Jessica probes a 20-year-old unsolved murder after attending the funeral of a New Orleans jazz great.



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Episode cast overview:
Jessica Fletcher
Prosecutor Andy Henley
Detective John Coop Jr.
Melinda Coop
NOPD Lt. Charles Foret
Judge Robert Henley
James Randolph ...
Emma Coop
Jack Lee Johnson
Tony Ralph-Wilson ...
Bob Roitblat ...


Even at his as dad's funeral, New Orleans PD detective John Coop Jr. remains bitter about the celebrated blues musician. Initially he's uncooperative, after Jessica discovers Jack Lee Johnson's strangled corpse and his family is targeted again. It all connects somehow to unsolved murder of singer Luna 'Noona' Santee (20 years ago) and the Henley mansion. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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10 November 1991 (USA)  »

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The title comes from a biblical quote from the book of Matthew, chapter 7, verse 1: Judge not lest ye be judged. See more »


While Olivia Cole is talking to her son, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen on the wicker chair she's sitting in. See more »

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Those Uneasy Feelings Abounding in the Big Easy
30 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

This episode marks one of the last appearances by, and last television role for, Logan Ramsey, who has been acting in film and on television since 1948. Julius Harris, who has been acting since 1964, and Beah Richards, who has been acting since 1958, have also unfortunately since passed.

Louisiana seems to place among the top five U.S. States featured in "MSW" episode settings, behind Maine, New York, California and Massachusetts, into which Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) travels domestically, with five episodes set in the Pelican State, four of which occur in New Orleans, the setting for "Judge Not."

Olivia Cole appears in three of these New Orleans episodes, here as Melinda Coop, a close friend of dear Jessica, as the widow of John Coop Sr., a legendary Jazz musician, whose memorial services Jessica attends.

Emma Coop (Beah Richards), the mother of John Sr., also mourns the loss of her son, she sharing many of his fine memories.

Meanwhile, Emma's grandson, Detective John Coop Jr. (Randy Brooks), seems to harbor resentment over Senior's involvement with Jazz chanteuse Luna Santee, or "Noona," who had lost her life twenty years earlier, during a yet-unsolved murder.

Those who knew Luna have maintained a variety of mixed feelings regarding her memory. Emma describes Luna as a figure of the occult, while John Sr.'s musician associates, as Jack Lee Johnson (Julius Harris) and Gene (James Randolph), join Melinda in refraining from speaking of Luna Santee.

Judge Robert Henley (Logan Ramsey) and his son, Prosecutor Andy Henley (William Atherton), also harbor secrets about the legendary singer, who had recorded an album before her passing. Andy offers Jessica a tour of his widowed father's mansion, containing a secret chamber, contents inside of which augment the legend of Luna.

Detective John Coop Jr. seems to prefer to leave all of that behind, as he concentrates upon serving the city in his capacity as Law Enforcement Officer, with his mother's blessing with reservations, as Junior serves under the supervision of NOPD Lieutenant Charles Foret (William Lucking).

Observances and services are well celebrated around New Orleans, with many mourners in attendance, several of whom delight to a concert by the Jazz band at the reception in the aftermath.

But after John Jr. and Melinda receive evidence of threats upon their very lives, they, along with Jessica discover a body backstage.

Resulting investigations by Lieutenant Charles Foret, Detective John Coop Jr. and Jessica veer into different directions, as Jessica uncovers an early portrait of Luna Santee in the cupboard of an abandoned residence, she now facing a new threat of her very own, should she "Judge Not."

The cast is rounded out by Tony Ralph-Wilson as Minister and Bob Roitblat as Detective.

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