Law & Order (1990–2010)
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An investigative reporter is shot, and evidence indicates a link to a 20-year-old murder case. Prosecutors learn that one of the reporter's stories on the case may have helped convict an innocent man of the crime.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lennie Briscoe
... Rey Curtis
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Abbie Carmichael
... Adam Schiff
... Nicole Hampton
... Andrew Hampton
... Miss Walsh
... John Franchetta
... Mr. Hagaman
... Lawrence Weaver
... Senior A.D.A. Arlene Wolensky
... Ned Cheron
... Judge Leslie Holtz


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis investigate the shooting of a well-known journalist, Gerald Fox, who was shot as he exited his house one morning to go to work. He's unconscious so the police start looking for anyone who might be seeking revenge. The obvious candidate is John Franchetta who was just paroled after serving 20 years for killing Broadway actress Rebecca Hampton. He still denies having anything to do with that crime and the ADA who prosecuted him admits that Fox's barrage of newspaper articles on the crime likely influenced the jury that convicted him. ADAs McCoy and Carmichael come to believe Franchetta and focus on the dead woman's daughter Nicole Hampton for killing her mother and her brother Andrew for shooting Fox. Their main problem is that Nicole was 15 when killed her mother and a juvenile and therefore subject to the law as it existed at that time. Written by garykmcd

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14 April 1999 (USA)  »

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Briscoe tells John Franchetta, who had just been paroled after serving 20 years of a life sentence for second-degree murder, that if he doesn't provide them with an alibi he is looking at serving another 20 years in prison. However since John Franchetta had previously been convicted of second-degree murder, if he committed another murder, at any point in his life after the first conviction, the second murder can be charged as first-degree murder, meaning he'd get a minimum sentence of life without the possibility of parole, and possibly the death penalty. See more »


Carmichael tells John Franchetta that there is no statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors, which is only partly true. In 1968 legislature was passed in New York that removed the statute of limitations from certain serious felony sex crimes where the victim is a minor. The crimes which had their statute of limitations removed when dealing with a minor were: rape in the first-degree, criminal sexual act in the first-degree (a criminal sexual act is unlawful oral or anal sexual contact), aggravated sexual abuse in the first-degree (aggravated sexual abuse is penetration with a foreign object that causes injury) and course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree (course of sexual conduct is an adult subjecting a minor to sexual contact on at least two different occasions within a three month period). All other felony sex crimes involving minors must have charges filed within five years of the minor turning 18. See more »


John Franchetta: Somebody's going to compensate me for what happened.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: I wouldn't push it, Mr. Franchetta. There's no statute of limitations on unreported sexual offenses against minors.
John Franchetta: What sex offense?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: You raped Nicole Hampton.
John Franchetta: Rape? The little bitch threw herself at me!
Jack McCoy: Talk to us, Mr. Franchetta.
John Franchetta: What, so you can throw me back in jail?
Jack McCoy: Assuming it was only statutory rape, you've more than served your time.
Mr. Hagaman: I'd be careful here, Johnny.
John Franchetta: Yeah, right. Like last time.
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Mommy's little girl
11 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

An investigative reporter played by Julian Gamble is shot and seriously wounded, but it's days before he can tell Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt anything. As they go through his case files they discover this guy is one big old fraud. Of course that doesn't please the newspaper he works on.

This traces back to a 20 year old killing of a hedonist actress that was done by her wise guy boyfriend. Shades of Bugsy Siegel and Wendy Barrie. Frank Vincent the wise guy boyfriend served 20 years for the crime and now it looks like he might not have done it.

So now the eyes of the law turn to the actresses two children who were teens back then, sober and responsible Matthew Bennett and Marsha Dietlein who is every inch mommy's little girl. So how much responsibility to parse out is what Sam Waterston and Angie Harmon have to deal with.

Marsha Dietlein is some piece of work. You can only imagine her as a teenage sexpot, shades of Baby Doll. She's worth watching this episode alone for.

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