Law & Order: Season 15, Episode 1

Paradigm (22 Sep. 2004)

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Green and his new partner, Joe Fontana, investigate the murder of an Iraq War veteran who has more incriminating Abu Ghraib prison photos. An Iraqi woman who is an American citizen is charged, but she claims to be a prisoner of war.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (as Michael R. Bloomberg)
Lt. Colonel Milton Danbury
Nadira Harrington
Jeff Harrington
Helmar Augustus Cooper ...


Lustful lovers discover a woman's body in the abandoned office they use for their trysty getaway. The murdered woman is discovered to be a corporal in the US Army who served at Abu Garib prison. The detectives investigate the military and the woman's place of employment and eventually finger the wife of a man who works in the office building where the woman was found. The suspect's brother was abused at the Iraqi prison. Can McCoy sway the jury to dissuade the ignore the prisoner of war defense put up by Nadira and her lawyer? Written by FMJ_Joker

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Nadira Latif Harrington was born on April 14, 1975. See more »


Det. Joe Fontana: I didn't realize I got transfered into the local chapter of Amnesty International.
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Having it both ways
28 March 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Dennis Farina joins Law And Order for two seasons as Jesse Martin's new partner and they get the case of a recently returned female army reservist from Iraq who is killed with her body carefully laid out with a cross painted in pig's blood across her chest. The victim was a member of a military police unit and as it turned out had done duty at the now infamous Abu Ghiraib prison. Which we learn was also a place that Saddam Hussein used for his prisoners, political and otherwise.

The perpetrator using an advertising gimmick lured the victim to the crime scene and did the deed. It turns out that she is the Arab wife of an American businessman and is a naturalized citizen herself. In fact Sarita Choudhury claims herself as a prisoner of war.

Sorry lady, you can't be an enemy combatant and an American citizen. Can't have it both ways.

Not the best Law And Order episode, still Dennis Farina was an interesting contrast with Jerry Orbach.

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