The murder of an abortion doctor leads to the prosecution of a radical pro-life leader, who hopes to use the trial to grandstand against abortion laws.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Seely
Jack Gilpin ...
Dr. Simon Reed
Anne Bobby ...
Nancy Gunther
Cynthia Vance ...
Joanne Jenkins
Thomas Schall ...
Randall Jenkins
Dr. Rachel Moran
Ted Kazanoff ...
Judge Daniel Scarletti


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the shooting death of Dr. Eleen Reed who worked at a family planning clinic and had been targeted by anti-abortion groups. She had received many threats and there is a permanent group of protesters outside the clinic where she worked. The investigation leads them to Drew Seely, a defrocked minister who is clearly seeking a podium for his anti-abortion views. Seely ordered the hit but both he and the actual shooter refuse any deal ADA McCoy may put on the table. In the end, McCoy outwits him when on the stand. Written by garykmcd

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25 January 1995 (USA)  »

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Advocacy and Action
31 January 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

An abortion provider doctor is shot in the back of the head while driving her car out of a parking garage. If not the killer himself the motive is clear when a 'wanted poster' from a right to life group is found at the scene. They may not want to know who, but they wanted the world to know why. Still S. Eptha Merkerssen wants to cover all the bases and has Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth explore alternatives.

But when they uncover the weapon at Thomas Schall's dwelling it seems pretty clear. In fact former priest Edward Herrmann who is Schall's spiritual adviser calls a press conference when Schall officially surrenders.

In a free society this is the eternal debate. Where does advocacy end and action begin? Sam Waterston charges Herrmann as well. His cross examination of Herrmann is devastating. Turns out that this freethinker is as up on his bible as the former priest.

There was a later episode with this same issue where it wasn't as successful with a perpetrator more hateful than Herrmann. But that's another story. This story is a fine one.

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