Assistant D.A. Rita (Laila Robins) persuades P.I. Spencer (Joe Mantegna) to assuage her suspicions that her department jailed the wrong man in the murder-rape of coed Melissa Henderson. Warned off the case by bigoted arresting officer Miller (Dean Mc Dermott), Spencer starts wondering if caucasian power-brokers have railroaded Ellis Alves (Wood Harris), a perpetual criminal who happens to be black. Why should reopening this case rattle someone enough to hire a hit man to terminate Spencer? (In flashbacks, we learn how he survived an attempt on his life during a previous investigation.) What does Melissa's boyfriend, privileged college athlete Clint Stapleton (Jason O...