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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Erica Gardner
Christopher Donahue ...
Max Edgars
Carrie Salter
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Sanford Rems
Judge Elizabeth Mizener


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)  »

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This episode presents a fictionalized account of the Chante Mallard case, in which an intoxicated woman hit a man and, ignoring his cries for help, left him for two hours in her garage to die, then enlisted the help of acquaintances to dispose of the body. See more »


Lennie Briscoe: There's no way he's been lying here a week without somebody noticing.
Ed Green: He was on ice somewhere.
Lennie Briscoe: So that means the body was dumped here either late last night or early this morning.
Ed Green: Damn, he took a beating.
Assistant ME Erika Malchiodi: Of the vehicular variety. Safety glass, like from a windshield. And paint flakes. And he's got tib-fib breaks in both legs.
Ed Green: Bumper fractures.
Lennie Briscoe: And you thought you were feeling run down.
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References Diamonds Are Forever (1971) See more »

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And I wasn't gonna be a target ever again.
4 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Two police officers were patrolling the street in the morning when they noticed a perv Asian guy they were looking for. After chasing and catching him, they saw a dead body on the ground. He was a filthy tramp; forensics found out he had several bones broken and he died maybe a week before. The girl who dumped the body (Brigitte Bako) is a charming publicist who owns a classy cars. The bum bumped into her late at night before her parking garage yelling at her and she panicked, running him over and stashing him in her box for days before dumping him in the park. At trial, a well paid defense attorney managed to walk her free with minimum penalty, because the victim would have succumbed anyway to previous bruises. Detective got back to square one: the tramp was beaten up very hardly by another homeless who wanted a piece of orange from him. The murderer claimed the need to be respected in other bums' eyes: the law of the street, something similar to what happens in prison.

An episode very pitiful, mainly because the defendant had lost everything after a job accident (job, family, home, car); something we have already seen in many Hollywood movies that seldom happens in Italy.

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