William Wright
William Wright
Name William Wright
Affiliation New York Supreme Court
Division Criminal Term
Occupation Judge
Status Alive
Actor Ron McLarty
First Appearance L&O: "Damaged"
Last Appearance TBJ: "Truth or Consequences"
William Wright is a judge in ManhattanNew York City with an antagonistic relationship with Jack McCoy.


Judge William Wright had an adversarial relationship with ADA Jack McCoy, often using his position as Judge to dismiss several of McCoy's convictions. In "Damaged", he overturns a rape conviction of a group of teenagers who had sex with a mentally retarded teenage girl, citing her testimony that it was consensual. 

In "Gunshow", he overturns a conviction against a gun manufacturer, who had sold guns that could be modified to make them even more deadly, because the prosecution was unable to establish how hazardous the weapon used in a mass murder was, nor that the shooter used it as intended by the manufacturer.

In "Dissonance", District Attorney Nora Lewin is made aware of the bad blood between McCoy and Wright, leading to her being forced to confront Judge Wright over his prejudice against McCoy.

Cases tried

  • Granted the defense's motion to dismiss the charge of murder in the second degree but gave the prosecution leave to amend the indictment to include a top count of criminally negligent homicide.
  • Issued a bench warrant for Dr. Michaels' arrest after he failed to show up for court.
  • Denied the defense's motion for a continuance on the grounds Dr. Michaels' absence would prejudice the other defendants.
  • Held a hearing to determine the admissibility of the Dr. Michael's statements to his attorney Delany after he was found dead.
  • Granted the prosecution's motion to call Dr. Michaels' attorney Delany to the stand to testify to what Dr. Michaels wanted to tell the prosecution.
  • Granted the prosecution's motion to take leave to amend the charges back to murder in the second degree based on the new information.
  • Denied the defense's motion to introduce Kristen Ames's prior sexual history at trial.
  • Adjourned court after Carter changes his story on the stand to give prosecution time to impeach him on his credibility.
  • Granted the defense's motion to join Birch and Wallace's trials.
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