Lawrence and Kenneth Preston go to Blood County, Pennsylvania, to represent a hunter who has been coerced into confessing to a killing he didn't commit. They find that local law enforcement doesn't want any "outside agitators" in their community, and they soon become the objects of threats--and more.
The Prestons defend a disturbed young man accused of the murder of a girl he picked up and for which the state is demanding the death penalty. Although a court-appointed psychiatrist has evaluated him as sane, it's obvious that the man is, at the least, psychotic with some serious mother issues, but the Prestons discover that the state is in no mood to cut a deal and is determined to convict the man and put him to death.
A young black man walking his girlfriend home through New York City's Central Park is accosted by a group of intoxicated white men. Words are exchanged and a fight breaks out, during which one of the white men is hit and dies. The black man is charged with manslaughter, but tells the judge that he doesn't want lawyer and will defend himself. The judge allows it but assigns Larry and Ken Preston to give him legal advice, even though he doesn't want it and in fact mocks the lawyers assigned to him and antagonizes the court during the trial.