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"Law & Order" Trophy (1996)

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Search For The Truth

6/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
9 December 2011

A couple of homicides of young black male youths with the signature of a jailed serial killer have thrown the NYS criminal justice system in a turmoil. Did in fact the cops arrest the wrong guy or is there someone out there copying the guy's playbook as Jerry Orbach put it.

As it turns out it's the former and as it turns out it was Sam Waterston's former second chair Laila Robbins who withheld exculpatory evidence and suborned some perjury to get a conviction in the belief she was helping her boss and lover Waterston. This was all before Waterston took the place of Michael Moriarty as a regular on Law And Order.

That story is the main thrust of this particular episode Trophy. But for me acting honors go to Isaiah Whitlock, Jr. as the security guard who did the deeds. He has a religious bent to his psychosis and his matter of fact confession to Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, and S. Eptha Merkkerson is one of the most chilling moments in the entire lengthy history of Law And Order. This is also Mr. Whitlock's career moment and role as an actor. Not to be missed.

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Claire and Jack, sittin' in a tree...

8/10
Author: newsjunkie356-1 from Southern Nevada
27 February 2008

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This episode exposed, or, rather, confirmed, a romantic relationship between Kincaid and McCoy--only a song-and-dance number could have made it more plain.

Claire confronts Jack's former assistant (Diana Hawthorne) and the latter says, "You are sleeping with him, aren't you?" And Claire not only doesn't deny it, but doesn't even BLINK.

With none of his subsequent assistants has their been a hint of romance. It's hard to imagine the Jamie Ross (Carrie Lowell) or Abby Carmichael (my personal fav amongst Jack's assistants, Angie Harmon) characters in an office liaison; especially Jamie who's terrible marriage (and terribly underused actor who played her ex) began as just such a romance. Serena (Elizabeth Rohm) was a lesbian (either I missed an episode or her revelation to her Arthur came completely out of nowhere!). Can't see it with Rubirosa. It's one thing for two ADAs to have a relationship, but the sitting DA and an ADA. Lawsuit on a platter. Besides, the age gap between Jack and the ADAs (all of whom seem to what the French call "un femme de trente ans") is getting a little wide (tho' fortunately for Sam Waterston, he isn't).

There have been hints before, but never this openly. And none since. Not that I disapprove. After all, to go much beyond the surface of the characters' personal lives would push "Law & Order" more in the direction of "Hills Street Blues" + "LA Law" (=soap opera). Wolf has wisely kept the nature of the Law & Order "franchise" right on formula: police procedural+courtroom drama. While the different shows have measured out the formula with different emphases, they all maintain the core mantra. Not all have been blockbusters (as "SVU" is and "Prime" was for so many yrs); but all have been solid in the ratings. And each has its own core of devotees.

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Prosecutorial Misconduct.

7/10
Author: Robert J. Maxwell (rmax304823@yahoo.com) from Deming, New Mexico, USA
22 December 2012

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A couple of black kids of varying character are found dead with threatening notes left at the scenes. The notes are identical to those left by a man convicted of killing black kids some years ago, when McCoy was ADA and his assistant, with whom he was sleeping, was Laila Robins.

Brisco and Curtis catch the real killer, a delusional black rent-a-cop whose motives are religious. This generates a problem, however, because, after all, an innocent guy has just spent three years in the slams learning how to make a shiv out of a plastic toothbrush. He brings suit against the city.

A bit of investigation reveals that he was convicted because a crucial piece of paperwork that should have reached McCoy's hand disappeared between the time the cops gave it to Robins and the time McCoy won the conviction.

Things look a little gloomy for McCoy. Did he stash the revealing document somewhere in order to advance his career? His current assistant, Claire Kinkaid, interviews Robins, who is now in a lucrative private practice. The two babes bristle as Robins brings up the now extinct love affair between her and McCoy. He took Robins on a trip to Ireland. Kinkaid keeps her cool, but one imagines all of her internal organs swimming in a sea of adrenalin.

The story is a little unusual in the extent to which it deals with McCoy's personal life -- usually limited to some snotty remark about his father or a compliment like, "That's a nice bike." And Kinkaid doesn't deny that she and McCoy are getting it on together. Lucky McCoy. Jill Hennessy's acting talents may be modest but she's a genuine piece of elegant pulchritude. Any sane man would want to caress that sleek cygnet neck.

It's also interesting to see how a perfectly attractive, intelligent-looking, and otherwise normally endowed woman like Leila Robins can be turned into a villainess by an ability to act and a bit of make up. Her eyes have been turned into slits that ought to have vertical pupils, like a cat or a viper. And her face is turned pale and her lipstick (or whatever it's now called) is a bit too garish, so that she looks as if, should you shake her family tree, a vampire bat might fall out.

Interesting episode, straying a little from the usual format.

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Writers preferred drama to legal reality

Author: tommytin3 from United States
17 January 2010

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Spoiler: they end up prosecuting a former prosecutor, one of Jack's previously off-screen lover/assistants. What did she do? She knowingly allowed false testimony in a criminal case she and Jack prosecuted. What's her obvious defense? Prosecutorial immunity under Imbler v. Pachtman, 424 US 409 (1976). What's wrong with mentioning Imbler on-screen? 1) A full analysis of Imbler includes yawn-inducing complexities; 2) A simplified approach to Imbler invites disbelief.

For recent, thorough (i.e. BORING), analyses of the issue of prosecutorial immunity, see Milstein v. Stephen L Cooley. 257 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2001)(this case is on-going, and the 9th Circuit has added another opinion on top of this one), or McGhee v. Pottawattamie County, 547 F.3d 922 (8th Cir. 2008) (this case settled during appeal).

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