Law and Order
L&O, Episode 13.17
Production number: E3318
First aired: 2 April 2003
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Written By
William N. Fordes

Directed By
Jace Alexander


The killing of a cab driver leads to case involving a lost book, two authors and the accused demanding the death penalty.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Remorse. That's for naughty children and priests.

–Nelson Lambert

Clay Warner: Victor Hugo compared prison to church--the deprivation, the regulation, the conformity.
Emil Skoda: And you agree?
Clay Warner: Prison is the anti-church. A church lifts the human consciousness, elevating man beyond himself to a union with his God, but prison...forces him down. Flesh against concrete. It crushes him deeper into himself. Writers like Hugo paint these grand metaphors without having the slightest reality check. Sure, they heard about what goes on in prison, but they never really know. A life sentence. Think about what that means, Doctor. Every minute of every day, forever. Imagining death's a lot easier, no?

Why would I be scared? Death is nothing more than the absence of life, and believe me, life isn't as precious a commodity as people delude themselves into believing. Life, death, it doesn't matter to me either way.

–Clay Warner

Background information and notes

  • Goof: Lauren Klein is credited as "Judge Carla Soloman" but her other appearances have her listed as "Carla Solomon", likely misspelled in this episode.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Apartment of
John Chertoff
398 Eleventh Avenue
Thursday, February 14

Helen's Tavern
162 Bleecker Street
Friday, February 15

Hudson University
East Quad
Monday, February 18

4 5 6

Apartment of
Clay Warner
328 Montgomery Street
Monday, February 18

Sing Sing
Correctional Facility
Thursday, February 21

Chambers of
Judge Carla Soloman
Tuesday, March 5

7 8 9 10

Apartment of
Marta Warner
282 West 74th Street
Thursday, March 7

Rikers Island
Correctional Facility
Wednesday, March 13

Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Thursday, March 28

Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Friday, March 29

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