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Nowhere Man 

Detectives discover that a murdered assistant district attorney had an assumed identity, and that he never graduated from law school. They also discover that he made a mob-related murder case in his files disappear.


Martha Mitchell


Dick Wolf (created by), William N. Fordes


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm ... Serena Southerlyn
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch
Vyto Ruginis ... William Wachtler
Steve Schirripa ... Frederico 'Books' Libretti (as Steven R. Schirripa)
John Viscardi ... Anthony 'Biscuits' Biscotti
Lee Wilkof ... Eric Berner
Michael Bloomberg ... Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Peter McRobbie ... Judge Walter Bradley
Doug Stender Doug Stender ... Judge Joseph Flint
John Jellison John Jellison ... Mike O'Dwyer
Julia Murney ... Marge Hollenbach (as Julia K. Murney)


A well-respected veteran Assistant District Attorney who seemed to have no personal life is murdered. The investigation takes a shocking turn when it is revealed that he was using an assumed identity and had never actually graduated from law school. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

31 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Peter McRobbie plays Judge Walter Bradley in this, and 13 other episodes. Previously, he played the part of four other characters: See more »


Serena Southerlyn: The jury is eating it up. It's been a while since the city had a real mob boss on trial.
Jack McCoy: [a thought strikes him] Serena. Libretti said Biscotti got the order to hit Parenti.
Serena Southerlyn: So?
Jack McCoy: Biscuits said Books received the go-ahead.
Serena Southerlyn: That's a slip of the tongue.
Jack McCoy: Well-prepped witnesses do not slip. Not like that.
Serena Southerlyn: You can't blame yourself, Jack. We prepped them as much as we could.
Jack McCoy: Not how we prepped them. How Wachtler did.
Serena Southerlyn: Wachtler?
Jack McCoy: He's been handling those two, and us, all along.
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References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »

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Biscuits & Books
14 February 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This particular episode of Law And Order is noteworthy as it is one of two that real life New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made on the show. If that doesn't give Law And Order a ring of authenticity, nothing will.

But when an Assistant ADA is found murdered in Central Park you would expect the mayor to issue some kind of public statement. As Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin caught the case this one will have more than the usual scrutiny.

But it's the District Attorney of New York County and its offices that get an unexpected shock. It turns out the victim was not who he claimed. He was from Phoenix, Arizona and for reasons we'll never know stole the identity of a man from New York City and faked all his credentials for the bar and was hired by the District Attorney. According to Sam Waterston who knew him or thought he did, his late colleague's work was superlative and no one would ever had any reason to question him.

It all leads back to an Organized Crime case that the late victim worked on and dropped several years earlier. Two button guys from the Mafia, street names Biscuits and Books figure prominently in this case which involves an underboss in one of the Mafia families.

The late victim did leave a couple of cryptic clues in the file of that old case that he stripped. It's quite a maze where the DA is doing as much investigative work as the police. I think you'll like the result.

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