An investigative reporter is shot, and evidence indicates a link to a 20-year-old murder case. Prosecutors learn that one of the reporter's stories on the case may have helped convict an innocent man of the crime.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Hampton
Andrew Hampton
Miss Walsh
John Franchetta
Mr. Hagaman
Senior A.D.A. Arlene Wolensky
Ned Cheron


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis investigate the shooting of a well-known journalist, Gerald Fox, who was shot as he exited his house one morning to go to work. He's unconscious so the police start looking for anyone who might be seeking revenge. The obvious candidate is John Franchetta who was just paroled after serving 20 years for killing Broadway actress Rebecca Hampton. He still denies having anything to do with that crime and the ADA who prosecuted him admits that Fox's barrage of newspaper articles on the crime likely influenced the jury that convicted him. ADAs McCoy and Carmichael come to believe Franchetta and focus on the dead woman's daughter Nicole Hampton for killing her mother and her brother Andrew for shooting Fox. Their main problem is that Nicole was 15 when killed her mother and a juvenile and therefore subject to the law as it existed at that time. Written by garykmcd

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14 April 1999 (USA)  »

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'Matthew Bennett' and 'Marsha Dietlein' who play brother and sister, Nicole Hampton and Andrew Hampton, in this episode, eventually married each other two years after the airing of this show. See more »


Jack McCoy: Andrew Hampton accepted our offer. Attempted man one, 6 to 12 years in jail.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: HOPEFULLY his sister will be joining him.
Jack McCoy: [surprised by Carmichael's lack of confidence in a conviction] You don't think he can convince a jury Nicole put him up to it?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: I think she'll toss her hair back a few times and convince them she didn't.
Jack McCoy: Very cynical, Abbie.
[starts to leave]
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Or if that doesn't work, she could always give an interview to the Ledger.
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Mommy's little girl
11 October 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

An investigative reporter played by Julian Gamble is shot and seriously wounded, but it's days before he can tell Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt anything. As they go through his case files they discover this guy is one big old fraud. Of course that doesn't please the newspaper he works on.

This traces back to a 20 year old killing of a hedonist actress that was done by her wise guy boyfriend. Shades of Bugsy Siegel and Wendy Barrie. Frank Vincent the wise guy boyfriend served 20 years for the crime and now it looks like he might not have done it.

So now the eyes of the law turn to the actresses two children who were teens back then, sober and responsible Matthew Bennett and Marsha Dietlein who is every inch mommy's little girl. So how much responsibility to parse out is what Sam Waterston and Angie Harmon have to deal with.

Marsha Dietlein is some piece of work. You can only imagine her as a teenage sexpot, shades of Baby Doll. She's worth watching this episode alone for.

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