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Nullification 

An attempted armored car heist leads to the prosecution of a suburban right-wing militia group that claims to be at war with the U.S. government.

Director:

Constantine Makris

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), David Black
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Airs Sun. May. 26, 10:00 PM on WE

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Carey Lowell ... Jamie Ross
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Denis O'Hare ... Phil Christie
Gerry Becker ... Thomas Robbins
Betsy Aidem ... Kay Brant
Ted Kazanoff Ted Kazanoff ... Judge Daniel Scarletti
Jesse R. Tendler ... Matthew Brant Jr. (as Jesse Tendler)
Walt MacPherson Walt MacPherson ... Shelby
Alexandra Rhodie ... Brinn Lehey
Timothy Kirkpatrick Timothy Kirkpatrick ... Greg Kubie
Andy Fowle Andy Fowle ... Lewis Cray
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Storyline

Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate an armored car robbery at an off track betting parlor that the resulted in the deaths of two security guards. One of the robbers, Matthew Brant was also killed and another, Greg Kubie, is in hospital in a coma. The weapons they used were modified to allow full automatic fire. It turns out they were part of a self-styled militia called the New Sons of Liberty, a group of 20 men who were well-armed and seemingly prepared to go to war. Their leader, Phil Christie, refuses to recognize the government's authority and leads the defense for himself and his band. He's clearly out to get a hung jury. Written by garykmcd

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Denis O'Hare has played four different characters over the course of the series. See more »

Goofs

While looking at the disassembled handgun, the firearm technician and Detective Curtis state that the weapon's slide has been "filed down", making the gun fully automatic. While a semi-automatic firearm can be converted to fully automatic with some difficulty by modifying a number of internal parts, filing down the slide isn't one of them. While modifying the sear or other internal parts may be required to go full auto, modification of the slide is not. See more »

Quotes

A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [after the jury is hung and a mistrial is called] If he only knew. You could've sunk this trial and you didn't. You played it straight, Jack. That rates as a moral victory.
Jack McCoy: It could be a hollow one, if those clowns could find even one person who'd acquit them. What does that tell you about this country?
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Militias, oh my!
10 November 2011 | by knucklebreatherSee all my reviews

"Nullification" begins with a broad daylight armored car heist that is badly botched, resulting in the death of a guard and a robber. The detective story is pretty compelling as Lenny and Ray unexpectedly end up in the suburbs and quickly suspect a militia. We get to see techno-geek Ray in action using something called a "search engine" for the big break in the case.

The legal side is plenty dramatic, with militia members passionately defending their beliefs, sometimes through chaotic outbursts in court. The leader acts as his own attorney, and Jack McCoy's own beliefs on the will of the people and even apparently on jury nullification are unexpectedly used against him.

As compelling as some parts of this episode are, I thought the portrayal of the militia was a bit cartoonish and off-base at times. They gave them a bit too much credit, making them all respectable suburbanites who attended Militias 101 then committed the mandatory murder in Manhattan to get them on the show.

It's just a bit too uneven for me to consider one of L&O's better efforts.


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