Law & Order (1990–2010)
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An innocent man confesses to killing his girlfriend and takes a plea. A.D.A. Robinette suspects that his defense may have conspired with the victim's estate planner to sandbag him for financial reasons.


James Frawley


Dick Wolf (created by), Michael S. Chernuchin | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Mary Mara ... Sally Knight
Richard Cox ... Steven Gregg
Bill Moor Bill Moor ... Bill Patton
Darrell Larson ... Kevin Doyle
Mady Kaplan ... Carole Spiegelman
Alice Hirson ... Jewel
Carol Eve Rossen ... Judge Gelfant (as Carol Rossen)
Bill Buell ... Douglas Pomerantz


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of 61 year-old Barbara Spiegleman who is found dead on her kitchen floor, stabbed in the back. The police have several possible leads. She had forced her daughter to leave her husband, who she didn't like. They focus however on Steven Gregg, her new boyfriend who is over 20 years her junior, after learning from the dead woman's estate attorney Kevin Doyle that Gregg will inherit $2 million. It's a weak case and ADA Stone offers him a deal, something his attorney Sally Knight urges him to accept. ADA Robinette knows something is wrong however when Gregg gets the facts wrong at his allocution hearing. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

13 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When they visited Westport, CT, a clerk mentioned about Steven Gregg, "He's not Paul Newman, you know." Before Paul Newman passed away, he actually did live in Westport. See more »


Detective Lennie Briscoe: If Barbara Spiegelman was anything like my ex's mother...
Captain Donald Cragen: Hey, Marge's mother and I aren't exactly hugs and kisses. I smile a lot at Christmas and do everything I can not to answer the phone on Sundays but I don't play Jack the Ripper with a steak knife.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Marge's mother isn't dangling $20 mil in front of your nose.
Captain Donald Cragen: Okay. Talk to them.
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The ethics of the profession
7 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I have to disagree with the previous viewer. First of all at different times in the judicial process on this show the DA's office discovers they're trying the wrong person. Some of those times make for interesting viewing and some of the best Law And Order episodes. But if you take the ethics of the profession seriously if exculpatory evidence comes your way you HAVE to share it with the defense. As an aside the defense is NOT obligated to turn over evidence that would show the client to be guilty.

To be sure many ADAs are interested in a conviction rate. But Richard Brooks is not one of them. When he left the show as a regular he became such a defense attorney. This episode truly belongs to him.

A 61 year old heiress is stabbed to death and evidence points to Richard Cox as the perpetrator. He's 41, her boyfriend, and a con artist in his own right. He looks real good and he's got a rap sheet in Connecticut.

So on the advice of the victim's lawyer whom he knew he retains a legal aid attorney Mary Mara who cops a plea. But then the doubts and exculpation come.

Whatever Brooks doesn't own in this episode belongs to Darrell Larson. This is the white shoe of white shoe lawyers, Harvard Law, the works. But the man has issues as you will see in this revealing episode.

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