A woman is found raped and murdered in a deserted office building. The only other person in the building was the young blank maintenance man, Demond, who is arrested for the murder. His semen is found inside the victim and his finger prints were all over the scene of the crime. Demand will almost certainly be sentenced to death. His father Doyle is called to speak for his son, but he has no wards to convince the jury that his son isn't capable of this heinous crime, in his rage and frustration he overpowers the guard and takes the jury hostage. He demands that the prosecuting attorney prove the innocence of his son within 24 hours or the people will die. The prosecutor, now the defence attorney, wades through the mountains of court documents to find anything that might prove reasonable doubt. As the deadline nears, tensinn rises inside and outside the courtroom as the prosecutor tries to unravel the murder and the S.W.A.T. team prepares to storm the jury room to free the hostages.