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The Troubles 

Detectives and prosecutors face resistance from federal authorities as they pursue murder charges against an suspected IRA member serving time in federal prison, after he is suspected of killing another federal prisoner.


John Whitesell (as John P. Whitesell II)


Dick Wolf (created by), Robert Palm (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Max Greevey
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Anthony Heald ... Ian O'Connell
Donal Donnelly ... Daniel Mallahan
Paxton Whitehead ... Fenwick
Alan North ... Reilly
Robert Silver Robert Silver ... Axelrod
Bill Nelson Bill Nelson ... Shelby
Betty Miller ... Mrs. Bridget McDiarmid
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Patrick McCarter
Michael Cullen ... Roberts


While en route to the Downtown Courthouse, a Lebanese prisoner is found killed in the back of the prisoner transport. Greevey and Logan suspect a Cuban inmate and the leader of an IRA organization. It also leads to government resistance as Stone and Robinette try to prosecute the case. Written by danny gonzalez

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Release Date:

26 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the Joe Doherty case. Doherty, a former volunteer in the Belfast Brigade of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), escaped during his 1981 trial for killing a member of the Special Air Service (SAS) in 1980. He was arrested in the United States in 1983, and became a cause celebrity while fighting an ultimately unsuccessful nine-year legal battle against extradition and deportation, with a street corner in New York City being named after him. See more »


The position of Mustafa's corpse's head changes between shots. When the van door is first opened, his head is leaning to the left and resting on O'Connell's shoulder. When CSIs are taking photographs, his head is straight, yet in the very next shot, without anyone touching the body, his head is leaning to the left again. See more »


Mike Logan: Who's the birthday boy? He looks familiar.
Sheila: I like cops, when they're *off* duty.
Mike Logan: [to Max] Was it that obvious?
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An Irishman, an Arab, and a Cuban walk into a prison van.......................
1 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

George Dzundza and Chris Noth literally have a homicide delivered right to them. Three prisoners are arriving for court proceedings from the Federal lockup and when it arrives the door is opened and one of them is dead. It's the Arab prisoner.

This really is a closed circle of suspects, but later on when Paul Felix-Montez is found hanging back in his cell that does leave Anthony Heald although Chris Noth filled with stories of the Irish Rebellion refuses to believe it.

In fact both Logan and Greevey have a nice jurisdictional war going with the Feds over this case. Heald is a popular guy and says he's not IRA but most definitely a member Sinn Fein the political as opposed to the military arm of the United Ireland movement.

It's an interesting trial for Michael Moriarty. Let's say not all Irish people are enamored of Heald and his cause.

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