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"Law & Order" Trust (1992)

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Law & Order: Season 2: Episode 15 -- A youth claims to have killed a friend accidentally but this is not his first incident with a gun.


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Original Air Date:
11 February 1992 (Season 2, Episode 15)
A teenager confesses to shooting a classmate, but claims it was an accident. Detectives also discover that he was responsible for a similar shooting two years earlier, but the records are sealed. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Paul Sorvino ... Sergeant Phil Cerreta

Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan

Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen

Michael Moriarty ... Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone

Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette

Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Tom Mason ... Ian Maser

Michael Constantine ... Dan Barnett
Lizbeth MacKay ... Pamela Maser

Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Harley Cross ... Jamie Maser
P.J. Barry ... Range Owner
Christine Farrell ... Forensics Tech Arlene Shrier
MacIntyre Dixon ... Merrill
Ben Hammer ... Judge Frank Markman

Bruce Katzman ... Dr. Gilman
Barbara Spiegel ... Arraignment Judge Harriet Doremus
Lee Shepherd ... Judge Joseph Gannon

Michael Harney ... Detective Gullikson

Will Friedle ... Russ (as William Friedle)

Karron Graves ... Lori

John Juback ... Mr. Fenwick
Lynn Niederman Silver ... Mrs. Fenwick
Roderick Garr ... Officer Kelly

William Charlton ... Officer Wheeler
Judd Trichter ... Matt
Steven Brooker ... Kid #1
Kennan Scott ... Kid #2

Edward James Hyland ... McCreary (as Edward Hyland)

Bjorn Johnson ... CSU Policeman

William Duffy ... CSU Technician (as William J. Duffy)
Sandra Bowie ... Foreman #1
Michael Dalby ... Foreman #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steven Zirnkilton ... Narrator (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Daniel Sackheim 
Writing credits
Dick Wolf (created by)

Rene Balcer (teleplay by)

Michael Duggan (story by) &
Rene Balcer (story by)

Produced by
Michael Duggan .... supervising producer
Jim Ellis .... executive producer
Arthur W. Forney .... associate producer
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... co-producer (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Robert Nathan .... co-producer
Robert Palm .... producer
Daniel Sackheim .... producer
Joseph Stern .... co-executive producer
Dick Wolf .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Constantine Makris (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Billy Fox 
Casting by
Lynn Kressel 
Production Design by
Richard Bianchi 
Art Direction by
Teresa Carriker-Thayer  (as Teresa Carriker)
Set Decoration by
Betsy Klompus 
Costume Design by
John Boxer 
Makeup Department
Victor DeNicola .... key hair stylist (as Victor DeNicola Jr.)
Carla White .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... unit production manager (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kaaren F. Ochoa .... second assistant director
Robert E. Warren .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jacqueline Arnot .... set dresser
Peter K. Dunbar .... set dresser
David W. Howell .... assistant property master (as David Howell)
Linda Skipper .... scenic charge
Jonathan Stein .... construction coordinator (as Jon Stein)
Ron Stone .... property master
Tom Conway .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jeffrey Rollins .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor
David Hankins .... supervising sound editor
David Platt .... boom operator
Frank Stettner .... sound mixer
Richard Thomas .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Karlok .... best boy
Richard C. Kerekes .... dolly grip (as Richard Kerekes)
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip (as Mitch Lillian)
Christopher Misiano .... camera operator
Barbara Nitke .... still photographer
John Thomas .... gaffer
David S. Tuttman .... assistant cameraman (as David Tuttman)
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Suzanne Ryan .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fionnuala M. Lynch .... assistant wardrobe (as Fionnuala Lynch)
Marcia Patten .... key wardrobe
Editorial Department
Ron Nichols .... colorist: digital remastering
Benjamin Rapoport .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Barbara Schechter .... music editor
Transportation Department
Bill Curry Jr. .... transportation captain
Other crew
Trish Adlesic .... location coordinator
Rene Balcer .... story editor
Karen Blythe .... assistant to executive producer
Michael S. Chernuchin .... executive story editor
Walter Cohen .... location manager
William N. Fordes .... technical advisor
Jody Milano Vanderputten .... production coordinator (as Jody Milano-Vanderputten)
Martha Mitchell .... script supervisor
Billy Smith .... location scout
Michael Struk .... technical advisor
Eric DelaBarre .... executive assistant (uncredited)
Chester A. Sims II .... stand-in (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Childhood Games., 10 December 2010
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

A fifteen-year-old boy is found shot through the forehead in the basement of an old building and the murder weapon is found among some junk nearby. Serreta and Logan trace it back to another young teen-aged boy living with his father in comfortable circumstances.

It's Dad's gun, and a big one. The kid claims he was playing chicken with his friend and the gun went off without his planning it. Dad used to take him to the range where the target pistol, a .22, needed to be cocked before it could fire. This one, a .357 magnum, doesn't need to be cocked.

The kid has a juvenile record but it's sealed. The detectives find the arresting officer who handled the case two years ago and discover that the crime was almost identical, including the kid's excuse that they were just playing a game. Furthermore, the manager at the firing range remembers the boy being taught to fire the .357.

It raises a couple of interesting points. One is that Good Old Dad should DEFINITELY have kept that pistol in a place where his son couldn't get at it -- especially after the first lethal shooting -- but nothing is made of this obvious fact.

Second, why would a boy of thirteen or fifteen ever WANT to shoot and kill another human being? Or -- let's state the question more generally -- why do humans so often find that the answer to conflict is violence, sometimes war, sometimes merely murder. What is it that prompts us to want war with others? Is there something in some subcortical center of our brains, tucked away in the reptilian brain, fueled by testosterone and enhanced by the media, that causes us to raise our pistols and pull the triggers? Actually, I minored in social psychology in graduate school and attended a seminar in aggression and here's the best answer available at that time: Nobody knows. Yet the impulse is there, on prominent display. At any given moment around the world, some tribe is hard at work killing members of some other tribe. It can't be ALL biological, of course, because we do have the Amish and the Quakers. And it can't be ALL the fault of the media either because Seattle and Vancouver, BC, watch the same TV programs but one city has eight times the homicide rate of the other. I do wish they'd hurry and find out what's up. The episode itself offers no answer. How could it?

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