Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A failed suicide attempts leads to a train crash that kills 12 people. The defendant's attorney initially offers an insanity defense. However, he is soon fired, as the defendant represents himself and changes his plea.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Fontana
... Nick Falco
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Alexandra Borgia
... Arthur Branch
... Davey Buckley
... Judge Walter Bradley
... James Buckley
J.D. Jackson ... Lenny Thorne
Doc Dougherty ... Sarge at Accident
... Rodney Fallon
... Clinic Doctor
... Engineer
... Zach Burns


Detectives Joe Fontana and Nick Falco investigate when a commuter train strikes an SUV parked on the tracks. A dozen people are killed but it's not clear which of the dead or injured might have put the car there. It leads them to Davey Buckley who admits that he tried to commit suicide that day. In court his lawyer, Rodney Fallon, tries to present an insanity defense but mid-way through the trial, Buckley fires him and changes his plea to not guilty. Written by garykmcd

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18 May 2005 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jesse L. Martin was absent from the last four episodes of the fifteenth season. He left the show temporarily to work on Rent (2005). His character, Det. Green, was shot in the line of duty. For those four episodes, Martin was replaced by Michael Imperioli as Det. Falco. See more »


Remade as Law & Order: UK: Tracks (2013) See more »

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25 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

An accident occurred in a quiet morning. A train full of commuters who were about to reach their place of work collided with a SUV, causing twelve casualties as a result, plus over a hundred injuried people. The car owner (J.D. Jackson) might have had a motive, because his prosecutor used to take that train (he had a pending trial for raping a girl), but his car was actually stolen. The real perp mixed up with the wounded people, so detectives started questioning all the people who were taken to the hospital. A man confessed: he tried to commit suicide due to his depression caused by several factors: he was separated with a sick daughter and his boss (and brother) had just fired him due to drinking problems. So the trial was about to begin, the strangest trial I've ever seen in Law & Order franchise.

I saw the same episode in "Law & Order UK", with a different location (New York instead of London town). Van Buren wanted the death penalty, but this kind of things are up to lawyers (overall I'm against it, but this time I agree with her).

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