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Law & Order: Tabloid

Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate when a female law professor who is a noted public figure is chased by a tabloid journalist into the street and killed by a car. Her husband, who is also from a well-known 'Kennedy-esque' family, fights to keep some of his own family secrets out of the press.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x23
Production Number: K2515
Airdate: Wednesday May 13th, 1998

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Guest Stars
Baxter Harris
As Abner Parkes
Brant Spencer
As Health Club Clerk
David B. McConeghey
As Judge Henry Fisk
Ellen Tobie
As Phyllis Howard
Gerrit Graham
As Alan Bruder
Joe Mantello
As Phil Marco
John 'Spike' Finnerty
As Jury Foreman
John Slattery
As Arlen Levitt
Kelly AuCoin
As First Assistant
Maeve McGuire
As Betty Sanger
Peter McRobbie
As Dr. Thomas Newstadt
Spiro Malas
As Taxi Driver
Stephen Kunken
As Process Server
Andre Canty
As UPS Delivery Man
Bobby Zarem
As Himself
Brian Keeler
As Paul Gary Fowler
LeAnna Croom
As Julianne Lowry
Leslie White
As Laura Abbott
Nell Balaban
As Receptionist
Robin Groves
As Judge Joanne Franklin
Timothy Carhart
As Warren Abbott
Main Cast
Jerry Orbach
As Detective Leonard W. "Lennie" Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt
As Detective Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson
As Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston
As District Attorney Jack McCoy
Carey Lowell
As Assistant D.A. Jamie Ross
Steven Hill (1)
As District Attorney Adam Schiff
Steven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration (uncredited)
Cultural References
McCoy: When you have no case, attack the victim.
Ross: Especially when the victim represents everything that's wrong with journalism.
Schiff: The public still remembers a mangled car in a Paris tunnel.

The reference is to the August 31, 1997 automobile death of Princess Diana, whose driver was trying to flee from pursuit by a group of paparazzi. Henri Paul lost control of his vehicle while speeding away in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. The automobile crashed, killing three: Princess Diana, her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and the driver himself. On 7 April 2008, a jury concluded that Diana and Dodi were the victims of an "unlawful killing" by the "grossly negligent" chauffeur Henri Paul and the drivers of the following vehicles.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerDick Wolf  |  RenĂ© Balcer  |  Ed Sherin
Co-Executive ProducerKathy McCormick
Supervising ProducerArthur W. Forney
ProducerJeffrey L. Hayes  |  David Shore  |  Billy Fox  |  Lewis H. Gould
Consulting ProducerDavid Black
Production DesignerRichard Bianchi
EditorMonty De Graff
CastingSuzanne Ryan  |  Lynn Kressel
Unit Production ManagerLewis H. Gould
MusicMike Post
Camera OperatorRichard Dobbs
Location ManagerMoe Bardach
Director of PhotographyConstantine Makris
Executive Story EditorBarry M. Schkolnick
Technical AdvisorMichael Struk  |  William N. Fordes  |  Dr. Park Dietz
Warning: Law & Order season 8 episode 23 guide may contain spoilers
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