TV Episode | TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Jack McCoy and his new assistant, Jamie Ross, get off to a rocky start together as they try to prosecute a carjacking/murder suspect after the judge excludes a cassette tape that could prove his guilt.
This episode appears to be loosely based on the Kathleen Weinstein case. A New Jersey schoolteacher, Weinstien was carjacked and subsequently murdered in March of 1996. She had had the presence of mind to secretly record 46 minutes of her conversation with her killer, thus providing enough details to catch the suspect and prosecute him. Much like in the episode, after the forensics team had found 24 minutes of recorded data on one side of the cassette tape, they later found another critical 22 minutes on the other side of the tape.
ADA Jamie Ross:
I believe in monsters and things that go bump in the night, Jack. May they rot in hell, along with their attorneys.
The tape that was found is central to the plot, but it was not found in the tape recorder in the victim's purse. It was found days later, mashed into the mud at the crime scene. The recording goes right up until the time the victim is killed. When was it taken out of the tape recorder? The victim couldn't have done it. If the killer knew about it, he'd have taken the whole thing, not taken out the tape and thrown it away.