A drama about the working relationship between Assistant DA Tess Kaufman, a prosecutor sensitive to the rights of the accused, and hard-charging, gruff Detective Dicky Cobb, an old-fashioned cop with a "bust-the-perps" attitude.
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Chicago police detective Dicky Cobb turns in some crooked cops and finds himself persona non grata in the department. He is reassigned as an investigator for assistant D.A. Tess Kaufman, partly due to the fact that she is deaf and he can sign. Tess works for District Attorney Arthur Gold, a slick opportunist. Dicky investigates her cases, with the frequent help of Detective Earl Gaddis, a chain-smoking cop who is the only one on the force Dicky still gets along with. Tess is assisted by her faithful translator, Ben Douglass. Her ex-husband, Bruce Kaufman, continues to make life unhappy for her by involving her in his insensitive schemes. Dicky is romantically involved first with Kay Lockman, a cop's daughter who runs a bar, and later with defense attorney Maggie Zombro, with whom he often conflicts in court. Written by
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Dicky Cobb blew the whistle on some corrupt cops in a major American city and got treated like a rat. Which city? New York, Boston, L.A.? Nope. The City of the Big Shoulders, a city where crime and corruption go hand-in-hand, drumroll please: Chicago. Dicky's reassigned to Assistant State's Attorney Tess Kaufmann. She works for State's Attorney Arthur Gold, a pisant dunderhead who grandstands for the public and panders to its every whim. Why is Cobb reassigned? The main reason is that she needs an investigator. The others are that she's deaf and he can sign.
Tess has taken on Holocaust deniers, criminals of every stripe, and her ex-husband, who makes her life a living hell every chance he gets. If you can't get enough of Marlee Matlin, you can see her in two very good movies, one is her first, Children Of A Lesser God, for which she won an Oscar, and the other's Hear No Evil with D.B. Sweeney and Martin Sheen.
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