Law & Order

Trivia: Before his transfer to the NYPD, Joe Fontana (played by Dennis Farina) worked as a detective in Chicago. Before becoming an actor, Farina served in the Chicago police department, both as a police officer and a detective. Farina also played a Chicago police officer on the short-lived 1980s TV series Crime Story.

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Trivia: Steven Hill is often credited as an original cast member, even though he did not appear in the pilot.

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Trivia: Episode 19, "Sects." This is based on the true story of Ricky Rodriguez and the start of the episode is almost identical to his final hours. Rodriguez was the son of "Children of God" cult leader Karen Zerby. He decided to exact revenge on his mother for the years of abuse he suffered in the cult as a child. Rodriquez tried to locate his mother through a member of the group and subsequently stabbed her to death. Shortly after murdering the woman, Rodriguez shot himself.

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Vendetta - S14-E21

Trivia: This episode was inspired by the Steve Bartman incident at the 2003 National League Championship Series.

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Girlfriends - S6-E20

Trivia: There is a scene in which the detectives are questioning the owner of a pizzeria. Through the window, the restaurant that served as the fictional Monk's in Seinfeld is visible.

Kid Pro Quo - S13-E20

Trivia: In the victim's apartment, Briscoe finds a Playbill booklet for Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme. Jesse L. Martin was in the original Broadway production of the musical Rent, which is loosely based on that opera.

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Trivia: Lt. Van Buren is the longest-running African American character in an American television drama, and appeared in more episodes of L&O than any other character.

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Trivia: The scene change cards show the date and the day of the week, but the day of the week is always one off from what it should be. For example, if October 5 of a particular year was a Thursday, the scene change card will say it was a Friday. This is true throughout Law & Order, but in Law & Order SVU, the date and day of the week are in sync.

Scoundrels - S5-E9

Trivia: In one scene, Briscoe sarcastically comments "I never realized the law was such an exciting profession." Before joining the main cast as Briscoe, Jerry Orbach played a lawyer in an early episode of season two. (00:09:25)

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Whiplash - S11-E19

Factual error: While discussing the death of a car accident victim with detectives, the pathologist Dr Elizabeth Rodgers takes out a french fry, seasons it with mayonnaise and eats it. She is in the morgue, wearing bloodstained scrubs. Nobody ever eats or drinks in a morgue. This is not a character error; eating and drinking in a sterile laboratory environment is absolutely forbidden and this is taught to medical and science students from day one of their degree courses. In fact she would not even have food in there in the first place.

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Det. Lennie Briscoe: I'm trying to decide what to arrest you for - obstruction of justice, harboring a fugitive or just being a general pain in the ass.

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Answer: A courtroom trial that has been terminated prior to its normal conclusion. A mistrial has no legal effect and is considered an invalid or nugatory trial. This often happens when there is a lack of Jurisdiction, an incorrect jury selection or, as seen in many of the episodes, a hung jury, i.e. some jury members finding the defendant guilty while the other members of the jury will find the defendant not guilty and all jury members won't change their decision.

Answer: I was once a juror on a trial where the defendant started crying and talking about how his son would suffer if he went to jail. The judge became furious, decided that he had prejudiced the state's case (we were now thinking of his family, rather than if he were actually guilty), and declared a mistrial.

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Answer: In short, any time a trial ends and is declared void before the jury delivers a verdict or a judge issues a decision. Generally a mistrial is caused by a jury not being able to come to unanimous decision or the prosecution does something that would make the trial unfair to the defendant.


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