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A former prisoner exonerated on murder charges kills another man. He claims he wouldn't have done it if he wasn't wrongfully imprisoned in the first place, so prosecutors must prove that he had a prior history of criminal behavior.



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John Michael Bolger ...
Judge Janice Goldberg
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Vendetta Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the death of Brendan Donner, a New York City baseball fan who went after a still-in-play foul ball during a crucial game. He's been hounded by irate fans ever since and it even led to the break up of his marriage. Someone broke a liquor over his head in a bar and fingerprints lead them to Walter Grimes, someone who was released from from prison just three months ago. Grimes had been released after 20 years in prison when DNA exonerated from the crime for which he had been convicted. There's little doubt that he committed the crime but his defense lawyer Rodney Fallon argues that it was his lengthy incarceration, for a crime he did not commit that conditioned him to be violent. McCoy tells the detectives to look into Grimes past for any criminal activity and they start with the crime for which he spent 20 years in jail. Written by garykmcd

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21 April 2004 (USA)  »

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The murder victim is based on notorious Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman. Bartman was vilified by many people after he interfered with Cubs outfielder Moises Alou, who was trying to catch a foul ball in game six of the 2003 National League Championship Series. The Cubs were winning the game at the time, but eventually lost. Many Cubs fans blame Bartman's actions for the Cubs losing the game and not reaching the World Series. See more »


After the defendant is arrested for the bar murder after holding the woman hostage, it is observed he was remanded with no problem. Later at a bail hearing for another murder, this is completely overlooked as if he were eligible for bail, and he is not wearing inmate clothing. See more »


Detective Adams: We got an anonymous tip about the Testa case. Judge signed the search warrant.
Ed Green: Off an anonymous tip?
Detective Adams: Back in '84, we had a couple political appointees, they let us take a few more procedural shortcuts than they do now.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Ah, the Regan years.
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References Mister Magoo (1960) See more »

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I had to make it right. I had to balance the scales.
8 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

At a local bar, a man smashed a liquor bottle over a customer, killing him as a result. The killer wasn't a regular in the pub, so no one recognized him. Indeed the victim was well-known in the Big Apple for having caught a foul ball in a Yankee game that cost the team an entire season. Detectives started looking on Yankee fans: some had even set up a website against him. Forensics needed some time to examine the fingerprints; at the end the prints were in the system, matching to an inmate (David Warshofsky) who had just been released after twenty years in prison. He had no reason to kill the man: it had just been a reaction for having spent jail time for a murder he didn't commit (thanks to new technology there were proofs he was innocent). At the time, all was made up by a detectives (former partner of Green) who has held a grudge against him since the inmate boyhood. McCoy decided to prosecute the killer for another juvenile crime, trying to prove his criminal behavior.

This episode showed us a detective acting as a vigilante in order to make peace with himself. Anyway in the past when the DNA tests were not so accurate, this situation occurred frequently and abuse of power was easier than now.

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