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An assistant U.S. attorney confesses to killing her ex-husband, but claims battered-spouse syndrome as her defense.


Barbara Kopple


Paul Attanasio (created by), Yaphet Kotto (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Giancarlo Esposito ... Mike Giardello
Peter Gerety ... Stuart Gharty
Clark Johnson ... Meldrick Lewis
Yaphet Kotto ... Al Giardello
Toni Lewis ... Terri Stivers
Michael Michele ... Rene Sheppard
Kyle Secor ... Tim Bayliss
Jon Seda ... Paul Falsone
Callie Thorne ... Laura Ballard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Aylward William Aylward ... Ezra Greenfeld (as William G. J. Aylward)
Nat Benchley Nat Benchley ... Bartender
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Judge Clifford Ramsey
Kathleen Goldpaugh ... Cleaning Lady
Zeljko Ivanek ... ASA Ed Danvers


An assistant U.S. attorney confesses to killing her ex-husband, but claims battered-spouse syndrome as her defense.

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Release Date:

9 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in April 1999. See more »


References Law & Order: Sideshow (1999) See more »

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Self Defense Homicide: Life on the street
2 April 2009 | by Sunshine4121960See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the movie with both characters in it. Col. Barnfather and Giardello. That's one of my favorites, one of the finest actor. I can watch it over and over again, because they both are good characters together. It would've been better if Lt. took that offer col. had made about taking that position to be a captain. That could've made a hit. Col. Barnfather is one of the Briallian actor, even though, he does the footage in some of the scene and "Gee" Giardello is there in every episodes. I would liked if I see more of Lt. Giardello and Col. Barnfather more in the future. Giardello maybe called the shouts, but the col. Barnfather have the last words.

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