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A man claims he acted under extreme emotional disturbance after he murders the woman who sponsored a graphic painting.


Jace Alexander


Dick Wolf (created by), Barry M. Schkolnick (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Spencer Garrett ... Stephen Olson
Bruce MacVittie ... Larry Brunig
David Thornton ... Paul Radford
Steven Ogg ... Mark Vee
Ted Kazanoff Ted Kazanoff ... Judge Daniel Scarletti
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda
Larry Clarke ... Detective Morris LaMotte
Lynn Cohen ... Judge Elizabeth Mizener
Jeff Weiss Jeff Weiss ... Judge Alexander Romney


A man claims he acted under extreme emotional disturbance after he murders the woman who sponsored a graphic painting.

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Release Date:

3 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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This episode is clearly inspired by the 1987 controversy of the art piece "Piss Christ" by Andres Serrano. See more »


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Betsy Braun: [about a potential suspect] I think he's from Brooklyn.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Why? He had a bad haircut?
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Free Speech and artistic expression
24 October 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching this episode instead of Andres Serrano and the 'Piss Christ' painting that was so controversial, I thought of that failed artist turned house painter who worked in Vienna in the last century, Adolph Hitler. If instead of turning to politics he decided to become a critic of his contemporaries and did what he did to artists and in this case art patron what the world would have missed had he limited the scope of his psychotic rage.

The murder victim is a rich young woman who patronizes budding artists and in this case her largess was directed at Steven Ogg who painted a work showing a woman with no hands. That offended Bruce MacVittie so he kills the victim and slices her hands off in the process.

It's free speech and artistic expression that are at issue here for Sam Waterston and Angie Harmon. Yet the very fact that the painting's offensiveness is being used by the defense as MacVittie's excuse for murder. Of course the hope is that the jury will deadlock finding at least one similarly minded puritan among the twelve.

MacVittie like Hitler was a struggling artist. What if some people had bought one or three of Adolph's works? The mind boggles.

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