Joe Mantegna plays the new justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. On his first day, he steps into controversy over an appeal of the death penalty for a minor on death row.
The new Justice is once again in the middle of the storm when a 16-year-old girl wants an abortion against her parent's wishes. A lower court has granted the girl permission and the Supreme Court must now consider the issue of parents rights. Justice Novelli tries to keep the case focused and not let it escalate into a broader abortion issue.
The Court tackles a case where a witness will only appear anonymously, wearing a mask.
The Court must decide whether to uphold or overturn the state of California's "Three Strikes" law.
The Court must decide a case of bigamy, where the defendant claims freedom of religion. A new enemy tries to discredit Justice Novelli by tying a member of his family to organized crime.
The Court looks at a free speech issue as it relates to the Internet and an anti-abortion website that publishes a "hit" list.
The Court must decide a case where a man is in a "twilight" coma, and the wife and daughter are on opposites sides on whether to remove him from life support.
The Court must decide if a 16 year old high school basketball player can play in the NBA in a challenge to the antitrust laws.
The Court must decide whether to uphold the Child Pornography Protection Act and the conviction of a 17 year old high school student who edited a pornographic video by substituting faces of his classmates as a prank. Justice Snow is unknowingly recorded at a cocktail party criticizing his fellow Justices .
The Court must decide a case involving the Fourth Amendment. The debate concerns whether a patient's privacy rights are preserved when blood samples are disposed of, and whether the police can legally use the blood samples in court when the patient never gave consent for that purpose.
The Court must decide whether a community that has banned the personal ownership of firearms has violated the Second Amendment.
The Court must decide a First Amendment case. The United States seeks to enjoin Nora McMasters from publishing uncensored accounts of her father's activities as an officer in the CIA.