Law & Order: Season 2, Episode 13

Severance (14 Jan. 1992)

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Stone and Robinette go after a defense contractor, as well as his lawyer and the hit-man he allegedly hired, after two men are killed and a whistle-blower who planned to testify against him goes missing.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Grizzard ...
Maureen Anderman ...
Sharon Styger
Sam Groom ...
Larry Teasdale
Frank Kemp
Defense Attorney Werner (as Joseph Urla)
Elisabeth Ryall ...
Tina McManus (as Lisa Ryall)
Ralph Bell ...
Judge Jenklaw
Ms. Moskowitz
Jay Devlin ...
Charles Martine


Cerretta and Logan investigate the murder of young woman and two businessmen atop the roof of a parking garage. Which leads to a professional hit man, a crooked lawyer and a convicted defense contractor who may be linked to the murders themselves. Written by danny gonzalez

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[Arthur Gold has just lost a case to Stone]
Arthur Gold: Call me for lunch.
[Gold drives away]
ADA Paul Robinette: You'd really eat lunch with him?
EADA Ben Stone: Only if he orders 'crow'.
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Motion To Sever
8 December 2010 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

Up to the usual standards for the series. A young lady who is supposed to testify against a jailed defense contractor goes missing and two innocent witnesses are found shot through the head. Serreta and Logan track down the hit man as he is about to leave on the Montreal train. The hit man was hired to remove the potential witness, killed the two men who happened accidentally to be nearby, and he was obviously hired by the incarcerated contractor who is awaiting trial. There is, however, no physical evidence linking the hit man and the contractor -- except his lawyer who, as it turns out, was complicit in the murder scheme.

The trial section introduces George Grizzard as Arthur Gold, a defense counsel known for innumerable frivolous motions that delay trials until, in some instances, the judge is worn out and gives the case away. Gold is pretty smart too. He dupes Ben Stone into making a motion to try the criminal lawyer separately from the others. Not that justice doesn't prevail, but it's a close call.

The writers, as always, have done their homework but in this instance all that's required is a knowledge of law. No new subculture of ethnic groups or specialized businesses are examined. But a background of law alone serves the purpose of the episode more than well enough.

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