Detectives discover that a murdered assistant district attorney had an assumed identity, and that he never graduated from law school. They also discover that he made a mob-related murder case in his files disappear.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Wachtler
Frederico 'Books' Libretti (as Steven R. Schirripa)
John Viscardi ...
Anthony 'Biscuits' Biscotti
Himself - Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Doug Stender ...
John Jellison ...
Mike O'Dwyer
Marge Hollenbach (as Julia K. Murney)


A well-respected veteran Assistant District Attorney who seemed to have no personal life is murdered. The investigation takes a shocking turn when it is revealed that he was using an assumed identity and had never actually graduated from law school. Written by Anonymous

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31 March 2004 (USA)  »

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Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has a cameo - holding a press conference near the end of the episode. See more »


Arthur Branch: Have we found anything yet that's relevant to his murder?
Jack McCoy: Not yet.
Arthur Branch: Well, in that case, I'd be delighted to ponder the psychological enigma that was Jacob Dieter, but I've got to double-time it up to the appeleate division.
Serena Southerlyn: Midonas?
Arthur Branch: Chief Judge Leonidas Midonas. I'd sooner fess up to cheating on my taxes as to hand him a shaggy dog story like this.
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References Repo Man (1984) See more »

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Biscuits & Books
14 February 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This particular episode of Law And Order is noteworthy as it is one of two that real life New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made on the show. If that doesn't give Law And Order a ring of authenticity, nothing will.

But when an Assistant ADA is found murdered in Central Park you would expect the mayor to issue some kind of public statement. As Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin caught the case this one will have more than the usual scrutiny.

But it's the District Attorney of New York County and its offices that get an unexpected shock. It turns out the victim was not who he claimed. He was from Phoenix, Arizona and for reasons we'll never know stole the identity of a man from New York City and faked all his credentials for the bar and was hired by the District Attorney. According to Sam Waterston who knew him or thought he did, his late colleague's work was superlative and no one would ever had any reason to question him.

It all leads back to an Organized Crime case that the late victim worked on and dropped several years earlier. Two button guys from the Mafia, street names Biscuits and Books figure prominently in this case which involves an underboss in one of the Mafia families.

The late victim did leave a couple of cryptic clues in the file of that old case that he stripped. It's quite a maze where the DA is doing as much investigative work as the police. I think you'll like the result.

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