A defense attorney is murdered hours after his client accused of shooting a cop is acquitted. Detectives suspect that a right-wing militia group is involved, and that the lives of other attorneys may be in jeopardy.

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Lennie Briscoe
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Ed Green
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Anita Van Buren
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Kevin Wilson
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Judge Harrison Taylor
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Julian Preuss
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Chris Wilson
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Judge Alan Berman
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A defense attorney is murdered hours after his client accused of shooting a cop is acquitted. Detectives suspect that a right-wing militia group is involved, and that the lives of other attorneys may be in jeopardy.

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Danielle Melnick: Julian Preuss is accused of a crime, but that doesn't make him Hannibal Lecter.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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Mine For The Takin
Written by Todd Jones
Performed by Scott Nickoley & Jamie Dunlap
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / MasterSource
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"They Ought To Name An Award For Her"
21 October 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If all the prosecutors in the world were like Jack McCoy and the defense attorneys like Danielle Melnick the world and the legal system would be a thing of wonder. Open Season pits the two of them again as respected adversaries as Tovah Feldshuh defends a white supremacist client played by Garrett Dillahunt with an intensity that will chill you.

When a noted defense attorney who just got off a cop shooter is shot down after the trial, suspicion falls on the cop's family and associates. But later on Jerry Ohrbach and Jesse Martin zero in on a white supremacist group that has made a point of killing liberal judges and defense attorneys.

This man is a terrorist make no mistake about it and the authorities don't treat him like any other prisoner. But that offends Feldshuh's ACLU trained soul. She breaks restrictions in her communications with him and in turn Dillahunt uses her to innocently communicate information that enables another hit on a judge in another state.

This is a very special prisoner says Sam Waterston and Feldshuh has innocently been drawn into his world just doing her job as a passionate advocate. What's great about this episode is that it takes absolutely no sides. Both Waterston and Feldshuh have well established characters from Law and Order and both perform within the parameters of those characters.

As Waterston says about Feldshuh, the Bar Association ought to name an award for her.


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