|←||L&O, Episode 6.12||→|
|Production number: K0114|
First aired: 31 January 1996
| Teleplay By|
Jeremy R. Littman
Jeremy R. Littman & Ed Zuckerman
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.
- Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Benjamin Bratt as Detective Rey Curtis
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
- Sam Waterston as Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy
- Jill Hennessy as A.D.A. Claire Kincaid
- Steven Hill as D.A. Adam Schiff
- Laila Robins as Attorney Diana Hawthorne
- David Garrison as Defense Attorney Gerald Fox
- Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as Simon Brooks
- Heath Lamberts as Forensic Handwriting Expert
- Jerome Preston Bates as Ernie Bigelow
- Stephanie Berry as Estelle Walters
- José Ramón Rosario as Detective Monfredo
- Conan McCarty as Defense Attorney Ethan Floyd
- Kent Broadhurst as Harry Kingston
- George T. Odom as Egan
- Reggie Montgomery as Leon Monroe
- Nan-Lyn Nelson as Elaine Monroe
- Peewee Love as Carlos
- Carlo Alban as Damien
- Michael Alexander Jackson as Felix
- Mimi Michaels as Vanessa Carey
- Mala Danziger as Mrs. Carey
- Wesley Rice as Andrew Dillard
- Jeanna Garcia as Rhonda
- Larry Attile as Williams
- Christopher Cantwell as Garrity
- Joe Pentangelo as CSU Phillips
- Lisa Kron as CSU Warner
- Paul Rice as Secretary
- Derick Walters (victim)
- Merchant of Venice
- 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.||”|
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
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