Detectives Max Greevy and Mike Logan investigate the shooting of two young African-Americans on a crowded subway train. There are several witnesses to the shooting leading them to hospital technician Laura Di Biasi, a one-time dancer who had to give up her career as a dancer after a violent assault some years before. She doesn't deny the shooting but is claiming self-defense as she was afraid of being raped by the two men. The police conclude that she may have been out to deliberately avenge her earlier attack against anyone and Executive ADA Stone agrees to charge her with murder. He realizes however that should he lose the case, it will be sending New Yorkers a message that it's okay to shoot and ask questions later. Written by
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Based on the Bernhard Goetz case. In 1984, Goetz (who also became known as the 'subway vigilante') shot four young black men in a Manhattan subway that he stated had threatened and tried to rob him. Goetz, like Laura Di Biasi, was eventually found not guilty in criminal court, but (unlike Di Biasi) a racially charged 1996 civil suit (with a black/Latino jury) filed by Darrell Cabey, who was left paralyzed and brain damaged by the event, awarded Cabey $43 million in damages. See more
When Mike and Max are talking to Cragen in his office the first time, there is a man on the other side of the window, poring coffee. But there is no coffee. The pot is empty. See more
Executive A.D.A. Benjamin "Ben" Stone
Do you have any other personal views on this subject you'd like to air before we walk into court and Ms. Shambala Green hands us our asses on a platter?