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The Corporate Veil 

A teenage boy dies because of a faulty pacemaker, and detectives soon discover that he is not the only person to die from pacemakers manufactured by the same company.


Don Scardino


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Sergeant Phil Cerreta
Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Captain Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... E.A.D.A. Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... A.D.A. Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Defense Attorney Richard 'Dick' Berkley
Bruce Norris Bruce Norris ... Steven Cleary
Robert Milli Robert Milli ... Roger Cleary
Carla Pinza Carla Pinza ... Rosa Martinez
Elizabeth Hubbard Elizabeth Hubbard ... Mrs. Cleary
Michael Lombard ... Miller
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Ms. Kenny
George Murdock ... Judge Eric Bertram (as George Murdoch)


Detectives Cerreta and Logan investigate the death of a young man, Roberto Martinez, who died of a heart attack behind the wheel of his car. Despite his young age, Martinez had a pacemaker which apparently failed. His family is suing the company that manufactured the pacemaker but they also want a criminal investigation. What they learn is the the device implanted in Martinez was previously used in another patient. The doctor in that case claims she donated the device to a medical school after her own patient received a new one. The pacemaker was acquired and refurbished by Bruce Sutter but it appears he may have changed the expiration date of the battery. A detailed examination however reveal's the problem may have been one of quality which leads them back to the manufacturer and eventually charge the owner's son, Steven Cleary, with murder. Written by garykmcd

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14 October 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chris Noth (Mike Logan) & John Procaccino (Suiter) also worked together on four episodes of The Good Wife (2009), as Peter Florrick & Judge Tom Glatt respectively. See more »


Reflected in the door behind Cerreta and Logan as they leave the Martinez's apartment building. See more »


Mrs. Cleary: My father started this company.
Roger Cleary: Your father fixed toasters! He worked for *me*!
Steven Cleary: [all of them facing charges for murder] That's right, Dad, he worked for you, just like we all did... look where it's got us.
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Searching for culpability
1 November 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

An 18 year old boy who had a pacemaker has a heart attack at the wheel of a car and dies. It's discovered by forensics that the pacemaker was defective. Just where and how was the defection discovered is for you to watch the episode.

Assigning culpability falls to ADAs Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks and the task isn't easy. The guilt falls on a laboratory supply house that was using used pacemakers and it's run by father Robert Milli and son Bruce Norris. Someone in the family has to roll on someone for justice to be served at least partially. So who to work on.

Anyone considering open heart surgery with an implanted pacemaker will think twice after seeing this story.

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