A woman is charged with murdering her sister, but prosecutors learn that the defendant is actually the other sister--who assumed the real victim's identity. Meanwhile, the judge becomes hostile to the prosecution during the trial.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Nathan Marks
Lt. Jeffrey London
Alan Manson ...
Chief Administrative Judge
Lucy Sullivan
Dicky Fine ...
Chet Carlin ...
Mr. Wilkins
Cordell Stahl ...


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a young woman whose nude body is found in an office building elevator. She is eventually identified as Lucy Sullivan by her sister Joanne who is visiting from Indiana. Fingerprints and a report from New Jersey police reveal that Lucy and her husband were con artists who had recently been scamming casinos. The police develop the theory that Lucy may have been on the run from the mob but when they catch Joanna in an outright lie, they believe she murdered her sister. It's going to be a difficult case to prove as the judge, Nathan Marks, seems only interested in two things: ruling the DA's evidence inadmissible and making sexually suggestive comments to ADA Jamie Ross. Then there's also the simple matter of mistaken identity. Written by garykmcd

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25 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Curtis says that the music publisher's office had been closed the previous day for a Jewish holiday. Yom Kippur, the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar, was on September 23, 1996, two days before this episode aired. See more »


Jack McCoy: I thought he was going to ask your favorite sexual positions next.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: I grew up with four brothers. Marks is an amateur.
Jack McCoy: You don't mind that kind of thing?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Would you rather he'd ruled against us?
Jack McCoy: Guess I'll have to unlearn some of my sensitivity training. If we have another hearing, you'll model silk for him again?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Trust me, he would have been just as big a fan of rayon.
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The Name's The Same
3 December 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Law And Order is concerned not so much with the arrest and trial of the guilty. It is mostly about a judge who lets his discretionary power go to his head and the judge is played by Jerry Adler in a fine performance.

One firm rule in the practice of law is that judges never like being overruled because it shows they erred in the first place. Sitting on that bench you are God in that courtroom and when higher Gods tell you that you blundered in a case they don't like it at all.

What happens here is that the police and the DA's office was conned by the defendant who is played by Pamela Gray. They arrest her, but under the wrong name. She is in fact her own sister and she murdered her sister and assumed her identity because she was on the run. Gray's husband was a conman and was also killed and Gray hatched a scheme to lure her sister in from Terre Haute, Indiana kill her and assume her identity. The police mix up the identities of the defendant and the victim because she lies to them and they look enough alike to be believable.

In addition to everything else from the beginning Jerry Adler is constantly making sexually harassing remarks to Carey Lowell. When he dismisses Sam Waterston's case and Waterston wins it on appeal, it is remanded back to Adler's court where he does everything to destroy the prosecution case out of spite.

The shocking thing about this episode is that a really coldblooded killer was going to get away with her sister's murder because of a judge's pique. Things like this probably happen in our judicial system more than we realize.

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