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Charity Case 

The adopted infant of a soap opera star and a relative of the baby's biological father are central to a murder investigation.


Michael Pressman


Dick Wolf (created by), Nicholas Wootton




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
Milena Govich ... Detective Nina Cassady
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Alana De La Garza ... A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa
Fred Dalton Thompson ... D.A. Arthur Branch
Anna Chlumsky ... Mary Calvin
Aliya Campbell Aliya Campbell ... Lashonda Harris
Billy Burke ... Attorney Farmer
Jennifer Beals ... Sofia Archer
Kola Ogundiran Kola Ogundiran ... Ephraim Mogae
Brian Avers ... Marlon Cooper
Tim Barker ... Dwayne McCready
John Livingstone Rolle John Livingstone Rolle ... Festus Lepetu
Carmen Roman ... Judge Louise Einhorn


A celebrity couple is out with their adopted child when someone shoots the husband. Green and Cassady investigate and learn the shooter is the father of the baby they adopted from Africa. The man agrees to plead guilty if he can see his son. When the baby is brought to him he says the baby is not his son. That's when they set out to find out if what he is saying is true. They learn it's true so what happened to the baby. The nanny reveals that the baby died and they were worried what would happened if it got out that the baby they adopted died. So they paid the nanny to get rid of the body and find them another one. Written by

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Release Date:

12 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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References Black Narcissus (1947) See more »

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Dies for a deception
9 February 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm surprised that Brangelina didn't sue Law And Order for a very unflattering portrayal of half that power couple. The other half gets killed almost immediately into the program.

Jennifer Beals and Josh Causabon are the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt of the story. They've adopted an African AIDS baby and the use of their celebrity has brought attention to the plight of African poverty and disease. So who would want to do them harm?

But harm is done as Causabon is shot dead at a local market and the shooter turns out to be the father of the kid that they took from Africa. Later when he's caught the father only asks to see his son before cooperating on a statement and plea.

Imagine his shock in not finding his son. That leads into a further investigation and after trying to blame a sudden infant death on her nanny Anna Chlumsky, it's Beals who winds up on trial.

The portrait Beals paints of her Angelina Jolie type celebrity is truly not flattering. Poor Causabon dies for a deception she tried to perpetrate on the world and to keep her celebrity image intact.

Beals is wonderful, so good I'm surprised Brad and Angelina didn't sue.

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