While the case is central to this episode, it takes a back seat to the political quandrys Jack McCoy faces as District Attorney.
An auxilairy cop shoots an innocent protester. The Police want this case taken lightly. The ADA who handles the case (character actor John Pankow) treats it lightly to the grand jury and no indictment is given.
McCoy fires this man who it turns out didn't get the DA job, so he has axes to grind. As it turns out, other evidence is procured and an indictment is finally passed. WHile we knew the cop would be convicted, it's McCoy who shines here. First outside the courtroom telling the police brass that he will not let this aux. cop go away. Then in the courtroom when he is under attack by witness-the fired ADA. McCoy, while having a somewhat liberal slant will treat justice as a two way street, equally for citizens and those behind the badge. We see Jack McCoy for what he is.
This was great episode.