Briscoe and his new partner, Rey Curtis, track down the man accused of kidnapping and killing a young girl. But before the suspect is arraigned, the girl's mother shoots and kills him in the courtroom.

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Det. Lenny Briscoe and his new partner Det. Ray Curtis investigate the abduction and murder of12 year-old Jodie Gaines. She was dropped off by her school bus less than a block from her after school piano lesson. She never showed up. They get a lead from an ATM camera where they find a white van parked on the street where walked by. It leads to the arrest of Nick Capetti who is charged with murder. At his arraignment however the dead girl's mother, Karen Gaines, shoots him dead. She gets a sympathetic judge and a lenient sentence leading DA McCoy to have the case re-investigated. The new suspect in the case is Karen Gaines herself. Written by garykmcd

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Benjamin Bratt's first episode. See more »

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A courtroom scene takes place on Monday, September 5th. That would be Labor Day, a Federal holiday, and court would not be in session. See more »

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Mrs. Gaines: For 10 years, I stayed in a nightmare marriage just so she could have a real home. I fought for custody for her, but he had more money, more lawyers. He turned me into an addict and then used it against me! That bastard, he stole her away from me. He told her lies about me. He made her afraid of me... I loved her!
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: But you hated your husband more.
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All they've dedicated their lives to
6 February 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although Benjamin Bratt joins the Law And Order cast in this episode it's Sam Waterston who the spotlight is on in this story. Waterston likes to see justice even when he loses. And not only he but the justice system itself stood to lose here.

A young child is abducted by a man in a white glazier's truck. Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt apprehend John Ventimiglia soon enough and he's a lowlife of sorts and they have a pretty good case on him. But as happened in real life in California, the victim's mother Ellen Greene brings a gun to court and shoots him during arraignment.

Like in California there's a wave of sympathy for her. But as we dig deeper all was definitely not as it seemed. The victim died while being held by Ventimiglia so it's murder any way you slice it via the Lindbergh law. As for Greene she and her former husband Tom Tammi used the child in real life as the rope in a tug of war.

Waterston steps ever so gingerly into the realm of perjury to get to the real story. But he and Steven Hill see the court shooting as an attack on all they believe and all they've dedicated their lives to.

Note also a really good performance by Marilyn Chris as Ventimiglia's mother. One to look out for.


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