Law & Order: Season 8, Episode 8

Shadow (26 Nov. 1997)

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The D.A.'s office resorts to extreme measures in order to prove that a defense attorney is rigging trial outcomes, but Jamie discovers that the corruption can be traced back to one of her friends and colleagues.

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Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Manny Erlich, a bail bondsman who was shot through the head while sitting at his desk. They learn he didn't usually work on Saturday nights but had received a call from someone and so went in to the office. They first suspect one of Erlich's clients, Oscar Liriano, who failed to show up in court. They apprehend Liriano and his girlfriend Josette tells them that his lawyer, Arvin Baker, was going to fix the case for him. A review of Baker's recent cases show an unusually large number of dismissals. A disgruntled former client confirms that he fixed cases but the question for the DAs office who in the legal justice system is taking the bribes. Written by garykmcd

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A.D.A. Charlie Harmon: It went too far; I am sorry about that. Try to understand, Jamie.
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Homicide hits home
15 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The usually unflappable Carey Lowell gets hit hard in this one as the suspect turn out to be an ADA. A few episodes earlier David Marshall Grant was peripherally introduced in another case as a friend of Jamie Ross. Now he's the suspect in a case that also involves corruption in New York County DA's office itself.

This case hits home literally and figuratively. At the rear of the NY County DA's office in real life at 1 Hogan Plaza are some storefronts leading to Chinatown where criminal lawyers and bail bondsmen practice their trade. It is to one of these offices that Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt respond to find the body of a bail bondsman.

The natural thing is to suspect one of his many clients and Orbach and Bratt settle on Jacinto Taras Riddick. But that doesn't pan out and it's Lowell herself who discovers that the ADA on Riddick's case who is Grant is the killer.

Flushing him out involves the office actually bringing a false prosecution and I do love the way Sam Waterston pitches the idea to Riddick. He makes one very attractive offer to a gang banger.

Lowell's rich background and rich ex-husband who gives considerable child support have come into play in other episodes. Grant who was struggling to make ends meet just succumbs. It probably isn't easy to be prosecuting drug dealers whose car might just cost more than your house or what you make in a year. No wonder so many prosecutors leave and become criminal defense attorneys as Grant probably would have done if this hadn't interfered.

This episode belongs to Carey Lowell.


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