Law & Order

Corpus Delicti

Season 6, Ep 11, Aired 1/17/96
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  • Episode Description
  • The death of a show horse leads to a trial involving insurance fraud, a sting operation and a wealthy woman's disappearance.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steven Hill

    D.A. Adam Schiff

  • Jerry Orbach

    Det. Lennie Briscoe

  • S. Epatha Merkerson

    Lt. Anita Van Buren

  • Sam Waterston

    Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

  • Benjamin Bratt

    Det. Reynaldo 'Rey' Curtis

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (3)

    • This was the only episode in the entire history of the series where the initial victim was a non-person.

    • Byron Jennings, who played Richard Brandson, is the real-life husband of Carolyn McCormick, who played Dr. Elizabeth Olivet on both a recurring and contract basis throughout the series.

    • Jill Hennessy's identical twin sister, Jacqueline Hennessy, filled in for her as Claire Kincaid in the courtroom scenes when Jill became unavailable as a result of conflicts in the shooting schedules between this episode and the Homicide: Life on the Street episode "For God and Country", the crossover episode with "Charm City".

    Allusions (2)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Helen Vorhees Brach case.

    • The title of this episode, "Corpus Delicti", is a legal term meaning 'the body of the crime', and refers to the general rule that makes it difficult, and possibly unlawful, to convict a person when the crime itself is difficult to establish. Many people mistakenly believe that it refers to the body of the victim.

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