An old case comes back to haunt ADA Ben Stone when a body is discovered buried on Roosevelt Island. Stone had obtained a murder conviction against Phillip Swann without the victim's body ever having been found. What he did have was the sworn testimony of the man who helped him bury the body in New Jersey. Finding the body elsewhere calls into question that witness' testimony. Swann has become quite a competent jail house attorney and represents himself before the Court of Appeal who grant his request for a new trial. Briscoe and Logan try to track down the witnesses from the first trial but only a few are still available. When Swann is acquitted, Stone faces a lawsuit but decides to fight fire with fire. Written by
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Based on the Ron Levin murder case. In 1984, Joseph Henry Gamsky, also known as "Joe Hunt", was believed to have murdered Ron Levin, a con artist who had allegedly swindled Hunt and other members of the Billionaire Boys Club (BBC) out of over $4 million. In 1987, Hunt was found guilty of the 1984 murder of Levin and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Hunt remains in prison but maintained his innocence. The case was the subject of a 1980s telemovie, The Billionaire Boys Club. The plot of this episode even includes a scene of Swann making a note in his planner to commit the murder, just as Joe Hunt penned "Kill Ron Levin" in his daily agenda. See more
I guess you just weren't clever enough.
I got this far, Ben.
A lot of effort to wind up right back where you started. And in polite society, Sir, you don't call people by their first name unless they ask you to - I didn't do that. You're not a friend, and you're certainly not a colleague.
Remade as Law & Order: UK: Unsafe