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"Shadow" opens with the murder of a bail bondsman and the detectives
quickly suspect one of his bail-jumpers, so they set a trap for him
that's interesting enough. He's not the shooter but leads detectives
and the DAs to realize that his defense attorney claims to be able to
put in a "fix" and guarantee charges will be dismissed.
So this becomes one of a handful of L&Os to look at corruption within the DA's office, through the bizarre but apparently necessity of conducting a fake prosecution to see where the corruption is.
This episode wins with the legal half of the show. It's definitely not your normal episode and it's a bit of a stretch that we're asked to sort of like the D.A. in question since he's pals with Jamie, but it's still a good enough story.
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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