Law & Order (1990–2010)
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After a cop is killed while trying to make a drug arrest the investigation reveals that some of his fellow officers may have stood by and let him die for reasons of their own.


Edwin Sherin (as Ed Sherin)


Dick Wolf (created by), Robert Nathan (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Charles Hallahan ... Captain Tom O'Hara
Adam Trese ... Craig McGraw
Sam Rockwell ... Weddeker
Philip Bosco ... Gordon Schell
Bobby Moresco ... Sergeant Henry Rhodes (as Robert Moresco)
Ron Ryan Ron Ryan ... Sergeant Jack Harley
Lázaro Pérez Lázaro Pérez ... Nazarrio (as Lazaro Perez)
Dan Grimaldi ... Jerry Kerwin


When patrolman Rick Newhouse comes under fire, he requests backup and two patrol cars are dispatched. Both arrive too late and Newhouse is killed. The subsequent investigation clears everyone involved but Detectives Logan and Briscoe smell a rat and get Captain Cragen's permission to investigate on their own. They find that both patrol cars arrived at the scene at virtually the same time though one was 20 blocks further away when they set out. When a passerby says he he saw a patrol car sitting around the corner while the shooting was going on, they know Newhouse was left on his own. What they find is that Newhouse was gay and his fellow officers were giving him a hard time about it making it clear he wasn't welcome in their precinct. ADA Stone charges three cops with second degree murder though he knows the odds are stacked against getting a conviction. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

12 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ralph Byers has portrayed four different characters over the course of the series: See more »


D.A. Adam Schiff: "Ministers of God..." Unbelievable. But this isn't motive.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: It establishes intent and state of mind.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Congratulations. You have flour and water. Get an oven, you can make bread. What connects state of mind to the crime?
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Samaritan (2009) See more »

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Gay Panic Defense
27 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When four people were arrested in the death of a young gay police officer when all else failed to dent Michael Moriarty's case the gay panic defense was used. An expert psychologist is brought in to testify that the perpetrators were so unnerved by the presence of a gay man in proximity that they reacted instinctively.

The instinct here was that these four people were his fellow cops and they deliberately failed to come to his aid in a shootout with a drug dealer. It's the case Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth build after arresting the actual shooter. It's a nauseating situation.

Compounded by the fact these cops were clearly homophobic and the gay panic defense is used to justify it. It's discredited now, the federal courts have banned it and so have a few states.

It's still used today in some areas with mixed results. See how it turns out for Michael Moriarty.

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