|←||L&O, Episode 17.04||→|
|Production number: 17006|
First aired: 13 October 2006
| Written By|
Sonny Postiglione & Robert Nathan
Richard Brooks reprises his role as ADA-turned-defense attorney Paul Robinette, whose client is accused of murdering a Middle Eastern man, a crime investigated by Green and Cassady in conjunction with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.
- Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green
- Milena Govich as Detective Nina Cassady
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
- Sam Waterston as Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy
- Alana De La Garza as A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa
- Fred Dalton Thompson as D.A. Arthur Branch
- Richard Brooks as Defense Attorney Paul Robinette
- January LaVoy as Assistant M.E. Bell
- Mark Aldrich as CSU Computer Technician Nielson
- Navid Negahban as Iman Ibrahim
- John Viscardi as Detective Henry Paulson
- Marjan Neshat as Diane Khalaby
- Bernardo Peña as Benjamin Faoud
- Jack Noseworthy as Agent Brian Griggs
- Michael Genet as Warren Shenkler
- Mercedes Herrero as Judge Martha Sirkin
- Curzon Dobell as Judge Stock
- Tony Cucci as Steve Aldrige
- Gerardo Rodriguez as TARU Technician Morales
- Anne Torsiglieri as Meredith Hoffman
- Neil Shah as Eric Khalaby
- Sean Phillips as JTTF Detective Winston
- Todd Faulkner as Arraignment Clerk
- Peterson Townsend as Foreperson
- Ashley Bryan as Receptionist
- Torsten N. Hillhouse as Rawlings
- Douglas Dickerman as Man #1
- Greg Connolly as MSNBC Anchor
- John Schiappa as DCPI Franks
- Sal Longobardo as Court Reporter (uncredited)
- Unknown as Ray Al-Sini
- Kyllo v. United States
- National Security Act
- Saudi Arabia
- United Americans for One America
- World Trade Center
- World War II
- U.S. internment camps
- Imam Ibraham: Which am I first, an American or a Muslim?
- Jack McCoy: You need to decide if there's a contradiction.
|“||And we see it again and again. How many have to disappear, be tortured? Held without hearing charges against them? How long before we say stop? When will we forgive all Muslims for the actions of the radicals who flew airplanes into the World Trade Center? I'll tell you. When we find someone new to hate. To be a Muslim in this country today, is to be seen as dangerous. We're afraid of them. And what do we do to people we're afraid of? In World War II, 3,000 Americans of Italian background were arrested. 11,000 of German descent. 110,000 Japanese Americans sent to internment camps. Dark days. Are we going to let them happen again? If you convict Ben Faoud, that's what you're doing. You're convicting him because you're afraid of him. They painted my client as a terrorist and a murderer. What are they really saying? He's one of them. They put terrorism on trial here. And Muslims on trial. And if you let them get away with that, if that's how you judge Ben Faoud, you'll convict an innocent man.||”|
–Paul Robinette's closing arguments
|“||Who's on trial today? Not the government. Not America. Not Muslims. The defendant is on trial. As a country, we have a history of treating immigrants and minorities badly. 'Houses for sale. No Jews allowed'. 'Hiring today. No Irish need apply'. Separate drinking fountains for blacks. Get to the back of the bus. We should be ashamed. And we should be ashamed when American Muslims are treated differently because of their religion. No one denies that it happens. But that's not what's happening in this courtroom. The defendant killed Eric Khalaby to save himself from being arrested for another crime. But it's the murder of Eric Khalaby that he's on trial for. Don't convict Mr. Faoud as a terrorist. Convict him for what he is. A murderer. That's the only charge. And you must find him guilty.||”|
–Jack McCoy's closing arguments
- Imam Ibraham: Mr. McCoy, you asked to decide who I was first...Muslim or an American. It turns out I'm neither. Last night, this [brick with "Terrorist"] was thrown through my bathroom window. And this morning, someone did this. [burned mosque]
- Jack McCoy: I'm sorry. What did Faoud shout at you in the courtroom?
- Imam Ibraham: Burn.
- Jack McCoy: And what did you say back?
- Imam Ibraham: God bless the United States of America.
Background information and notes
Episode scene cards
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Crescent Sun Mosque
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