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While Stone prosecutes a judge in an attempted larceny case, Kincaid faces censure charges for not disclosing that she had an affair with the accused.

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Lennie Briscoe
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Mike Logan
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Anita Van Buren
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Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
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Michele Selig
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Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate a series of threatening calls received by Dan and Janet Rudman on their home phone. The caller's voice is masked but the caller threatens to harm their young daughter unless he's paid $20,000. The police set a trap when the payoff is made and the pick-up man says he has no idea as to the identity of the man who hired him. He does have a make of car and recalls a unique decal on the windshield. With that the detectives believe the culprit is an Appellate Court judge, Joel Thayer. ADA Claire Kincaid begs Ben Stone to take her off the case but he sees no reason to. When the charges against Thayer are dropped, he files a complaint against Claire and she is formally censured. She admits they had once had an affair and resigns. Stone is convinced of Thayer's guilt and redoubles his efforts to find evidence against him. Written by garykmcd

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2 February 1994 (USA)  »

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Based on the Sol Wachtler case. Wachtler was a New York Chief Judge when the news of his affair with associate Joy Silverman hit the news. Wachtler was arrested for threatening not only Silverman's life but also that of her daughter. Wachtler eventually pled guilty to harassment and was sentenced to jail time. During his career on the bench, Wachtler made numerous landmark decisions, including presiding on a case where he ruled that a married man could indeed be charged with rape if his wife wasn't willing. See more »

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Claire Kincaid is misidentified on-screen as "Jill Kincaid" during one segue screen slightly more than halfway through this episode. Also, the segue screen "Chambers of Judge Walter Shreiber" should instead have "Schreiber". See more »

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Ben Stone: [a former judge has pleaded guilty to criminal harassment and is elocuting his guilt. Stone's lost his patience] Your honor, this is insufficient. The defendant is behaving as if someone else committed this crime...
Arthur Gold: You want him on his knees, Ben?
Judge Joel Thayer: Walter...
Judge Walter Schreiber: *Judge Schreiber*, to you. Now, I've heard all the dodging and weaving I can take on this one. You wore the same robes I do- you know the drill. Now, if you want to dance, you can come back and dance at a trial, so let's hear it. *All* of it.
Judge Joel Thayer: [...]
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"Sopranos" connection??
22 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

I had of course remembered David Groh in another episode of Law and Order based on a true incident involving a therapist, his wife and the horrific death of his young daughter for which he was convicted.

Recently, I saw the Law and Order episode "Censure" on cable TV. In it, David Groh plays Judge Joel Thayer, and is accused of stalking an ex-lover, and of threatening her daughter. During the course of the investigation, the detectives interview several witnesses -- one of whom is a suspect caught attempting to retrieve money left in a trash can in Central Park.

In an effort to identify the "black sedan" observed with a distinct crest or decal in the vicinity of the victim and her mother, THIS SUSPECT is brought in for questioning and is ultimately able to recognize this insignia on the car as "a Roman profile, like on a coin." (Was he eating a sandwich, triumphant and declaring " Yeah, I think you got it"?????)

NOW, AM I COMPLETELY OFF BASE HERE, OR IS THIS ACTOR IN FACT NONE OTHER THAN David CHASE - THE CREATOR OF THE HBO SERIES, "THE SOPRANOS???"


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