In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East. Both individuals make their case on the type of support and evidence they have that will help them win the ruling.
Sunny challenges the class to not advocate for the guilty man, stating that by doing so they are becoming advocates for the crime. Her professor provides a rebuttal and asks if the man really had a fair trial. The basis of the legal system is that everyone gets a defense and the right to a fair trial.