After a homeless man is convicted of murder, his lawyer files an Fourth Amendment appeal claiming an illegal, unwarranted search of his personal property.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Cerreta
Donald Cragen
Paul Robinette
Adam Schiff
Elizabeth Lawrence ...
Mimi Sternhagen
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Wendy Radford ...
Miss Fahey
Norman Ackerman
Bill Alton ...
Judge Bernard O'Malley
Russell Garrett ...


Detectives Cerreta and Logan investigate the stabbing death of a young man. He was killed on a street corner in front of several witnesses, none of whom are of much help in identifying the attacker. A store owner identifies a homeless man who lives in a cardboard box outside the store and they eventually identify him as a homeless person who goes by the name of Lemonhead. He proves not to be the attacker and they realize there were two of them at the scene. The second person lives in a cardboard box in Central Park and they soon make an arrest. ADA Stone gets a conviction but soon finds himself in the State Court of Appeal when a lawyer argues that the police did not have a warrant to search his "home" under the tree in the park. Written by garykmcd

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8 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Irving Metzman is credited as Judge Strozzek, but his character sits on the judge's bench with his name tag in full view as "Hon. Robert Streebie". See more »


Christian 'Lemonhead' Tatum: Lemonhead Tatum: As he was taken into custody by Det. Logan: Oh! The monkey wrapped his tail around the flagpole, around the flagpole, around the flagpole.
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References The Dating Game (1965) See more »

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Truly stupid rulings
12 August 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A truly tragic event, a man stabbed to death while proposing to his fiancé and the diamond ring taken by a homeless man while his homeless friend watches.

But a couple of truly stupid rulings by the trial judge and the Court of Appeals threaten this verdict. Civil liberties attorney Michael Tolan takes up the cause of the murderer Stuart Rudin because Paul Sorvino and Chris Noth did not get a search warrant for the bushes in Central Park this man calls home.

This is the kind of case that would make cops and prosecutors just throw in the towel. The wonder is that Tolan really believes he's won a great victory for civil liberties. Rudin is one really evil dude as well.

Matthew Cowles is outstanding as the other homeless guy who is really non compas mentus. His scenes in and out of court with Michael Moriarty are outstanding.

One of the best early episodes.

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