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Law & Order: Family Friend

When a Mob accountant is slain and his wife is severely wounded, Detectives Fontana and Green arrest a common street thug who is later found not guilty because of the victim's poor testimony. When the freed slayer is later killed by an ex-cop and close family friend of the victim's, A.D.A. McCoy faces a political powderkeg when the corrupt officer seeks to avoid prosecution by threatening to expose tainted evidence from dozens of previous cases that would free convicted murderers.

Episode Info

Episode number: 16x12
Airdate: Wednesday January 11th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

NL (VARA) Mar 27, 2011

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Guest Stars
Amy Ryan
As Valerie Messick
Bill Kocis
As Jury Foreperson #1
Brad Calcaterra
As Jay Fleckner
Christopher McCann
As Harvey Wellman
Dan Ziskie
As Captain Tom Baden
Daniel Ahearn
As Detective Ostrover
Kelly AuCoin
As Andrew Semel
Martin Kildare
As Pat Loftus
Mike Hodge
As Judge Delano Burns
Patricia Kilgarriff
As Pauline Best
Richard Petrocelli
As Greg Muggio
Bill Smitrovich
As Ernie Kruhulik
Bryan T. Donovan
As Uniform Cop #2
Dov Davidoff
As Darrell Dennehy
Jeff Galfer
As Dr. Brooks
Joey Piscopo
As Uniform Cop
Kelly Kirklyn
As Jury Foreperson #2
Lawrence Feeney
As P.O. Ben Van Vechten
Margaret Daly
As Judge Julia Grayson
Vincent Guastaferro
As Bob Cerullo
Main Cast
Dennis Farina
As Detective Joe Fontana
Jesse L. Martin
As Detective Edward "Eddie" Green
S. Epatha Merkerson
As Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston
As District Attorney Jack McCoy
Annie Parisse
As Assistant D.A. Alexandra Borgia
Fred Dalton Thompson
As District Attorney Arthur Branch
Steven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration (uncredited)
Episode Notes
This is the first episode to be broadcast in a 16:9 ratio, which is known as letterbox format. This is also the first episode broadcast in HDTV.

Episode Quotes
Jack McCoy: Juries aren't stupid.
Ernie Krahulik: Really. We must be working different courtrooms.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerWalon Green  |  Peter Jankowski  |  Nicholas Wootton  |  Dick Wolf  |  Matthew Penn
Co-Executive ProducerRick Eid  |  Wendy Battles  |  Richard Sweren  |  Arthur W. Forney
Supervising ProducerGary Karr (1)
ProducerGreg Plageman  |  Peter Giuliano
Consulting ProducerChris Levinson
Production DesignerGary Weist
EditorMichael Schweitzer
MusicMike Post
Director of PhotographyWilliam Klayer
Warning: Law & Order season 16 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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