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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 him just to send a message.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lennie Briscoe
... Ed Green
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Abbie Carmichael
... Nora Lewin
... Judge Linda Karlin
... Randall Wylie
Scott Sowers ... Jimmy McGowan (as Scott Nicolai Sowers)
... Janice Wylie
... Danielle Melnick
Dan Ziskie ... State Police Investigator (as Daniel Ziskie)
... John Karlin
... ADA Sarah Benedict
... 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 Collins, 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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23 May 2001 (USA)  »

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The detective assigned to guard Judge Karlin asks her what case she is trying that day, she replies that she's presiding over a drug case where the defendant was caught with 10 pounds (160 ounces) of heroin. The detective asks the judge what kind of sentence you'd get for that, the judge sarcastically replies "a needle in the arm." While she was joking the judge wasn't too far off, 160 ounces of heroin would be criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, a class A-I felony with a minimum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. Although considering the amount of heroin in this case the defendant would likely get the maximum sentence of 25 to life since 160 ounces is obviously way more than the minimum eight ounces needed to be charged with first degree possession. See more »


D.A. Nora Lewin: Why do you always believe the worst in people, Jack?
Jack McCoy: Who, me?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Spend a few more years in this place, you'll be right there with us.
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References Judge Dredd (1995) See more »

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Does the man make Rikers or does Rikers make the man?
9 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

A professional killer was waiting for a judge to get out of her limo. Shortly after he took the gun hidden in a daily newspaper and start firing at her. Luckily, he missed her and her bodyguard killed the shooter during the gunfight. The judge is well-known for passing harsh judgment over the defendants. The gun belong to a bartender and the killer was his nephew who stole it some years back. Detectives looked up all the inmates recently sentenced by the judge, included a black man who lately sent a menace letter to her. The killer just a week before the attempted murder visited an accountant at Rikers whose daughter bank account had been drained for 100 grand the same day. The accountant (a meek kind of man) had set up three different scam that had led to a big tax evasion; in the time spent at prison, he made the acquaintance of an arsonist he shouldn't have trusted....

District attorneys in this episode make a mistake in taking a plea with the wrong guy who staged everything. Anyway the judge character (played by Roxanne Hart) really looks like Stallone in Judge Dreed

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