Law & Order (1990–2010)
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City Hall 

A city councilman and a water inspector are victims of a shooting in City Hall. Prosecution of the guilty party is difficult because the murder weapon was obtained through a secretive FISA warrant.


Gloria Muzio


Dick Wolf (created by), Richard Sweren | 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
Alvin Epstein Alvin Epstein ... Stuart Rubin
Paul Austin Paul Austin ... Ron Tabachnik
Lance Reddick ... FBI Special Agent Jamal Atkinson
Mark Zeisler ... Peter Rubin
Angel David ... Police Officer Nunez
Sam Coppola ... US Federal Judge Vance
Julian Gamble ... Ladder Company 66 Chief
Tovah Feldshuh ... Danielle Melnick
Peter Rini Peter Rini ... Assistant US Attorney Michael Cagnetta


When there's a shooting at city hall that leaves a councilman dead, the detectives try to find out who would want to kill him. But later they believe that a water inspector who was wounded was the target. Eventually they discover that the shooter is a man who claims that the inspector was helping someone put them out of business by making their water bill extremely high. When he is arrested, and when they try to find the gun he used, his lawyer claims that someone broke into his home, possibly the police, and took the gun. Eventually they learn it was the Feds who broke in and they were using a secret warrant because the man's business is being investigated for selling items to countries that they're prohibited to sell certain things to. And when he is tried, his lawyer cries outrage over the secretive nature they operated under. Written by

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Release Date:

11 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julian Gamble has played four different roles over the course of the series: See more »


Since the defendant killed an elected official and tried to kill a city employee while they were performing their official duties he should have been charged with one count attempted murder in the first degree and one count of murder in the first degree. Murder two and attempted murder two would not be appropriate charges. See more »


[last lines]
Arthur Branch: Verdict in the Rubin case?
Jack McCoy: Guilty on all counts.
Serena Southerlyn: The jury was only out thirty-five minutes.
Arthur Branch: What in the world would you expect? Smoking gun and an eyewitness. He got convicted for the same reason they always do.
Jack McCoy: He pulled the trigger.
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References Grand Theft Auto (1997) See more »

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One of the best episodes, taken from a real life incident!!
26 March 2019 | by branchjhbSee all my reviews

I thought it was a great episode, not just because I was in it. I played one of the jurors and some of the actors were Emmy nominated and winners. The judges that played in this episode, were the top in NYS and across the country.

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