Law & Order (1990–2010)
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McCoy charges a city councilman with "larceny by extortion," after a female colleague claims that she had to sleep with him or lose her chance at partnership at their law firm.


Martha Mitchell


Dick Wolf (created by), Mark B. Perry | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan
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
Anthony Heald ... Councilman Spencer Talbert
Joanna Merlin ... Deirdre Powell
John Ramsey John Ramsey ... Judge Walter Schreiber
Regina Taylor ... Sarah Maslin
Christopher Cousins ... Todd Locke
Lily Knight Lily Knight ... Penny McNeely
Anne Lange Anne Lange ... Evelyn Talbert
Erik LaRay Harvey ... Marty Pine (as Eric LaRay Harvey)
Nancy Addison Nancy Addison ... Edith Nash


A car accident leads Detectives Briscoe and Logan to investigate a rape. The dead woman from the accident had been sexually assaulted and was being driven to the hospital by a co-worker who ran off after the car accident. It turns out they both worked for a highly respected and generally popular city councilman, Spencer Talbot. He denies rape of course but the police learn that he may have assaulted the office manager at his former law firm as well as an associate, Sarah Maslin. When Maslin later admits that Talbot forced her to have sex with him by threatening to withhold a much deserved partnership in the firm, ADA McCoy decides to try something else: Talbot is charged with larceny by extortion. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joanna Merlin, who plays Councilman Talbert's defense attorney, had a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) as a trial judge. See more »


The defendant of the case is charged with "Larceny through Extortion," however, in the state of New York, extortion laws refer to the act as "coercion" not "extortion." See more »


Jack McCoy: [closing summation] Give me the keys to your house, or I'll charge you with murder. I'm the D.A. I can do it. Give me ten thousand dollars, or I'll tell the Feds about that shipment of heroin I saw you pick up at J.F.K. I'm the D.A. They'll listen. What would you do? I can tell you what I'll be doing for the next ten years or so: I'll be in Attica, because what I did is called extortion, and it's a felony. Sleep with me, or I'll tell your boss that you're under indictment for fraud. It's not ...
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Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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One big reach
31 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Not my favorite Law And Order episode because I think this one was one big reach. What starts out as car accident and the driver leaving the scene with a dead woman in the car turns into first a rape and then sexual harassment with rape as the conclusion. In fact the DA's office goes looking for a victim. No way in real life.

The female victim found dead worked on the campaign of a city councilman and the Medical Examiner finds evidence of rape before the accident. It traces back to the councilman Anthony Heald who truth be told is one arrogant piece of crap. Even before he went into politics, back when he was a senior partner at a white shoe law firm.

So the DA's office looks for living rape survivors and finds Regina Taylor who is modeled on the real life Anita Hill. She gave in to Heald's casting couch, but is real reluctant to talk about it. With what she has to give up who would blame her. I still can't believe she gave in.

In real life the DA might have made note and kept an eye on Heald. You know sooner or later a recent and cooperative victim would have surfaced.

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