Young, clean-cut Deke Palmer appears to most people as a polite, well-mannered teenage boy, but he's really a punk who's a member of a gang of burglars and also the vicious killer of a patrolman. When Anderson pursues him, Deke shoots at him, Anderson fires back and kills him. Palmer's influential father demands that the cop be brought before a trial board. Anderson asks Egan to represent him.
An engineer intent on committing suicide accidentally kills a co-worker while trying to jump from a high-rise site, and is charged with murder. At his trial he offers no defense, hoping that he will get the death penalty.
Anderson forms an attachment with a young boy who may have shot and killed his mother by accident, but the boy's aggressive, bellicose father has a strong reaction to what he consider's the detective's "interference".
A tool-and-die craftsman is devastated by the loss of his dexterity and coordination, especially after he learns that his company is going to let him go. He winds up killing the obnoxious and abusive machinist who is going to replace him.
A schoolteacher witnesses a murder, and when the wrong man is arrested for the crime, she wrestles with her conscience about coming forward--she was with a married man at the time, and if that became known, it could ruin her reputation and result in her losing her job.
A little girl is run over and seriously injured by a motorcycle. A disgraced doctor who has had his medical license revoked rushes over and performs emergency surgery on her to try to save her life, but she dies anyway. Soon the doctor finds himself charged with practicing medicine without a license.
A little girl is smothered to death, and it's discovered that she was killed by a surprised burglar. The man arrested for the crime turns out to be the mentally challenged neighbor of the girl. The question is, is the young man capable of knowing the difference between right and wrong.
A young hoodlum beats two men nearly to death and also engages in some unusual acts of vandalism. Egan agrees to defend the boy on the charges, but he soon begins to wonder about the boy's strange obsession with a prominent Superior court judge.
During a stick-up at a church bazaar, a woman with a heart condition is literally scared to death. An investigation leads the police to a small-time hood, who is arrested after he is identified by the dead woman's husband, who was there. However, the more scrutiny the case comes under, the more suspicions are raised that things aren't quite as open-and-shut as they seem.
Corporate lackey Larry Tavener agrees to dispose of the body of his boss' s mistress after she fatally overdoses at a wild party, but when he winds up arrested for murder, he calls on Egan to defend him.
A truck driver finds himself deep in debt after he's forced to borrow money from a loan shark. When he can't pay the outrageous interest, the hood threatens to kill his family if he doesn't come up with the money. Enraged at the threat to his family's life, the trucker decides to take matters into his own hands.