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Law & Order: Vaya Con Dios

The far-reaching probe into an old man's death precipitates Assistant D.A. McCoy's most crucial case when he seeks to prosecute a high-level foreign dignitary for the torture-murder of a New York student 27 years ago, and the passionate McCoy is ready to argue the unprecedented case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is aided by Detectives Briscoe and Green, who discover that the elderly victim fought for decades to investigate the U.S. military's involvement in the slaying of his student son by the Chilean army during a 1973 coup in the South American country.

Episode Info

Episode number: 10x24
Production Number: E1108
Airdate: Wednesday May 24th, 2000

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Guest Stars
Armand Schultz
As Kevin Morse
Brian Davies
As Judge Warren Busey
George Morfogen
As Mr. Reyes
Joe Morton
As Leon Chiles
Larry Clarke
As Detective Morris LaMotte
Patricia Mauceri
As Belinda Rojas
Alicia Washington
As State Department Attorney
Michael David Lally
As Paul Wheeler
Rebecca Schull
As Mrs. Whitman
Tomas Milian
As Colonel Emilio Pantoya
Main Cast
Jerry Orbach
As Detective Leonard W. "Lennie" Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin
As Detective Edward "Eddie" Green
S. Epatha Merkerson
As Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston
As District Attorney Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon
As Assistant D.A. Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill (1)
As District Attorney Adam Schiff
Steven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration (uncredited)
Episode Notes
Steven Hill (Adam Schiff) leaves the regular cast in this episode. He was the last remaining original cast member.

Contains many dramatized elements of the Charles Horman case of the period. He was an American journalist and documentary filmmaker killed during the CIA-supported 1973 Chilean coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. It was alleged that he was captured through CIA-supplied data; he was tortured and killed in the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile. Pinochet deposed the socialist president Salvador Allende.

Other parts of the episode dramatize an arrest similar to that of Pinochet, who was arrested under an international arrest warrant while on a visit to London on 10 October 1998 in connection with numerous human rights violations. This started a years-long battle, until his death, to come to justice for thousands of alleged violations - arrests, deaths, tortures and disappearances of countrymen and women during his 17-year term as President of Chile.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerDick Wolf  |  René Balcer  |  Ed Sherin
Co-Executive ProducerJeffrey L. Hayes  |  Kathy McCormick
Supervising ProducerRichard Sweren
ProducerWilliam N. Fordes  |  Lynn Mamet  |  Lewis H. Gould  |  Barry Schindel
Co-ProducerKati Johnston  |  Gary Karr (1)
EditorDavid J. Siegel
MusicMike Post
Director of PhotographyConstantine Makris
Warning: Law & Order season 10 episode 24 guide may contain spoilers
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