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"Law & Order" City Hall (2004)

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Original Air Date:
11 February 2004 (Season 14, Episode 14)
A city councilman and a water inspector are victims of a shooting in City Hall. Prosecution of the guilty party is difficult because the murder weapon was obtained through a secretive FISA warrant. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe

Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy

Elisabeth Röhm ... Serena Southerlyn

Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch
Alvin Epstein ... Stuart Rubin
Paul Austin ... Ron Tabachnik

Lance Reddick ... FBI Special Agent Jamal Atkinson

Mark Zeisler ... Peter Rubin

Angel David ... Police Officer Nunez

Sam Coppola ... US Federal Judge Vance

Julian Gamble ... Ladder Company 66 Chief

Tovah Feldshuh ... Danielle Melnick

Peter Rini ... Assistant US Attorney Michael Cagnetta
Michael Howell ... Charles Abernathy (as Michael W. Howell)

Marc Damon Johnson ... Mark Lanier

Ed Vassallo ... Sonny Rodino

Geoffrey Wade ... Drummond
Maggie Burke ... Judge Georgina Franklin
Leslie Crocker Snyder ... Judge Rebecca Logan

Gene Canfield ... Dale
Toni Di Buono ... Rita Antinori (as Toni DiBuono)

Christopher Durham ... Donald Foster

Sharon Angela ... Vanessa

Brian Delate ... Sajek
David Adkins ... Williamson
Jim Ireland ... Craig
Steve Hurwitz ... John Clymer
Tony Freeman ... Andrew
Gia Galeano ... Brady (as Gia Gracielle Galeano)
Tony Torn ... Court Clerk #2
Belqui Ortiz ... Intern #2
Jordan Simmons ... Intern #1

Diana Henry ... Mrs. Rubin
Jose Febus ... Store Clerk
Molly Helfet ... Woman

Ernest Mingione ... Sergeant Butters
Sandy Moore ... Owner
Jack Neary ... Court Clerk #1

Navida Stein ... Jury Foreperson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steven Zirnkilton ... Narrator (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Gloria Muzio 
Writing credits
Dick Wolf (created by)

Richard Sweren (written by) &
Marc Guggenheim (written by)

Produced by
Wendy Battles .... co-executive producer
Lorenzo Carcaterra .... producer
Michael S. Chernuchin .... executive producer
Janis Diamond .... consulting producer
William N. Fordes .... supervising producer
Arthur W. Forney .... co-executive producer
Marc Guggenheim .... producer
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... executive producer (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Peter Jankowski .... executive producer
Kati Johnston .... producer
Gary Karr .... supervising producer
Kathy O'Connell .... associate producer
Eric Ellis Overmyer .... co-executive producer (as Eric Overmyer)
Matthew Penn .... executive producer
Richard Sweren .... co-executive producer
Roz Weinman .... co-executive producer
Dick Wolf .... executive producer
Aaron Zelman .... producer
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
John Beymer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Brookshire 
Casting by
Suzanne Ryan 
Production Design by
Gary Weist 
Art Direction by
C.J. Simpson 
Set Decoration by
Eddie Briggs  (as Edward Briggs)
Makeup Department
Sandy DeBlasio .... key hair stylist
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Kati Johnston .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stuart Feldman .... first assistant director
Luis Nieves .... second assistant director
Raul Celaya .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Brian Buteau .... on set dresser
Tom Conway .... set dresser (as Eoghan Conway)
Julie Dubrow .... assistant props
Daniel Fisher .... stand-by set dresser
John Grimolizzi .... construction coordinator
T.J. Horan .... set dresser
Robin McAllister .... assistant property master
Kevin L. Raper .... graphic designer
Thomas Hudson Reeve .... set dresser
Linda Skipper .... scenic charge
Ron Stone .... property master
Sound Department
Jeanne Gilliland .... boom operator
Larry Hoff .... sound mixer
Jeffrey Kaplan .... supervising sound editor
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer
Richard Thomas .... sound effects editor
Michael Trifman .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Riley G. Matthews Jr. .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Eli Aronoff .... assistant camera
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Jessica Burstein .... still photographer
Patrick Cousins .... best boy
T.J. Hellmuth .... assistant camera
William Klayer .... gaffer
Carl Peterson .... key grip
Matthew Rohn .... lighting technician
Jeremy Schroeder .... best boy grip
Miles Strassner .... dolly grip
David S. Tuttman .... camera operator (as David Tuttman)
Jerome Williams .... assistant camera
Chris Del Sordo .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Fleet Emerson .... extras casting
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Claire Traeger .... casting associate
Ali Merhi .... extras casting director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Bernstein .... assistant costume designer
Diana J. Collins .... set costumer
Michael Fisher .... key wardrobe
Linda Giammarese .... key costumer
Patricia Smouse .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Marvin D. Bryson .... post-production coordinator
Dave Lifshin .... post-production coordinator
Skipper Martin .... colorist: dailies
Location Management
Moshe Bardach .... location manager
Crista Barrasso .... location coordinator
A.J. Farkas .... location assistant
Matt Lamb .... assistant location manager
Matt Lamb .... location manager
Music Department
Libby Pedersen .... music editor
Mike Post .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
Bill Curry Jr. .... transportation captain
Other crew
Cynthia Balfour .... script supervisor
Noah Baylin .... executive story editor
Park Dietz .... technical advisor (as Dr. Park Dietz)
Nora Elcar-Verdon .... script co-ordinator
Clint Koltveit .... production assistant
Paul Manilla .... production accountant
Shiya Ribowsky .... technical advisor (as Dr. Shiya Ribowsky)
Gene Ritchings .... production coordinator
Jannett Roberts .... production assistant
Leslie Crocker Snyder .... legal consultant
Michael Struk .... technical advisor
Anthony Azzara .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dick Wolf  created by

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Additional Details

43 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Serena Southerlyn:This case must be high-profile if you're bird-dogging the arraignment.
Jack McCoy:I wasn't there to second-guess. The mayor's office is all over Arthur, so Arthur is all over me.
Serena Southerlyn:Well, tell him not to worry. Did you see Rubin's lawyer?
Jack McCoy:I saw him hand you a blueback.
Serena Southerlyn:It's a suppression motion, but it doesn't make any sense.
Jack McCoy:[she hands him the motion] Civil lawyer who's out of his element?
Serena Southerlyn:He's under the impression that the police found a .38 Special during the search.
Jack McCoy:So they think we have the murder weapon but we don't?
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Movie Connections:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Secret warrants from a secret court, 9 December 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This episode of Law And Order was inspired by the shooting of New York City Councilman Jerome Davis in City Hall during the last decade. However the plot of this story has a collateral victim only wounded by the assassin who is the real target and the poor councilman just was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Paul Austin plays a city water inspector who was the unfortunate victim and New York sends bills to all business and property owners and asks them to cough up money for their water like any other municipality. But with eight million customers and only four inspectors they get backlogged.

When an overestimated water bill sends some poor electronics store owner over the edge I could almost sympathize. I have my gas meter in my place inside and I live in an area where heaven forfend it be on the outside where the gas inspectors can read it. And it would cost my landlord to have the company reinstall it on the outside. As a result I get royally inflated gas bills every now and then when inspectors can't get in to read. It burns me up, but nothing like what is going on in this episode.

A key piece of evidence was also seized by the Feds because they're conducting their own investigation. Because this store shipped video games to Algeria with technology that could be used for missile guidance systems they got on the Federal radar. And with a warrant from a secret court they were on the perpetrator's property and taking evidence for their case two days before Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin got there.

There is such a court it's called a FISA Court the Federal Information Securities Act court and secret warrants are obtained in this secret court. That impassioned defender of the Bill Of Rights, Danielle Melnick played by Tovah Feldshuh is rightly upset. But is it relevant to the business at end of her client shooting a City Councilman even by accident?

Nicely done episode of Law And Order, both entertaining and covering a wide range of issues.

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