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"Law & Order" Myth of Fingerprints (2001)

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Original Air Date:
14 November 2001 (Season 12, Episode 7)
A fingerprint analyst's error put an innocent man in prison. Detectives discover that this may not have been the only error she has made in favor of prosecutors. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A history of false IDs See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe

Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy

Elisabeth Röhm ... Serena Southerlyn

Dianne Wiest ... Nora Lewin

Diana Scarwid ... Lisa Russo

Jeremy Davidson ... Luke Campbell

James Colby ... Bobby Campbell
David Green ... FBI Agent Foster

Lenny Venito ... Detective Wade

Tara Bast ... Brenda Warren (as Stacey Leigh Ivey)

Joe Maruzzo ... Glenn Edwards

Adam Mucci ... Terry Fullmer

Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Maggie Burke ... Judge Elayne Link

Larry Bryggman ... Mr. Rowan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erin Cardillo ... Jenny

Ginnifer Goodwin ... Erica

Michael Hyatt ... Clerk
Abigail Lopez ... Laura Rodriguez

Gregori J. Martin ... Det. Vic Perez
Teri Mazzarella ... Foreperson
Michael P. Moran ... Probation Officer

Andrea Navedo ... Detective Ana Cordova

Kate Rigg ... Administrator

Robert Spillane ... Jack Lynch

Steven Zirnkilton ... Narrator (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Platt 
Writing credits
Dick Wolf (created by)

Terri Kopp (teleplay by) &
Aaron Zelman (teleplay by)

Eric Ellis Overmyer (story by) (as Eric Overmyer)

Produced by
Wendy Battles .... producer
William N. Fordes .... supervising producer
Arthur W. Forney .... co-executive producer
Jill Goldsmith .... co-producer
Lewis Gould .... co-executive producer (as Lewis H. Gould)
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... executive producer (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Sean Jablonski .... co-producer
Peter Jankowski .... executive producer
Kati Johnston .... producer
Gary Karr .... supervising producer
Terri Kopp .... co-producer
Kathy O'Connell .... associate producer
Eric Ellis Overmyer .... consulting producer (as Eric Overmyer)
Barry Schindel .... executive producer
Richard Sweren .... co-executive producer
Roz Weinman .... producer
Dick Wolf .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
John Beymer 
Film Editing by
Kurt Courtland 
Toni Morgan 
Casting by
Suzanne Ryan 
Production Design by
Robert Thayer 
Costume Design by
Jennifer von Mayrhauser 
Production Management
Mary Rae Thewlis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Carroll .... second second assistant director
Stuart Feldman .... first assistant director
Luis Nieves .... second assistant director
Art Department
Julie Dubrow .... assistant props
Daniel Fisher .... stand-by set dresser
John Grimolizzi .... construction coordinator
T.J. Horan .... set dresser
Thomas Hudson Reeve .... set dresser
John W. Farraday .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Phil Hadaway .... sound recordist
Jeffrey Kaplan .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Rohn .... lighting technician
Jeremy Schroeder .... best boy grip
David S. Tuttman .... camera operator (as David Tuttman)
Jerome Williams .... second assistant camera
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Claire Traeger .... casting associate
Ali Merhi .... extras casting director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Bernstein .... assistant costume designer
Linda Giammarese .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Jeff Stroot .... international editor
Location Management
Crista Barrasso .... location coordinator
Matt Lamb .... assistant location manager
Matt Lamb .... location manager
Other crew
Ann Calhoun .... production assistant
Nora Elcar-Verdon .... script co-ordinator
Marc Guggenheim .... executive story editor
Paul Manilla .... production accountant
Sandy Medeiros .... production assistant
Cheryl D. Sims .... payroll accountant
Matt Witten .... executive story editor
Aaron Zelman .... story editor
Anthony Azzara .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Based on the case of Joyce Gilchrist, an Oklahoma City forensic chemist who was found to have falsified forensic evidence in order to help prosecutors obtain convictions, sending dozens of innocent men and women to prison, and leading to the execution of at least one man who was later fully exonerated.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers states that "CSU found blood splatters on the television set...". It is "blood spatters", without an "l", for the noun form. However one would "splatter" blood (verb form) in an analysis to determine what type of force produced a blood spatter pattern.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A history of false IDs, 20 October 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The death of a man who nobody is going to mourn leads Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin on the trail of a homicide of a case long solved. And the investigating officer was none other than S. Eptha Merkessen way back in her undercover days.

Turns out the deceased killed someone in the past and two people went to prison for that crime, one of whom was killed in the joint. The case rested on fingerprint identification and the woman in charge of the police lab, Diana Scarwid did the ID.

It was a false ID and as it turns out she's got a history of that. It will be quite a reach but DA Diane Weist has Sam Waterston charge Scarwid for the murder in prison.

What she did was irresponsible in the extreme. In her defense we learn that fingerprint IDs is not an exact science and one has a lot of latitude. It's also what makes careers for defense lawyers. And Scarwid sees it as her contribution to law and order.

A most thought provoking episode.

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