Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A man serving time in a serial killer case claims malicious prosecution and false imprisonment after a man who killed two more boys confesses to the other murders. All of the evidence points to Jack McCoy and his former assistant.


Martha Mitchell


Dick Wolf (created by), Jeremy R. Littman (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Detective Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... A.D.A. Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Laila Robins ... Diana Hawthorne
David Garrison ... Gerald Fox
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Simon Brooks
John Ramsey John Ramsey ... Judge Walter Schreiber
Heath Lamberts ... Forensic Handwriting Expert
Jerome Preston Bates Jerome Preston Bates ... Ernie Bigelow
Stephanie Berry Stephanie Berry ... Estelle Walters
José Ramón Rosario ... Det. Monfredo (as Jose Ramon Rosario)
Conan McCarty Conan McCarty ... Ethan Floyd


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of a young African-American boy who is found dead in the park. In his pocket is a note identical to that used by another killer of young black boys but who is still in prison for those crimes. The police think they may have a copy cat killer on their hands but when they get a confession from a security guard that he was responsible for all of the murders - including those from 5 years ago - evidence begins to mount that McCoy and his assistant at the time, Diana Hawthorne, may have railroaded the original defendant and not provided the defense with exculpatory evidence. Hawthorne is arrested and it's left to Claire Kincaid to get the conviction and clear Jack McCoy's name. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

31 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trophy See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Isiah Whitlock Jr. played five different characters over the course of the series: See more »


Remade as Law & Order: UK: Skeletons (2010) See more »

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Search For The Truth
9 December 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A couple of homicides of young black male youths with the signature of a jailed serial killer have thrown the NYS criminal justice system in a turmoil. Did in fact the cops arrest the wrong guy or is there someone out there copying the guy's playbook as Jerry Orbach put it.

As it turns out it's the former and as it turns out it was Sam Waterston's former second chair Laila Robbins who withheld exculpatory evidence and suborned some perjury to get a conviction in the belief she was helping her boss and lover Waterston. This was all before Waterston took the place of Michael Moriarty as a regular on Law And Order.

That story is the main thrust of this particular episode Trophy. But for me acting honors go to Isaiah Whitlock, Jr. as the security guard who did the deeds. He has a religious bent to his psychosis and his matter of fact confession to Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, and S. Eptha Merkkerson is one of the most chilling moments in the entire lengthy history of Law And Order. This is also Mr. Whitlock's career moment and role as an actor. Not to be missed.

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