Three suspects are arrested when a tourist's home video shows them leaving the victim's apartment with stolen property. McCoy and Southerlyn are surprised when Branch announces they will seek the death penalty.
A ring found on a skeleton in Hell's Kitchen indicates that the victim is a woman who was reportedly killed in the World Trade Center on 9-11. A member of a powerful political New York family is charged with her murder.
A defense attorney is murdered hours after his client accused of shooting a cop is acquitted. Detectives suspect that a right-wing militia group is involved, and that the lives of other attorneys may be in jeopardy.
The discovery of a badly-burned dead body outside a Chinese official's penthouse puts the Manhattan DA's office in the middle of a dispute between the Chinese government and a religion it officially considers a cult.
A drug dealer turns up dead, leading detectives to members of a neighborhood watch group whose lives were poisoned by the victim. The priest who leads the group confesses to the crime, claiming that God told him to do it.
A young man with an 80 IQ confesses to committing a murder. However, assistant DA Southerlyn suspects that a beautiful but manipulative woman he was trying to impress may have talked him into his plea.
A successful businesswoman is accused of killing her stock broker and lover over insider trading issues. However, she claims she suffered a psychotic break because she was undergoing hormone replacement therapy.
An African-American teenager shoots a police officer because he's angry about the lack of investigation into his brother's death. And a re-opening of that investigation aggravates some deep racial tensions.
As the DA's office tries to prosecute a teenage sniper who killed four people, prosecutors discover that he was abducted from his real family as a child and emotionally abused by the man he was living with.
Briscoe and Green catch three murder cases and one kidnapping on the same day, and one murder is tied to a fourth murder which happened ten years ago. Each case apparently involves domestic disputes gone wrong.
The child of a popular comic dies after he is reportedly thrown out of a window during a fire. However, the investigation also uncovers allegations that the comic molested an 11-year-old boy years earlier.