Law & Order (1990) Episode Scripts

Chattel

NARRATOR: In the criminal justice system the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups, the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.
These are their stories.
Are you turning off the air conditioning? LIZZY: I'm just looking at it.
I'm sweating in here.
Leave it alone.
I'm cold.
What am I, a potted plant? Come here.
You're shaking.
What's the matter? I'm worried, Freddie.
I just hope we haven't opened a can of worms here.
It'll be all right.
If we're wrong, we could get disbarred.
Like the world can't spare two lawyers? Lizzy, don't worry.
We're doing the right thing.
Hmm.
(MAN CHATTERING ON POLICE RADIO) BERNARD: That's the best you can do, sometime between Friday and Sunday morning? Well, the AC was blasting, the place was like a meat locker.
Totally screws my rigor calculations.
I mean, who runs the AC in October anyway? You got a problem with that? The alarm system was on when I come in this morning, like always.
I think the Bellamys have gone to work.
Um, they are lawyers, but such nice people.
What kind of lawyers were they? Family, you know, for children and divorce.
Very kind, always help me with my kids.
I work for them 10 years, they were like friends.
I'm very sorry.
Um, would you mind staying here? We might have some more questions for you.
She says the alarm was still on.
I'll have the company confirm it.
What have you got? We've got messages.
AUTOMATED MALE VOICE: Saturday, 11:12 a.
m.
Hey, guys, it's Valerie.
If you haven't left yet, can you pick up two more bottles of red? Big crowd coming.
(PHONE BEEPS) AUTOMATED MALE VOICE: Saturday, 3:38 p.
m.
VALERIE: Where are you guys? Everybody's asking.
Did you miss the exit again? Love you guys.
Loveable divorce lawyers.
That's like killing an endangered species.
It looks like always.
They never want me to clean here, just empty the trash.
Lupes! This window looks like it was forced open.
It's not alarmed? It used to be.
Look, the sensor came loose and got smashed when somebody closed the window.
Looks like it's been like that for a while.
Whoever broke in had to know.
Ms.
Torres, the Bellamys, they have kids? Uh, just Gary.
He live in New Jersey with his wife.
Grandkids? No.
They use that room to interview kids in custody disputes.
It was Mom's idea, so the kids don't feel intimidated.
Why? Uh, the alarm was broken on that window.
We believe that's where the killer came in.
Damn it.
I told them 50 times to get it fixed.
How long has it been broken? Couple of months.
I told them it was dangerous but they never listened.
Gary do you know anybody who might've wanted to hurt your parents? The people who robbed them, obviously.
We don't think it's a robbery.
The place wasn't ransacked, there was nothing missing.
What about your parents' clients, any of them make trouble for them? GARY: They never talked about their clients.
That whole privilege thing, they took that very seriously.
They'd say a divorce is a human tragedy, like a death, and it deserves to be treated with the same respect.
Despite what they say, there's no such thing as an amicable divorce.
But the Bellamys were fair and they never lied to clients or adversaries.
LUPO: I'm sure you're right, but we know divorce does not bring out the best in people.
We need to know who's been in their home office the last few months.
People who might have brought their children over to be interviewed.
So you're basically asking to see their active clients.
We'll start with a list.
CARR: Nice try, Detective.
I've been a paralegal and a hockey mom for 20 years.
Nobody gets inside the crease.
All right.
We need to find divorcing parents with kids.
Kids who'd been in that room.
Any matrimonial case involving custody has to file an RJI with the court, it's a Request for Judicial Intervention.
We need to find the ones the Bellamys filed.
We call Rubirosa for a subpoena.
Actually, in law school that's what they call "not such a good idea.
" What do they call a better idea? EISMAN: Cy, I could lose my job.
Okay.
You want my Con Law outline? You know you'll never pass without it.
(SIGHS) Bellamy? That's right.
Frederick and Elizabeth.
(TYPING) I got RJIs filed on 127 of their custody cases.
Uh, all right.
Can you print out the names? Hundred and twenty-seven sets of parents with kids who might've been in that romper room.
Now we just find those who might have had a beef against the Bellamys.
Maybe we can get a jump on it.
Ron, can you check if any malpractice or ethics complaints came out of these? Most of the complaints were dismissed or dropped, but we got one guy here who looks like a real head case, one William Carter.
Liz Bellamy was representing Ann Carter.
Yeah, they were fighting over custody of their three kids, two boys and a girl.
We got a video of the deposition.
Say hello to Mr.
Carter.
never drunk in front of my kids! LIZZY: Mr.
Carter, sit down.
I'll put you on the freakin' street! Bill, settle down.
Regarding the custody preferences of the children, your daughter Isabelle Objection! Don't answer that.
I haven't posed a question yet.
You can shove your questions, lady! Over my dead body will you get custody of my boys! (CHAIR SCRAPES) We're done here! Can I see the file? Yeah.
When was that deposition? Uh, it was September 17th.
Mr.
Carter settled with his wife two weeks later, after fighting with her tooth and nail for eight months.
His wife might have had something on him to get him to back off.
You notice, the moment Liz Bellamy mentioned their daughter, Carter's lawyer shut things down.
Maybe what got him to wave the white flag was his wife accused him of molesting the daughter.
Standard tactic in divorce cases.
What if there was something to it? What if he did molest his daughter, and if the Bellamys were Boy Scouts, like everyone said, they might've decided to do something about it.
Bill and I were together for a long time, but in the end it was no different from any other divorce.
We fought.
We split up.
That's it.
Except for your husband's unconditional surrender.
What exactly did you threaten him with? Nothing.
He's a decent man.
Ma'am, we saw the video of the depositions.
Your husband is a lot of things, but decent is not one of them.
What did you have over him? Did it have to do with your daughter? No.
Your kids, the little one is Jake, right? And the older one is David.
He's what, 14? David is 15.
And Isabelle, your daughter, she's 11.
But you don't have any pictures of her.
I'd like you to go now.
Cards on the table, Mrs.
Carter.
We think your husband molested your daughter, and the Bellamys knew about it, and that's why they're dead.
Bill wouldn't do that.
We need to talk to your daughter.
She's not here.
We can wait.
No, she's not here, in this country.
She went back to Haiti.
Isabelle's adopted? We wanted another child, so we got a girl from Haiti.
But the adoption wasn't final, so after the divorce You sent her back, to that hellhole? We didn't have a choice.
Those people over there demanded she be returned home, because of the divorce.
We tried, but we couldn't keep her.
BLAIR: Isabelle Carter.
Someone else came in last week to ask about her.
Let me see.
Fred and Elizabeth Bellamy.
They said that they were lawyers for the adoptive family.
They said the girl had been returned to Haiti by mistake.
That is a very serious mistake, no? It would be.
You don't think it was a mistake.
We think it was an attempt to cover up a crime against the girl.
We found a record of her arrival at the airport in Port-au-Prince on September 20th.
She was met by someone who presented credentials of a Catholic adoption agency.
We have no other record of her after that.
What, she just disappeared? Of course not.
But, uh, we have not been able to locate her yet.
I mean, this was all explained to the family when we called them with our findings.
You called who, the Bellamys? Uh, no, the adoptive father.
Bill Carter? You told him that the Bellamys were looking for that girl? This is the record I have in the file.
Is there something wrong? The State Department said they'll pressure the Haitians to keep looking for the girl.
Good luck.
That place could swallow this whole squad without breaking a sweat.
They're even having trouble tracking the adoption agency worker who picked her up from the airport.
VAN BUREN: The only thing we do know is Bill Carter knew the Bellamys were looking for her.
Yeah, and two days later, somebody put three.
22 caliber slugs into them.
I don't suppose there's a record Carter ever owned a.
22 handgun.
Sorry, no.
There is a record that the Bellamys interviewed the Carter boys during the divorce proceedings.
And we can't get near the kids without their mother's permission, and so far she's not playing ball.
You know, there may be a way to leverage her cooperation.
If she blackmailed her husband with a molestation charge, any money she got in a divorce would be proceeds of a crime.
Yes, it would.
And we could seize it.
You know, it says here that most of the settlement, three hundred grand, is from a bank loan co-signed by Eric and Miriam Johnson.
They're listed as family friends.
A personal loan to help Bill Carter.
Nice friends.
Bill told us they needed the money to finalize the divorce, and that was good enough for us.
The divorce was very hard on everybody, on Ann and the kids.
But three hundred grand, no questions asked? (CELL PHONE RINGS) Sure.
I've known Bill since college.
He'll pay us back.
You know of any problems that the Carters might have been having with their adoptive daughter Isabelle? What kind of problems? That she was being sexually abused by Mr.
Carter.
No.
Not Bill.
That's impossible.
When are we eating? Um, Patrick's hungry, me, too.
MIRIAM: Soon, honey.
Go do your homework.
You have an adopted child, too, from Haiti? Yes.
We lived there for three years, for my work, and we adopted Patrick then.
There was so much poverty and despair, we just had to do something.
You know the Carters sent Isabelle back to that poverty and despair.
They told us they had to.
The adoption wasn't final.
That's what they said.
You think they lied? We think we're not getting the whole story.
Maybe you could encourage Mrs.
Carter to speak with us.
I don't think that's a good idea.
I told you, the divorce was hard on everybody, especially the kids.
David even talked about suicide.
Where did you hear that? Our daughter Karen.
They go to school together.
LUPO: Now, we talk to the Carter kid.
What, David? Mmm-hmm.
Did you find a magic wand up there that gets us around this gag order? Close enough.
We can't talk to David Carter, the non-emancipated child of Bill and Ann Carter.
Mmm-hmm.
But we can talk to David Carter, the suicidal boy.
I told Karen that, like, two months ago, okay? I didn't really mean it.
I'm not going to kill myself, don't worry.
We're just making sure you're okay.
You talking to anyone, like a counselor? Yeah.
Mmm-hmm.
That's good.
Your mom's lawyer, Mrs.
Bellamy, she talked to you, too, right? She interviewed you, you and your brother? Yeah.
You remember where that was? It was at her place, some room in the basement.
It had all these video games.
Did you notice something wrong with one of the windows? Yeah.
Mrs.
Bellamy kept trying to close one of them, but there was this busted wire in the way.
Funny.
Did you mention that to anybody? (SCHOOL BELL RINGS) (SCOFFS) I don't know.
Look, I'm going to be late for practice.
It's tough about the divorce, having that little girl sent back.
Yeah.
When she was with you, did she get along with everybody? Yeah, sure.
What's the matter, you didn't like her? No, she just didn't speak any English.
So who talked to Isabelle, just your parents? I guess.
I mean, if they had something really important to explain to her, then they would call Karen's parents and have their kid talk to Isabelle on the phone.
You mean their adopted son Patrick? Yeah, that's what I just said.
A material witness warrant for a 13-year-old boy? The girl might've told him if she was being abused.
Look, the parents are tight with Bill Carter.
They could play keep-away.
Have you asked the Johnsons to speak to the boy? No.
We could, but then we'd run the risk of having another child shipped out of the country.
They're on the hook for three hundred grand.
If Carter goes to jail, they're out of luck.
My parents aren't home yet.
LUPO: That's okay.
We're here for Patrick.
What do you want to talk to him for? Please, tell us where he is.
Well, you can't come in.
You need a warrant.
I have one, for Patrick.
He's not here.
Where's his room? This is his room.
BERNARD: Ah, tight fit.
This stuff looks brand-new.
Check out this linoleum, Lupes.
The glue isn't even fully set.
Paint's fresh, too.
How long's Patrick been living here with your family? Since we moved back from Haiti, two years.
BERNARD: I'd hate to see what this broom closet looked like before the renovation.
So where's Patrick now? This looks like Marcus Garvey Park.
Patrick! Lupes! Easy, little man! (SOBBING) No! Please let me go! Hey! We're police.
It's cool.
No, please, I have go back.
Patrick, you're okay.
Nobody's going to hurt you.
(PLEADS IN FRENCH) Let me go! (SPEAKS FRENCH) What? I am a restavek.
He's saying he's a restavek.
He's a slave.
Say that again? A restavek, man.
(QUESTIONS IN FRENCH) You see? A slave.
Go on, eat.
You're not in any trouble, Patrick.
You know, you told the detectives you were a restavek.
Did I pronounce that right? Could you tell me what it means? It is nothing.
Why did that man at the park say it meant that you were a slave? Please, I have to go home to Mom and Dad.
Detective Lupo looked it up on the computer.
"Restavek comes from the French words meaning 'to stay with.
' "In Haiti, it's what they call a child "who's sold to a family to work as a servant.
" Were you sold to Mr.
And Mrs.
Johnson? Are you a servant, Patrick? I am their son.
What about Isabelle, is she a restavek? I don't know.
What school do you go to, Patrick? I learn at home.
What else do you do at home, do you work? (STAMMERING) I do Chores? VAN BUREN: And your fingernails.
How did your fingernails break and get so dirty? Is that from chores? Before they fixed up your room, where did you sleep? Please.
Can I go home? It's good now.
I have my own bed.
It's good.
It's new.
Please.
Get Child Services over here, and then call the DA, and let them know what we got here.
Where's our son? Where's Patrick? Our daughter told us that you came to the house and I'm Lieutenant Van Buren.
Patrick is being put in the care of Child Services.
He'll be examined by a doctor and a psychologist.
You can't do that.
He's ours.
Yours? Our legally adopted son.
Well, we have a material witness warrant for Patrick.
I suggest you get yourselves a lawyer.
My officer will escort you out.
Bruises on his upper arms, untreated skin rashes, calcium, vitamin and protein deficiencies, untreated cavities.
It's just what you'd expect for a neglected, abused child.
The furniture in his room was bought two weeks ago for cash at a store in Brooklyn.
CSU found traces of cat urine under the linoleum.
He probably shared the space with the litter box before they fixed it up.
I want to rip these people a new one.
Take a number, Counselor.
All noble sentiments.
What kind of witness will this boy make? He's a traumatized kid.
He didn't want to tell us what happened to him.
Maybe Child Services will have better luck.
We already have enough to tell his story.
Four years ago, the Johnsons bought him off the streets of Haiti.
Yeah, we hear the going rate was $50.
CUTTER: They used him as their servant.
When they got transferred back here, they phonied up an adoption to get him a visa and brought him back with their luggage.
What about the little girl, Isabelle? Same story, more or less.
Johnson probably helped the Carters bring her in from Haiti.
My guess is that's what Mrs.
Carter used to leverage a divorce settlement from her husband.
It certainly explains why Johnson lent Carter three hundred grand, to keep Mrs.
Carter quiet.
It would also explain why he'd keep his mouth shut if he thought Carter was involved in the Bellamys' murder.
Give him a reason to talk.
Charge him with endangering the welfare of a minor.
An A misdemeanor? I'm quaking in my boots, Jack.
Well, unfortunately, Mike, New York has no anti-slavery statute.
But we do have a kidnapping statute.
The boy was adopted to transport him out of his native country and use him as a servant, an adoption in furtherance of slavery, a fraudulent adoption.
That's kidnapping.
I'll start drafting an arrest warrant.
Hold on.
We're not arresting anyone on a charge we can't sustain.
Lieutenant, didn't you say the boy refused to talk? Give him time.
It's not good enough.
If you want to arrest Eric and Miriam Johnson for kidnapping, convince a grand jury first.
Patrick, please tell us how you came to live with Mr.
And Mrs.
Johnson in Haiti when you were nine years old? I was living with Maman and my brothers and sisters in Fort-Liberté.
When you say Maman, you mean your real mother? Yes.
One day, a man came to the house.
He gave Maman some money.
She was crying very much.
We went in a car to Port-au-Prince, to a nice house.
The man told me to go inside and live with the white people there and do what they said.
You mean Mr.
And Mrs.
Johnson? Yes.
And what did they tell you to do? Chores and learning, every day.
What kind of chores? Cooking.
Cleaning.
Washing.
How many hours each day? I don't know, from when I wake up.
And if you didn't do your chores or you didn't do them well, did Mr.
Or Mrs.
Johnson hit you or punish you? No.
They said, "Good boy" and they give me a candy.
Okay, Patrick, let's talk about your life here in America.
You do chores every day? No.
I play and study.
Patrick, do you understand you swore to tell the truth today? Yes.
I tell you the truth.
Good.
Where do Mr.
And Mrs.
Johnson make you sleep at night? In my room.
It's very big.
I have my own bed.
Really, a big room? Yes, with big TV and video games.
I can stay up all night and play.
And my sister, Karen, brings me ice cream and cake.
I have a very happy life.
This is a picture of your room.
Show me the big TV.
Show me all the video games.
Why aren't you telling us the truth, Patrick? Are you frightened? Did someone threaten you? They know he was lying.
Let's hope a picture is worth a thousand words.
Thanks.
It's a notice of intent from the Johnsons' lawyer.
Miriam Johnson wants to appear before the grand jury.
Our three years in Haiti was the most eye-opening experience my husband and I had ever had.
We had never seen such chaos, such indescribable poverty and casual violence.
We just wanted to save one child.
Eric paid a fee, and when they brought Patrick to our house, well, there was no question he'd be part of our family forever.
Patrick told us that he has chores to do from the moment he wakes up.
He has to tidy his room, I'm sure that's what he meant.
He also mentioned cooking and washing.
He likes to help us in the kitchen.
He enjoys showing us how clever he is.
My daughter has chores, too.
What do you feed Patrick? He eats what we eat.
Does anyone else in your family have protein and vitamin deficiencies? No one else in my family spent the first eight years of their lives living in squalor and eating one meal a day.
Patrick's health was seriously compromised.
The doctors said it might take years for him to catch up.
Doctors here said that? These were doctors in Haiti.
What did the doctors here say, assuming you even brought him to a doctor here? I'm going to object.
You have no standing to object.
Her son's doctor visits are covered by the patient privilege.
She can't talk about them.
I'm directing you to be quiet, Mr.
Marks.
Why does Patrick have untreated cavities? He hates going to the dentist, he has tantrums.
What about school? Have you enrolled him in school? No, he's too far behind the children his own age.
I home school him.
But you have a job, don't you, Mrs.
Johnson? How can you home school Patrick? I mostly work from home.
Then can you explain why we didn't find a single schoolbook in that rat hole you forced Patrick to sleep in? He doesn't keep his books in that room.
And I resent you calling his room a rat hole.
Would you prefer if I called it a cell? It was temporary until we could find a Fix up a proper room for him.
And for your information, millions of Haitian children would be thrilled to have a room like that to call their own.
Mrs.
Johnson No, if we had left Patrick there, his life expectancy was 35 years.
Murder is the number one cause of death for young men in Haiti.
Do you know that? That's not relevant to your treatment of him in this country.
Not relevant? We saved his life.
Violence was all around us.
Kidnappings, robberies at gunpoint.
My husband had to take extraordinary measures to protect us.
Patrick was safe with us.
Safe from hunger, safe from living like a wild animal.
Twenty minutes it took the grand jury to no-bill the indictment.
I'm sorry, but better you find out now that your case was weak.
If only Patrick had told the truth.
Put yourself in his shoes.
As bad as his life is here, he might be afraid that things would be worse if he was sent back to Haiti.
Hey, looks like we might get another crack at indicting the Johnsons, this time for murder.
Miriam Johnson testified that her husband took measures to protect their family in Haiti.
I tracked down his colleagues that worked with him over there.
Two of them told me that Johnson bought a.
22 cal Ruger.
Same caliber that killed the Bellamys.
And Carter's motive to shoot the Bellamys applies equally to Johnson.
Well, there's more.
One of these colleagues tipped me off that Johnson still maintains a bank account in Haiti, and I charmed someone at the Port-au-Prince branch to fax me bank statements from the past two years.
There have been 16 wire transfers to that account, each for $30,000.
Wire transfers from whom? Various individuals in the New York area.
BRIAN: It was a legitimate wire transfer.
We filled out all the forms.
I don't see what business it is Can't you just come back tomorrow? Uh, we just put our kids to bed upstairs.
Mr.
Klassen, maybe you're not clear on the concept of a subpoena, but one way or the other, you're going to answer these questions.
Spare me your threats.
The money was for a start-up in Haiti.
What kind of company? Software.
Eric Johnson saw an opportunity.
(RATTLING) What was that? It was probably just the kids.
I thought you said the kids were upstairs.
That came from downstairs.
It's the dog, he doesn't like being locked up down there.
Oh, you have a dog? I love dogs.
Can I see your dog? Basement is down here, right? Hey, you just can't go wherever Oh, you invited us in, sir.
Remember? Hey.
Come here.
Come on, sweetheart.
Come on, it's okay.
We're going to get you out of here.
It's all right.
Your working days are over.
Eric arranged it.
We paid him a finder's fee, $30,000.
We signed the adoption papers, then someone flew with the kid from Haiti.
We met them at the airport.
Eric and Miriam Johnson said that no matter what the conditions here, it was a million times better than what those kids had to face in Haiti.
CONNIE: Those kids? How many kids were they talking about? They said they'd helped with a bunch of adoptions.
(ALL CLAMORING) Take these off me, right now! We recovered 16 children and 14 couples.
Two of the couples are away on holiday.
We're having their planes met.
Jack, meet the Johnsons, Eric and Miriam.
On top of everything else, they're being charged with murder.
LUPO: Let's go say hi to your friends.
(INDISTINCT CHATTER) Eight and a half million, the number of children sold into slavery every year.
Well, this plantation is closed.
Let's get something straight at the outset.
My clients are only interested in a global settlement.
So, until you get somebody down here from the US Attorney's office, we have nothing to talk about.
I'm prosecuting a double homicide.
The slavery charges are for you and the feds to sort out.
But if you prefer to fight a war on two fronts, then I hope you have the guts and the pocketbook for it.
We didn't kill the Bellamys.
You knew they were investigating Isabelle's treatment.
Yes.
Bill Carter told us he got a call from the Haitian Consulate.
But the Bellamys couldn't do anything without violating their attorney-client privilege.
Ann Carter kept telling us how ethical they were.
(SCOFFS) You of all people expect us to believe that you were relying on someone else's ethics to stay out of trouble? Why don't you cut the sarcasm? Why don't you tell your clients to cut the fairy tales? They didn't kill the Bellamys, they couldn't have.
They were out of town the night those poor people were killed.
We were in Connecticut at Larry Tomlin's place.
We didn't leave their house in New Haven till past midnight.
CONNIE: That's plenty of time to come back to New York.
There was an accident on the Saw Mill.
We were stuck for two hours.
We have evidence you owned a.
22 caliber Ruger pistol.
Where's that gun now? We can't find it.
We brought it back with us.
We put it in a shoebox in our closet and we haven't looked at it since.
Until Mr.
Marks told us to get it.
It wasn't there.
The Tomlins confirmed that the Johnsons left their house at midnight.
And the Westchester Police, they confirmed the tie-up on the Saw Mill.
Back to square one.
Bill Carter.
The police confirmed that the shell casings at the murder scene were from a.
22 caliber Ruger.
It's possible that the Johnsons' gun ended up in Bill Carter's hands.
Don't their kids go to the same school? It doesn't matter what I tell you.
You people always assume the worst and now my parents are going to jail.
Karen, if you really want to help your parents, you tell us what you know about that gun.
If I tell you, and you back out, I'm not going to say anything at a trial or anywhere else.
I do not want my mom to go to jail.
We'll do everything we can.
When I told my parents that David, David Carter, was talking about killing himself, what I didn't tell them was that he was over here and we were goofing around.
And I told him that my dad had a gun in the closet.
David went and found it, and, like, stuck it in his mouth and said he felt like shooting himself.
I told him to stop acting stupid and I made him put the gun back.
That's it? He's been back a couple of times when my parents weren't here.
I think he went in their room.
Okay, so I handled it.
Karen saw me.
But I put it back.
David, I want you to understand that if you had the gun and somebody else took it from you, you didn't commit any crime.
What do you mean somebody else? CUTTER: Your dad was worried those lawyers were making trouble because of Isabelle.
Yeah, I know.
Your dad told you? No.
Karen.
She heard her parents talking about it.
What else did she say? She said that she was worried that her parents were going to get busted because of Patrick.
You and Karen are pretty close, right? We've known each other since we were little kids.
You talked to her about the divorce? Yeah.
You tell her about the interview with your mom's lawyer, in that room in the basement? Yeah.
About Mrs.
Bellamy trying to close that window, you told her about that? Yeah.
What Wait, what's the big deal? The Friday night your mom's lawyer was killed, you remember what you did? It was three weeks ago.
Yeah, I had dinner with my dad.
Did you call Karen and tell her about it? Yeah, I texted her as soon as my dad dropped me off.
Did she return the favor? She hit me back at, like, 2:00 a.
m.
We can check his story by tracking cell tower signals.
Well, if it's true, with her parents in New Haven, that leaves Karen Johnson home alone with a gun.
How about this for a curveball? The lab, they examined the shoebox that the gun was in.
They found recent gunshot residue.
Somebody put the gun back into the shoebox after they used it.
That would fit.
Hmm.
If we can believe that she shot the Bellamys, she put the gun back so it wouldn't be missed.
Until she got nervous and got rid of it.
We're putting a heck of a lot on a 15-year-old girl.
When you picked Patrick up in that park, his hands were filthy, and he had fresh dirt under his nails, like he'd been digging.
Mmm.
MAN: Yeah, I noticed him in here.
I thought he was looking for something in the dirt.
Right here, next to that tree.
(BEEPING) (BEEPING RAPIDLY) Say it ain't so.
LUPO: Someone saw you put the gun there, Patrick.
BERNARD: The gun has your fingerprints on it, little man.
Do you know what that means? No more lies, Patrick.
Tell us what happened.
Sister say bad people want to hurt the family, put Mom and Dad in jail.
She say no one will take care of us, we will be on the street like beggars.
LUPO: Karen said this? What else did she say? She say I have to do it.
Do what, Patrick? Kill them.
She take me to a house.
She open a window and we go inside.
She take my hand and we go up the stairs.
We see a man and a woman asleep.
She say do it, and I go in the room.
Did you shoot them, Patrick? Yes.
All right, kid.
Let's get your stuff.
I can't stay here? I like it.
I have friends.
I know.
But you're going to have to come with us, Patrick.
Go pack your things in there.
That's not true.
Patrick's confused.
Karen, tell them.
He's lying.
I never told Patrick to hurt anybody.
He's making it up.
That's enough.
This interview is over.
You have nothing on her, Mr.
Cutter.
Just the imaginings of a semi-literate feral child.
Oh, I'd give him more credit than that.
You can take her to booking, Detective.
Let's take a walk.
Mom.
No! You can't do that to my daughter.
I won't allow it! I won't allow it! MARKS: Miss Johnson is no flight risk.
The People's case against her rests almost exclusively on the word of a 13-year-old, Haitian boy.
We have every reason to believe we will prevail in any trial.
Your Honor, the defendant's parents have assets and contacts overseas, they have a record of flouting our laws.
We have no doubt that they would avail themselves of those resources to help their only daughter escape prosecution.
I agree.
The defendant is remanded to secure detention.
Next case.
CLERK: Docket 605651, People v.
Patrick Johnson, murder in the second degree, two counts.
I'm going to enter a plea of not guilty for you, young man.
MARKS: That's fine, Your Honor.
CUTTER: Your Honor, as with the last defendant, the People request remand to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Your Honor, he's 13 years old.
To talk of him as a flight risk is ridiculous.
He was brought to this country by his adoptive parents.
Where would he go? He should be remanded to his parents who care deeply for him.
Care deeply? Your Honor, these parents are charged with operating a slavery ring, of abusing and neglecting this very child.
The child himself denied any neglect in his grand jury testimony.
Your Honor, this defendant is the main witness against the Johnsons' daughter.
At the very least, he'll be subjected to intimidation.
At worst, these people will ship him back to his native Haiti, as happened before to another child.
Hold on, Mr.
Cutter.
Young man.
What do you have to say? Do you want to be with your parents? I want to be free.
You're not the first defendant who's told me that.
The defendant is remanded to secure detention.
Next case.
Why can't I go home? CONNIE: Back to the Johnsons, after what they did to you? No, to Haiti.
Why can't I go home to Haiti? That's good.
I will see Maman.
That's not how it works, Patrick.
You committed a very serious crime.
Please.
I'm sorry, Patrick.
GUARD: Okay, let's go.
On your feet.
I will never be free.
GUARD: All right, let's go, single file.