When two patrolman find a dead body in a park Detectives Briscoe and Curtis think the man, Navy Chief Robert Stroud, is the fifth victim of a mugger who also kills his victims. They break the case rapidly but when ballistics confirms that Stroud was shot with a different gun, they still have a murder to solve. They soon learn that the married Stroud was having an affair with a pilot, Lt. Kirstin Blair. The DA's office soon finds itself in a tussle over jurisdiction with the Navy but manages to charge Blair with murder. She's a very cool customer and claims that Stroud was shot accidentally. Her lawyer bases her case on the defendant's character. So does ADA Jack McCoy. Written by
Did You Know?
The case involves a female Navy pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Minnesota; there have been two US Navy vessels named Minnesota: the first was a wooden steam frigate launched in 1855 and sold in August 1901; the second was a Connecticut-class battleship comissioned in 1905 and sold for scrap in 1924. A third USS Minnesota, a Virginia-class submarine, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014. Aircraft carriers are currently named after presidents and senior military generals and admirals. See more
Despite what the Navy attorneys said, military personnel do in fact have the right to remain silent, consult an attorney, and not incriminate themselves. It is known as Article 31 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Military personnel who are detained (only commissioned officers can make arrests)by security personnel are required to have their Article 31 rights read to them, just like civilians do with the Miranda warning. See more
Statement or not, the facts are on our side.
D.A. Adam Schiff
Facts don't win cases.