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 murder victim's name is Robert J. Stroud. In real life Robert F. Stroud was the "Birdman of Alcatraz". A convicted murderer serving a life sentence, He became a world famous ornithologist while in prison. "Birdman of Alcatraz " was a 1962 movie starring Burt Lancaster. 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.