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Sanctuary 

A Jewish driver kills a black youth in a hit-and-run accident in Harlem and is not prosecuted. The black community's reaction ends in the death of a white motorist, but should the killer be held responsible for his actions?

Director:

Arthur W. Forney

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Michael S. Chernuchin | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (scenes deleted)
Tony Todd ... Reverend Ott
Michael Constantine ... Joshua Berger
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Corina Roberts
Susan Blommaert ... Judge Rebecca Steinman
Lorraine Toussaint ... Shambala Green
Damon Saleem Damon Saleem ... Daryl Johnson
Kevin Thigpen Kevin Thigpen ... Isaac Roberts
Elaine Bromka ... Mrs. De Santis
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Storyline

Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate a hit and run accident that killed a young African-American boy. The case quickly takes on racial overtones when several witnesses identify the driver as a Jew. Before the detectives get too far into the case the driver, Joshua Berger, turns himself in insisting it was an accident. The traffic bureau confirms that, based on all of the evidence at the scene, Berger was not driving fast and did his best to try and avoid hitting the boy. Berger is not charged which outrages the black community and one of its leaders, Reverend Ott. It leads to a riot where a white man is pulled from his car and beaten to death in front of his wife. Using videotape the police the police identify the main assailant but he claims asylum in a local church. Written by garykmcd

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

David Fonteno has portrayed seven different characters over the course of the series: See more »

Goofs

Shambala Green says that she plans to argue the matter of a church being a refuge from arrest in front of the Circuit Court, the Appellate Division, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. However the Appellate Division and the Court of Appeals are one and the same, they are just two different names for the same court which is also commonly referred to as the Appellate Court. In some states and countries it is called the Appellate Division and in others the Court of Appeals. It is the second highest court in the United States when it comes to hearing appeals, when a ruling by a Circuit Court judge or jury verdict is appealed the case goes to the Appellate Court where a determination is made on whether or not the Circuit Court's finding were proper and constitutional. If the appeal is on a jury verdict in a Circuit Court and the Appellate judges rule in favor of the defense then the defendant is granted a new trial. 98% of all appeals are decided in the Appellate Court and end there, the only court that is higher than the Appellate Court and has the authority to overrule them is the Supreme Court, however it is rare for the Supreme Court to overrule an Appellate Court ruling, only 2% of appeals are chosen to be reviewed by the Supreme Court. See more »

Quotes

Shambala Green: [to Joshua Berger] You're scared of blacks. Isn't that right, Mr. Berger?
Joshua Berger: I am not a racist.
Shambala Green: You're not only scared of them, you hate them. Isn't that true?
Joshua Berger: Look, any middle-aged white person: Jew, Baptist, atheist, whatever, who says that he's not frightened, no, make that terrified to find himself alone on a city street, being followed by two or three black teenagers, is a liar.
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One of the best
28 April 2011 | by torr59See all my reviews

I always thought this was the best episode ever made of Law and Order. Long before they went down the path of ending an episode neatly by having unrealistic confessions or discoveries, LAO made well-written, excellently acted episodes that made you actually surprised this was on television. Usually shows like this are left-leaning propaganda machines, and its ironic that Michael Moriarty would leave the show for just that reason, but this is an example of all sides of a volatile issue getting a fair look. No show since the airing of this one episode in 1994 has come close to depicting fair insight into the number one issue in the USA.


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