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Judge Dread 

An accountant goes on trial after being charged with ordering a hit on the hard-as-nails judge who imposed an unusually harsh prison sentence on the accountant just to send a message.


David Platt


Dick Wolf (created by), Richard Sweren | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael
Dianne Wiest ... Interim D.A. Nora Lewin
Roxanne Hart ... Judge Linda Karlin
David Wohl ... Randall Wylie
Scott Sowers Scott Sowers ... Jimmy McGowan (as Scott Nicolai Sowers)
Carolee Carmello ... Janice Wylie
Tovah Feldshuh ... Defense Attorney Danielle Melnick
Dan Ziskie ... State Police Investigator (as Daniel Ziskie)
Michael Goodwin ... John Karlin
Kelly Deadmon ... ADA Sarah Benedict
E.J. Carroll E.J. Carroll ... Vince Ellis


Judge Linda Karlin is a hard line judge and well-known for handing out the maximum sentence for even the most minor crimes. Detectives Lenny Briscoe and Ed Green find themselves investigating an attempt on her life when Frank Morris, who stole a gun from his bartender uncle, takes a shot at her and is gunned down by her police detective bodyguard. The police find that Morris visited Randall Wylie, who has a case before Judge Karlin, in jail not long before the shooting. Judge Karlin rejected a plea bargain the DA and Wylie had agreed to, and it looks like he may have hired Morris to make the hit. Written by garykmcd

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Frank Morris, who stole a gun from his bartender uncle, takes a shot at Judge Linda Karlin... Escape from Alcatraz (1979) Clint Eastwood ... Frank Morris See more »


D.A. Nora Lewin: I'd like to think I can do this job without becoming a cynic.
Jack McCoy: I'm not a cynic. I get up every morning hoping to find an honest man.
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References Judge Dredd (1995) See more »

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"Are you gonna need those?" 😄
20 November 2019 | by nycboer-37717See all my reviews

I've watched EVERY episode of L&O and this is one of my (MANY) favorites. Someone attempts to assassinate a Draconian Judge aka BICH and person who orders the hit is a complete surprise. Green and Briscoe track down all The Usual Suspects and the Investigation zig zags until they fit the pieces together in under 30mins, of course. My favorite scene is the final "verbal" catfight between Judge Dread and The Manhattan DA...2 very powerful women with very powerful ideations and ethics. It's The Enforcer vs The Compromiser....who is correct? You be The Judge.

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Release Date:

23 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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