Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A homeless man goes on trial for manslaughter, accused of killing another homeless man. His defense attorney argues that the laws of civilized society should not apply to homeless people because of their realities.


Jace Alexander


Dick Wolf (created by), Marc Guggenheim


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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
Kate Burton ... Erica Gardner
Reg E. Cathey ... Gerald
Christopher Donahue Christopher Donahue ... Max Edgars
Brigitte Bako ... Carrie Salter
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Dylan Baker ... Sanford Rems
John Cariani ... CSU Julian Beck
Lynn Cohen ... Judge Elizabeth Mizener
James Biberi ... Stewart


While investigating the death of a homeless man, the police believe that someone struck him with a car and wouldn't help him. But when the defendant's lawyer asks for an autopsy which was not initially performed because the man's family wouldn't let them, they discover that the defendant hitting him with a car was not what caused his death but from being struck earlier. So the police investigate again and learn that the victim had earlier gotten into a fight with another homeless man over food. And his lawyer builds a defense around how hard life is for the homeless. Written by

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7 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Nance Williamson has played four different characters over the course of the series: See more »


Ed Green: It's definitely a hit and run. CSU confirmed that the glass and the paint are from a car.
Lennie Briscoe: Beck's working on both. I've never seen him happier.
Anita Van Buren: You know what would make me happy? A name to go with our victim.
Lennie Briscoe: What, "John Doe" doesn't do it for you?
Anita Van Buren: You ran his prints through VCI?
Lennie Briscoe: First thing we did. No soap.
Anita Van Buren: So no ID on the vic, no lead on the car, no witnesses.
Lennie Briscoe: Well, they can't all be gimmes.
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One of the most touching episodes !
16 October 2012 | by kayabaySee all my reviews

Law & Order season 14 episode 11 is perhaps on of the most touching episodes I've watched in all the series... Homeless people are actually not a mystery but a cancer grown in the society which everyone ignores even to realize there's such a thing. The last words of the episode "We're moving him from one jungle to another." is what describes best what we, people deal with the problems. We put them away, away from us. Is there a way to prevent this ? Perhaps there is ! But nobody even cares, and that's where everything goes wrong. The society ( whatever & wherever & whenever ) must learn how to share. That's what must be. It reminds me Gandi's reply to some reporter who asked him what he thinks about the Western Civilization : "It would be appreciated !"

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