Law & Order: Season 20, Episode 1

Memo from the Dark Side (25 Sep. 2009)

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The shooting death of a veteran of the War on Terror leads to an investigation and conspiracy indictment against a former Bush Justice Department employee on conspiracy charges involving the torture of prisoners.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Megan Tanner
Hayley Kozlow (as Addison J. Timlin)
Monique Fowler ...
Attorney Strawn
Mr. Gardner
Nancy Opel ...
Judge Rachel Cates
Kevin Franklin


When young war veteran Greg Tanner is found murdered in a Hudson University parking garage, Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard connect the murder to law professor Kevin Franklin, an attorney who formerly worked for the Department of Justice. But when the case is brought to court, it seems Tanner may have been more affected by the war than his discharge stated. Lupo and Bernard find that the pieces start to fit when Franklin's memos from the Bush Administration are leaked. Written by NBC Publicity

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Greg Tanner is said to have joined the Marines, but later tries to get his "Army benefits" reinstated. See more »

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Important final season opener
3 January 2015 | by (Hawaii) – See all my reviews

Just saw this final season opener where DA McCoy tries to prosecute the Bush Administration torturers. The case is put together based on the conspiracy created by Cheney, Rumsfeld, and company. Cutter isn't quite on-board, however does a good job in going after an administration Justice Dept. legal lowlife who happened to commit murder. Now that even the New York Times is called for Cheney's prosecution for war crimes related to torture, this episode stands out as one of the most significant, on the level of the Chilean one which is actually referenced by McCoy in this episode. The case is made that torture not only does not yield accurate information, but is a great recruiting tool for terrorists, and the other side argues the legalese loopholes. I couldn't take watching that smug killer with glasses leaving the courtroom without handcuffs.

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