Jack McCoy uses a post-9/11 terrorism statute to prosecute a group of street fighters involved in a deadly retaliatory brawl--a move that A.D.A. Cutter strongly disagrees with.



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Sean Hauser
Christopher McCann ...
Attorney Reardon
Claudia Hodges
Jason Kimmel (as Alex Cendese)
Judge William Chase
Neil Whitman
Patricia R. Floyd ...


A stockbroker Todd Hauser shows up on an emergency room experiencing stomach pains, which was thought to be the result of what he ate for lunch. When he dies, and massive internal bruising is determined to be the cause, Lupo and Bernard discover the victim was involved in organized street fighting. Written by Anonymous

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5 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Female Reporter: Mr. McCoy! We hear you've been asked to join the Obama administration?
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Battle Royal in Union Square
10 January 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Watching this episode it occurred to me that both sides of the fighting in this episode are probably faithfully attending Donald Trump rallies today. Those that is that escaped doing jail time.

This all starts when a young yuppie stockbroker is found dead on the men's room floor in his office showing some serious beating injuries. Seems like this idiot was spending his lunch hours doing some bare knuckle fisticuffs in Union Square.

The perpetrators are a bunch of loathsome testosterone driven white guys and the police don't do a thorough investigation and the idiots walk. That doesn't sit well with the firefighter brother of the deceased who gets his firehouse buddies and they have another rumble at a park near the East River. Mind you both brawls are videotaped anonymously and put on the Internet.

More than any other episode of Law And Order this one had the regulars themselves at each other's throats. Sam Waterston seeing the case go up in smoke tries to use a post 9/11 terrorism statute to get all of them. That doesn't sit well with Linus Roache, but he does what he's told. Waterston now the DA is making political decisions as he's going to have to run for election in his own right to the job he holds.

Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson are also of differing opinions. But that's nothing compared to Sisto and Waterston having it out.

The only truly innocent person in this whole affair is Margot White a young married woman who was out at the park with her husband and young child. They get caught in the middle and he's beaten to death by God knows exactly who, but they really are all responsible. Her's is one touching performance.

What a horrible commentary on society today. Are some of us truly seeking our amusement, our kicks in behavior more suited to the gladiators in the Roman Coloseum?

You know Lupo and Bernard will do better due diligence in the next episode. At least we hope.

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