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Green and his new partner, Joe Fontana, investigate the murder of an Iraq War veteran who has more incriminating Abu Ghraib prison photos. An Iraqi woman who is an American citizen is charged, but she claims to be a prisoner of war.


Matthew Penn


Dick Wolf (created by), Richard Sweren (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Farina ... Detective Joe Fontana
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm ... A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn
Fred Dalton Thompson ... D.A. Arthur Branch
Ron Silver ... Defence Attorney Bernie Adler
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Michael Bloomberg ... Mayor Michael Bloomberg (as Michael R. Bloomberg)
Robert John Burke ... Lt. Colonel Milton Danbury
Sarita Choudhury ... Nadira Harrington
Randall Newsome ... Jeff Harrington
Peter McRobbie ... Judge Walter Bradley
Helmar Augustus Cooper ... Judge Lawrence McNeil
Joel Fabiani ... Faber


Lustful lovers discover a woman's body in the abandoned office they use for their trysty getaway. The murdered woman is discovered to be a corporal in the US Army who served at Abu Garib prison. The detectives investigate the military and the woman's place of employment and eventually finger the wife of a man who works in the office building where the woman was found. The suspect's brother was abused at the Iraqi prison. Can McCoy sway the jury to dissuade the ignore the prisoner of war defense put up by Nadira and her lawyer? Written by FMJ_Joker

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22 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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After meeting Fontana, Green says he "...wasn't sure if he was a cop or a wiseguy". Dennis Farina was a cop in Chicago before becoming an actor, and in his film debut, Michael Mann's Thief (1981), he has a small role as the henchman of a mobster as well as later playing a vicious mafia boss in Midnight Run (1988) opposite Robert De Niro. See more »


D.A. Arthur Branch: We can't have Iraqi assassins roaming the streets of New York executing Americans.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: I still think we should have handed her over to the military. We could have just ducked the whole issue instead of trying to set policy.
D.A. Arthur Branch: And I can't believe I have pusillanimous pussyfooters on my own staff!
Jack McCoy: I don't think Spiro Agnew is the person to be quoting here, Arthur.
D.A. Arthur Branch: If the shoe fits.
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Having it both ways
28 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dennis Farina joins Law And Order for two seasons as Jesse Martin's new partner and they get the case of a recently returned female army reservist from Iraq who is killed with her body carefully laid out with a cross painted in pig's blood across her chest. The victim was a member of a military police unit and as it turned out had done duty at the now infamous Abu Ghiraib prison. Which we learn was also a place that Saddam Hussein used for his prisoners, political and otherwise.

The perpetrator using an advertising gimmick lured the victim to the crime scene and did the deed. It turns out that she is the Arab wife of an American businessman and is a naturalized citizen herself. In fact Sarita Choudhury claims herself as a prisoner of war.

Sorry lady, you can't be an enemy combatant and an American citizen. Can't have it both ways.

Not the best Law And Order episode, still Dennis Farina was an interesting contrast with Jerry Orbach.

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