At one point, Karen's brother, Steven Lamar, who plants the bomb at the reverend's suggestion, asks, "Isn't it like shooting a burglar in your house who's trying to harm your family?"
"The whole case is going to be the Harlan Dwyer show," Thompson's character says. "We're gonna look like patsies if it doesn't have the right ending."
Ultimately Steven Lamar is convicted of second-degree murder while Dwyer is freed because the jury cannot agree on his guilt.
While Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy, played by Sam Waterston, is eager to retry Dwyer, Thompson's Branch seems reluctant to let him.
"There's always gonna be folks on the jury that are sympathetic to Dwyer's position on the bigger issue" as to who decides who lives and who dies, Branch says.
On the jury, and in key early primary states.
Teddy Davis contributed to this report.