With the help of a Brooklyn detective, Briscoe and Logan get a confession from a mentally retarded man in the murders of two nurses. Further investigation reveals that he may be innocent, but he steadfastly maintains that he is guilty.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lennie Briscoe
Donald Cragen
Paul Robinette
Adam Schiff
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Lt. Brian Torelli
Shambala Green
Brooklyn A.D.A. Frank Lazar
David Zifrin
James Lewis De Lorenzo ...
Marty Lake
Rosemary De Angelis ...
Sally Goldman (as Rosemary DeAngelis)


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate a vicious knife attack on two nurses Vicky Hemmings and her roommate Aloma, who survived. Briscoe recalls a similar attack in Brooklyn and learn that that the Brooklyn victim, Mary Davis, and Vicky had worked at the same walk-in clinic. The Brooklyn detective, Lt. Brian Torelli, make an arrest where the suspect David Zifrin confesses to the crime. When Briscoe and Logan interview the suspect, they quickly realize he is mentally challenged and seriously doubt he actually committed the crime. ADA Stone agrees but his Brooklyn counterpart doesn't and Stone soon finds himself appearing as a witness for the defense. Written by garykmcd

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3 March 1993 (USA)  »

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French title: Question de juridiction. See more »


Detective Mike Logan: I have a little niece who's retarded, you ask her in the wrong tone to clear the table and she's Frisbeeing the plates.
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Vested Interest
10 July 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Courtroom antagonists Michael Moriarty and Lorraine Toussaint get to join forces to try and clear an innocent man that a hungry justice system has convicted. Justice was not blind in convicting Michael Badalucco, in fact the blindfold was ripped off and she got quite a nudge from an ambitious ADA and an evil cop played by Mark Blum and Dan Hedaya respectively.

Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth get a case of a nurse being stabbed in her dormitory room, shades of Richard Speck and link it to another in Brooklyn that Dan Hedaya has. In the middle of their investigation through assorted junkies, Hedaya makes an arrest of a mildly retarded man Michael Badalucco. They make an arrest, but soon find it doesn't track. It also doesn't track for Moriarty and he joins forces with Badalucco's lawyer Toussaint to fight for his innocence.

Hedaya and Blum are a pair of real specimens. Hedaya had history with Badalucco and made a mental note that he was a future patsy if needed. And Blum is a hotshot prosecutor who just wants a convenient scalp. How many people get into jackpot because of these kind of vested interests in real life?

Nice to see Moriarty and Toussaint working together.

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