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The Troubles 

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:
Donald Cragen
Adam Schiff
Daniel Mallahan
Robert Silver ...
Bill Nelson ...
Betty Miller ...
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 »


When Detective Roberts kicks Mustafa's corpse, he yells, "Worthless bag of crap!" The word "crap" was dubbed in. If you watch after 4 minutes 33 seconds, you'll see he actually said "shit" instead of "crap". See more »


Max Greevey: Oh, a miracle! See, once I saw the coroner wrote "crushed larynx, DOA, dead as a doornail", I was convinced.
Axelrod: Nevertheless, he's still alive as far as everyone on his Rolodex knows.
Max Greevey: Why the hell is that so important?
Axelrod: Because I said it is, sergeant. It's national security. Mustafa had his greasy fingers in a lot of pies. He was helping us. Certain people find out he's dead, we're back to square one.
Max Greevey: Don't worry. You're already there. We already told his wife he was with Allah yesterday.
Axelrod: Cops...
Max Greevey: ...
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An Irishman, an Arab, and a Cuban walk into a prison van.......................
1 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

George Dzundza and Chris Noth literally have a homicide delivered right to them. Three prisoners are arriving for court proceedings from the Federal lockup and when it arrives the door is opened and one of them is dead. It's the Arab prisoner.

This really is a closed circle of suspects, but later on when Paul Felix-Montez is found hanging back in his cell that does leave Anthony Heald although Chris Noth filled with stories of the Irish Rebellion refuses to believe it.

In fact both Logan and Greevey have a nice jurisdictional war going with the Feds over this case. Heald is a popular guy and says he's not IRA but most definitely a member Sinn Fein the political as opposed to the military arm of the United Ireland movement.

It's an interesting trial for Michael Moriarty. Let's say not all Irish people are enamored of Heald and his cause.

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