Law and Order
Law and Order
L&O, Episode 6.12
Production number: K0114
First aired: 31 January 1996
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Teleplay By
Jeremy R. Littman

Story By
Jeremy R. Littman & Ed Zuckerman

Directed By
Martha Mitchell


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of a young black boy who is found dead in the park. In his pocket is a note identical to those left by Andrew Dillard another killer of young black boys who is still in prison for those crimes.

The police think they may have a copycat killer on their hands. Lieutenant Van Buren instructs the detectives to retrace the boy's steps. The boy's mother (Ms. Walters) comes to the police station to identify the body. Lieutenant Van Buren and the detectives interview Ms. Walters. She tells them that after school Derick goes to basketball practice and then goes straight home. The detectives talk to Jack McCoy about the Andrew Dillard case. The detectives interview several people who saw Derek the day he was killed. Initially, the police suspect a basketball talent scout but rule him out after another victim is found: a young black boy.

A security guard that kicked him out of a shop confesses to killing Derek Walters as well as the murders that Andrew Dillard was convicted for 5 years ago.

After being released from prison, Andrew Dillard files a $50 million dollar lawsuit claiming that Jack McCoy engaged in malicious and wrongful prosecution.

Evidence begins to mount that McCoy and his assistant at the time, Diana Hawthorne (played by Laila Robins), may have railroaded the original defendant and not provided the defense with exculpatory evidence. Hawthorne is arrested and it's left to Claire Kincaid to get the conviction and clear Jack McCoy's name.


Main cast[]

Recurring cast[]

Guest cast[]


  • Derick Walters (victim)
  • Merchant of Venice
  • Ireland
  • Nuremberg defense


Damien: We wasn't doin' nothin'.
Briscoe: Really? And where wasn't you doin' it?
Jack McCoy: You didn't have to take that deal, Claire. We could have won the case.
Claire Kincaid: I know, but I thought that's what you wanted, Jack.

The part I hate about private practice...clients.

–Diana Hawthorne

Background information and notes[]

  • Hank Chappel from Act of God is mentioned in this episode
  • Jack's withholding of a witness' information regarding motive in Competence is mentioned by Claire as a potential example of his withholding of exculpatory evidence.

Episode scene cards[]

1 2 3

Gotham Market
2336 Broadway
Tuesday, November 15

St. Matthews Academy
663 East 73rd Street
Wednesday, November 16

Cheever Academy
229 East 83rd Street
Thursday, November 17

4 5 6 7

Office Of
Diana Hawthorne, ESQ.
21 Exchange Place
Friday, December 2

Institute For
Handwriting Analysis
203 Fifth Avenue
Monday, December 12

Supreme Court
Trial Part 96
Monday, January 23

Supreme Court
Trial Part 96
Tuesday, January 24

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