Political pressures and a lack of manpower force the detectives to coerce a confession out of its only suspect in a brutal sexual assault of a young girl.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Calvin Berry
Jesse Castillo
Owen Stokes (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Pizza Lady
Thom Sesma ...
Mark Considine


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the rape of 10 year-old Malika Richardson who was found in in a coma in the basement of her apartment. They trace Malika's movements to the library and then a pizza parlor and get a few sketches of men who were seen in the locations. They arrest Owen Stokes who was seen at several of the locations Malika visited on the day of the attack. DA Adam Sciff is up for election and makes it clear that he ants a conviction. As a result, Briscoe and Curtis coerce an admission of guilt from him. The only problem is that they have the wrong man. Briscoe meanwhile gets an offer from one of his informants to take care of the drug dealer who killed his daughter. Jamie decides the only way to keep custody of her daughter is to stop working full-time. Written by garykmcd

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20 May 1998 (USA)  »

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This was Carey Lowell's last episode as a regular cast member. She would later guest star in two episodes as the same character (Jamie Ross). See more »


Referenced in Law & Order: Disciple (1999) See more »

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8 May 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Cliff Gorman made his third and final appearance as a sleazy judge who is challenging Steven Hill for District Attorney. Gorman's candidacy was birthed by Robert Vaughn an old friend of Hill's whose office prosecuted his grandson for a murder. He wanted the kid to get a walk and Hill would not oblige for friendship's sake.

This episode has a very serious flaw in it. Gorman is a sitting judge and if he were running for District Attorney he would have had to resign. In the three episodes with Gorman as both judge and candidate his conflict of interest is apparent.

In this one because he's a candidate he's having a field day with the DA's office because they originally were prosecuting the wrong guy. That could never happen in real life. If not resign Gorman would have been handling civil cases at a minimum for the duration of the campaign.

Still Gorman is some piece of work as a power hungry judge on the make. But the premise of the show has a flaw that can't be overlooked.

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