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)
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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When Briscoe and Green are looking through the victim's papers, Lennie talks about the length of time needed to graduate law school, and that he had considered it. Green said he would have made a heck of a shyster. When Jerry Orbach was first on Law & Order, he played a defense attorney. See more »


Jack McCoy: Tenofskie loved what he did. He loved the D.A.'s office, loved trial work. He even loved the appeals bureau.
Serena Southerlyn: The only thing that could have stopped him from going after your clients was the fear of losing all of that.
Jack McCoy: Back in 1978, you were a night student at Brooklyn Law, but you took one day class. Corporations, with Professor Hoffman.
William Wachtler: I barely remember it.
Serena Southerlyn: You had a classmate, the real Daniel Tenofsky; the one who dropped out.
Jack McCoy: You sat across the aisle from him for six months. So when ...
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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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