Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Teenage Wasteland 

The murder of a man delivering Chinese food is linked to three bored teens who couldn't afford to pay.

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Constantine Makris

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Barry Schindel | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Dianne Wiest ... Nora Lewin
Murphy Guyer Murphy Guyer ... Defense Attorney Leslie Stanton
Alex Feldman ... Mitch Regan
Molly Regan Molly Regan ... Mrs. Regan
John Ramsey John Ramsey ... Judge Walter Schreiber
Jason Ritter ... Nick Simms
Ken Garito ... Kevin Russo
Audrie Neenan ... Judge Marilyn Haynes
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Danielle Carin ... Heather Russo
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Detectives Lenny Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the death of a Chinese restaurant owner who was delivering a take out order. The delivery was to a basement apartment where a homeless man frequently slept at the bottom of the stairs. They track him down and while he's a suspect he tells the police that several teenagers had hassled him the night the delivery man was killed. As well, one of the teens had a key to the apartment. They trace it to Mitch Regan and several of his friends who had been using the vacant apartment as a place to hang out. They ordered the Chinese food with no intention of ever paying and McCoy wants to seek the death penalty against Regan, the only one who has reached the age of majority. DA Nora Lewin isn't comfortable given that the defendant is barely 18 years old and now has a major decision to make. Written by garykmcd

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Erin Dilly (Emily) also played the role of Joyce Foley in episode 19.10, Law & Order: Pledge (2009). See more »

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At the arraignment hearing the court officer fails to read the charges the defendants are facing, which is required since a defendant has a constitutional right to be told what the charges against them are. The charges being read aloud at arrangement is so that a defendant can't claim they weren't told what they were being charged with. See more »

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You wanted to kill him all along
6 November 2017 | by paolo ceccacciSee all my reviews

A moving company was about to arrange a flat (actually a basement located below ground) when they bumped into a man brutally beaten to death. The victim is a Chinese family man, who owned a take-away in the neighborhood. As you may imagine, he was a workaholic, working 15 hours a day, seven days a week. The apartment was actually vacant, so detectives reckon maybe a homeless (John Heffernan) was the one who placed the order, an old tramp used to sleep nearby. Even if he had nothing to do with the murder, he helped detectives by pointing out a bunch of kids used to hang around in the empty flat. These kids, all Caucasian and all coming from average income family, used the apartment for having fun (smoking weed, drinking booze and so on). One night they were hungry but with no money in the pocket, so they placed the order well aware they couldn't pay. The argument against the delivery man went bad: was it manslaughter? or was the perp willing to cause the victim's death?

Legal system want to pursue the victim ignoring the racial contest: why a crack addict is easy convicted after the crime while an educated white man can get away with everything he had done? Anyway trying to put him in a death row is too much for me.


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