Law & Order (1990–2010)
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The Manhattan DA's office finds itself in the middle of a battle over the death penalty when it asks the Canadian government to extradite a Canadian-born woman facing multiple murder charges.


Arthur W. Forney


Dick Wolf (created by), Ed Zuckerman


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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
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Glynnis O'Connor ... Anne Paulsen
Robert Harper ... John St. John
Tara Bast ... Wendy Naughton (as Stacey Leigh Ivey)
David Mogentale David Mogentale ... Gerard Petoskey
Harvey Atkin ... Judge Ronald Mannheim
John Doman ... Mr. Stephens
Bellamy Young ... Stephanie Harker
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Larry Clarke ... Detective Morris LaMotte


Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Ron Harker and his daughter Caitlin. His wife Stephanie was three miles away at the time with her friend Doris Nichols. By the time the police catch up with her, Doris is dead and Stephanie is claiming she was Doris' next victim. They learn however that it was Stephanie who was fooling around and that her husband was about to institute divorce proceedings. She is Canadian however and before they can arrest her, she flees back home. McCoy and ADA Abbie Carmichael come up against the Canadian government which has a policy of not extraditing people to foreign countries where they may face the death penalty. McCoy agrees but as they continue the investigation, they find that she not only hired Nichols to kill her husband but that she killed Ron Harker's first wife. As a result, DA Adam Schiff decides to go after the death penalty. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

9 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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John Doman played five different characters over the course of the series: See more »


Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) mistakenly calls a witness "Mr. Wexler" instead of "Mr. Wexman" which is what the title card before the scene states that character's name should be. Even Lenny Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) notices this and looks at him; however the scene continues as is. See more »


D.A. Adam Schiff: File the notice, Miss Carmichael, we're seeking the death penalty.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: We told the Canadians we wouldn't.
D.A. Adam Schiff: I changed my mind.
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A Poster Child For The Death Penalty
29 November 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Was Steven Hill right in this one, do we really have to post warning signs at the Canadian border that in the USA we still have the death penalty? If there ever was a poster child for it it's Bellamy Young who plays the white trash Canadian girl from Niagara Falls who marries a rich American and then kills him when she finds out he was planning to dump her. Bad enough, but she also kills the man's minor daughter and a friend of her's to cover up her crime. No mental illness defense possible here.

Not even that there is some suspicion though it can't be proved because the trail is way too cold that Young also murdered her husband's first wife plus a lover she had in Canada. No doubt if the Canadians believed in the death penalty Young would be first on the list for lethal injection.

But they don't and that is the crux of this episode of Law And Order. Some wire money transfers from a Canadian bank are an element in Sam Waterston's and Angie Harmon's case and the Canadians balk at providing evidence that might execute one of their citizens.

Merits of the death penalty notwithstanding they don't get to make that call. I believe Waterston and Harmon handled the situation appropriately.

Bellamy Young's portrayal of the amoral perpetrator however is what really drives this episode. And her rather pathetic plea for mercy when the penalty portion of the trial is on is really an incredible piece of acting. I was moved by the performance, but unmoved by the plea.

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