Law & Order (1990–2010)

American Dream (9 Nov. 1993)

TV Episode   |  TV-14   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

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The discovery of skeletal remains on Roosevelt Island leads to a new trial for a former Wall Steet junk bond broker now serving time in the victim's murder. The defendant chooses to act as his own counsel.


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Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Sibyl Gardner

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29 April 2018 | Better_TV
| A Worthy Adversary for Ben Stone Makes This One a Law & Order Classic
Zeljko Ivanek is Phillip Swann, a wealthy Wall Street financier/investor and (allegedly) cold-blooded murderer who Ben Stone successfully prosecuted and convicted back in the day. (We're told it's the case that got Ben the promotion to Executive Assistant District Attorney). He gives Stone a run for his money when the body from the original case is uncovered, in a location that casts doubt on the original testimony that led to Swann's conviction.

The dynamic between Ben and ADA Claire Kincaid is great in this one; I loved Richard Brooks as the straight-laced, perpetually pensive Robinette character, but Jill Hennessy as his replacement is great too. Here, she's a cool and collected foil to a particularly stressed-out and emotionally-charged Stone; Swann proves more than capable of defending himself, and he's itching for revenge against the man who put him away all those years ago.

"Don't be seduced," Ben warns the jury. "Beware that man."

The legal stuff in this one is super cool, with references to real-life cases like Buckley v. Fitzsimmons, People v. Rodriguez, and People v. Serrotti. Probably one of the most memorable episodes of Michael Moriarty's tenure on the show.

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