CSI: Miami (2002–2012)
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Death Eminent 

When a City Councilman is found stabbed to death, Horatio and the team find themselves tied into an eminent domain case and Ryan bonds with a teenager on the scene.


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Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Ann Donahue (created by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Caruso ... Horatio Caine
Emily Procter ... Calleigh Duquesne
Adam Rodriguez ... Eric Delko
Khandi Alexander ... Alexx Woods
Jonathan Togo ... Ryan Wolfe
Rex Linn ... Frank Tripp
Eva LaRue ... Natalia Boa Vista
Rob Estes ... Nick Townsend
Michael Reilly Burke ... Daniel Wells
Suzanne Cryer ... Julia Wells
Reiley McClendon ... Austin Wells
William Allen Young ... Chief Judge Joseph Ratner
Amy Laughlin ... Erica Sikes
Boti Bliss ... Maxine Valera
Colby French ... Gary Logan


When a city councilman is found murdered in his home, Horatio & the CSI team find themselves in the middle of an eminent domain case - involving the city appropriating peoples' homes so a developer can build a hotel on the property. Ryan Wolfe finds himself the subject of a complaint by a sheriff's deputy after he tries to stop the deputy from taking a family's property, and when Horatio checks further he discovers that his old enemy - Judge Joseph Ratner is the judge hearing the eminent domain case. Even more chilling is a young girl's body that turns up in a neighbor's yard, and the owner apparently was given full market value for it while other neighbors' values were reduced by half. Natalia Boa Vista comes under harassment by her ex-husband, and she discovers a chilling truth - the dead girl is Judge Ratner's biological daughter! Another link to the fiendish trial judge is discovered when the owner admits he was paid by the judge to kill the girl. Horatio arrests the smug judge in... Written by medic249a2

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Release Date:

16 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawthorne, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Michael Reilly Burke and Botti Bliss previously appeared in Ted Bundy 2002. See more »


A corpse can't bloat in the described manner if it already has multiple stab wounds through which the built-up methane can escape. See more »


[Horatio is confronting the corrupt judge in his chambers]
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: Marta Argenta was your daughter, Your Honor.
Chief Judge Joseph Ratner: Sorry Lieutenant, that name doesn't ring a bell.
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: She was murdered and buried on a property.
Chief Judge Joseph Ratner: Now Caine, where'd you dig that up?
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: Gary Logan's backyard, your honor.
Chief Judge Joseph Ratner: Now that's what happened to that girl! She did call a few times, yes, said she was my daughter. But why should I believe a teenage runaway...
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: [cuts him off angrily] That's why you paid Gary Logan to have her killed.
Chief Judge Joseph Ratner: All right Caine, ...
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Cases on a street that the property is being sized for eminent domain.
17 October 2006 | by cjgriebpSee all my reviews

CSI Miami is always worth watching. This show was especially good. It deals with ordinary people hurt by eminent domain. Eminent domain is the process of the government sizing property for things the government wants to build. In the past eminent domain was used for things like roads and schools. It can to used to size property to be later sold to private owner for a factory or shopping center. The show was not preachy and well combined the pilot elements in a very good pilot. The main cast did its usual very competent job. David Carouse showed his greater degree of empathy and angst. Jonathan Togo showed a great sympathy with his willingness to square off with another character.

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