The prosecution of the shooter in the death of a young mother and wife hits a snag when it is suggested that her doctor may have killed her to give away her organs and advance his career.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Donald Cosgrove
Attorney Hilburne
Jacob Sutter
Marty O'Neal
John Ramsey ...
Dr. Hsu
Richard Thomsen ...
Mr. Fuller
Luce Ennis ...
Mrs. Fuller


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of Nancy O' Neal, the victim of a drive-by shooting while she was returning home with her husband Marty. The husband's story doesn't stand up to scrutiny but the truth - that he was in that neighborhood to buy a diamond ring from a fence - makes more sense. They locate the fence who saw three men in the area where the shooting took place. They quickly track down the shooter, Elias Camacho, but Jamie Ross notes an anomaly in O'Neal's time of death and it appears the hospital prepared to harvest Nancy O'Neal's organs before she was officially declared to have died. The DA's office believe that the doctor in charge, Donald Cosgrove, may have precipitated her death in order to deliver her organs to a hospital where he was hoping to get a job. Written by garykmcd

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29 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Jack McCoy: Jamie, do dead people feel pain?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Is that a trick question, Jack? The word 'dead' says it all.
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Top dollar for a heart and lungs
14 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Law And Order story is a real heartbreaker. Armand Schultz is driving through Washington Heights after getting off the George Washington Bridge and runs afoul of some real bad dudes, one of them was drunkenly waving a pistol around and shooting it into his car and Schultz's wife is critically wounded.

With a little bit of trickery on the part of Carey Lowell they nail the shooter Carlos Pizarro. But she and Sam Waterston note some time line discrepancies as to when she was actually pronounced dead.

The arrogance of some in the medical profession is truly astounding. The surgeon who operated on her is Michael Nouri and it's his last day at that hospital. He's getting top dollar not for just himself, but he's bringing in the victim's heart and lungs for transplant. Nouri might have just hurried the victim's date with eternity.

Legal necessity compels Waterston and Lowell to try Nouri and Pizarro for the murder. Nouri resents even being associated with this gang banger and can't comprehend the seriousness and the ethical problems of what he did.

Nouri and Pizarro, an unlikely pair of murderers both give some outstanding performances. David Marshall Grant makes a brief appearance as another ADA and a friend of Lowell's. He will figure prominently in a future episode.

It's a legal quagmire for the NY County DA's office.

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