Season 19, Episode 5 Real Justice

First Aired: November 15, 2000

The wheels of justice turn---creakily, but they do turn---as shown in this two-part chronicle of daily operations in Boston's court system. Part 1 focuses on District Court, where minor criminal cases are heard. That's where prosecutor Viktor Theiss and public defender Lisa Medeiros are seen juggling up to 15 cases a day. For Medeiros, success isn't necessarily an acquittal, it's a “sweet deal” with prosecutors---a teenager not losing his chance for a driver's license; a welfare-fraud convict's restitution cut in half. And the thanks she gets? A “thank you,” occasionally.