Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A legal aid strike forces A.D.A. Rubirosa to go head-to-head with Cutter in a murder trial, when she is appointed as the defendant's counsel.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Cyrus Lupo
... Kevin Bernard
... Anita Van Buren
... Michael Cutter
... Connie Rubirosa
... Jack McCoy
... Ted Sanderson
... Judge Norman Barclay
... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
... Frank Dresner
Leslie Ayvazian ... Judge Susan Valdera
Jeff Talbott ... Judge Herbert Warren
Kelly Demaret ... Lila Dresner
... Detective Joe Cormack
... Mike Dolci


Detectives Lupo and Bernard investigate the murder of paralegal Frank Dresner, who was run over by a car while picketing during the strike of public defenders. CCTV footage leads them to Ted Sanderson who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife and recently exonerated after 9 years in prison thanks to DNA evidence. There is little doubt that Sanderson was at the courthouse where Dresner was run over but when no one is available to represent him at his arraignment, the presiding judge orders ADA Connie Rubirosa to step across to the other side and represent him. When Sanderson insists that she continue as his attorney, she finds herself going up against ADA Michael Cutter and doing a very good job of it. When she discovers that the victim was a Sanderson's former friend who may have also had an affair with Sanderson's dead wife, she begins to wonder if she can advise her client with the impartiality that is needed. Written by garykmcd

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7 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Michael Medeiros has portrayed six different characters over the course of the series: See more »


Det. Cyrus Lupo: [examining pictures of the body at the morgue] What is this crud in his wounds?
Medical Examiner Elizabeth Rodgers: Automotive grease and sand.
Det. Cyrus Lupo: Sand? What kind of sand?
Medical Examiner Elizabeth Rodgers: Sand sand.
[after a long pause, he glares at her]
Medical Examiner Elizabeth Rodgers: I'll find out.
Det. Cyrus Lupo: I learned in the Middle East there are more than 31 flavors of sand...
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if I hear anymore crap from any of you, you'll all be working Traffic Court for the next five years.
15 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

After a strike against heathcare cuts a partecipant was run over by a car and killed as a result. A CCTV must have seen what happened, but the victim destroyed it just before the accident. A former inmate now working as a labourer in a golf court, recently realeased after spending nine years in jail for killing his wife (a crime he allegedly didn't commit), might have driven the SUV. He held a grudge against the victim who was the real killer of his wife ten years before and he recognized him during the strike by the way the man used an inhaler (he had cystic fibrosis and the perp had that special disease). The defendant appointed Rubirosa as his attorney and that turned her against Cutter for the first time at the murder trial. Rubirosa investigate his client, who lied to her several times: the truth was very different from what it seemed at the beginning.

Rubirosa is ready for a brilliant career ahead of her. McCoy, with a glass of Scotch in his right hand, is sure about that.

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