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|Production number: E3318|
First aired: 2 April 2003
| Written By|
William N. Fordes
The killing of a cab driver leads to case involving a lost book, two authors and the accused demanding the death penalty.
- Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
- Sam Waterston as Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy
- Elisabeth Röhm as A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn
- Fred Dalton Thompson as D.A. Arthur Branch
- J.K. Simmons as Dr. Emil Skoda
- Lauren Klein as Judge Carla Solomon
- David Rosenbaum as Judge Alan Berman
- John Cariani as C.S.U. Technician Julian Beck
- Joe Holt as C.S.U. Technician Richard Hardwick
- Kerrianne Spellman as Assistant M.E. Sally Lane
- Stanley Anderson as Nelson Lambert
- Sonia Braga as Helen
- David Wike as Clay Warner
- Saul Rubinek as Professor Ira Simpkis
- Michael Early as Norman Carlson
- Constance Barron as Marta Warner
- Regina Hilliard Bain as Amy
- Robert Prescott as Warden
- Doug Yasuda as Ji-Hoon Pack
- Tony Michael Donnelly as John
- Joey Temperini as Max
- Bryan Hearne as Frank
- William H. Burns as Uniform Officer
- Greg Schmalbach as Clerk
- Charles Baudelaire
- Albert Einstein
- Jean Genet
- George III
- Victor Hugo
- Jack the Ripper
- Robert Lee Redburn (victim)
- Arthur Rimbaud
- Paul Verlaine
- Vietnam War
- Oscar Wilde
- "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.
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