Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A man scheduled to testify in a murder trial disappears. The DA's office discovers that he's actually a radical who disappeared 20 years earlier after being charged with killing his girlfriend.

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Lennie Briscoe
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Ed Green
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Anita Van Buren
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Jack McCoy
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Serena Southerlyn
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Arthur Branch
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Levi 'The Griffin' March / Glenn Fordyce
David Chandler ...
Marvin Silverman
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Krakow
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Judge Donald Karan
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Attorney Finnerty
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Anne-Marie Gautreaux
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Detective Rene Laberc
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Det. Will Ashman
Shannon Burkett ...
Carla Baker
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A man scheduled to testify in a murder trial disappears. The DA's office discovers that he's actually a radical who disappeared 20 years earlier after being charged with killing his girlfriend.

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12 February 2003 (USA)  »

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During the explaining of "The Griffin" to Serena, Branch defines a griffin as a mythical creature, half dragon and half lion, when in fact a griffin or gryphon is a mythical creature, half lion and half eagle. See more »

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We were never married. Our marriage is a sham, a lie.
24 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

A young couple was walking down the street when they heard several shoots from the nearby jewelry shop. The burglar ran away in a hurry, leaving behind two bodies: the owner died instantly while a client was severely wounded. The loot was soon discovered in a local pawn shop: the owner identified the perp as a skinny guy with foreign accent and curly hair. Briscoe and Green caught the man in a cafeteria popular among Russian residents (the murderer - Gene Farber - is actually Georgian) and he was pointed out in a line-up. Unfortunately, the jury let the perp go due to lack of evidences and by the fact the star witness (the wounded man) disappeared. He had reasons in doing that because he has been haunted by the authorities for over twenty years, after he was convicted for killing his wife. After crossing the Canadian border, police managed to find out who harboring him and a new trial was about to begin, a cold case was reopened.

An episode in which there are two different plots and two different trials. The crippled man changed his position from witness to defendant and he's a real peace of work: everybody lied except him and John Lennon was killed by CIA.


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