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
Approximately seven minutes in, Briscoe and Curtis are interviewing QM1(SW)Stroud [Petty Officer First Class (Surface Warfare)] as she appears to be inventorying incoming stores, as noted by the clip-board and boxes being carried away by shipmates. In all other military branches except Navy and Coast Guard, the Quartermaster is responsible for supplies and stores. Navy and Coast Guard Quartermasters are responsible for safe navigation of ships and auxiliary craft. Inventory of goods being brought on board are left to Storekeepers (SK), sometimes sharing this as a collateral duty with Ship's Servicemen (SH) on undermanned vessels. At times one may see a Mess Management Specialist (MS) , or under the new designation, Culinary Specialist (CS), maintaining an inventory of food stores coming on to the ship. See more
Statement or not, the facts are on our side.
D.A. Adam Schiff
Facts don't win cases.