Quincy, M.E.

Season 8 Episode 12

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 1983 on NBC
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A shop foreman dies when a leaking chemical container accidentally catches fire in a furnace, burning down a furniture warehouse. The owner of the warehouse, a well regarded family man and good friend of Quincy, faces serious charges when the evidence erroneously points to him committing arson. What he has failed to mention to Quincy, however, is that he is living under an alias because he is the son of a mob boss, but insists he has never been part of the operation. Seeing an opportunity to damage a major crime syndicate, a federal prosecutor decides to forego any arson charges, and instead charge the man with mail fraud for supposedly trying to defraud his insurance company through the mail. This allows the prosecutor to convene a federal grand jury, which affords the defendant very few constitutional protections and gives the prosecutor an easier path to securing a conviction with a life sentence.

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