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In God We Trust 

A man confesses to a nine-year-old racially motivated murder. His defense attorney argues that he should not be punished because he is a born-again Christian and has already done his penance.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Elwin
Wendy Weiss
Nancy Harvard
Judge G. Proctor
Matthew 'Kevin' Clemens
Michael Mulheren ...
Reggie Lennard


A gun is found at the scene of a suspected arson fire and linked to a nine-year-old murder. This leads to a suspect who quickly confesses and whose lawyer argues should not be punished because he has found God and become a changed man since the crime. Written by Anonymous

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11 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Justin Lennard was murdered on April 7, 1996. See more »


The "law" side involves a born-again Christian whose lawyer argues that since his conversion he has lived a good life, and he should not be charged with a murder from 9 years earlier. The plot hole here is that true born-again Christians accept responsibility for crimes involving man's law such as murder. Jesus made reference to this separation of man's law and God's law in giving to Cesar what is Cesar's, and to God what is God's. As such, the defendant by his own testimony could not support the motion filed by his attorney. See more »


Super: I can't just let you in to his apartment.
Detective Joe Fontana: Sure you can. We're authorized.
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References Pretty Woman (1990) See more »

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True remorse
6 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

While searching the crime scene of an arson fire Detectives Dennis Farina and Michael Imperioli discover a handgun that has a body on it. It's the weapon of a nine year old homicide of a man who was at that time going out with one of the tenants of the building. It was a mixed racial couple with the victim being black.

A very short investigation reveals Jim True-Frost as the perpetrator and he quite willingly owns up to the crime. In the intervening ten years however he's gotten religion and apparently walks the walk as well. The pastor of his church happens to be black and back in the day what True-Frost objected to was his sister going out with a black man. He's gotten over whatever racism he had at the time of the murder.

This theme about repentance was done already a decade earlier on Law And Order where a punk rocker killed an undercover cop and she received Jesus while awaiting the sentencing portion of her trial. True-Frost walks into this one a true believer and his attorney tries to get charges dismissed on that basis.

It's a well acted story, but the most zealous defense attorney couldn't possibly believe that one would work

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