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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Release Date:

7 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kate Burton plays Erica Gardner in this episode and three others, but she previously played the role of Sister Bettina in episode 2.17, Law & Order: Sisters of Mercy (1992). See more »


Lennie Briscoe: This other guy have a name?
Gerald: I'm sure his mama give him one, but I'll be damned if I know what it is.
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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 CeccacciPaolo1977See 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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