Briscoe and Green catch three murder cases and one kidnapping on the same day, and one murder is tied to a fourth murder which happened ten years ago. Each case apparently involves domestic disputes ...
The show follows a crime, ususally adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court. Written by
George Dzundza left the series after the first season because he tired of the commute to New York City from his Los Angeles home. He was replaced by Paul Sorvino. Sorvino left in the third season because he disliked show's work schedule and, because he was an opera singer, he wanted to preserve his vocal cords. See more »
Number of times "ballistic fingerprinting" has been used to ID a murder weapon in New York = 0. See more »
Det. Ed Green:
[a suspect, who'd complained of radiating pain in his neck, tries to escape from his apartment; Green goes to apprehend him]
That's good, now radiate your ass up against the wall!
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At the start of the season one episode "Torrents of Greed, Part 2" the customary "In the criminal justice system..." opening monologue and screen title were replaced with a monologue and screen title about manipulation of the legal system. See more »
On Sunday, May 2, 2004, the local newspaper, The Free Lance-Star, reported the discovery of a body in a dumpster outside a motel. The following day , the paper reported the arrest of the murderer, thanks in part to the quick action of one of the motel residents. While the police were securing the crime scene, one of the by-standers was approached by a man who asked her what was going on. When she told him about the body, he ran across the street and jumped onto a waiting van. She later told a newspaper reporter that she had "watched enough "Law and Order" episodes to know suspicious behavior when she sees it." She got out her camera-phone and starting taking photographs of the man and the license plate on the van. The police downloaded the photos, tracked down the van, connected all the dots, and had the killer in custody 39 hours after the discovery of the body. "Law and Order" RULES !!
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