Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Loco Parentis 

A school bully is accused of killing a classmate. The killer's father is found to have helped foster his son's violent behavior, so the DA's office charges him with murder on account of depraved indifference.


Constantine Makris


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Robert Clohessy ... Robert Telford
Ned Eisenberg ... James Granick
Julie Boyd Julie Boyd ... Sandra Telford
John Carter John Carter ... Judge Harlan Newfield
Max Ligosh Max Ligosh ... Ryan Velardi
Rebecca Nelson Rebecca Nelson ... Mrs. Skinner
Jacob Pitts ... John Telford
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Clark Middleton ... Ellis


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the murder of teenager Chris Skinner who was found dead on 56th St. His throat was slit and the medical examiner estimates a 6 inch blade was used. He also had bruises that were a couple of weeks old. They learn that he was out selling chocolate bars as part of a school fund-raiser with fellow student but they split up after a half hour or so. From students at Chris' high school, he appears to have been the victim of bullying and evidence points to John Telford, a student. The prosecutors have trouble linking the boy to the killing and DA Adam Schiff orders that the boy's father, Robert Telford - who ignored his son's violent behavior - be charged with murder as a result of depraved indifference. Evidence comes from an unexpected source. Written by garykmcd

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5 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Isiah Whitlock Jr. played five different characters over the course of the series: See more »


One character refers to a plastic garbage bag as "three millimeter". He means "three mils". A mil (in this context) is 1/1000 of an inch of thickness; three mils would be typical for a medium-duty plastic bag. Three millimeters would be about 1/8 inch, or 118 mils. See more »


Jack McCoy: Our problem is how to make the case against Telford.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Make sure the jury knows he dropped the ball.
Jack McCoy: And we get a conviction for bad parenting.
D.A. Adam Schiff: He gave his son a sword, sent him out to practice neck chops.
Jack McCoy: Ah, bad parenting in the first degree.
D.A. Adam Schiff: His indifference created the risk. Only a matter of time before that kid attacked somebody.
Jack McCoy: OK, suppose we pull it off. Who's next, Adam?
D.A. Adam Schiff: What did Potter Stewart say about pornography?
Jack McCoy: I can't define what it is, but I know it when I see it.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Right. Telford ...
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Kids are the same. Just the technology's different
30 April 2018 | by paolo ceccacciSee all my reviews

A sixteen years old boy was found inside a plastic bag in a dumpster by two garbage men, killed by a karate gear. The place was a little far away from where the guy lived. His mother showed up at the crime scene very soon and this made detectives a little suspicious, because they thought she could have harassed her own child. Anyway, he used to sell candies to raise some money, some fellow pupils bullied him, considering him a nerd (he even tried to grow up his strength by practising bodybuilding to protect himself). Fingerprints in cigarette butts were enough to arrest a peer (Jacob Pitts), addicted to violent video games and porn movies. Detectives realized he used a strange weapon not so easy to found in performing the murder, maybe his father helped him in all this; everything against his mother's will.

Bad parenting? Is he really innocent or guilt? Audience have to figure out who is the real murderer. Briscoe was put in a bad position at trial, compelled to confess about his daughter's addiction.

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