Detectives and prosecutors face resistance from federal authorities as they pursue murder charges against an suspected IRA member serving time in federal prison, after he is suspected of killing another federal prisoner.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian O'Connell
Daniel Mallahan
Robert Silver ...
Bill Nelson ...
Betty Miller ...
Mrs. Bridget McDiarmid
Patrick McCarter
Michael Cullen ...


While en route to the Downtown Courthouse, a Lebanese prisoner is found killed in the back of the prisoner transport. Greevey and Logan suspect a Cuban inmate and the leader of an IRA organization. It also leads to government resistance as Stone and Robinette try to prosecute the case. Written by danny gonzalez

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26 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Based on the Joe Doherty case. Doherty, a former volunteer in the Belfast Brigade of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), escaped during his 1981 trial for killing a member of the Special Air Service (SAS) in 1980. He was arrested in the United States in 1983, and became a cause celebrity while fighting an ultimately unsuccessful nine-year legal battle against extradition and deportation, with a street corner in New York City being named after him. See more »


The position of Mustafa's corpse's head changes between shots. When the van door is first opened, his head is leaning to the left and resting on O'Connell's shoulder. When CSIs are taking photographs, his head is straight, yet in the very next shot, without anyone touching the body, his head is leaning to the left again. See more »


Ian O'Connell: May I ask you a question, sir? How, with the map of Donegal on your mug, did you ever end up with a name like Stone?
Ben Stone: Happenstance, sir. Same way you ended up with the name of a real Irish patriot.,
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One of the more interesting Season One episodes
11 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Troubles" examines the murder of a Lebanese Drug smuggler who was being transported to a courthouse under Federal custody. What begins as a homicide investigation (and mini-turf war between the NYPD and the FBI) evolves into a complex courtroom trial involving the Sinn Féin and IRA, U.S.-British relations, and the legal issues surrounding international terrorism. The final minutes of the trial feature a particularly memorable performance by Michael Moriarty as Executive DA Stone (one of his most interesting from Season One).

There are certainly characterizations of the Irish and Ireland on this episode, as "GusF" very specifically lays out in his review (the Lebanese and Cubans are not portrayed very positively on this show either). And as most Americans after September 11 already know, inter- agency police cooperation does not always exist in the USA as it is eventually portrayed in this episode. But "Law and Order" generally succeeds in this episode in what the show does best: providing a riveting combination of police and courtroom drama.

Overall, this was one of my favorite episodes from Season One (along with "Subterranean Homeboy Blues").

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