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Law & Order: Trial by Jury 

The series showed the workings of the judicial system, beginning with the arraignment, and continuing through the lawyers process of building a case, investigating leads, and preparing witnesses and defendants for trial.

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Dick Wolf
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Bebe Neuwirth ...  Tracey Kibre 13 episodes, 2005-2006
Amy Carlson ...  Kelly Gaffney 13 episodes, 2005-2006
Kirk Acevedo ...  Hector Salazar 13 episodes, 2005-2006
Fred Dalton Thompson ...  D.A. Arthur Branch 13 episodes, 2005-2006
Scott Cohen ...  Chris Ravell 10 episodes, 2005-2006
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Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach), now retired from the N.Y.P.D., joins the District Attorney's office as an investigator. Through him, and the various lawyers, jury members and court officials we meet along the way, the show explores the intricate workings of the jury system.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Court TV | NBC

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USA

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English

Release Date:

3 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esküdt ellenségek - Az utolsó szó jogán See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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The following statement appeared at the beginning of each episode: "In the criminal justice system, all defendants are innocent until proven guilty. Either by confession, plea bargain, or trial by jury. This is one of those trials." See more »

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ADA Kelly Gaffney: I gotta tell ya, I don't like it.
ADA Tracey Kibre: Just trying to put the bad guy away, not win the Nobel Peace Prize.
ADA Kelly Gaffney: You excused those jurors because you thought they'd sympathize.
ADA Tracey Kibre: Look, when you are first chair you can have whoever you want on your jury: latinos, lawyers, convicted felons... Go crazy! Right now, you support my choices whether or not you think they're aggressive.
ADA Kelly Gaffney: Or cheap. I was being polite when I said aggressive. I'm sorry, but I think is out of line to hide behind Hernandez like that.
ADA Tracey Kibre: Well...
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A good start
4 March 2005 | by schappe1See all my reviews

The original Law & Order was 50-50 a cop/lawyer show. SVU is 90% cops. This one is 90% lawyers. The biggest innovation is that we get to be a fly on the wall as the defense attorney plots his/her defense, which has absolutely nothing to do with truth or guilt. It's all playing the system. Tony Bill, in the premiere, calmly describes how he killed the victim and the attorney, Annabella Sciorra simply listens as if this is background information that might come up in the trial and have to be dealt with.

I'm a big Perry Mason fan, where the hero is obsessed with truth and guilt and all his clients are innocent, so this is quite a change. Mason represents what we'd like our justice system to be about. However Sciorra represents who we would want to hire if we committed a crime. She clearly sees her job as getting her clients off: that's what she's paid to do.

Frankly, I think the accused has a right to an aggressive defense that forces the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a shadow of doubt. But if the lawyer knows the client is guilty, responsibility should shift to dealing with extenuating circumstances that might lead to a self-defense or insanity plea or a reduced sentence. That might be better for the client than insisting on a not guilty verdict. And what must the feeling be for a lawyer who knows he/she got a guilty man off. If it's one of satisfaction, there is something wrong.

As to the show, it's promising. I'm hoping that not all defendants turn out to be guilty, (even though all of Perry's clients were innocent), as it kind of sends the wrong message. One of the things I liked about the original show is that they weren't always right and they didn't always win.


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