A happily married man suddenly becomes unhappy when he looses his job. His pregnant wife agrees to work until he finds another, but when tragedy arrives, he goes begging an enemy for work. He's soon accused of murder after his new boss is found murdered.
There are two brothers. One is accused of armed robbery, the other isn't. The priest believes the brother is innocent even though he claims to have done it. The public defender doesn't believe the brother's story either. But if he didn't do it, who did?
A group of teenagers rob a store. The driver is later caught in arrested. While being questioned by the public defender, it's learned his reason behind his life of crime and the consequences of trying to stop.
Teenagers from several "good families" are arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The parents are dumbfounded, wondering how good kids could get into so much trouble. One girl, represented by the public defender, gives her story.
A woman is jailed for stealing $250, even though she returned ever sent. When a newspaper man learns her name, he wakes the public defender up in the middle of the night to tell a story about Lisa, a woman he used to know.
An assistant public defender is forced with a decision when he's asked to take a case in which his wife believes will simply get a guilty man off. His decision increases when she leaves him. The case is about a young man who's accused of shooting a neighborhood friend, yet claims he's innocent.
A man becomes desperate for money when he's told his son must have an operation immediately. After getting the money, his brother-in-law arrests him, telling him he got the money illegally. Now the Public Defender must find a way to get him out of jail and reunited with his family.
A man is arrested for a robbery he didn't commit, but he can't remember what he did at the time of the robbery. His wife believes in his innocence. His only hope may be a mental hospital where they can help him remember.
After Peter Stone is sentenced to life for murder his lawyer ask Matthews to handle the appeal. Reed is put off by his client's defeatist attitude but agrees. The case looks bleak but a lucky break from a young boy helps the defense.