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A defense attorney tries to exploit the jury's sympathy for Israel in the hopes that it will get his bookie client found innocent of a murder charge.


Edwin Sherin (as Ed Sherin)


Dick Wolf (created by), Michael S. Chernuchin


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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
Peter Jacobson ... Randolph J. 'Randy' Dworkin, Esq.
John Rothman ... Steven Strelzik
Jamie Goodwin Jamie Goodwin ... George Ashman
John Cariani ... Julian Beck
Andrea Navedo ... Detective Ana Cordova
Barbara Spiegel Barbara Spiegel ... Judge Harriet Doremus
Emily Wing ... Betsy (as Emily Frankovich)
Delaine Yates ... Susan Ashman
Larry Cahn Larry Cahn ... Dr. Marshall O'Grady


A defense attorney tries to exploit the jury's sympathy for Israel in the hopes that it will get his bookie client found innocent of a murder charge.

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Release Date:

15 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Peter Jacobson (Randolph J. 'Randy' Dworkin, Esq.) previously played the part of Dr. Karl Styne in episode 4.21, Law & Order: Doubles (1994). See more »


During the jury selection process McCoy informs the potential jurors that the defendant is on trial for first degree murder, which is a capital case, and that the possible sentences for it are either life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years or the death penalty. However McCoy failed to mention that life in prison without the possibility of parole is another possible sentence, in fact it is the most common sentence handed down for murder one.

The way it works in a murder one trial is if the defendant is found guilty the trial enters the sentencing phase. It is during this phase that the jury decides on what sentence is appropriate. After the prosecution and defense present their arguments and witnesses the jury first deliberates on the death penalty. In order for the defendant to be given the death penalty all 12 jurors must vote unanimously for the death penalty, if even one juror votes against the death penalty the sentencing phase moves onto the next sentencing option. The jury then deliberates on whether to sentence the defendant to life in prison without the possibility of parole, this vote must also be unanimous. If the jury fails to reach a unanimous vote on both the death penalty and life without parole the judge is then required to hand down a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. See more »


Court Clerk: The People of the State of New York against Steven Strelzik
Randolph J. 'Randy' Dworkin, Esq.: I object, Your Honor.
Judge Bryce Miller: We haven't even started yet.
Randolph J. 'Randy' Dworkin, Esq.: "The People of New York." I'd say that's a bit prejudicial. It certainly doesn't mean all the people of this great state are against my client from the get-go. I know I'm not against him. And you, Your Honor, you're certainly open-minded on the matter. And we can't forget the jury, because if they're predisposed against my...
Judge Bryce Miller: Very cute, Counselor. Try it again and we're talking ...
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Featured in 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) See more »

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Would Dick Wolf explain this thing that he titled as"The Chosen" to me?
18 December 2007 | by dsmith14925See all my reviews

What the HELL Dick? I knew you back we you were a legend, and inspiration to all of us. What happen to you? Not since the novel "Mark Twain" by Clemens has (for him a book, for you your integrity and body of work) fallen from grace with such speed and a plummeting towards Fascism.

The character played by the great Sam Waterston, who may remember and know and love him from his PERFECT portrayal of Nick Carraway in Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby".

How can I ever point to Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy as an example for my European friends of why I am proud to be an American. Especially when I next vacation in Tel Aviv and I have to make hundreds of apologies to my friends as an American.

I feel like I have been betrayed by the last good thing to survive 9/11.

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