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A man opens fire during the docking of a dinner cruise boat. The Governor appoints a special prosecutor because Schiff refuses to seek the death penalty; McCoy helps Schiff appeal while ... See full summary »


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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
Jack Gilpin ... Mr. Axtell
Dani Klein Dani Klein ... Susan Beckner
Lianna Pai ... Carolyne Trang (as Liana Pai)
Kent Williams ... Hank Coburn
Peter Jay Fernandez ... Mr. Tyrell
David Cromwell David Cromwell ... Mr. Veitch
Roy Thinnes ... Victor Panatti
Charlotte Colavin Charlotte Colavin ... Judge Lisa Pongracic
John Driver John Driver ... Phillip Keenan


A man opens fire during the docking of a dinner cruise boat. The Governor appoints a special prosecutor because Schiff refuses to seek the death penalty; McCoy helps Schiff appeal while Ross helps the special prosecutor at trial. Schiff's wife is hospitalized following a stroke. Written by Anonymous

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21 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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This episode paralleled real events that occurred in New York City in 1995 and 1996. First, Chapter 1 of the Laws of 1995 established a new death penalty in New York State. Second, District Attorney Robert Johnson of The Bronx had a "blanket" policy of declining to seek the death penalty in cases authorized (Murder 1, see NY Penal Law §60.06, and §125.27). Dissatisfied, Governor George Pataki ordered Johnson replaced with the Attorney General when Johnson declined to seek the death penalty in the shooting death of Police Officer Kevin Gillespie by one Angel Diaz (who ultimately committed suicide and whose accomplices were ultimately convicted of Federal RICO charges and not brought to answer in State Court.) Litigation ensued, and the New York Court of Appeals upheld Governor Pataki's actions in Johnson v. Pataki (91 N.Y.2d 214, 1997). See more »


Mr. Axtell: Mr. Panatti asked my client if he knew of a reasonable person who would believe him. Mr. Schiff is a reasonable person. I think his views are admissible as rebuttal.
Judge Lisa Pongracic: Overruled. Go ahead, Mr. Axtell.
Mr. Axtell: Petitioner's refusal to indict defendant on first-degree murder led to his removalo. Using his prosecutorial discretion, petitioner concluded there was insufficient evidence of intent to commit robbery to sustain a charge of first-degree murder. I have nothing further.
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Turf War
22 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A gunman opens fire on a group of people disembarking from a cruise ship. It happens that it is a cruise for Jewish singles and a telltale message is left about death to Zionists.

But that's a blind and the doer turns out to be a travel agent who was after the cruise director. He was afraid she'd deposit his check which didn't have sufficient funds to cover at that point. We all have cash flow problems at times, but we don't settle them that way as Kent Williams the jerk tried to do.

Then politics intervenes as the Governor who is unnamed but was George Pataki at the time ran on a death penalty platform and he wants blood. He has his Attorney General named Dennis Vacco at the time lift the case from Adam Schiff because the New York County DA only thinks Murder 2 is warranted. He wants Murder 1 and Deputy Attorney General Roy Thinnes takes the case away from Steven Hill and tries it with Carey Lowell's help.

The politics of capital punishment is what this was about. A really stupid and pathetic turf war with the Governor and the DA's office.

But you will best remember Lianni Pai who played Wentworth's girlfriend, a most mercenary woman who turns on him when Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt show her that Wentworth isn't quite the catch she thought was. The look on Orbach's face is priceless as Pai sends Wentworth a come over to my place call.

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