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Blood Libel 

An anti-Semitic teen is accused of killing a Jewish teacher. His defense attorney argues that the accused is really the victim of a Jewish conspiracy.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), I.C. Rapoport (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Detective Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... A.D.A. Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Chris Cooper ... Roy Payne
Jeanne Ruskin Jeanne Ruskin ... Alice Marsdale
Jackey Vinson ... Matt Hastings (as Jack Vinson)
Lee Wilkof ... Dr. Alvin Sabloff
Mark Zeisler ... Richard Kovax
Zach Grenier ... Mr. Aronson
Douglas Santiago ... Eddie Camarillo
Mike Mearian Mike Mearian ... Judge Horace Busey
Liz Larsen ... Lana Halstead


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Sarah Aronson, a high school art teacher who is found dead after hours in her classroom with the school locked and the alarm system on. The police initially focus on one of her colleagues, math teacher Richard Kovaks, after they learn Sarah had become aware Kovaks was selling higher grades to some of his students. When he has an alibi for her time of death they focus on four students who put a cryptic anti-Semitic slur in the high school yearbook. Student Matt Hastings is charged with murder and hires Roy Pane to defend him. Pane has defended white supremacists in the past and his defense is that there is a Jewish conspiracy to frame his client. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

3 January 1996 (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?


At one point Matt Hastings claims that he should have been captain of his high school wrestling team, but fellow student Stan Shatenstein, being Jewish, was made captain instead. "Stan Shatenstein" would later be used in the series as the name of an entertainingly inept Legal Aid defense lawyer played by actor Sig Libowitz. He appears in the season 8 episode "Thrill" and the season 15 episode "Obsession", as well as in the Criminal Intent episode "Tomorrow". See more »


Richard Kovax: I may not be God's gift to women, but I'm not surprised I'm a topic among the female staff here
Lennie Briscoe: Well, we got the impression that your animal magnetism wasn't on the agenda
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The Jewish conspiracy
12 September 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Oscar-winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation) is featured in this episode where it appears a teacher was killed for ending a grade-buying scam.

Things get heated when Jews are found under every bed by Cooper, who is trying to make a name for himself on the Klan lecture circuit.

Even Detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) is accused of orchestrating the conspiracy because he is a Jew. The fact that he wasn't and was raised Catholic didn't matter, it was enough to get that one juror to hold out.

This episode shows why out system is flawed compared to other countries. It only take one bigot to screw things up.

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