A second trial gets underway with Barry Levin joining the defense team; political collusion reaches an apex; Judge Weisberg disallows Lyle and Erik’s family members to testify; Leslie learns revealing information about Jose and Kitty’s childhoods.
Lyle and Erik’s juries’ both struggle to reach a unanimous decision; Garcetti tries to counteract the declining public perception of the justice system; Judge Weisberg’s performance in the trial comes under intense media scrutiny.
The jury hears from Lyle and Erik for the first time when the brothers testify in court, recounting in detail the years of sexual abuse that led them to fear for their lives. Leslie makes a surprising move after Judge Weisberg approves the prosecution’s request to unseal the tape of the brothers’ confession to Dr. Oziel. After closing arguments are made, the jury is left to determine a verdict.
A heightened level of public scrutiny emerges when Judge Weisberg allows the proceedings to be broadcast on television; the questionable ethics and motives of a star witness threaten his credibility; Leslie struggles with personal demons.
Erik and Lyle begin to divulge details of the abuse they suffered at the hands of their parents. However, a lack of evidence leaves Leslie and Jill to wonder how they will convince a jury.