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Choice of Evils 

A suburban mom ends up admitting to the detectives that she shot and killed her own teenage son out of fear that the boy would become a menace to society.


Michael Pressman


Dick Wolf (created by), David Wilcox

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Episode credited cast:
Dennis Farina ... Joe Fontana
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Annie Parisse ... Alexandra Borgia
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch
Molly Price ... Allison Ashburn
Adam Grupper ... John Ashburn
Lauren Hodges ... Tina Keith
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Jordan Charney ... Judge Donald Karan
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Ms. Booker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Capozzi ... Transit Officer
Rosemarie Cepeda Rosemarie Cepeda ... Homeless Woman


A suburban mom ends up admitting to the detectives that she shot and killed her own teenage son out of fear that the boy would become a menace to society.

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Release Date:

1 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sean Haberle (Walter Flint) also played the role of Ray Campbell in episode 18.10, Law & Order: Tango (2008). See more »


Allison said she went to that loft with the express intention of killing her son, she even brought a gun with her. This shows premeditation, yet she is charged with murder in the second degree, not murder in the first degree which would be the appropriate charge for premeditated murder. See more »


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I know it makes him sound bad, but I know he loved me. He gave me this baby
10 January 2018 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A real estate agent was about to sell an empty warehouse when she noticed what seemed to be a bum covered by a blanket. The guy was shot dead and he got no ID with him. A local priest recognized him: he was without a family and he spent most time on the street, committing some little crimes. Fontana, thanks to forensics, realized his biological father, a serial killer rapist, was recluded in Attica, spending a life sentence. Detectives found out the victim had a mother who stated he ran away from the household six months before the accident. The girl (Lauren Hodges) he hooked up with in underground New York was pregnant and they both wanted some money from the kid's mother. The mother was arrested and she confessed to kill him fearing that he could follow the father's footsteps.

That's crazy that a citizen killed her own son for the greater good. It seemed hilarious even for McCoy. Maybe, some decades from now, people will build a monument on her memory. LOL

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