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|Production number: E1310|
First aired: 20 December 2000
| Teleplay By|
Barry Schindel & Matt Witten
The killing of a school-hockey coach leads to a case in which the defendant claims that he committed the crime while suffering from "sports rage."
- 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
- Angie Harmon as A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael
- Dianne Wiest as Interim D.A. Nora Lewin
- Lynda Ashe as Laura Lippman
- Dennis Boutsikaris as Al Archer
- Gary Cowling as Bob Mele
- Geoff Wigdor as Keith Taylor
- Judy Del Giudice as Rose McCutcheson
- Isabel Glasser as Patty Taylor
- Harry Bouvy as Sam Welby
- Nicholas Gould as Arnold Felder
- George Guidall as Bertram Dobbs
- Leslie Hendrix as Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
- Lois Markle as Kali Doxiadis
- Jesse McCartney as Danny Driscoll
- Marylou Mellace as Arraignment Judge Antonia Mellon
- George T. Odom as Bobby Williams
- Mark Kenneth Smaltz as Judge William Koehler
- Lexie Sperduto as Nicole Lippman
- Pamela Stewart as Carmen Crider
- Nancy Ticotin as Alma Nogales
- Nik Tyler as Josh Felder
- Harley Venton as Raymond Taylor
- Richard Venture as Douglas Greer
- John H. Tobin as Russell Crider (uncredited)
- Malachi Weir as Payden
- Peter Lewis as Parent
- Tim Carr as Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
- Jack McCoy (during his closing argument): Are we really prepared to create a society in which nobody is responsible for controlling their anger?
- Nora Lewin: When my niece was younger, she used to play soccer. I remember all the parents screaming at each other on the sidelines. Insanity is a pretty good description of their behavior, but it's not a legal excuse.
- Nora Lewin: What did Dr. Skoda say?
- Jack McCoy: That just because someone gets real mad doesn't mean they're insane.
- Jack McCoy: The law says your right to rage ends at the other guy's nose.
- Ed Green: (Referring to dead victim in parking garage.) Guy stuck his car in a garage, thought he was safe.
- Lennie Briscoe: He forgot the high cost of parking in Manhattan.
Background information and notes
Background information and notes
- This episode was originally scheduled to air on 13 December 2000.
- This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Thomas Junta case. In 2002 Thomas was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 6-10 years in prison, serving 9 and a half.
- Briscoe: An NHL player hits another player over the head...
There have been a number of prominent cases over the years, but this is most likely a reference to Boston Bruins' Marty McSorley being charged with assault with a weapon for striking Vancouver's Donald Brashear in February 21, 2000; Brashear required hospitalization. McSorley's one year suspension is the longest in NHL history.
- Lennie Briscoe: An NBA player chokes his coach...
On Dec 1, 1997 Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors choked coach P.J. Carlesimo because he was in a bad mood and did not like being criticized during practice.
- Nora Lewin: The Twinkie defense worked.
"The Twinkie defense" is a generic legal term for a defense claim that some outside force caused the action for which the defendant is accused. The term stems from a 1979 case where San Francisco City Manager Dan White shot several people including the mayor. His defense argument was that he had been unusually depressed, and his eating a large number of Twinkies was a reflection of, and may have worsened his depression. They did not actually argue that the Twinkies caused his depressed mindset.
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