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George Dzundza (Det Sgt. Max Greevy) left the series after the first season because the series was originally meant to film in LA where his family lived at the time when the series was switched to shoot in new york he couldn't commit to the commute.

Paul Sorvino (Det Sgt. Phil Cerreta) left in the third season because he disliked show's work schedule and, because he wanted to preserve his vocal cords from the cold New York air, as he was also an opera singer at the time.

Dann Florek & Richard Brooks (Capt. Donald Cragen & A.D.A Paul Robinette) were both let go in the third season after a cast cull to include more female characters.

Michael Moriarty (E.A.D.A Ben Stone) left after the fourth season, alleging that his departure was a result of his threatening a lawsuit against then-Attorney General Janet Reno, who had cited Law & Order as offensively violent. Moriarty criticized Reno's comment, and claimed that not only did she want to censor shows like Law & Order but also such fare as Murder, She Wrote. He later accused Law & Order executive producer Dick Wolf of not taking his concerns seriously, and claimed that Wolf and other network executives were "caving in" to Reno's "demands" on the issue of TV violence.

Chris Noth (Det. Mike Logan) was let go after the fifth Season after it was decided that the characters of Mike Logan and Lennie Briscoe were too alike. Plus Chris Noth and Producer Dick Wolf did not get on at that time.

Jill Hennessy (A.D.A Claire Kincaid) left after the sixth season after being asked to be written out after Hennessy expressed concern about being typecast as an "uptight lawyer".

Carey Lowell (A.D.A Jamie Ross) left after season seven after asking for time to be with her daughter.

Benjamin Bratt (Det. Rey Curtis) left to do other work.

Steven Hill (D.A Adam Schiff) was getting older and wanted to retire from acting.

Angie Harmon (A.D.A Abbie Carmichael) left after being frustrated about her work scheduled on the series ment that she couldn't go for big Hollywood parts and felt that her character "didn't grow" enough for her.

Dianne Wiest (Intern D.A Nora Lewin) was tired of the role of Nora Lewin and wished to move on to other projects.

Jerry Orbach (Det. Lennie Briscoe) was nearing retirement and decided to lesson his work load by starring in Law & Order spin-off Law & Order: Trial By Jury. However Orbach later died on December 28, 2004 from prostate cancer.

Elisabeth Rhm (A.D.A Serena Southerlyn) left the series to do new projects as she felt she didn't have anything else to offer the character.

Michael Imperioli (Det. Nick Falco) was always intended to be a temporary replacement for Jesse L. Martin who was filming the movie Rent.

The "two-seven" - The 27th precinct where the homicide detectives are housed.

1 Hogan Place - Home of the District Attorney's offices.

1PP - 1 Police Plaza, NYPD headquarters.

Bus - Paramedic Ambulance.

A.P.B - All Points Bulletin.

B.O.L.O - Be on the Look Out.

C.I - Confidential Informant.

C.S.U - Crime Scene Unit, Forensic Technician Personel. The unit is responsible for forensic investigations of homicides and sexual assaults, as well as other crimes as deemed necessary. Members of the Crime Scene Unit assist the precinct detectives in the processing of a crime scene as well as determining the proper routing of evidence. The Crime Scene Unit has many tools at its disposal to process a crime scene including the materials needed to develop fingerprints, cast footwear and tire impressions, follow the trajectory of bullets fired through windows and the chemicals necessary to observe blood under special lighting conditions that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. The unit is also trained to process a crime scene in a hazardous environment, for example following a nuclear, biological or chemical attack.

M.E - Medical Examiner, a physician, and a specialist in pathology or forensic science. Duties always include determining the cause, time, and manner of death. This uses the same investigatory skills of a police detective in most cases, because the answers are available from the circumstances, scene, and recent medical records. In many American jurisdictions any death not certified by the person's own physician must be referred to the M.E.

C.O.D - Cause of Death.

T.O.D - Time of Death.

E.S.U - Emergency Services Unit, is a police tactical unit which provides specialized equipment, expertise and support to the various units within the police departments. These police forces do not have a traditional S.W.A.T. unit. The Emergency Service Unit qualifies in the role of a S.W.A.T. unit and much more. From auto accidents to building collapses to hostage situations, "ESU" officers are called on when the situation requires advanced equipment and expertise.

T.A.R.U - Technical Assistance Response Unit a unit of the New York City Police Department who provides investigative technical equipment and tactical support to all bureaus within the department, in addition they also provide assistance to other City, State and Federal agencies.

L.U.D's - Local usage details, a list of a person's incoming and outgoing phone calls over a specified period of time. While LUDs are easy to obtain for police, they're not readily available at a cop's whim. Phone records are treated as private information, so investigators must prove to a judge that the search is warranted, in which case, the judge will grant a court order for the phone company to provide a suspect's LUDs.

Fishing Expedition - When the police conduct a search they must have a definitive object in mind, they cannot just search in the hope of turning up some random evidence.

'Fruit of the poisoned tree' - Evidence that has been obtained improperly which may therefore be excluded from court. For instance a police officer searches a suspect and finds a weapon which is then linked to a murder. However the search is then ruled to be illegal due to insufficient grounds so the defence can argue that the evidence of the weapon should not be allowed to be introduced as part of the murder case.

Hearsay - second hand witness testimony, a person repeating what they heard another say.

Miranda - The formal warning rights police are required to give suspects on arrest advising them of their constitutional rights including to remain silent, have legal council etc.

Lawyerd up - A suspect who invokes their right to not say anything and await their lawyer which the justice system will provide them.

Probable Cause - The police having a reasonable degree of evidence to justify their actions.

Pro Se - A legal term used for someone who opts to represent himself/herself either in a criminal or civil court proceeding. While Pro Se is the proper term for it in New York, other jurisdictions call it Pro Per. A popular phrase associated with this is "He/she who represents himself/herself has a fool for a client. This is because self-representation is considered the most foolish act in the legal profession because private citizens don't have as much knowledge of the legal system at their disposal and don't have the same resources an attorney has to research and prepare for their case.

Habeas Corpus - Latin for 'produce the body', that the accused should be able to confront their accuser in court, a legal principle dating back all the way to Magna Carta.

Man One/Two/Three - Manslaughter in the 1st/2nd/3rd Degree.

Murder One/Two/Three - Murder in the 1st/2nd/3rd Degree.

The following are the Miranda Rights as they exist in New York State today:

* You have the right to remain silent;

* Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law;

* You have a right to an attorney;

* If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed for you.

The police will arrest and interview suspects if they think there is sufficient evidence against them. It is then up to the District Attorney's (D.A) Office to decide if there is enough evidence to charge. If there is then a representative from the DA's office an Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A) will bring the accused before a Judge for an arraignment hearing, to decide when and where they will be put on trial and if they will get bail (released either on their own word or with a monetary security deposit) or be held in custody in the meantime. Afterwards the DA will go before the Grand Jury and present their case and the Grand Jury decides if there is enough evidence to justify them going to trial. The prosecution has the duty of disclosure, presenting all their evidence to the defence for them to be able to refute. The onus for conviction is on the prosecution to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant doesn't have to prove their innocence, its up to the prosecution to establish their guilt. The defence lawyers have a duty of confidentiality towards their clients much like a doctor but there are exceptions such as information which threatens life. As officers of the court both defence and prosecution have a responsibility to report any malpractice in the system.

During trial, the (E)ADA will often ask for permission to treat the witness as hostile. What exactly does this mean? When a witness is called to the stand, his testimony is expected to support the argument of the side that subpoenaed him. If the witness becomes evasive or changes his testimony on the stand, the lawyer is given permission by the judge to treat the witness as if he were called to the stand by the opposing side which legally changes the nature of the questions and language the lawyer uses to ask them. That is to say, the direct examination becomes a cross examination, allowing the DA to use leading questions, giving the lawyer more latitude to suggest how the witness should answer.

No, they can enter in hot pursuit, to preserve life, to prevent imminent destruction of evidence or to search for a wanted felon. They need a search warrant for evidence when those elements do not apply.


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