Detectives Lenny Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the death of a Chinese restaurant owner who was delivering a take out order. The delivery was to a basement apartment where a homeless man frequently slept at the bottom of the stairs. They track him down and while he's a suspect he tells the police that several teenagers had hassled him the night the delivery man was killed. As well, one of the teens had a key to the apartment. They trace it to Mitch Regan and several of his friends who had been using the vacant apartment as a place to hang out. They ordered the Chinese food with no intention of ever paying and McCoy wants to seek the death penalty against Regan, the only one who has reached the age of majority. DA Nora Lewin isn't comfortable given that the defendant is barely 18 years old and now has a major decision to make.
Did You Know?
At the arraignment hearing the court officer fails to read the charges the defendants are facing, which is required since a defendant has a constitutional right to be told what the charges against them are. The charges being read aloud at arrangement is so that a defendant can't claim they weren't told what they were being charged with. See more