The murder of a prominent Japanese model visiting New York City may have been a Yakuza-related murder for hire.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Ito
Hiroji Yoshida
Lucy Chen
Neil Pepe ...
Dr. Nelson
Robert Ari ...
Howard Lawford
Glenn Kubota ...
Akira Miyamoto


When a female Japanese tourist is killed, her husband who survives, claims that they were attacked by some black men. An investigation ensues into the possibility that the man wanted to kill his wife to collect the insurance. But when the man goes back to Japan and extradition is impossible, Branch decides to make false statements to trick the man into returning. Written by

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28 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Chris Chalk (Thomas Walker) also plays a character by the same name (Corporal Thomas Walker) in the Showtime series, "Homeland". See more »


The trial judge's name changes throughout the episode. When we first meet him, the caption identifies him as "Harrison Taylor". Later, we see that the name on his office door is "Thomas Sommers". In the final scenes, as the verdict is being read, the name plate on his bench reads "Thomas Everton". See more »


Arthur Branch: I guess you won't be joining us for the bar association gala tonight.
Jack McCoy: I'm hoping for a verdict.
Arthur Branch: You said that two days ago.
Jack McCoy: Olson called. They're willing to plead to murder two.
Arthur Branch: Yeah, well, tell him he's got a better chance of catching a bat in a fly trap.
Jack McCoy: We might have a hung jury, Arthur.
Arthur Branch: The man made a cynical and heartless decision to murder his wife for money. And the fact that he tried to exploit racial divisions makes it even more heinous.
Jack McCoy: I agree.
Arthur Branch: I have faith in this jury. And the good...
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Things get racially charged here
27 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Van Buren has reservations about Branch's tactics of inventing a tale of a suspect in custody to lure a Ginza nightclub owner back to New York after the Japanese government is unwilling to extradite him to face charges of conspiracy and murder in the death of his wife on a New York City vacation.

During jury selection, the defense attorney excludes every black person. This is because the defendant initially blamed an unidentified black man for his wife's murder. McCoy challenges the one Asian juror, but for reasons unrelated to race. At trial, things go pretty well, but it's hard to tell which way the jury is leaning.

Watch and find out.

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