Law & Order (1990–2010)
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The DA's office believes that an abused wife hired her brother-in-law to kill her husband. The defense claims that the woman suffers from battered wife syndrome, but was is it a case of self-defense or revenge?

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... Lennie Briscoe
... Ed Green
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Serena Southerlyn
... Nora Lewin
... Leslie Cooper
... Georgina Woods (as Angelica Torn)
... Russell Woods
... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
... Dr. Emil Skoda
... Lawrence Weaver
... Anthony Cooper
Harry Danner ... Kenneth Gray
Elizabeth Norment ... Judge Arlene Brewer
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The DA's office believes that an abused wife hired her brother-in-law to kill her husband. The defense claims that the woman suffers from battered wife syndrome, but was is it a case of self-defense or revenge?

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3 April 2002 (USA)  »

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D.A. Nora Lewin: [referring to the defendant, who is using battered woman syndrome as a defense to murdering her husband] What choices does a woman in that situation really have?
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: If someone hit me, I would leave, and if I couldn't, I'd hit them back.
D.A. Nora Lewin: Well, not everyone takes Tae Bo.
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An appealing defendant
4 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

A body right by the Hudson River ferry dock is what brings Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin to the scene. The victim for whom great pains were taken to conceal his identity, turns out to be a stockbroker. Also husband and father who lived up in Nyack.

The investigation leads to the wife Karen Young and to the fact that he had also swindled a few people in their stock dealings including family members. But he was more than that, he was a wife beater.

The deceased was about as miserable a human being God ever put on the earth and the defendant was an appealing suburban soccer mom. It's the burden that Sam Waterston has to shoulder in the trial.

The crime was made to look like a robbery with wallet and ID taken. I really loved the way that Orbach and Martin got an ID on the deceased. It has to do with some shared vices. You'll like it to and I always liked the episodes with Bob Dishy as the defense attorney.


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