Tonight on a special episode of Chicago Justice 2017, a Muslim grad student is brutally murdered. Another Muslim student claims he committed it to prevent a terrorist attack on Chicago Justice season 1. If you missed the last episode of Chicago Justice 2017, check out my Chicago Justice season 1 recap right here for all the details!Tonight’s episode of Chicago Justice season 1 started off with Stone and Valdez talking to the grieving parents of Danny, a student who was brutally beaten in an abandon building. They are currently charging a young man, Byron, with the crime, but he claims that he is innocent of these charges. During the preliminary hearing, a fight breaks up between the father and some frat brothers of Byron because they were laughing during the hearing.
Later, Valdez brings the case to Antonio and Nagel who are going to be double checking all the facts of the case to make sure that they haven’t missed anything. They head over to the frat house where Byron spends most of his time and they look through Byron’s room. While going through his room they found a copy of The Quran with a note in it saying “From Adie” and when they go to talk to her, they find out that Byron couldn’t have killed Danny because he was with her. She didn’t come forward because her father doesn’t know about them and they are very religious. Danny told her that unless things got really bad for him not to come forward and risk her relationship with her parents.
After Byron’s alibi comes through for him, they come across another person, a former roommate and friend of Danny’s, Jafar. He tells them that they were good friends when they lived together and he moved out to live with his then girlfriend, Melanie. When they broke up, Jafar tried to move back in with Danny, but he refused. Meanwhile, they have video surveillance of Jafar leaving his apartment early that night and not coming back until after the time of death and he has all new clothes on. He changed everything but his shoes.
They have reasonable doubt, but they don’t have proof that Jafar did anything. They are able to find Danny’s phone by using his computer and the Find My Phone location app on it. They find it in a gutter and have Herrmann come fish it out for them. After talking to a woman who lives in an apartment right above where they found the phone, they are able to get an idea of what happened. She said she heard two people fighting and she looked out her window. She then saw a young man shove Danny into a car and when they showed her a picture of Byron, she said it wasn’t him, but she ID’s Jafar as the person who was fighting with Danny.
They go into jury selection and the defense attorney allowed Stone to stack the jury with patriots. When talking about the DNA on Jafar’s shoe, the defense attorney asks if there was blood on his shoe, but their wasn’t. It was from urine which the defense attorney claims could have been from Danny missing the toilet in their dorm room.
When the eye witness comes into the courtroom she is in a full Niqab, which is a veil that covers everything on her except her eyes. The defense attorney questions her ability to see claiming that her wearing a Niqab had caused her to be vitamin D defiant which could cause diabetes. The witness admits that she has diabetes and the defense attorney claims that her diabetes could cause progressive eye degeneration.
Stone asks for a redirect and asks her what kind she has and how old she was when she was diagnosed. She has type one which is also known as juvenile diabetes and she was three when diagnosed. She didn’t start wearing a Niqab until she was 16 and Stone asks the deputy in the courtroom to hold up some fingers in the back of the courtroom and he does. She is able to tell the court how many without wearing contacts. Later while in the office, Stone gets a call saying that the defense will be putting Jafar on the stand.
During his testimony, they are told that Jafar and Danny stopped being friends because he saw that Danny was watching videos that are used to recruit people to a terrorist group. When asked if he watched them on his computer, Jafar told him that it was on his phone, which is in evidence and Jafar knows the code. They go into Danny’s phone and they do find the video that he was watching, Jafar is claiming that Danny was buying things that could be used to build a bomb. He claims that he killed Danny to prevent him from committing a terrorist act.
Stone questions Jafar and he is asking Jafar if he was a hero and then said that if he was a real hero he would have stopped at killing Danny instead of beating his dead body with a tire iron. He then asks if Jafar had a storage locker or a car and he said no, he adds that Danny didn’t have any of those bomb making materials in his apartment, so where were they hidden? He then turns it around and makes it sound like Jafar killed Danny over jealousy because Danny was a better student than Jafar and was always winning awards that Jafar thought he deserved.
The closing arguments are strong, the defense talks about how he has a loved one overseas in the military and he called him once to tell him about his best friend over there had his legs blown off. He continues to say that Jafar was a hero for acting when he knew something was going on. See Something, Say Something, but instead he jumped into action to protect the city. Stone reminds the jury that great Americans uphold the laws that bind us together, not allowing their gut feelings on what’s right or wrong sway them into believing that what Jafar did was the right thing to do.
After the jury comes back from deliberation, the jury finds Jafar guilty of murder in the first degree. Later, Stone goes for a drink and the defense attorney shows up there. They go back and forth about how the law should be more about the law and less about race or religion. The defense attorney claims that when it comes to Muslims, everyone is a tad racist and brings up how the Charleston shooter was fueled with racism but we banned the confederate flag. He adds that after the Orlando club shooting happened we all talked about how we shouldn’t blame the whole race.
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