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:
Christian 'Lemonhead' Tatum
Elizabeth Lawrence ...
Miss Elsie Hatch
Mimi Sternhagen
Wendy Radford ...
Miss Fahey
Norman Ackerman
Bill Alton ...
Judge Bernard O'Malley
Russell Garrett ...
Sal Violet


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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One of the series' best episodes
13 July 2016 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This is an outstanding episode, mainly because of Matthew Cowles's performance as "Lemonhead," a mentally ill homeless man involved in a murder. I especially liked a scene in which the cops interrogate Lemonhead, and Detective Logan fails to notice for several minutes that Lemonhead is imitating his every move.

To correct a few errors in the prior review: First, the killer was not named Ron McLarty or played by Ron McLarty. The character, James Polesky, was played by Stuart Rudin (who also played Multiple Miggs in "The Silence of the Lambs"). Ron McLarty played Polesky's lawyer at trial.

"Lemonhead" was nicknamed for his jaundice, not his yellow hair.

The victim's watch wasn't mentioned. He was robbed of a diamond ring that he had planned to give his girlfriend. The ring became a plot point when the trial judge erroneously excluded it from evidence.

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