This tension-filled courtroom drama set in Washington, DC, opens with the suicide of a Supreme Court justice. Then the young Justice Department employee to whom he had given privileged information is discovered dead in the Potomac River. Her purse is found in the possession of a violent
street person, Carl Wayne Anderson (Liam Neeson), who is charged with her murder. Kathleen Riley (Cher), a public defender, is appointed as counsel for Anderson, a deaf-mute Vietnam veteran. When the trial begins, Eddie Sanger (Dennis Quaid), a lobbyist for the dairy industry, is called to serve
on the jury. He realizes Riley is overlooking a key fact that could free her client, and...