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Sanctuary 

A Jewish driver kills a black youth in a hit-and-run accident in Harlem and is not prosecuted. The black community's reaction ends in the death of a white motorist, but should the killer be held responsible for his actions?

Director:

Arthur W. Forney

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Michael Moriarty ... E.A.D.A. Ben Stone
Jill Hennessy ... A.D.A. Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (scenes deleted)
Tony Todd ... Reverend Ott
Michael Constantine ... Joshua Berger
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Corina Roberts
Susan Blommaert ... Judge Rebecca Steinman
Lorraine Toussaint ... Public Defender Shambala Green
Damon Saleem Damon Saleem ... Daryl Johnson
Kevin Thigpen Kevin Thigpen ... Isaac Roberts
Elaine Bromka Elaine Bromka ... Mrs. De Santis
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Storyline

Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate a hit and run accident that killed a young African-American boy. The case quickly takes on racial overtones when several witnesses identify the driver as a Jew. Before the detectives get too far into the case the driver, Joshua Berger, turns himself in insisting it was an accident. The traffic bureau confirms that, based on all of the evidence at the scene, Berger was not driving fast and did his best to try and avoid hitting the boy. Berger is not charged which outrages the black community and one of its leaders, Reverend Ott. It leads to a riot where a white man is pulled from his car and beaten to death in front of his wife. Using videotape the police the police identify the main assailant but he claims asylum in a local church. Written by garykmcd

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sean Nelson has played three different roles over the course of the series: See more »

Goofs

Shambala Green says that she plans to argue the matter of a church being a refuge from arrest in front of the Circuit Court, the Appellate Division, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. However the Appellate Division and the Court of Appeals are one and the same, they are just two different names for the same court which is also commonly referred to as the Appellate Court. In some states and countries it is called the Appellate Division and in others the Court of Appeals. It is the second highest court in the United States when it comes to hearing appeals, when a ruling by a Circuit Court judge or jury verdict is appealed the case goes to the Appellate Court where a determination is made on whether or not the Circuit Court's finding were proper and constitutional. If the appeal is on a jury verdict in a Circuit Court and the Appellate judges rule in favor of the defense then the defendant is granted a new trial. 98% of all appeals are decided in the Appellate Court and end there, the only court that is higher than the Appellate Court and has the authority to overrule them is the Supreme Court, however it is rare for the Supreme Court to overrule an Appellate Court ruling, only 2% of appeals are chosen to be reviewed by the Supreme Court. See more »

Quotes

Adam Schiff: What happened to "Give me your huddled masses"? What the hell has happened to this city?
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A Thrilling Episode That's So Epic, It Feels Like a Movie
2 May 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This one is up there, way up there, as far as L&O episodes go. The writing does not hold back - it probes deeply into the topic of American racism, and it brings out great performances from everyone involved - from Mr. "voice of God" himself Tony Todd to Lourraine Toussaint as legal aid lawyer Shambala Green.

There's even Emmy-worthy work from Michael Moriarty as EADA Ben Stone; he's never been more principled or committed to literalist conservative-Catholic morals and personal responsibility doctrine. While the show presents all sides of this riveting conflagration between NY's black and Jewish communities, if you take the position that the writers are speaking through Stone (he does get the last word, after all), then the show seems to be holding the same conservative political viewpoints he does. Food for thought!

While the final argument between Stone and Schiff will stay with you, everyone deserves praise here. Beatrice Winde, who has appeared in a few other episodes, is impassioned as the defendant's grandmother, Elaine Bromka is vulnerable and heartbroken as the wife of a Jewish murder victim, and Susan Blommaert takes no B.S. as the judge.

Like I said: everyone shines, and the script is cracking good. You gotta see this one.


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