Law & Order (1990–2010)
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An obsessed fan is charged with the brutal beating of a soap opera actress. During the trial, he claims that a voice in his head told him to do it.

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... Phil Cerreta
... Mike Logan
... Donald Cragen
... Ben Stone
... Paul Robinette
... Adam Schiff
... Lucy Neven
... Jack Gaffney
... Jesse Unger
... Dr. Mandell
... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
... Olivia
... William Unger
... Dr. Raphael
... Voorman
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In broad daylight, a soap opera star is found beaten and robbed in Central Park and literally left for dead. Cerretta and Logan soon learn that it was much more than a robbery and soon led to an obsessed fan, who's been writing to her and buying up all memorabilia pertaining to her. Written by danny gonzalez

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7 January 1992 (USA)  »

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Last in-person acting role for Werner Klemperer. See more »

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Mitchell Burkitt: I didn't do the lady. What do you think, I'm crazy?
Phil Cerreta: Actually, you're about the sanest person we've met all week.
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"Juries are not psychiatrists"
19 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

This episode of Law And Order deals with a defendant pleading insanity in the brutal assault of soap opera star Blanche Baker. Bradley White is our guilty party he is as obsessed with Baker as that demented fool in California who shot and killed Rebecca Schaefer on which this episode is partly based.

Michael Moriarty puts it plainly enough at the end. The ordinary lay people who make up jury pools are most assuredly not psychiatrists. That defendant White is absolutely nuts everyone agrees. But the standard is insane enough that he cannot appreciate the consequences of his actions. It is also clear that White, his father Werner Klemperer, and his attorney Stephen Joyce are looking for a John Hinckley type of verdict where he's taken to a hospital and then maybe let out and presumably he'd stalk Baker again. Or another example would be assassin Dan White who killed Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in San Francisco. Although no one alleges it was an overdose of Twinkies that set White off.

Joyce has tried and has made a specialty of insanity defenses. Moriarty is up against the best in that field.

See how this one comes out and what 12 ordinary citizens do.


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