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City Hall 

A city councilman and a water inspector are victims of a shooting in City Hall. Prosecution of the guilty party is difficult because the murder weapon was obtained through a secretive FISA warrant.


Gloria Muzio


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
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
Alvin Epstein Alvin Epstein ... Stuart Rubin
Paul Austin Paul Austin ... Ron Tabachnik
Lance Reddick ... FBI Special Agent Jamal Atkinson
Mark Zeisler ... Peter Rubin
Angel David ... Police Officer Nunez
Sam Coppola ... US Federal Judge Vance
Julian Gamble ... Ladder Company 66 Chief
Tovah Feldshuh ... Defense Attorney Danielle Melnick
Peter Rini ... Assistant US Attorney Michael Cagnetta


When there's a shooting at city hall that leaves a councilman dead, the detectives try to find out who would want to kill him. But later they believe that a water inspector who was wounded was the target. Eventually they discover that the shooter is a man who claims that the inspector was helping someone put them out of business by making their water bill extremely high. When he is arrested, and when they try to find the gun he used, his lawyer claims that someone broke into his home, possibly the police, and took the gun. Eventually they learn it was the Feds who broke in and they were using a secret warrant because the man's business is being investigated for selling items to countries that they're prohibited to sell certain things to. And when he is tried, his lawyer cries outrage over the secretive nature they operated under. Written by

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Release Date:

11 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam Coppola (US Federal Judge Vance) previously played the part of a bartender in episode 2.9, Law & Order: Renunciation (1991). See more »


In the courtroom, when the surviving shooting victim identifies the defendant as the shooter, he describes him as "the man sitting over there in the gray suit". However the defendant's jacket is clearly black. See more »


Serena Southerlyn: This case must be high-profile if you're bird-dogging the arraignment.
Jack McCoy: I wasn't there to second-guess. The mayor's office is all over Arthur, so Arthur is all over me.
Serena Southerlyn: Well, tell him not to worry. Did you see Rubin's lawyer?
Jack McCoy: I saw him hand you a blueback.
Serena Southerlyn: It's a suppression motion, but it doesn't make any sense.
Jack McCoy: [she hands him the motion] Civil lawyer who's out of his element?
Serena Southerlyn: He's under the impression that the police found a .38 Special during the search.
Jack McCoy: So they think we have the murder weapon...
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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One of the best episodes, taken from a real life incident!!
26 March 2019 | by branchjhbSee all my reviews

I thought it was a great episode, not just because I was in it. I played one of the jurors and some of the actors were Emmy nominated and winners. The judges that played in this episode, were the top in NYS and across the country.

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