LAW & ORDER {LAW AND ORDER}: CAUSA MORTIS {SEVENTH SEASON PREMIERE} (TV)

Summary

One in this series of dramas that deals with the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of criminals. The first half of each episode concerns the police procedure that leads to the arrest of a suspect, while the second half covers the efforts of the district attorney to prosecute the case. In this episode, Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Maureen Rankin, a night school teacher and mother of three. At first they assume the murderer to be from the ranks of her dangerous adult students. Later, however, they find a taped recording of the event at the scene of the crime, which leads them to suspect carjacking as the motive. After an exhaustive search, they locate the stolen car, now owned by Anna Galvez, and trace it back to her fiance, Fernando Salva. Assistant D.A. Ross joins Assistant D.A. McCoy in attempting to convict Salva of murder, but they find themselves stymied when Judge Scarletti will not allow two vital pieces of evidence to be used in the trial -- the tape recording of Rankin pleading for her life, and Anna's confession of the location of the murder weapon. Ross tries to convince McCoy to turn over the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office since federal standards will admit more evidence, but McCoy refuses to allow it to leave his jurisdiction. Anna's testimony on the witness stand, however, seals Salva's fate. As the program ends, McCoy reveals why the case was so important to him. Commercials deleted.

Cataloging of this program has been made possible by Senator Roy M. Goodman, 1998/1999.

Details

  • NETWORK: NBC
  • DATE: September 18, 1996 Wednesdasy 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:47:13
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:49654
  • GENRE: Drama, legal
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, legal
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1990-2010
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Dick Wolf … Executive Producer, Created by
    • Ed Sherin … Executive Producer, Director
    • Rene Balcer … Executive Producer, Writer
    • Ed Zuckerman … Co-Executive Producer
    • Billy Fox … Producer
    • Lewis H. Gould … Producer
    • Jeffrey Hayes … Producer
    • Jeremy R. Littman … Co-Producer
    • Jorge Zamacona … Writer
    • Mike Post … Music by
    • Jerry Orbach … Cast, Detective Lennie Briscoe
    • Benjamin Bratt … Cast, Detective Reynaldo Curtis
    • S. Epatha Merkerson … Cast, Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
    • Sam Waterston … Cast, Assistant D.A. Jack McCoy
    • Carey Lowell … Cast, Assistant D.A. Jamie Ross
    • Steven Hill … Cast, District Attorney Adam Schiff
    • George Martin … Cast, Abe Mercer
    • Cyndi Cartagena … Cast, Anna Galvez
    • Louise Sorel … Cast, Marcy Fletcher Wrightman
    • Lawrence Arancio … Cast, Ian Rankin
    • Ted Kazanof … Cast, Judge Daniel Scarletti
    • Victor Sierra … Cast, Fernando Salva
    • Tiffany Fraser … Cast, Susan Bayer
    • Hugh O'Gorman … Cast, Chuck Rodman
    • Divina Cook … Cast, Mrs. Galvez
    • Rebecca Nelson … Cast, Maureen Rankin
    • Mark Kachersky … Cast, Shuster
    • St. Paule, Irma … Cast, Sally
    • Tom Cappadona … Cast, Victor Driscoll
    • Harsh Nayyar … Cast, the Gas Station Attendant
    • Michael Dahlen … Cast, the Young Attendant
    • Fuschia Walker … Cast, the Meter Maid
    • DeAnn Mears … Cast, Judge Maria Ganz
    • David Zayas … Cast, Raoul Cervantes
    • Jurian Hughes … Cast, M.E. Gardner
    • David Rainey … Cast, the Assistant M.E.
    • Bruce Winant … Cast, Morgenstern
    • Jonathan Teague Cook … Cast, Marty Fine
    • Gloria Irizarry … Cast, Grandma Rosa Citrone
    • Gia Galeano … Cast, Gia
    • Jillian Bowen … Cast, Jackie Rankin
    • Alex Bowen … Cast, Nine-year-old Rankin
    • Cameon Bowen … Cast, Seven-year-old Rankin
    • Andrea Bowen … Cast, Rankin Toddler
    • Michael Hobbs … Cast, the Sergeant
    • William McGuire … Cast, the ESU Lieutenant
    • Gerard O'Brien … Cast, EST Technician
    • Lee Summers … Cast, Belmont Uniform Policeman
    • Jim Lavin … Cast, the County Clerk
    • Jon Brent Curry … Cast, CSU Technician