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The far-reaching probe into an old man's death precipitates Assistant D.A. McCoy's most crucial case when he seeks to prosecute a high-level foreign dignitary for the torture-murder of a New York student 27 years ago, and the passionate McCoy is ready to argue the unprecedented case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is aided by Detectives Briscoe and Green, who discover that the elderly victim fought for decades to investigate the U.S. military's involvement in the slaying of his student son by the Chilean army during a 1973 coup in the South American country.
Steven Hill (Adam Schiff) leaves the regular cast in this episode. He was the last remaining original cast member.
Contains many dramatized elements of the Charles Horman case of the period. He was an American journalist and documentary filmmaker killed during the CIA-supported 1973 Chilean coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. It was alleged that he was captured through CIA-supplied data; he was tortured and killed in the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile. Pinochet deposed the socialist president Salvador Allende.
Other parts of the episode dramatize an arrest similar to that of Pinochet, who was arrested under an international arrest warrant while on a visit to London on 10 October 1998 in connection with numerous human rights violations. This started a years-long battle, until his death, to come to justice for thousands of alleged violations - arrests, deaths, tortures and disappearances of countrymen and women during his 17-year term as President of Chile.