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Memo from the Dark Side 

The shooting death of a veteran of the War on Terror leads to an investigation and conspiracy indictment against a former Bush Justice Department employee on conspiracy charges involving the torture of prisoners.


Fred Berner


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (as René Balcer) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sisto ... Detective Cyrus Lupo
Anthony Anderson ... Detective Kevin Bernard
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Linus Roache ... E.A.D.A. Michael Cutter
Alana De La Garza ... A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa
Sam Waterston ... D.A. Jack McCoy
Ned Eisenberg ... James Granick
Lisa Joyce ... Megan Tanner
Jordan Gelber ... David
Addison Timlin ... Hayley Kozlow (as Addison J. Timlin)
Monique Fowler Monique Fowler ... Attorney Strawn
Michael Berresse ... Mr. Gardner
Nancy Opel ... Doctor
Deborah Offner ... Judge Rachel Cates
David Alan Basche ... Kevin Franklin


When young war veteran Greg Tanner is found murdered in a Hudson University parking garage, Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard connect the murder to law professor Kevin Franklin, an attorney who formerly worked for the Department of Justice. But when the case is brought to court, it seems Tanner may have been more affected by the war than his discharge stated. Lupo and Bernard find that the pieces start to fit when Franklin's memos from the Bush Administration are leaked. Written by NBC Publicity

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P.C. stands for probable cause in this instance. See more »


Greg Tanner is said to have joined the Marines, but later tries to get his "Army benefits" reinstated. See more »


Michael Cutter: Even in the midst of the revolutionary war, In the midst of the civil war, Presidents Washington and Lincoln admonished their troops not to injure their prisoners. Now, some of you may feel that it is not the place of this jury or even the people to question the actions of our government officials during a time of war... That the premise of this trial itself somehow is Treasonous. I would assure you, ladies and gentlemen, It is not disloyal to hold our officials To the highest standards of ...
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Outstanding episode!
29 April 2015 | by cindit-32378See all my reviews

I just saw this episode for the 2nd time (the first time was years ago). Excellent writing and acting! I was riveted! I've always loved the "original" Law & Order. Some episodes really stand out. This is definitely one of them!

In addition to the casting & writing, the subject is a very important one. I think we need more courage of conviction in serious television. Lately, I watch PBS more for that reason. We don't need more fantasy or silly reality shows. We need more relevant "reality" created dramatically, like L & O has consistently done. For that reason, "Memo From the Dark Side" is important.

I wonder what the jury's verdict was....

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25 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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