25th, 1998 :: episode #145
Matthew defends lawman Elias Birch against charges that he murdered an unarmed ex-con. Daniel is forced to arrest Birch for killing Exner, an ex-con whom he had been pursuing. Rather than accept a traveling defense attorney with a drinking problem, Birch asks Matthew to defend him, claiming he was framed.
But, a dime-novelist who had been traveling with Exner claims to be an eyewitness, having seen Birch shoot the man in cold blood. With Birch's life in the balance and little evidence to support his claim that Exner drew a gun on him, fledgling lawyer Matthew, with help from Dr. Mike, sets out to discover what actually happened between the two sworn enemies.