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.

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... Max Greevey
... Mike Logan
... Donald Cragen
... Ben Stone
... Paul Robinette
... Adam Schiff
... Monica Devries
... Louis Taggert
Randy Danson ... Diane Manso
... Mike Lucia
Al Shannon ... Tim Pruiting
... Howard Metzler
... Steven Hanauer (as Philip Hoffman)
... Ryan Cutrona (as Ken Johnston)
... Judge
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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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5 February 1991 (USA)  »

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First credited appearance for Philip Seymour Hoffman in TV or film. See more »

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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 See 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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