"In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories."
Filmed entirely on location in New York, the realistic program looks at crime and justice from a dual perspective. In the first half-hour, Detective Cyrus Lupo and his new partner, Detective Kevin Bernard, investigate crimes and apprehend suspects under the supervision of their precinct lieutenant, Anita Van Buren. In the second half-hour, the focus shifts to the criminal courts as Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter and the Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa work within a complicated justice system to prosecute the accused under the guidance of the newly appointed District Attorney Jack McCoy.
An in-depth interview with the cast members from the early seasons.
A DVD bonus featurette with footage from the first three seasons.
"Law & Order" cast members past and present recall working with, and being friends with, the late Jerry Orbach.
A short interview with Law & Order legend Jerry Orbach.
A brief interview with Law & Order star Jesse L. Martin.
A brief interview with star Fred Dalton Thompson, who left the show to run for President of the United States.
An interview with criminologist Park Dietz, for a look inside the criminal mind.
Since he has been sent to Staten Island after attacking a city councilman, Detective Logan is trying to earn a spot back with the NYPD. Logan finds out about a case involving a prostitute's murder and he figures this could be his ticket back. His lieutenant reluctantly assigns him to the case and is teamed up with Detective Frankie Silvera. During the case they come across a mob figure and father while learning that there is a dirty cop in Logan's old precinct.
Interviews with the cast and creator of Law & Order, one of the most successful dramas on television.
Continuing the investigation in New York City, Egan's wife is questioned by Frank and Tim. Just a few hours later, Egan's wife is killed and Egan's son is seen running. Kendall is taken into proctective custody until he gives up the suspect's name. Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis (From Law and Order) come to Baltimore. Munch finds out that Lennie knew his ex-wife a little too much (She moved to NYC after divorcing him). The suspect tried to escape in a seaplane but is caught. NYC ADA Claire Kincaid comes down to extradite him back to NYC, which made Frank upset. While extraditing him, the suspect has a heart attack and dies at the train station. (Aired on season 4, episode 12.)
The young man that was stalking Brittany in Baltimore is interviewed and relates that he saw her being attacked by someone. When going to question the parents, the New York and Baltimore detectives discover that the Janaways have returned to Baltimore, so they make the trip to Charm City. They get the father in the box and he demands that they prove he did it. The attorneys fight over jurisdiction, but the judge rules in favor of Baltimore and the two teams of prosecutors must work together. When the father is put on the stand he gives an alibi, a surprise that gives the detectives 48 hours to verify this alibi. When the alibi checks out, they bring in both of the parents to get to the truth. (Aired on season 6, episode 5.)
Danvers brings news of his appointment to the District Court bench as the investigation of a government official named Janine McBride, begun on Law & Order continues in New York. Their prime suspect, Chesley Purcell, is dead and her shooter, Ned Burks, is in the hands of the Feds. What was her connection back to Washington? Gee expresses his anger with MGee over letting his ""ham fisted"" bosses at the FBI know what was going on, since they in turn had informed Wm. Dell, the Independent Counsel. Burks is given a limited amount of immunity for his testimony to Dell, but McCoy and Danvers get an order that allows them to be present at his questioning; but neither the Independent Counsel nor McCoy and Danvers get anything useful. Meanwhile, the Baltimore detectives investigate the background of Chesley Purcell and it turns up the name of a man in prison who still appears to be running his organization. So there could be no more leaks, MGee asks to be kept out of the investigation. (Aired on season 7, episode 15.)
After a salesman is murdered, the detectives turn their attention to Stephanie Mulroney, the youngest daughter of a well-known family with some deep connections. But as they join forces with the officers from the two-seven, they realise that their case is connected with a long-unsolved case that Briscoe once handled years ago with his former partner, Mike Logan. (Aired on Law & Order: SVU, season 1, episode 15.)
Kibre prosecutes the man accused of shooting Detective Ed Green and murdering the key witness in the case he was working on. (Aired on Law & Order: Trial by Jury, season 1, episode 8.)
Benson saves April Troost from committing suicide, but feels responsible when Troost dies during the trial of the man she accuses of raping her and getting her pregnant. It isn't long before detectives learn that Barclay Pallister wasn't the only man April picked up in a bar who has no recollection of sleeping with her, and the squad realises that Troost was no victim. Their search takes them from prospective parents looking to adopt her child to the men she drugged and accosted to the sperm center she used to work at, which ends up at the center of the case. (Aired on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, season 7, episode 2.)
An interview with Law & Order creator Dick Wolfe.