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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Peter Blakemore
Arnie Cox
Mack McNeil
Attorney for Judge Blakemore
Book Publisher
Judge Raoul Sabatelli
Fiona Gallagher ...
Dawn Cox
Tanya Berezin ...
Lenore Hirschman
Claudia Severance ...
Marie Duval (as Claudia Fielding)
Sally Parrish ...
Lara Trudeau

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When a judge's clerk is found dead in the judge's home, clues point to a semi-professional hit-man. But Goren and Eames uncover rivalries and jealousies among the judges sitting on the bench. How can the detectives and ADA solve this mystery under intense political pressure? Written by CineTiger

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10 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Flash from the past: while investigating their case, Eames, Goren and Capt Deakins meet in a restaurant with an old friend of Deakins', whose name is Mack McNeil (played by Dan Frazer). This is the same actor in the same role that he played back in the Seventies on the police drama Kojak. Frazer played Lt Theo Kojaks' boss Captain Mack McNeil. See more »


When Goren and Eames leave they give Arnie a hardcover book to read. But only paperback books are allowed in prisons. Hard cover book boards can be turned into crude knives (shanks) by prisoners, so they are banned by law. See more »


Judge Raoul Sabatelli: [after realising he has incriminated himself] You trapped me! I thought I could trust you, Ron!
ADA Ron Carver: I thought I could trust *you*... Judge.
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Law & Order:Criminal Intent-Semi-Professional
13 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The murder of a court clerk for her laptop computer and how it pertains to the victim's judge(who is up for promotion to the appellate court)is at the heart of this episode's particular case as Goren and Eames attempt to find out who would want the woman dead, renowned as quite knowledgeable and bright when it comes to law. Judge Blakemore(Michael Murphy)is determined to actually have taken credit for the publishing of law reviews written by his devoted law clerk who was his long-time, 10 year adulteress. When it is determined that Arnie(Bruce MacVittie), a small time crook, was actually responsible, Goren will soon discover that the mastermind possibly behind the murder is another judge, Raoul Sabatelli(George DiCenzo), a celebrated novelist whose work proves to use characters from his own life. Sabatelli rose out of poverty and the harsh environs of the streets to get to his position in life while Blakemore was able skirt by on his father's prestige and social status. When Sabatelli got wind of this, it's believed he was trying to force the clerk into a difficult predicament, soon resulting in her demise. Any episode where actual judges are jocking for a major position, life-long enemies from different social classes, which includes proof of adultery, plagiarism, and murder, there's certain to be plenty of intrigue and scandal, with the detectives right in the middle of it all. Its really cool seeing Goren and Eames snooker a sitting New York judge, using law articles not yet published, only to have been seen thanks in part to a disc only those behind the victim's murder could attain.

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