Law & Order Special Victims Unit s14e21 Episode Script

Traumatic Wound

In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous.
In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit.
These are their stories.
I don't know, Brit.
I kinda wanna see what happens to Valmont.
Come on.
We're going into the city.
Wild Yaks live at a warehouse? You can't say no.
I promised my dad I'd study.
It's party time.
Wear this.
Jake's gonna melt.
I'm crazy but I'm not afraid Not afraid! I'm crazy but I'm not afraid Not afraid! I'm crazy but I'm not afraid Not afraid! You can really move, Gabby.
- OMG! - Jake's cute, huh? Totally.
- I'll go get us another round.
- Okay.
- Oh, sorry.
- Yo.
Little room? Hey, baby, gonna tear it apart Tear it apart hey, baby, gonna tear it apart Tear it apart Hey, baby, gonna tear it apart - YOLO! - Yeah, boy! Hey! Oh! - Help her! - Hey, man! No! Stop! Please help me! No! Please stop! Please stop! Stop, please stop! Please! Please help me! Mosh pit gone bad.
Gabby Shaw, torn up, gang-assaulted.
She was unconscious when patrol got here.
Caught a bunch of scum cutting out.
Have CSU check their clothes for stains, bag their hands.
This entire club is a crime scene.
Are there any witnesses that aren't wasted? Brit, I need you to take a breath.
Oh, my God.
- Tell me what you saw.
- Um Gabby just disappeared into the crowd.
I was holding her hand, and she got pulled away and she-she let go.
Can I go to the hospital? No, you know what? Her father is on his way there now, okay? You're gonna come with me to the station and make a statement.
Gabby's not my girlfriend.
We drove in together from New Canaan.
Were you with her when the attack began? Yeah, we were dancing with our friend Brit, and there were fireworks that went off onstage, everybody went crazy.
Next thing we knew, Gabby was sucked into the crowd.
Couldn't get within It was boogie dark in there.
It was like a pack of dogs.
Just two of you working the whole club? Promoters think security kills the vibe.
The band hired us.
- You see who grabbed her? - All of 'em.
They tore her clothes off.
And I tried to go in and get her, but I got clocked with a bottle.
Those animals.
They attacked her.
Gabby Shaw.
Torn ligaments in her right foot, right ACL is ruptured.
Scratches, contusions, bite marks all over her body.
EMT said she was unconscious when they arrived on the scene? She still is.
She's concussed.
And what about the rape kit? Multiple mouth and vaginal lacerations, trauma to her cervix.
They used their hands, beer bottles.
Oh-what about DNA? No semen.
But we pulled samples from the bite marks and scratches.
I'll let you know when she comes to.
Where's Gabby Shaw? Where's my daughter? - I need to see her.
- Uh, sir, she's in recovery.
I can take you there.
This is barbaric.
You've arrested these men? We have suspects in custody, but just a few questions.
I should have never let her go into the city.
Did you know the friends that she came in with? They asked her at the last minute.
Brit and that boy Jake- he's a disgrace.
He could've stopped them.
Well, it's hard to hold off a mob.
I told her to stay home and study, but she's the new girl, she wants to be everybody's friend.
So she's new at her high school.
Last year, we moved here from-from Yorkshire.
My-my company moved me-us.
They said- They said Connecticut and New Canaan would be safe.
We go to Woodmere High.
Me, Jake, Gabby.
Gabby wanted to stay home.
I convinced her to go out.
We have this stupid senior dare.
"YOLO," it means- Yeah, "You Only Live Once.
" I heard it.
It's usually an excuse to do something- - Dumb.
- Yeah.
We were dancing, and this freak with curly hair, he tried to put the moves on Gabby.
Remember anything else about him? - He had a nose ring.
- Was he part of the mob? He must've been the one that started it.
Just 'cause you got a jacket on me, you think I raped that skank? We also have witnesses that saw you all over the girl.
What was she doing dancing with her shirt off? Her bodacious ta-tas jiggling for everyone to see? Nah, she wanted it.
Can you describe anybody else? One guy had an arm tattoo and another guy had a fohawk.
He grabbed Gabby's breasts.
You gotta spin a different tale.
There were like a hundred people there.
Big crowd, you got caught up, maybe did something you didn't mean to? Look, something just snapped, okay? - Go on.
- I got swept up.
The music, that girl topless I touched her, but nothing else, I swear.
You gotta help me.
I didn't go near that girl.
You know something, hotshot? All that ink makes you hard to miss, and juries love details.
You know something, sweetheart? I thought we were having a nice conversation.
Straight to a jury? I go straight to a lawyer.
A New Canaan high school student still unconscious from a mob assault.
Bloomberg's splenetic.
I've been fielding calls all night from 1PP.
- They want charges now.
- That's why I'm here.
Eyewitnesses and cell phone video confirm that Gabby was just swept away.
I mean, things escalated, turned violent within a matter of seconds.
It's mob mentality.
They're way more aggressive together than they would be alone.
These six arrested at the scene? Unis picked them up when they were fleeing.
Gabby's friends IDed them as pulling her into the crowd.
Yeah, but they all insist that it was the crowd surge that pushed them into the victim.
They're not the ones that actually attacked her.
Can you charge these mooks with anything? I'd like a little stronger evidence.
Well, the video's useless.
Unless you guys see something I don't.
Arms, legs, groping.
No faces.
And what about DNA? Her body is covered with samples.
- Bite marks, scratches.
- Exactly.
She's a veritable DNA cocktail.
Months to separate out.
And even then it only proves proximity, not intent.
Okay, so we just let half a dozen boys get away with a brutal sexual assault.
Every one of these suspects is gonna blame the other guy.
The jury's not gonna know how to parse it.
Oh, here's our first piece of good news- Gabby's awake.
We'll show her a photo array.
Include every single person that was in that club last night.
Get me something, 'cause right now all we have is a mob scene.
There were so many of them.
Laughing, hurting me.
Grabbing my breasts.
Putting their fingers inside me.
I'm so sorry, Gabby.
We just need to know, though, if you recognize any of these faces.
Him, maybe.
I remember a nose ring.
You remember what he did to you? He was grinding on me, and then I felt somebody pull my top down.
Okay, was it him? I don't know.
It was from behind.
Let's keep going.
Maybe him.
Earlier at the bar It was dark.
It's hard to tell.
I know this is hard, Gabby.
You know, maybe it was the way he smelled or something about his voice.
Anything that you can remember can be helpful.
Okay, let's keep going.
I saw him at the front of the stage.
He was working security.
Him? He told us that he tried to help you.
Help me? No.
I saw him coming, and I thought, "Thank God," but then he stopped.
His eyes went cold, and he jumped right on top of me.
The security guard Frank said he didn't get within 10 feet of Gabby.
And I guess it's hard to control a mob when you're part of it.
All right, you got it? Over in the back.
Hey, Frank Patterson? We need to talk.
- Get back! - Whoa, whoa, whoa! Frank! Don't do this! - Hey! - Watch it! No! No! - How about you settle down? - No, no, no, no! Don't you see what's happening? You wanna be next? We gotta go! Now! You're not going anywhere.
- I'm sorry.
- Sorry for what? Hurting the girl, lying to us, running away Frank, sit down.
Look, there's a lot of heat on this.
We know you're ex-military.
Yes, sir.
Honorable discharge, no record.
You're one of the good guys.
If you cooperate, it could help all of us.
Now, you said you couldn't get near Gabby? The crowd- I tried.
'Cause that's not what she told us.
She said that you were on top of her.
- She said that.
- Yeah.
- I gotta stand.
- Hey, take it easy.
This isn't me.
Wh-what? What's not you? Please, I-I gotta get outta here.
No, you know what? You wanna leave? You tell us what happened with Gabby.
Just the truth, Frank.
I must've checked out for a second.
Really? That's what you're going with? If she says that I was on top of her, I guess that I was.
Because when I-when I close my eyes I can-I can see myself on top of her.
Take your time, Gabby.
I don't need to.
It's number three.
Those eyes Thank you, Miss Shaw.
Okay, would you mind waiting in the interview room for a minute? However long it takes.
I want those men to pay for what they did.
So the security guard is in on it? That's just great.
A solid victim ID, a confession About the confession, it wasn't clear-cut.
She IDed him out of a photo array and right here, Nick.
He waived his right to counsel, he signed a confession, he's been IDed.
Thank you, good-bye.
One down, rest to go.
Where are we on the other suspects in custody? Two gropers would fold on a lesser charge.
The original three-nose ring, fohawk, tattoo-holding tight.
Probably because they started it.
I mean, listen, Gabby remembers being at the club, but she's a little fuzzy on whether they were part of the attack.
Line 'em up, see if it triggers anything else in her memory, and maybe we'll scare the rest of them into confessing.
It's number five.
It's number four.
Number two.
Number four.
So what happens now? Your daughter did great.
We're gonna charge these men with assault.
Yeah, but what about the others? Look, I know that this is frustrating, but we're working to make the case as strong as we can.
We want to get a jury to convict everyone who did this.
Jury? No.
No, I don't want my daughter testifying in public.
Well, one thing at a time, Mr.
I think right now, Gabby needs to focus on getting better.
Let's get you back to the hospital.
Daddy, I left my bag in the other room.
Does it ever get better? Every time I close my eyes, I'm back in that mob.
Those guys all over me.
The music, the lights flashing, I can't get away.
Gabby, you've already made it through hell.
There are people who can help you.
And you- you're gonna be okay.
I want to go home.
Be with my friends.
Have things back the way they were.
Hey, I'm not getting in there.
There a problem? I said I'm not getting in there.
Shut your mouth.
Get in there and shut your mouth.
- Hey, is that necessary? - Get in there and shut your- - Hey, whoa, whoa, whoa! - You son of a bitch! - Hey, yo, yo, yo, yo, yo! - Settle down! - Take it easy, man! - He went off on me! - You saw him! - Hey, you all right, Frank? Uh Uh, there's no moon.
Visibility's down.
Something terrible is gonna happen.
Okay? Okay.
All right.
I get it.
Hey, I need him back in my custody.
Nick- He assaulted a fellow officer.
I have to ask him a few more questions.
- Unlock him.
- All right.
He's your problem now, buddy.
You brought Frank Patterson back? Yeah.
He lost it at the van.
I recognized the signs- Of a thug who doesn't want to do the time, or- Of a soldier with PTSD? - What? Oh, c- - Back up, both of you.
Now what? Frank, he has a fear of closed spaces.
The dark with no moon.
Look, he did three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan- You know what? I appreciate that, okay? But that has nothing to do with his crime.
- If he committed a crime.
- Oh, come on, Nick.
You were in there.
He confessed.
No, you gave him Gabby's account.
He parroted it back.
"I don't remember, but if that's what she said-" No, no, no, I did not coerce him.
You know that.
Gabby IDed him, he admitted that he was at fault.
And he's punishing himself.
Doesn't mean he's guilty.
Hold on.
I want this thing rock-solid.
Do you wanna go over it with him again? He was there.
I don't know what he did or what he saw.
But my gut-we don't have his whole story.
Oh, your gut.
Good lord.
Rollins, problem? No, Sergeant.
I remember when I was in Fallujah.
Everything felt like it came with a side order of sand.
You were there? Interrogations after 9/11.
So you know.
Well, not half of what you do.
You were a ranger.
You must've been in some pretty intense situations.
Well, that's what we're trained for.
For the battle, yeah.
Not for coming home.
Is there anything anything you can't shake? I don't talk about it.
Where'd you go? Tikrit.
Night raid.
I had a bad feeling.
We just got done clearing the first house when we got radioed that a soldier was down in an alley.
I was on sniper detail, so my buddy Al went.
An IED got him.
It was just Jenna and me.
She was assigned to our unit for the mission.
I nailed her sniper.
But she bled out in my arms because I was too late.
Like it was too late to help Gabby.
I should've gotten there sooner.
But that band's flare was like that first IED.
People sprinting.
Lugging cans, scrambling for an inch of cover.
Now, what happened when you saw Gabby? I remember now.
I jumped on top of her.
Because I thought she was Jenna.
You were trying to protect her? Yeah.
But I was too late.
I let that guy get away.
You let what guy get away? The guy who started it.
Pale face.
Hip-hop t-shirt.
I saw him pull her top down.
And I didn't even stop it.
It's okay, Frank.
Hey it's okay now.
Pale face, hip-hop shirt.
That's the kid Frank remembers seeing start the mob.
Now, how'd the kid do that? Pulled Gabby's tube top down, pushed her into the crowd.
Frank described him exactly.
He is alone, and from the time stamp, he left the club before anyone called 911.
And Fin's at the club with his pic.
And this is Frank's latest version, so he retracted that he was part of the assault.
No, he didn't attack Gabby.
He was trying to save her.
His His PTSD was triggered by the pyrotechnics, his vision tunneled down.
He thought Gabby was a wounded soldier.
Once we talked it through, his memory came back.
That's not how Gabby remembers it.
Gabby IDed Frank.
We're not releasing him.
And if we charge him with anything he has to take a psych eval.
You find anything at the club? Guy at the door remembers the hip-hop t-shirt but no name.
He says the ID said Another kid from New Canaan.
Seem like coincidence? How many public high schools are there in New Canaan-two? - One.
- Well, he should be easy to find.
Why don't you two take a ride, and maybe you could make up along the way? This guy Frank- it was coming over him like a wave.
- I've seen it before.
- Okay.
- Can I ask you something? - Yeah.
You tell him that you were in Iraq? It came up.
Before or after he manifested PTSD? All right, come on, Rollins.
All I'm saying, is it possible that he's playing you? It can happen.
Yeah, I know what you're saying, and no.
Why don't you drive? I heard what happened to Gabby.
I left before it started.
Well, actually, no.
We checked surveillance video.
You left just after it started.
Did I? I didn't see anything.
No? It's funny.
A witness saw you pull her top down and push her into the mob.
- What? - Louis, come on.
You went to a Wild Yaks show in a hip-hop t-shirt.
There's kind of a disconnect there.
You weren't there to see the band.
Now, were you there following Gabby? - No.
- Now, look.
We get it.
Maybe you like her.
She's a pretty girl, you lost your head, things got outta hand.
Well, not because of me.
Because of who? That came out wrong.
Look, I was at the club, and I left.
I didn't even talk to Gabby.
She barely knows who I am.
I'm not really friends with Louis.
He works after school at the pizza parlor.
He doesn't have time to hang out.
Well, did you talk to him at the club? No, I didn't notice him.
Did he ever ask you out or follow you? No.
If anything, he's kind of shy.
- Was he one of the ones? - We're not sure.
But another suspect claims that he's the one who pulled your tube top down.
I've always been really nice to Louis.
Why would he do that to me? Well, we're hoping that you'll ask him.
On a phone call that we'd record.
Look, Louis, I'm not gonna call the cops, but I know that you pulled my top down.
Why would you do that? Did you want me to get raped? You have to tell me the truth.
No, Gabby, listen, it wasn't supposed to go down like that.
I don't understand.
I never did anything to you.
It was-it was supposed to be a prank.
We were just gonna get a picture.
- "We"? Who? - I can't say.
I'm not gonna snitch.
I'm really sorry you got hurt.
I shouldn't even be talking to you.
We call that an admission.
I didn't hurt her.
No, you pulled down her top.
You pushed her into the crowd.
That makes you the ringleader of a vicious sexual assault.
I left the second I tubed her.
I didn't see anything.
What'd you mean when you told Gabby you weren't gonna snitch? I wasn't talking about the club.
I was talking about before.
The prank.
Right, the prank.
That was your idea? You said "we" on the call.
What'd you mean by that? Someone else was in on it? Hey! Hey! What happened to Gabby in that club is nothing compared to what's gonna happen to you in prison.
The plan wasn't to rape her.
He wanted me to top shark her.
Get a photo or video, post it online.
Embarrass her.
"He" who? Alec Peters.
Gabby's ex.
He paid me 500 bucks.
But it was just a joke.
- They were laughing about it.
- "They"? Alec and who else? Jake and Brit.
Her friends? The ones who brought her to the club? Yeah.
Brit said she's make sure Gabby wore something without a bra.
And when the band was banging, I had to pull her top down and force-flash her.
And one of them was supposed to video? I guess.
I was going to shark and run.
I never wanted this to- What? Most of the girls at that school are kinda stuck up.
Gabby's the nice one.
Lou said my friends did this to me? Do you know an Alec Peters? Yeah, we dated for a few months when I first moved to New Canaan, but he got jealous.
He wanted to monitor my texts, my emails.
And you broke up with him.
How did he take that? Did he make threats? He said I was making the biggest mistake of my life.
That nobody does that to Alec Peters.
So Jake and Brit.
- Are they Alec's friends? - Yeah.
They've known each other their whole lives.
So for a while, they iced me out, so I was happy a few weeks ago when they started being nice.
That's why I went out with them, because I thought we could be friends.
That tube top that you were wearing.
Did you pick that out? Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
Brit told me to wear it.
Not another bologna sandwich.
Good news.
You're free to go.
What? We followed up on your ID.
It checked out.
So I'm done? Well, not entirely.
We may need you as a witness.
I told you I'm not up for that.
Whether you testify or not, I think you might have PTSD.
You should get help.
Here Best guy at the local VA.
He's expecting your call.
Come on.
I would never hurt Gabby.
Louis is lying about all of this.
So we're not gonna find - any texts between you and Louis? - No.
Check my phone.
You do know that even if you deleted messages, we can still retrieve 'em.
Louis delivers pizza.
And more, if you catch my drift.
Go on.
I bought some prime indo for 500.
You might find that.
See, he told us that's what you paid him to top shark Gabby.
Well, that's crazy.
But she did dump you, right? Uh, we hooked up.
But dump is so old-school.
You get bored, you move on.
Yeah, but sometimes it's the ones that get away you wanna get back at.
Not me.
Alec Peters has his pick.
Okay, well, can you think of any reason why Louis would have it in for Gabby and you? I don't wanna sound like a jerk, but Louis lives in Section 8 Housing.
Even if he does graduate, he goes into the army like his brother.
He's probably jealous.
So you sent this group text to Alex, Brit, and Louis last week? "We be ready for da show"? Stripping Gabby in front of 200 strangers.
That's a show to you? No.
I was talking about the Wild Yaks show.
Then how come Gabby wasn't CCed and Alec was? He didn't go.
Yeah, well, when he dropped out, we thought it would be nice to invite Gabby.
Sort of like a peace offering after the breakup.
So you, Brit, and her, and Louis? You bought his ticket too? He usually roll with you? No.
But I owed him.
And I'm gonna plead the fifth on what for.
I didn't know Louis was even there that night.
- He pulled Gabby's top off? - Yeah, and it was the top that you told her to wear.
He's a loser.
He got caught.
He's just putting the blame on someone else.
Yeah, but Gabby did break up with Alec.
I think it was more mutual.
And Alec would never do something like this.
He's a gentleman.
I mean, I took cotillion class with him in the fourth grade.
Cotillion class? Yeah, ballroom dance and social- Etiquette.
Yeah, no, I didn't know you guys had that up here.
But you and Alec.
You two never dated? We're more like brother and sister.
- Like you and Jake.
- Yeah.
We're all old friends.
Gabby- she was the new girl.
That's my mom.
I gotta go.
All right, so these guys- this gang of six- they had nothing to do with setting it up.
They were just opportunists.
I know this is hard to follow, Counselor.
No, I get it.
It's Benghazi.
You thought that Gabby'd been assaulted by a mob.
It turns out the attack was orchestrated.
- The problem is- - How to prove it, when Alec, Brit, and Jake are all in lockstep.
These three.
The cotillion crew.
They didn't touch Gabby? No, but they set the whole thing in motion.
They took her to the club.
And this one picked out the tube top that Gabby wore.
Even a New York grand jury won't indict for that.
Unless One, two, three.
We're looking at a conspiracy.
What? To harass? To top shark? You've separated these two groups out.
I charge these six with aggravated sexual assault, - they're looking at 20 years.
- I see where you're going.
So you're saying that their assault was foreseeable by the New Canaan kids.
Okay, yeah, but that seems like a stretch.
I mean, what, her friends just wanted to embarrass her.
By exposing her breasts to a bunch of drunk, aggressive men at a club? It's as foreseeable as a murder at an armed robbery, and we charge that all the time.
Hey, can we get them with Louis's statement? No.
He's a coconspirator.
I need independent corroboration.
Besides, he's out of their league.
These kids' lawyers-they'd discredit him before lunch.
Nick, did you ask Frank about Brit and Jake? No, they weren't suspects.
And Frank-the club attack triggered a flashback.
His memory's fragmented.
You got him to remember Louis.
Go back.
Take him through the night.
Don't lead him, but see what else he can reconstruct.
I just gotta check a couple things.
Take your time, Sergeant Patterson.
I don't think I'm gonna be much help.
I'm kind of a mess, in case you haven't noticed.
Did you call that VA doctor? I'm kinda tired.
When you're ready.
But in the meantime, I thought maybe, you know, come in here, you could walk us through the geography of the night.
- All right.
- Okay.
So Frank, let's just start with, um, you know, who was where.
Do you remember any of these kids? Him.
He was here.
He was the one who pulled her top down.
Anything else? Um Think back.
The sounds, the lights, all those bodies.
It must've been hot in this room.
Sergeant Patterson? She whispered to Louis.
Steered him over to Gabby And then yelled something as she raised her cup.
And do you see the girl who lifted her cup in the court today? That's her.
Let the record reflect that the witness has identified the defendant Brit Yardley.
And after Louis pulled Gabby's top down, what did you see him do? He pushed her into the crowd.
And then that guy gave him a thumbs up.
Let the record reflect the witness has identified defendant Jake Swenders.
Patterson, it took you some time to recollect these events.
- Is that correct? - Yes, sir.
And this is because you experience post-traumatic stress from your three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Objection, Your Honor.
I'll allow it.
I don't know.
I guess that the The fireworks just triggered something in me.
But over time and talking it through, I was able to piece back my memory of the night.
Talked it through.
Did anyone coach or guide your recollections? No, sir.
Like I said, everything came back to me in pieces over time.
And everything that I saw and that I heard that night, I'm certain of.
And I just wish that I w- I was able to be there to stop it.
Thank you.
No further questions, Your Honor.
Let's stop here for lunch.
Reconvene at 2:00.
You did really good up there, Frank.
Yeah, well, Barba's on our side.
This defense attorney, how tough is he? You're prepped, ready.
Just tell the truth and don't worry about him.
Whoa, good.
Uh, Rafael, I have something for you.
Just a little thank you gift.
- For what? - Well, not just for overreaching on the conspiracy charge, but for using someone who has PTSD for your central witness.
"All The King's Men"? Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Just a few questions, Sergeant.
First let me thank you for your- your brave service to our country.
Now, so I'm clear, initially, you remembered nothing except trying but failing to help the victim? Yes, sir.
But the victim contradicted that? - Yes, because she- - Because she thought you were one of her assailants.
That was because of the pyrotechnics.
I didn't know the band was going to use them that night, and I froze.
She misunderstood the look in my eyes, but that's all been straightened out.
Uh, no offense, but you were, uh, less than frozen.
You threw yourself on the victim.
Yes, like I explained before, that's because I believed that she was a fallen soldier.
But you told the police you had assaulted the victim.
I was confused.
But later I remembered, and I did-you know, I don't think that now.
Oh, later you became less confused after you became a witness for the prosecution.
- Your Honor, objection.
- Overruled.
Is that a yes or is that a no? Yes.
I was confused, but I'm- - I'm not confused now.
- Oh, good.
And we're glad.
But you have to admit it's odd that, despite extensive cell phone video footage, no one-and I mean no one- captured what you say you saw.
That's- That's not true.
Uh There was someone, uh, there videotaping.
I mean, I'm just-I'm just remembering this now, but I'm pretty sure he was in on it.
Oh, I see.
Another person you're just remembering.
Well, can you tell me Your Honor, I just- I need a minute with my witness.
Your Honor, I'm in the middle of a cross-examination.
I mean, do they need a therapy dog up there with this witness? - Cross will continue.
- Now, as to this other person taping, can you describe him? Short, cropped hair like a soldier.
Like a soldier you served with in Iraq? I explained that.
You thought that the victim was a fallen comrade.
The same way that you- well, that you confused the IED and the band flares.
Is that correct? - I'm not confused anymore.
- Good.
Rest of us- gotta tell ya.
We're very confused.
Your Honor, I move to strike Sergeant Patterson's entire testimony.
He started with, "I saw nothing," he zigged to, "I did it," then he did a quick detour past "It was my clients.
" And now, apparently, we're ending up with, "There was a mystery man.
" I don't think the jury can get their way out of this.
Your honor, please, it's almost 5:00.
If we could just request a recess until tomorrow.
I'll grant you a reprieve, Counselor.
But be forewarned, I'm strongly inclined to grant the defense's motion.
You were doing just fine.
You didn't need to create a whole new suspect.
- I'm sorry.
- Especially one that none of us has never heard of before.
- Counselor.
- Your witness.
Frank, what did happen? The lawyer said "videotaping," and it brought back another piece.
I didn't create this guy.
He was there.
You sure? - He looked army.
- He did.
I saw him earlier in the night, and I remember thinking, "What is a pogue doing in a club like this?" - If he was there.
- He was.
I saw him videotaping everything.
Okay, let's say that I believe you.
I wish that you had thought of it sooner.
Well, we should have too.
They wanted to embarrass this girl.
The whole point of top sharking is to videotape.
Louis gave up the other three conspirators.
Why not his accomplice? The guy has short hair, looked army? Alec mentioned Louis would end up in the army like his brother.
Find him.
Find him fast.
Or this whole case is just a memory.
So you heard about Gabby.
Yes, sir.
Louis told me about it.
Poor girl.
Louis is a good kid.
He just wants to fit in sometimes.
You love your brother, don't you? So if he asked you to do a favor like videotape that night, you'd do it? I didn't have anything to do with what happened that night.
Listen, we have an eyewitness description.
Military, short-cropped hair.
We even have your picture.
Your brother loves you.
He lied on the stand to protect you.
This is your chance, Ralph, to protect him.
Louis said it was just rich kids pulling a dumb prank.
Easy money.
What happened made me sick.
And you didn't help her? I just kept taping.
I was a soldier following orders.
Hey, don't even try.
The soldiers I worked with knew the difference between right and wrong.
You still got that tape? It was uploaded to a password-protected private site.
It's already had a couple hundred viewings.
So half the school knew about this, and no one came forward? Excuse me.
- YOLO! - Yeah, boy! Hey! Please! Please help me! Well It's a little late in the day, Counselor.
You sandbagged me.
We have you to thank.
If you hadn't badgered our witness, we never would've heard about this mystery man.
Oh, and here.
Nice read.
Counselor, do your clients understand they are waiving their rights to a jury trial, a trial at which the burden of proof would be on the people? They do, Your Honor.
Very well.
Alec Peters, Jake Swenders, Brit Yardley, on the conspiracy to commit aggravated sexual assault, how do you plead? Guilty.
- Guilty.
- Guilty.
Suspects will be remanded to Rikers pending sentencing.
I thought they were my friends.
I trusted them.
Well, if it makes a difference, a man who doesn't even know you went through a lot of trouble to help you.
Hey, Nick.
Nick, hold up.
Hey, Frank came through.
You were right about him from the get, and I owe you an apology.
No, you don't.
The only reason I caught it- Maria.
In hindsight, when she came home from Iraq, she was textbook PTSD, and I didn't see it.
I took it personally.
Think it cost me my marriage.
Have you told her that? Well, it's a little late.
I don't think she wants to hear it.
Maybe the first step is stop beating yourself up.

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