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Subterranean Homeboy Blues 

A woman claims she shot two punks on a subway car in self-defense, but investigators and prosecutors are not sure that they believe her.

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Laura Di Biasi
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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 garykmcd

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20 September 1990 (USA)  »

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The title of this episode, Subterranean Homeboy Blues, is a play on words from a well-known Bob Dylan song, "Subterranean Homesick Blues". See more »

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The train announcement states that the next stop is 23rd street. The A train is express and bypasses 23rd street except during late night service. See more »

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Executive A.D.A. Benjamin "Ben" Stone: You don't have a problem?
Adam Schiff: It's not my problem to have.
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Shoot!
5 October 2017 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

I'll make this short. Young Cynthia Nixon was beaten and raped by some black youths, incurring injuries that ruined her career as a dancer. Three or four menacing looking black youths are now prowling through a subway car. She sits next to them. They inch up in front of her (one with a screw driver in his pocket), lean over and say, "How about a taste, Baby. Boom. She shoots a couple of them, one of them while he's sitting down.

It's a courageous episode because it resonates with so much of the public. The case prompting it was certainly Bernard Goetz, who a few years earlier had done pretty much the same thing.

But -- BREAKING NEWS! In Florida, which has a "stand-your-ground" law, which doesn't require the threatened person to retreat, a man named Zimmerman following a black kid through an apartment complex (against the advice of the police), a confrontation followed and Zimmerman killed the black kid.

He got off.

In his episode though, Cynthia Nixon is convicted of carrying an unlicensed gun and reckless endangerment for firing a gun in a crowded environment. Her sentence is relatively easy because neither the DA nor the Public Defender know exactly how to juggle the utility of their arguments.

If she'd done it in Florida, like Zimmerman, she'd be at liberty.


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