Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A judge throws out all of the prosecution's key evidence and dismisses murder charges against a wealthy defendant. District Attorney Adam Schiff suspects that the judge, an old friend, may be on the take.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lennie Briscoe
... Rey Curtis
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Claire Kincaid
... Adam Schiff
... Professor Norman Rothenberg
... Judge Edgar Hynes
... Peter Nicodos
... Judge Joseph Rivera
... Mr. Ricardi
... Mr. Kaiser
... Elaine Nicodos
... Celia Gaston (as Brettanya Friese)
Rebecca Waxman ... Gail Russell


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate multiple deaths when three people at a magazine office are shot at work. The magazine's editor, Eddie Nicodos, came from a rich family whose family business was food distribution. They check into ex-employees and a computer game developer who was suing the magazine over a bad review. When they learn that Eddie and his brother Peter had been arguing over the lawsuit. ADA McCoy's biggest challenge is the presiding judge, Edgar Hynes, who seems to go out of his way to rule against the prosecution. After the prosecution rests its case, the judge grants the defense request to dismiss the case. Adam Schiff knows Hynes quite well and when he hears that his old friend is going through a divorce, he begins to suspect corruption. Written by garykmcd

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1 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Ken Leung has portrayed four different episodes over the course of the series: See more »


At the beginning 0f the interrogation scene between DA Schiff and Judge Hynes, you can see Hynes' mouth moving in the bottom right corner of the mirror towards the end of the shot, even though neither men are speaking. You can see that he says "Adam" (Schiff's first name), which he is then seen and heard to be saying in the shot that immediately follows. See more »


Peter Nicodos: But I'm innocent. I didn't kill anybody.
ADA Jack McCoy: You've already learned the Rikers Island theme song. Good for you.
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Pretty standard
2 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

In "Jeopardy", the story continues the seasons trend of dropping some computer technology elements into the story (it was 1995 after all) as we learn there's been a violent murder at the office of a tech magazine. Very quickly it becomes typical L&O though as we learn the fledgling magazine was funded by its founder's wealthy family.

The season is now 4-for-4 on white guy criminals, very standard L&O there. The detective story, once again, is unremarkable but a highlight is the legal story, which explores an interesting issue (suggested by the title) that most people should be able to understand.

Perhaps most notable is the expanded role of Adam Schiff in this episode, including his appearance in the police interrogation room, one of the great rarities of the show.

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