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Van Buren relentlessly pursues a cocky suspect she believes was responsible for driving a friend's daughter to suicide, because he allegedly attacked her with drain cleaner. But her resulting actions could put the case in jeopardy.


Michael Pressman


Dick Wolf (created by), Richard Sweren

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Farina ... Joe Fontana
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Annie Parisse ... Alexandra Borgia
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch
John Mese ... Jason Corley
Michael Tucker ... Terrence Putney
Kat Foster ... Justine
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Annie Corley ... Christine Hill
Elizabeth Lundberg Elizabeth Lundberg ... Callie Newton
Mark Zimmerman Mark Zimmerman ... Judge Nathan Murphy
Doug Stender Doug Stender ... Judge Joseph Flint
J. Tucker Smith ... Abe Henderson


After the daughter of one of Van Buren's college friends is found dead in her room, a suicide, Van Buren joins Green and Fontana in hunting down the man who burned her face with acid months earlier, ultimately leading to her suicide. Van Buren is unsuccessful in getting a lot of help from her friend, who is terrified that the man who destroyed her elder daughter's life with also destroy her younger daughter as well. McCoy and Borgia's case hits a snag when Van Buren takes the stand and comes close to committing perjury to keep Jason Corley behind bars. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

30 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Mark Zimmerman has played five different characters over the course of the series: See more »


The Supreme Court Motion Hearing regarding the line up identification is noted as being held on Thursday, November 11. This is completely incorrect, as Veteran's Day is the 11th of November and is a federal holiday. See more »


Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Emily Newton's tox screen. Positive for zolpidem and Oxycodone. It's Ambien and Percocet, which she was prescribed by the burn unit. But on the night she died, she took a handful of each.
Detective Ed Green: You said she died of strangulation.
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: She did. After she drugged herself into oblivion.
Detective Joe Fontana: She doped herself up so she wouldn't feel anything.
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: All she had to do was get on a chair, rig the noose, and wait for the cocktail to kick in.
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Skirting Perjury
23 June 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode is belongs to S. Epptha Merkerssen who gets good and involved in a case that Lieutenant Van Buren takes a personal interest in. A young woman who turns out to be a daughter of an old friend of her's is found hanging in her apartment, her system loaded with drugs. The drugs were an anesthetic to prevent her gag reflexes from kicking in. There's also a healed scar, similar to the one Gloria Grahame had after Lee Marvin through hot coffee on her in The Big Heat.

That's what intrigues Van Buren when Fontana and Green bring her the crime scene photographs. They were the result of her former boyfriend who has a history of battering women and a history of intimidating them not to testify.

Van Buren almost ruins her career skirting perjury at the trial of John Mese who is one hateful man. It all works out in the end.

Michael Tucker who cut his teeth playing lawyers in LA Law is Mese's attorney and in the end shows how disagreeable a job that was. Nicely done story with S. Epptha Merkersen shining in this one.

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