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Original Air Date:
15 November 2000 (Season 11, Episode 5)
When a suspected murderer tries to seek shelter in Israel, the DA's office faces the difficult task of extraditing and trying him in New York while also satisfying the Jewish community. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe

Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy

Angie Harmon ... A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael

Dianne Wiest ... D.A. Nora Lewin

Evan Handler ... Eli Becker

Bruce Altman ... Brad Feldman
Sam Schacht ... Nathan Becker

Joe Maruzzo ... Sal Bonafiglio
David Wike ... Frank
Bruce Ornstein ... Lev Berenson
Lynne Charnay ... Rose Caplan

Rick D. Wasserman ... David Caplan (as Rick Wasserman)

Laurie Heineman ... Sylvia Becker
Danny Maseng ... Consulate General for Israel (as Don T. Maseng)

Matthew Dixon ... Eddie Novello

Antone Pagan ... Ronnie Ortega
Kevin Rennard ... Toreador

Alicia Brockwell ... Sugar
Sol Frieder ... Rabbi #1
Morris S. Friedman ... Rabbi #2 (as Rabbi M. Friedman)

Robert Levine ... Rabbi #3
Joel Leffert ... Jerry Belichek
Elizabeth Martin ... Store Manager
Robert Alexander Owens ... Hal Bates
Lucille Rivin ... Passport Worker
Patrick Frederic ... Locksmith
Robert Harte ... Student #1
Gerry Rosenthal ... Student #2
Johnny Lancaster ... Student #3
Phyllis Bash ... Judge Jensen

Brian Dykstra ... CSU Officer
E. Patrick Corbett ... Bartender
Floyd Resnick ... Sergeant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steven Zirnkilton ... Narrator (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Stephen Wertimer  (as Steve Wertimer)
Writing credits
Dick Wolf (created by)

Aaron Zelman (written by)

Produced by
William M. Finkelstein .... executive producer
William N. Fordes .... producer
Arthur W. Forney .... co-executive producer
Lewis Gould .... producer (as Lewis H. Gould)
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... co-executive producer (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Kati Johnston .... producer
Gary Karr .... producer
Lynn Mamet .... producer
Kathy McCormick .... co-executive producer
Kathy O'Connell .... associate producer
Arthur Penn .... executive producer
Barry Schindel .... supervising producer
Richard Sweren .... co-executive producer
Dick Wolf .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Constantine Makris 
Film Editing by
David Siegel  (as David J. Siegel)
Casting by
Suzanne Ryan 
Production Design by
Robert Thayer 
Art Direction by
C.J. Simpson 
Set Decoration by
Edward Briggs 
Costume Design by
Jennifer von Mayrhauser 
Makeup Department
Sandy DeBlasio .... hair supervisor
Patricia Regan .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Kati Johnston .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacey Beneville .... second assistant director
Daniel Lowe .... dga trainee
Mary Rae Thewlis .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tom Conway .... set dresser (as Eoghan Conway)
Julie Dubrow .... assistant props
Daniel Fisher .... stand-by set dresser
John Grimolizzi .... construction coordinator
Candis Heiland .... assistant property master
T.J. Horan .... set dresser
Thomas Hudson Reeve .... set dresser
Linda Skipper .... scenic charge
Ron Stone .... property master
John W. Farraday .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeffrey Kaplan .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Robert Taz Larrea .... boom operator
Karl Wasserman .... sound utility
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Eli Aronoff .... assistant camera
Jessica Burstein .... still photographer
Jeremy Hill .... best boy
William Klayer .... gaffer
Carl Peterson .... key grip
Peter Reniers .... camera operator
Jeremy Schroeder .... best boy grip
Steven Search .... assistant camera
Miles Strassner .... dolly grip
Jerome Williams .... second assistant camera
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Fleet Emerson .... extras casting
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Wendy M. Roberts .... casting associate
Claire Traeger .... casting associate
Ali Merhi .... extras casting director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Bernstein .... assistant costume designer
Michael Fisher .... wardrobe assistant
Anne Steinbauer .... key wardrobe
Music Department
Libby Pedersen .... music editor
Transportation Department
Bill Curry Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Cynthia Balfour .... script supervisor
Crista Barrasso .... location coordinator
Wendy Battles .... executive story editor
Kelsey Biggs .... office production assistant
Elizabeth Carlton Chase .... coordinator of production: Studios USA (as Elizabeth Carlton)
Bridget Clark .... location manager
Park Dietz .... technical advisor (as Dr. Park Dietz)
Nora Elcar-Verdon .... script co-ordinator
Paul Manilla .... production accountant
Lydia Mayberry .... assistant: Dick Wolf (as Lydia Mayberry Friedman)
Gene Ritchings .... production coordinator
Cheryl D. Sims .... payroll accountant
Michael Struk .... technical advisor
Matt Witten .... story editor
Anthony Azzara .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dick Wolf  created by

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

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Based on the case of Samuel Sheinbein, who fled to Israel to avoid prosecution in the murder of Alfredo Tello. In his case, the Israeli Supreme Court refused to extradite him.See more »
Lt. Anita Van Buren:We can hold them both for now, but Sal's right about one thing: we've got no motive.
Detective Lennie Briscoe:You believe him?
Lt. Anita Van Buren:Well, I didn't say that. But what do we have? The testimony of a mentally questionable co-conspirator; that's it.
Detective Ed Green:Well, if Eddie's telling the truth, Sal either had reasons of his own to get rid of Caplan - what they are, we don't know - or he was doing it for somebody else; who that is, we don't know.
Detective Lennie Briscoe:Yeah, what he said.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Denial Is Not A River In Egypt, 6 April 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Law And Order was really reaching for a good plot gimmick when they used the Israeli law of return as an integral part of the story. In fact they cheated a bit here.

Evan Handler is the son of one of the partners in a leather goods store who has his father's partner killed because he's been caught stealing to feed his lifestyle which consists of quantities of cocaine. When Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin get finally on to him he flees to Israel, citing their law of return which is that any Jew who wants it can claim Israeli citizenship.

That includes criminals and that's there for a reason as it's still uncomfortable in many places on the globe to be Jewish and Jews are subject to persecution which can take the form of arrest and warrants for specious crimes. This is all a result of the Holocaust and there for good and sufficient reason.

What it never was intended to be was to offer a place of sanctuary for a murderer who happens to be Jewish. But Handler invokes it and part of the episode involves the very WASP Angie Harmon going before a rabbinical court to get this guy declared unJewish because he was really adopted. So if he hadn't been adopted there would be no story.

I also cannot believe that politicians would bring to bear pressure on acting DA Dianne Weist for Handler. The man he murdered wasn't exactly an Eskimo.

The best performance in this episode is given by Sam Schacht who is Handler's adopted father and who flat out refuses beyond all reason to believe his son is guilty. I've rarely seen denial done so well on the big or small screen.

But this was in the final analysis an inferior episode in a series that usually has only good ones.

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