Law and Order
L&O, Episode 14.12
Production number: E4310
First aired: 14 January 2004
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Written By
Lorenzo Carcaterra

Directed By
Constantine Makris


The investigation into the murder of a former bookie turned mob informant reveals a disturbing new wrinkle in organized crime involving legitimate businessmen moonlighting as contract hitmen in a battle for mob leadership, and ends with a Federal ploy to nullify the plea bargain in the case, leaving McCoy seething and two more people dead.


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Anita Van Buren: (listening to the surveillance tape) "It's like watching concrete harden.

Lennie Briscoe: (while arresting Federico Righetti) "The guys from 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' are going to want to have a serious sit-down with you.

Lennie Briscoe: (after the murder of Righetti - and his nurse) I could care less about these Mob's the collateral damage that gets to me.

Arthur Branch: We romanticize these people - make movies about 'em - and they're nothing but heartless scum.

Jack McCoy: You think they knew - the Feds - that Peter Righetti was going to have his uncle killed?
Arthur Branch: They might've predicted...that's a long way from knowing...
Jack McCoy: What if they used us to put Righetti back on the street?

Arthur Branch: I think you're giving the Feds way too much credit - they ain't that clever.
Jack McCoy: Still, lucky break for they roll up the whole crew, starting with Peter Righetti for the murder of his uncle...
Arthur Branch: Good riddance.

Background information and notes

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Episode scene cards

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Apartment Of
Marie Tortino
465 West 17th Street
Tuesday, November 7

Ellie's Diner
622 Hudson Street
Wednesday, November 8

Apartment of
Federico Righetti
311 Mott Street
Friday, November 10

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Saint Bridget's
Dialysis Center
628 Eleventh Avenue
Monday, November 13

Office of
Executive Assistant
Tuesday, November 21

Chambers of
Esther Morrow
Monday, December 11

Stuyvesant Savings
90 Grand Street
Friday, December 15

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