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American Jihad 

A teenage converted Muslim from a wealthy New York family acts as his own counsel in his murder trial, claiming that he is a victim of an American Anti-Muslim conspiracy.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Aaron Zelman | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm ... Serena Southerlyn
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch
Ali Reza ... Anwar Mohammed (as Ali Farahnakian)
Gordon MacDonald Gordon MacDonald ... Phil Gianni
Donna Hanover ... Judge Deborah Burke
Richard Bekins ... Mr. Landon
Merritt Wever ... Jennifer Taylor
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Wil Horneff ... Greg Landen / Mousah Salim
Jason Butler Harner ... Bernard Noah
Ramon De Ocampo ... Michael Sanchez (as Ramon de Ocampo)


When a couple is killed, Briscoe and Green investigate. They assume the husband, a scientist doing stem cell research, was the target and the wife a teacher was collateral damage. But when they reexamine what happened, they believe the wife was the target and the husband was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. They learn the woman is a staunch feminist and she's battling a Muslim over women's rights. They try to find the guy and learn he's an American who converted. When they arrest him, the guy is very difficult, going so far as to defend himself. Jack tries to find out why he did it. Written by

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Release Date:

2 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Jeff Brooks has played three different characters over the course of the series: See more »


Greg's beard and mustache are clearly fake. See more »


D.A. Arthur Branch: [Landen has decided to represent himself] That kid is an idiot savant.
ADA Serena Southerlyn: Or just an idiot.
D.A. Arthur Branch: Don't fool yourself. He just outlawyered our office, his own counsel, and the judicial branch.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Maybe there was a little hero worship going on.
19 November 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

After dinner, a man was walking the dog when he heard several gunshots and a Hispanic boy running away from the crime scene; the perp threw the gun in the trash can, leaving his fingerprints on it. The victims were a married couple: the husband was a scientist in charge of a significant research over stem cell; he had many enemies in his field, included a researcher who held a grudge against him for not receiving any credit. Anyway forensic pointed out the victims were killed by two different guns and the real target was the wife, a political activist for women's right; after the Latino was locked up (he's only a two- bit thief) he named the other guy, a nineteen years old converted brat (Wil Horneff), sick of American life and brainwashed in Pakistan shortly before. Detectives caught him in a mosque and he refused a no-Muslim attorney, acting as a racist over Jews and women throughout the trial. Anyway all this anger is not so religiously related...

Two episodes in a row related to Islamophobia, very popular at the time. The main actor looks like Jihadi John, sharing with him the same background; his performance was excellent.

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