A question of compassion for an old friend versus the life of a man convicted of murder he may not have committed faces Owen Marshall in this episode. Marshall's old friend, played by Ralph Bellamy, has the reputation of being a lawyer with a flamboyant courtroom personality. He has emerged from retirement to defend a man accused of murder and loses the case. Marshall believes the man innocent and that he was convicted because his old friend bungled the defense. The only apparent way to reopen the trial is for Marshall to have the court declare the aging attorney incompetent.
Steve Knight, an 18-year-old-student, is accused of murdering his teen-aged girlfriend, Jeannie Holden. Both Steve and his mother, Evelyn claim he is innocent but Owen, a family friend who takes the case, find the evidence rather incrimination; the boy's French textbook beside her body and a note typed on the girl's stationery asking Steve to stop bothering her.