Law & Order (1990–2010)
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An attorney may have been killed for trying to further bilk people who have lost their life savings in an S&L scandal.


Marc Laub


Dick Wolf (created by), Ed Zuckerman | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Michael Zaslow ... Willard Tappan
Jonathan Hogan Jonathan Hogan ... John Curren
Edie Falco ... Sally Bell
Lisa Emery ... Alice Huntley
Larry Pine ... Edward St. John
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Jane Rosebrock
David Little David Little ... Fred Dillon
Georgine Hall Georgine Hall ... Mrs. Greenfield
Yusef Bulos ... Frank Rosebrock


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the death of lawyer Arthur Kapinski, who is found shot in the head while he was seated at his office desk. They find that Kapinski had a number of irate clients who felt he wasn't adequately representing them. Several of them were trying to retrieve money from a failed Savings and Loan run by Willard Tappan and several clients had paid Kopinski up front to pay for his research. Kopinski was running a scam and the police focus on John Curran who apparently snapped after learning his mother had paid him the last of her savings. The case goes full circle and ADA McCoy is convinced that Tappan was somehow behind it. It's not quite straightforward however and ADA McCoy has to get Curran to testify against Tappan. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

30 November 1994 (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?


Merwin Goldsmith plays Judge Ian Feist in this, and ten other episodes. He previously played the part of Trial Judge Gollub in episode 1.17, Law & Order: Mushrooms (1991). See more »


Willard Tappan: You know, they're talking about privatizing the park. A subway token to enter or $30 a year. Trump thinks he can run it at a profit.
Jack McCoy: That's fascinating. We're here to...
Willard Tappan: You're here because you have a problem. I'm talking to you because I have a problem.
Jack McCoy: We'll prove that you hid that money, Mr. Tappan. That'll prolong your study of institutional dining.
Willard Tappan: Yes, that's my problem. Meanwhile, Mr. Curren, your murderer, will go free.
Jack McCoy: If you hadn't stolen his money, that murder would never have taken ...
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Notoriety and Sleaziness
17 February 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Some two bit lawyer gets shot in his midtown office and admittedly both Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth shed no tears. From what they learn of this guy, he's quite the sleazy shyster. But he actually may have been on to something.

That something was the hidden assets of a Donald Trump like millionaire who bilked hundreds of investors of their life savings. He got a trip to Club Fed and now he's in a half way house.

The guy who shot the lawyer is played by Jonathan Hogan and he's bitter and angry about the loss of his mother's savings. With that temper and how he feels he's easily manipulated.

And manipulated he is by Michael Zaslow as the recent Club Fed guest. But what happens here does not rise to the level of a crime. All that happened was that he was pointed in a right/wrong direction depending on your point of view.

Zaslow is wonderful in a part that calls for him to be notorious and sleazy and without a conscience at all. But Law And Order was really reaching here. I truly suspect the Appellate Division and if not the Court Of Appeals would reverse all of Sam Waterston's work against Zaslow in a nano-second.

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