAK THE OATH,

KEEP THE BELTS,
GIVE THE BELTS BACK?

- I TOLD YOU...

THEY DISAPPEARED
FROM MY OFFICE.

- AND INTO
RICHARD MORGAN'S HANDS.

HE USED THIS BLACK BELT
TO MURDER RENEE SIMMONS.

- YOU'RE RIGHT.

I SHOULD'VE STOPPED HIM.

IT'S MY FAULT.

RENEE SIMMONS' MURDER
IS MY FAULT.

- NO MORE QUESTIONS.

- YOU REALLY TOOK HER APART
IN THERE.

- I'LL TAKE THAT
AS A COMPLIMENT.

- ALEX...

[exhales]
THIS IS WRONG.

- AM I MISSING SOMETHING?

THE ONLY REASON
WE'RE IN THAT COURTROOM

IS BECAUSE YOU ARRESTED
INGRID BLOCK.

- I THINK I MADE A MISTAKE.

I WANT YOU TO DROP
THE CHARGES.

- TOO LATE.
MCCOY CERTAINLY WON'T LET ME.

AND AFTER WHAT I JUST DID
IN THERE,

THE JURY HAS NO CHOICE
BUT TO CONVICT.

- UNLESS I GIVE THEM ONE.

- IF I DIDN'T OWE YOU ONE,
I'D NEVER LET YOU BRING ME BACK.

WHY ARE WE HERE?

- THE GUY WITH HIS BACK
TO US.

- WHAT ABOUT HIM?
- HE'S YOU.

- WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
- HIS NAME IS VICTOR TATE.

I COLLARED HIM 11 YEARS AGO
FOR RAPE.

LAST YEAR, I FOUND OUT
HE DIDN'T DO IT.

I SCREWED UP. HE'S GONNA BE
SERVING OUT HIS SENTENCE.

- NOTHING YOU CAN DO FOR HIM?
- NO.

BUT YOU CAN
FOR INGRID BLOCK.

- YOU WANT ME TO HELP HER?

- DO YOU REMEMBER RICHARD'S
KARATE BELTS?

- WHAT ABOUT THEM?

- I DON'T THINK INGRID
GAVE THEM BACK TO RICHARD

AFTER NANCY'S MURDER.

SOMEONE WITH ACCESS
TO HER OFFICE DID.

- BLOCK STOLE 22 YEARS
OF MY LIFE.

- REVENGE ISN'T GONNA GET
THEM BACK.

- HELPING THAT BITCH
GONNA GET HIM OUT?

WHAT DO YOU CARE?

- HER HANDS WERE TIED
BY THE LAW.

- LISTEN, MAN, SHE SHOULD
BE PUNISHED

FOR WHAT SHE DID TO ME.

- RICHARD MORGAN
PUT YOU IN HERE.

HE'S THE ONE WHO STOLE
THOSE YEARS FROM YOU.

NOW, IF INGRID BLOCK
HADN'T COME FORWARD,

THAT'D BE YOU.

YOU'D BE PUSHING A MOP
FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

- WEDNESDAY,
OCTOBER 28, 1987

WAS MY FIRST DAY
BACK TO WORK

AFTER MY GIRLFRIEND
NANCY PIERCE'S FUNERAL.

AS SOON AS I CAME IN,
I GOT A CALL FROM MR. MORGAN.

- WHAT DID HE WANT?

- HE ASKED ME TO TAKE
THE SHADOW BOX

OUT OF YOUR OFFICE
AND PUT IT BACK UP ON HIS WALL.

- WHY WOULD HE SEND YOU?

- I WAS A BUILDING
MAINTENANCE MAN.

I HAD A MASTER KEY.

- DID YOU CARRY OUT
HIS REQUEST?

- YES, I DID.

- WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME
WHAT YOU'D DONE?

- MR. MORGAN SAID
IF I DID, HE'D FIRE ME.

- YOU DIDN'T THINK
THAT WAS UNUSUAL?

- WHEN MR. MORGAN ASKED,
I DELIVERED.

- WHAT DID HE DO
WHEN YOU BROUGHT THE BOX

BACK TO HIM?

- HE SMILED

AND THEN SAID
"WHEN YOU'VE GOT A BLACK BELT,

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING."

THE NEXT THING I KNOW,

I'M BEING ARRESTED
FOR NANCY'S MURDER.

- THANK YOU.
NOTHING FURTHER.

- NO QUESTIONS
FOR THIS WITNESS.

- THE DEFENSE RESTS.

- MR. HARDY,
YOU MAY STEP DOWN.

REBUTTAL, MISS CABOT.
- NONE, YOUR HONOR.

- THEN THE DEFENSE MOVES
FOR A DIRECTED VERDICT

OF NOT GUILTY ON THE GROUNDS
THE PEOPLE HAVE NOT PROVEN

BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT

I FACILITATED THE MURDER
OF RENEE SIMMONS.

- AS RELUCTANT AS I AM
TO TAKE THIS DECISION

AWAY FROM THE JURY,

IT'S CLEAR THAT THE DEFENDANT
HAD ABSOLUTELY NO INTENT

TO COMMIT A CRIME.

AND FOR THE RECORD,

IT IS ABHORRENT TO ME

THAT A DISTRICT ATTORNEY

WOULD SO BLATANTLY USE
OUR SYSTEM OF JUSTICE

AS A MEANS
TO A POLITICAL END.

THE DEFENDANT WILL RISE.

INGRID BLOCK,
I FIND YOU NOT GUILTY

IN FACILITATING A MURDER.

THIS COURT IS ADJOURNED.
[bangs gavel]

- I OWE YOU AN APOLOGY,
COUNSELOR.

- AND I OWE ALL OF YOU
THANKS.

UH, MISS CABOT,
I REPRESENT THOMAS ROONEY

ON HIS MURDER CHARGE.

HE'S 80 YEARS OLD.
HE'S SICK.

ANY WAY
YOU CAN PLEAD HIM OUT?

- I'LL SEE WHAT I CAN DO.

- INGRID'S A GLUTTON
FOR PUNISHMENT

DEFENDING THE GUY
WHO MURDERED HER BOSS.

- I GET IT. IT'S HER WAY OF
HELPING ONE OF MORGAN'S VICTIMS.

- IF IT WERE ME,
I'D MOVE ON.

- MAYBE SHE'S GRATEFUL
TO ROONEY

FOR TAKING THE MONKEY
OFF HER BACK.

- OR SHE HAS
A GUILTY CONSCIENCE.

YOU CALLED ROONEY TWO HOURS
BEFORE HE MURDERED MORGAN.

- YOU TOLD HIM THAT MORGAN
WAS HERE, DIDN'T YOU?

DID YOU TELL ROONEY
TO KILL HIM TOO?

- NO. I JUST TOLD HIM
WHERE RICHARD WOULD BE.

- BUT YOU KNEW
HE WAS READY TO EXPLODE.

YOU JUST LIT THE FUSE.

- ALL I DID WAS MAKE
A PHONE CALL.

- KNOWING THAT WE'D NEVER
BE ABLE TO TOUCH YOU.

- THOMAS ROONEY DID

WHAT I SHOULD'VE DONE
22 YEARS AGO.

I ALWAYS HOPED THE LAW
WOULD CATCH UP WITH RICHARD.

- THE LAW DOESN'T ALWAYS
GUARANTEE JUSTICE.

- BUT THIS TIME I DID.

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