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Blue Wall 

Kibre faces an uphill battle when prosecuting two cops accused of sodomizing and murdering a man who had been held in police custody. While investigating the case, she hits a "blue wall" ... See full summary »


Joe Ann Fogle


Dick Wolf (created by), Rick Eid


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bebe Neuwirth ... Tracey Kibre
Amy Carlson ... Kelly Gaffney
Kirk Acevedo ... Hector Salazar
Scott Cohen ... Chris Ravell
Fred Thompson ... D.A. Arthur Branch
John Doman ... Tim Grace
Joseph Siravo ... Deputy Police Chief Doug Conley
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Officer Danny Petro
Armand Schultz ... U.S. Attorney Curtis Fuller
Mike Colter ... Officer Billy Tolbert
Brian Tarantina ... Officer Mike Bressler
Gordana Rashovich Gordana Rashovich ... Judge Lillian Alverio
William Hill ... Jack Miller
William Sadler ... Paul Rice
Geoffrey Cantor ... Defence Attorney Ronald Hardin


Kibre faces an uphill battle when prosecuting two cops accused of sodomizing and murdering a man who had been held in police custody. While investigating the case, she hits a "blue wall" when all of the officers refuse to discuss the events on the night of the crime. This puts Detective Ravell in a difficult position, particularly because a friend on the force is one of the officers on trial. Written by skillwithaquill

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Normally when a person is convicted or acquitted of a crime the double jeopardy clause prevents that person from being retired for the same crime, either in state or federal court. However there are a few exceptions where the United States Supreme Court can retry someone for a crime they were convicted or acquitted of in a lower state or federal court, this is known as the Dual sovereignty doctrine. The US Supreme Court can make an exception to the double jeopardy clause under a few specific circumstances: when there was a clear case of misconduct in the first trial, jury nullification was present in the first trial (which is when the defense presents irrelevant material designed to play on the jury's emotions and cause them to disregard the facts and evidence and render a verdict based on sympathy for the defendant or some other emotionally motivated reason) or if the sentence in the first trial was woefully inadequate and can be substantially enhanced in a federal court.

In this instance double jeopardy does not protect Officer Petro from being prosecuted for the homicide of the victim by the United States Supreme Court, after pleading guilty to it in the New York State Supreme Court, because the United States Attorney is arguing that A: New York should have prosecuted the homicide as a hate crime and B: his sentence was woefully inadequate since Officer Petro was guilty of murder in the first degree, with a hate crime attachment (a crime punishable in federal court by either life in prison without the possibility of parole or death), but was plead down to murder in the second degree, with no hate crime enhancement, and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. The federal courts have the option of taking jurisdiction over cases where serious crimes were committed by a law enforcement officer, or where a civil rights violation occurred (a hate crime being one example) or where they can hand down a much more severe sentence than was handed down by the lower court. In this case they are able to both take the homicide case from the New York County District Attorney's office and set aside the verdict and sentence handed down in the New York State Supreme Court because all three of those apply to this case: a serious crime was committed by one or more NYPD officers, the victim was targeted because of his sexual orientation (making it a civil rights issue) and the federal court will be able to hand down a substantially enhanced sentence. See more »

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Cop cases are the toughest
25 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The trial ADAs and the investigators from the DA's office are facing the toughest cases of all in this episode, that of police brutality. Hard to prosecute because the police never like informing on their own. It's called the blue wall of silence.

In this case there was a disturbance at a gay bar and a young 18 year old kid was taken away. He resisted arrest and struck one of the officers. So Domenick Lombardozzi decided to give him a little payback and sodomized him with a nightstick in the tradition of Amadou Diallo. Only an artery was pierced in the victim's rectum and he died.

Everybody wants a piece of this case. District Attorney Fred Dalton Thompson and Armand Schultz the US Attorney do a little legal jousting for jurisdiction. And Bebe Neuwirth and Amy Carlson have to contend with Investigator Scott Cohen's reluctance to get involved in a case involving his own precinct. In addition he knows one of the two cops charged Mike Colter who is Lombardozzi's partner.

Things get a bit heated between Neuwirth and Cohen and frankly I can't blame Neuwirth because Cohen is making her job all that more difficult. When he's put on the stand she makes it difficult for him.

To see how everyone's agenda is met, rent this Trial By Jury episode. It's pretty good.

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29 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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