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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Christian 'Lemonhead' Tatum
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Elizabeth Lawrence ...
Miss Elsie Hatch
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Mimi Sternhagen
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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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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 »

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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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A Man's Home Is His Castle.
23 November 2012 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

I get a kick out of this episode, partly because it raises an interesting and contemporary social and legal issue, and partly because it has such a phenomenal performance by Matthew Cowles as "Lemonhead." A young man is stabbed to death on the street and his watch stolen. Witnesses offer conflicting descriptions of the killer. He might have been wearing overalls or he might have been wearing a red parka. He's been seen living in a cardboard box at the site of the crime.

Cerreta and Logan soon track down the homeless man in overalls. As a "lookout," he was complicit, but the problem is that he's half nuts, sometimes ALL nuts. This is "Lemonhead", named for his unruly blond hair. His performance only projects insanity in the most theatrical way but his performance is impish and appealingly fruity.

He reveals the identity and "home" of the killer and thief, but he's terrified of the guy, and it's not clear what he'll do on the stand. Ceretta and Logan go poking through the bushes in Central Park and uncover the improvised lair of Ron McLarty, whom they pin to the ground and put on trial. McLarty looks every inch the paranoid schizophrenic. His default expression is a menacing glower.

The question is whether the detectives violated McLarty's right to privacy in rummaging through the pile of junk he calls home. Interesting question, no? If the only home a man can afford is a shelter half propped up by a couple of sticks, can the police enter and search it without a warrant, even if it's on public property? Lemonhead gets his act together, despite his terror, just enough to nail McLarty, but he winds up in a straight jacket, mumbling and chatting with "friends from heaven and fiends from hell." It's not a realistic picture. Straight jackets are passe, though dramatic.

Still, this is one of the better episodes of a sometimes fine series.


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