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Two personal injury attorneys go on trial, accused of mastermind an insurance fraud scam involving staged rear-end automobile accidents.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Dianne Wiest ... Nora Lewin
Matthew Sussman Matthew Sussman ... Dr. Jerome Raleigh
Lee Shepherd Lee Shepherd ... Barry Kaufer
Christopher Patrick Mullen Christopher Patrick Mullen ... Alan Petrie
Doc Dougherty Doc Dougherty ... Bill Reed
Michael J. Burg ... Richard Sanders
Adriana Sevahn Nichols ... Rosa Santiago (as Adriana Sevan)
Tsidii Leloka Tsidii Leloka ... Mrs. N'Dabe (as Tsidii Le Loka)
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Leon Addison Brown Leon Addison Brown ... Everold Daly


When an Hispanic male is found dead from a severe chest trauma, Detectives Briscoe and Green discover that he and two other illegal immigrants had been in a staged automobile accident. As evidence mounts linking numerous similar car crashes with the same employer, chiropractor, insurance adjuster, and lawyers, A.D.A.s McCoy and Carmichael must determine who is ultimately responsible for the man's death, from which so many others profited. Written by Anonymous

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18 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Detective Green states "it's not against the law to drive while using a cell phone" to which Detective Briscoe replies "not yet anyways." This episode was actually filmed while the New York state senate was considering the nation's first proposed legislation limiting cell phone use while driving. The first law was passed in June of 2001 and made it illegal to compose a text message and imposed a ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving, though this legislation did little to curb the rising trend of accidents caused by distracted driving. In fact 10 years after that first legislation the number of traffic accidents caused by distracted driving grew to be greater than those caused by drunk driving. To that end New York state passed stricter laws regarding the use of any electronic device while driving, the previous law only covered cell phone use. The amended legislation took effect on July 12, 2011 and banned the use of any and all hand-held electronic devices while driving, including but not limited to: composing, sending, reading, browsing, transmitting e-mails or text messages, viewing or transmitting images, as well as playing games. Drivers are only allowed to use an electronic device if it is attached to the vehicles dashboard or other surface and is voice operated, or if it has a hands free accessory. Drivers are prohibited from talking on a hand-held phone while their vehicles are in motion, if you violate this law you can receive a ticket from $50 to $450, depending on the number of violations you have committed. As of June, 2013 each violation of the distracted driver law carries five driver violation points, receiving 11 points within an 18-month period will result in a suspension of a driver's license. See more »


Intentionally causing minor vehicle collisions (fender benders) doesn't constitute creating a situation that causes a grave risk of death, so charging those involved with depraved indifference homicide (second degree murder) in this case would not be appropriate as ADA Carmichael suggests. However staging minor vehicle collisions does show a reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of the passengers in the cars involved in the staged "accidents", the appropriate charge for an accidental death caused by an action that constitutes reckless endangerment is manslaughter in the second degree. See more »

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People are willing to believe the worst about lawyers. Especially personal injury lawyers.
8 November 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A couple went outside a restaurant to have a smoke break. They noticed a dead body by the garbage, calling 911 right away. The victim had severe bruises on his chest and he turn out to be an illegal resident. Thanks to a local priest, detectives managed to locate his poor family: he was a family man from El Salvador and he is survived by his wife (Adriana Sevahn Nichols) and two little children. He worked at a building company that paid him just 50 bucks a day; anyway 250 bucks were found in his pocket, so he had to do something more on the side. His new employer (a moving company entrepreneur) is part of a car accident scam: the businessman provide car and people who staged the accident and a doctor makes the referral; there must be someone else who pull the strings and draw up papers to fraud the insurance. Anyway the real poor victims are not willing to testify because they're afraid of being deported, maybe the hustlers manage to get away with it....

Nice episode that shows us the life out of the spotlight. A lot of immigrants struggle to survive; they live in dirty flat and stand in the street corner waiting for a daily job for few bucks. I don't think in their country home life can be any worse than this.

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