Law and Order
L&O, Episode 14.02
Production number: E4304
First aired: 1 October 2003
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Written By
Michael S. Chernuchin

Directed By
Matthew Penn


The detectives search for the killer of a bounty hunter who was investigating the sources used by a prize-winning, black newspaper reporter; the court case develops into a litmus test of the pros and cons of affirmative action.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Dworkin: Lawyer-to-lawyer... you never talked to Denise, did you?
McCoy: No.
Dworkin: Then how did you know?
McCoy: I didn't. But I do know that I'm barely white enough to live in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Dworkin: Opportunity is not opportunity when it's accompanied by marginalization.
McCoy: That's backwards! The DENIAL of opportunity created marginalization, and there's one word for that - RACISM!
Dworkin: Oooo, the R" word...the most dangerous weapon in the leftist's arsenal!

Background information and notes

  • Interestingly, this episode revealed many resemblances with the case of Jayson Blair, a staff reporter for the New York Times for nearly four years, who was forced to resign in May 2003 after he committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud.

Episode scene cards

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Atlantic States Telecom
492 Broadway
Monday, July 15

Monarch Hotel
112 Third Avenue
Monday, July 15

Office of
Brian Kellogg
New York Sentinel
Wednesday, July 17

New York Ledger
137 Kenmare Street
Wednesday, July 17

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New York Sentinel
328 East 43rd Street
Thursday, August 8

Oak Tree Motel
Freenwich, Connecticut
Thursday, August 8

Supreme Court
Trial Part 22
Thursday, September 26

Supreme Court
Trial Part 22
Monday, September 30

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