After Jack is forced to settle with a man who committed a mass murder in Central Park, he decides to go after to the gun manufacturer.


(as Ed Sherin)


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Airs Tue. Aug. 22, 5:00 AM on TNT


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Trope
Murphy Guyer ...
Mr. Weber
Jeff Brooks ...
Victor Colby
Christine Farrell ...
Thomas Bellin ...
Joe Wells (as Tom Bellin)


Briscoe and Green investigate a shooting rampage in Central Park where all 15 of the victims were female college students. Using the serial number of the gun they've recovered they trace the owner, Dennis Trope, but when the judge dismisses most of their evidence, Jack McCoy has few options open to him. When he learns that the gun could be turned into an automatic weapon using an inexpensive kit you can buy at any gun show, he decides to go after the manufacturer. Despite evidence that the gun manufacturer knew that most of their sales were because of the ease of conversion, it's obvious McCoy is going to have a hard time getting a conviction. Written by garykmcd

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22 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


First appearance of Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green. His character would remain on the show through the middle of season 18. See more »


For guns that can be converted from semi-automatic to full automatic, the purchase of a conversion kit follows the same rules as the sale of an automatic weapon, which requires a FBI background check. See more »


Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: You're willing to bet your client's life on that? You must have quite a pair of crystal balls!
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2000) See more »

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Not NYC in 2015
7 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never watched original Law & Order episodes....only syndicated. Reason: I discovered Angie Harmon. WOW! I still only watch L&O when Harmon appears as Abbie Carmichael, usually on Sundance.

Tough case for McCoy, but the legal system suffers when a judge can overturn a jury's verdict. However, I agree with the judge. The profit margin is much higher for a gun manufacturer than for a super market. I see this as greed, but not as proof that the manufacturer intended for purchasers to convert the Rolfe to an automatic.

Something McCoy said was 'bleeped.' Was it the comment about 'crystal balls?' I watched this episode on TNT and not Sundance, the latter not cutting anything. TNT is 'Turner' and cuts anything slightly objectionable, visually or vocally.

When the killer was interrogated by Briscoe's partner, he had a bandage around his head. He is called as the final witness late in the episode. Didn't look like the same man interrogated. I came in a few minutes late and don't know what the 'murder 1' defendant had against college women.

My summary? Quite obvious. There was no DiBlasio in 1999.

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