Law & Order (1990–2010)
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The Violence of Summer 

Stone temporarily dismisses rape charges against three defendants because the victim's testimony has too many holes. Greevey and Logan's subsequent reinvestigation uncovers a possible fourth assailant.


Don Scardino


Dick Wolf (created by), Michael Duggan

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Max Greevey
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Megan Gallagher ... Monica Devries
Samuel L. Jackson ... Louis Taggert
Randy Danson Randy Danson ... Diane Manso
Sandy Baron ... Mike Lucia
Al Shannon Al Shannon ... Tim Pruiting
Gil Bellows ... Howard Metzler
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Steven Hanauer (as Philip Hoffman)
Kenny Johnston ... Ryan Cutrona (as Ken Johnston)
Mike Hodge ... Judge


Sgt. Greevey and Det. Logan look for additional evidence in a rape case. Well-known reporter Monica Devries was raped but ADAs Stone and Robinette run into a road block when the physical evidence and DNA tests don't match any of the accused. Under normal circumstances, Stone would have simply put Devries on the stand but a previous conviction makes her a weak witness and less sympathetic to a jury. The detectives decides to restart the investigation from scratch and learn that there may have been another as yet unidentified attacker. Getting that person's identity will be key in getting a successful prosecution. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

5 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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When no one in the neighborhood wants to talk about hearing a rape being committed Sgt. Greevey tells Logan that "we're living in the post-Kitty Genovese era." On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was murdered outside her apartment in Kew Gardens of New York City and no one came to help nor did anyone call the police while she was being stabbed to death. When the police later combed the neighborhood, 38 people admitted hearing her cries for help. This behavior has become known as the bystander effect or "Genovese syndrome." The "38 witnesses" thing was later proven to be false. Further investigation many years later turned up calls from at least a dozen neighbors. It was concluded that a New York Times reporter had exaggerated some details, and falsely reported others. In 2015, the Times apologized for the false story. See more »


Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: I don't care if you were there to buy a nuclear bomb, you're not the one on trial.
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They're all punks
27 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A couple of guys who went on to some substantial careers, an Oscar nomination for Samuel L. Jackson and an Oscar for Philip Seymour Hoffman are in this Law And Order episode. Jackson is a defense attorney and Hoffman is one of a few accused of rape of Megan Gallagher.

This episode opens with charges dismissed against Hoffman and Gil Bellows. But both are afraid that a third defendant Kenny Johnston is going to rat them out and Bellows freaks out so bad he grabs a court officer's gun and tries to shoot Johnston.

That gets the case kicked back to Greevey and Logan to backtrack for evidence. Gallagher is also not the easiest victim to work with.

There's another perpetrator here and Jackson is his lawyer once he's finally identified through some very hard work by George Dzundza and Chris Noth. That's Al Shannon and the other two are rightly scared of him. But they're all punks.

Kudos to Dzundza who really does a great job in getting Hoffman and Bellows to incriminate themselves. You have to see it to believe it.

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