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The murder of a trucker blows open a case involving illegal trafficking and the citizen border patrol


Don Scardino


Dick Wolf (created by), Nicholas Wootton


Episode credited cast:
Dennis Farina ... Detective Joe Fontana
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Annie Parisse ... A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia
Fred Dalton Thompson ... D.A. Arthur Branch
Daniel Roebuck ... Nathaniel Prentiss
John Bedford Lloyd ... Prentiss's Lawyer
Terrence Mann ... Dorn's Lawyer
Aixa Rosario Medina Aixa Rosario Medina ... Blanca Alvarez
Michael Potts ... Lester Wilkes
Stephen Lang ... Terry Dorn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeremy Bobb ... Aftermath Uni
Brian J. Carter ... Jury Foreman
Sheffield Chastain ... Dwight McNary


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The murder of a trucker blows open a case involving illegal trafficking and the citizen border patrol

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A matter of spin
19 December 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Normally the homicide that Dennis Farina and Jesse Martin caught that evening would be what is called a public service homicide. The victim was the owner and sometimes operator of a trucking company that had a real nice pay no taxes sideline in smuggling illegal aliens. When he's murdered on a New York City street as his truck is stopped, the illegals scatter. A lot of potential witnesses scatter.

It doesn't take too long for Farina and Martin to track down a real misfit Daniel Roebuck who is a member of some rightwing citizen's patrol group concerned with illegal aliens. But Roebuck as the shooter is just a jerk, he was manipulated by others in the group like Stephen Lang who have their own reasons for shooting the victim.

It's also hard to work up sympathy for the victim as he is responsible for the death of other illegals when he left them off in the Arizona desert with no water, no food, and no shelter. There's also another issue in that Aixa Rosario Medina who is an illegal nanny happened to be the witness who fingered Roebuck. For being a better citizen than a lot who are citizen she gets thrown to INS courtesy of Roebuck's lawyer and a judge who has no sympathy with illegals.

Those victims in the Arizona desert offer a compelling reason for jury nullification. It all becomes a matter of spin for the defense and the prosecution team of Sam Waterston and Annie Parisse.

This case is some sinkhole. Only the illegals in the desert and Medina deserve any sympathy.

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Release Date:

16 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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