The Defenders (2010–2011)
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Las Vegas vs. Johnson 

When an entertainer's girlfriend is charged with his murder, Nick begrudgingly accepts Pete's request to represent the finicky mistress.


Timothy Busfield


Kevin Kennedy (creator), Niels Mueller (creator) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Belushi ... Nick Morelli
Jerry O'Connell ... Pete Kaczmarek
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Lisa Tyler (as Jurnee Smollett)
Tanya Fischer ... Zoey Waters
Lana Parrilla ... Betty Johnson
Teddy Sears ... ADA Thomas Cole
Bernard White ... Judge
Taylor Nichols ... Kasso
Michael Adler ... Dr. Pitts
Andrew Hawkes ... Detective Cervelli
Marcus Giamatti ... Lawyer #2
Michael Crider Michael Crider ... Lawyer #1
Cordelia Richards Cordelia Richards ... Lawyer #3
William Morse William Morse ... Jason
Roxanne Beckford ... Foreman


When an entertainer's girlfriend is charged with his murder, Nick begrudgingly accepts Pete's request to represent the finicky mistress.

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

3 November 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Actually based on a true story.
5 February 2013 | by jlmooney1See all my reviews

This episode was loosely based on a real trial in Las Vegas where two former lovers were found not guilty of murdering a millionaire casino owner in 1998 but found them guilty of conspiring to steal more than $6 million of the dead man's silver from a vault in the desert. Sandy Murphy, 32, and Rick Tabish, 39, had been found guilty of murdering the casino baron, Ted Binion, a verdict that was overturned on a technicality. The Nevada Supreme Court ordered a new trial, which lasted six weeks. After deliberating for about 18 hours, the jury found the defendants not guilty of murder but convicted them of conspiring to commit 'burglary and/or larceny' as well as burglary and grand larceny. They were charged after sheriff's deputies discovered Mr. Tabish, less than two days after Mr. Binion's death on Sept. 17, 1998, digging the casino owner's fortune in silver bars and coins out of a vault sunk in the sand near the desert town of Pahrump. While he was in the desert, cellphone records showed, Mr. Tabish spoke at least three times with Ms. Murphy, a former stripper who lived with Mr. Binion until his death and with whom Mr. Tabish had been having an affair. The two were accused of murdering Mr. Binion, 55, in his Las Vegas home by forcing him to ingest a large quantity of drugs and then suffocating him.

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