L&O, Episode 2.06
Production number: 67410
First aired: 29 October 1991
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Schiff Misconception
Teleplay By
Michael S. Chernuchin

Story By
Michael S. Chernuchin & Michael Duggan

Directed By
Daniel Sackheim

The beating of a young pregnant woman leads to a miscarriage.


After being mugged, pregnant legal secretary Amy Newhouse has a miscarriage. Logan and Cerreta suspect that the mugging was not random, and that someone -- perhaps Amy, perhaps her boyfriend, cab driver Chris Baylor, or perhaps her boss, attorney David Alcott -- wanted the unborn baby dead. The problem: Can the D.A.'s office argue that the killing of an unborn baby qualifies as a murder?


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"You want a jury to ignore the evidence."
"No, Chris and Amy want the jury to look at the law. I’ll get the jury to look at Chris and Amy."
"The law’s supposed to be a shield, not a sword. They’re despicable, yes. But by letter of the law they’re not guilty."
"The legislature could never have conceived of anything like this, but wrong should not win by technicalities. You know that yourself."
"Get these bastards off the street. "

- Adam Schiff and Benjamin Stone

"Hey, summer of ’82, I hacked part-time to pay tuition. Sometimes in the middle of the night, I’d get lonely, I’d park my cab in front of Janey Meyer’s house, leave the meter running, go inside, take care of business, pay the fare myself."
"Which would amount to what, about $2, $3?"
"Like going to Jersey and back!"

- Mike Logan and Phil Cerreta

"I wouldn’t mess with me if I were you, Chris. By the time you see a dime, it won’t be worth a nickel."

- Elaine Cowan

"Is this jealousy I'm hearing?"
"It's nausea. Ambulance chasing always brings that out in me."

"The public is all over us when a known killer walks on a techicality. I just flipped the coin. I let the jury use a technicality to convict."

- Ben Stone

Background information and notes

  • The episode is based on the Maria Flores case, in which Flores was shot in a robbery and survived, but her unborn child died, as well as other cases of fetal homicide that were being decided as murders or not.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

The Summit Hill Club
2543 6th Avenue
Thursday, June 21

Supreme Court
Trial Part 48
Monday, August 6

Office of Dr. Gluck
4925 5th Avenue
Tuesday, September 4

4 5 6

Office of Chief Assistant
District Attorney
Benjamin Stone
Friday, September 14

Supreme Court
Trial Part 42
Tuesday, October 2

Supreme Court
Trial Part 42
Thursday, October 4

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