Law & Order: Season 11, Episode 23

Judge Dread (23 May 2001)

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An accountant goes on trial after being charged with ordering a hit on the hard-as-nails judge who imposed an unusually harsh prison sentence on him just to send a message.

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Judge Linda Karlin
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Randall Wylie
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Jimmy McGowan (as Scott Nicolai Sowers)
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Janice Wylie
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John Karlin
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Vince Morris
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Judge Linda Karlin is a hard line judge and well-known for handing out the maximum sentence for even the most minor crimes. Detectives Lenny Briscoe and Ed Green find themselves investigating an attempt on her life when Frank Morris, who stole a gun from his bartender uncle, takes a shot at her and is gunned down by her police detective bodyguard. The police find that Morris visited Randall Wylie, who has a case before Judge Collins, in jail not long before the shooting. Judge Karlin rejected a plea bargain the DA and Wylie had agreed to and it looks like he may have hired Morris to make the hit. Written by garykmcd

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D.A. Nora Lewin: Why do you always believe the worst in people, Jack?
Jack McCoy: Who, me?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Spend a few more years in this place, you'll be right there with us.
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It's Always A Hanging Day In Her Court
12 July 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This particular episode of Law And Order gave an interesting message out there about 'law and order' judges who really don't think about suitable punishments. Roxanne Hart plays the judge whom everyone knows as Judge Dread because every day is a hanging day in her court.

The woman is undoubtedly sincere, but she's also lazy, I guess it's easier to just reflexively give out maximum sentences without actually thinking about the consequences. That's what Roxanne does and what it gets her is an assassination attempt where the hit-man is slain by her bodyguard.

It's all in the why here as after awhile going through some more obvious suspects Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin settle on some poor accountant who made a killing with insider information. As a first offense this guy who was beautifully played by David Wohl who is the personification of a nebbish would have gotten at most time in some country club, maybe even witness protection if he had other information on bigger fish. But when Hart hear that Wohl's wife made a fast trip to the Caymen Islands, she goes ballistic and sends him to Riker's Island.

In Riker's Island, not being a man used to the criminal justice system, the poor slob gets played a few mind games which result in the crime. Sam Waterston with defense attorney Tovah Feldshuh do try and work out an equitable solution which I believe they do.

What's best about this episode is the final confrontation scene with Dianne Weist and Roxanne Hart. Weist was only on for a short while as the appointed District Attorney after Steven Hill left the series. But I believe this episode was her finest hour. When Hart hears that the 'mastermind' behind her attempted murder was cut a deal she goes ballistic. Weist calmly and professionally puts her down saying that when Hart just starts handing out maximums she makes it tough on everyone else and she bears some responsibility here as well. Not a message she wants to hear, but a message well aimed at so called 'tough' judges.


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