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American Jihad 

A teenage converted Muslim from a wealthy New York family acts as his own counsel in his murder trial, claiming that he is a victim of an American Anti-Muslim conspiracy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anwar Mohammed (as Ali Farahnakian)
Gordon MacDonald ...
Phil Gianni
Judge Deborah Burke
Mr. Landon
Jennifer Taylor
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Bernard Noah
Michael Sanchez (as Ramon de Ocampo)


When a couple is killed, Briscoe and Green investigate. They assume the husband, a scientist doing stem cell research, was the target and the wife a teacher was collateral damage. But when they reexamine what happened, they believe the wife was the target and the husband was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. They learn the woman is a staunch feminist and she's battling a Muslim over women's rights. They try to find the guy and learn he's an American who converted. When they arrest him, the guy is very difficult going so far as to defend himself. Jack tries to find out why he did it? Written by

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2 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In joining the cast for the Fall of 2002, Fred Dalton Thompson (District Attorney Arthur Branch) became the first serving U.S. Senator to take a regular TV acting job. His Senate term wasn't officially over until January 2003. See more »


Detective Lennie Briscoe: I'd love to smack that little pompous schmuck.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Me first.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Maybe there was a little hero worship going on.
19 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

After dinner, a man was walking the dog when he heard several gunshots and a Hispanic boy running away from the crime scene; the perp threw the gun in the trash can, leaving his fingerprints on it. The victims were a married couple: the husband was a scientist in charge of a significant research over stem cell; he had many enemies in his field, included a researcher who held a grudge against him for not receiving any credit. Anyway forensic pointed out the victims were killed by two different guns and the real target was the wife, a political activist for women's right; after the Latino was locked up (he's only a two- bit thief) he named the other guy, a nineteen years old converted brat (Wil Horneff), sick of American life and brainwashed in Pakistan shortly before. Detectives caught him in a mosque and he refused a no-Muslim attorney, acting as a racist over Jews and women throughout the trial. Anyway all this anger is not so religiously related...

Two episodes in a row related to Islamophobia, very popular at the time. The main actor looks like Jihadi John, sharing with him the same background; his performance was excellent.

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