Law & Order

Season 2 Episode 16

Vengeance

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 18, 1992 on NBC
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The parents of a murdered woman contest Stone's prosecution of her killer so that he can be extradited to their home state, where the death penalty still exists.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Dann Florek

    Dann Florek

    Capt. Don Cragen

    Richard Brooks

    Richard Brooks

    A.D.A. Paul Robinette

    Michael Moriarty

    Michael Moriarty

    Exec. A.D.A. Ben Stone

    Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    D.A. Adam Schiff

    Paul Sorvino

    Paul Sorvino

    Sgt. Phil Cerreta

    Chris Noth

    Chris Noth

    Det. Mike Logan

    Melinda Mullins

    Melinda Mullins

    Forsenic Technician

    Guest Star

    Barbara Barrie

    Barbara Barrie

    Mrs. Bream

    Guest Star

    Allen Garfield

    Allen Garfield

    Carl Berg

    Guest Star

    Roger Serbagi

    Roger Serbagi

    Judge Robert Quinn

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Mrs. Cheney: I loved him. I didn't know ...
        Ben Stone: Didn't know what?
        Mrs. Cheney (whispers): That he was an animal.

      • Ben Stone: You would prefer that I let O'Connell try this case?
        Paul Robinette: The courts are not your personal soapbox.
        Ben Stone: Have you heard me preach?
        Paul Robinette: Better we bend the system then risk letting him walk because of some unfounded morality.
        Ben Stone: Yeah, but who's preaching now? You're not talking about convicting him, you're talking about killing him.
        Paul Robinette: I think my tax dollars can be put to better use than clothing, housing, and feeding Albert Cheney. Now maybe I'm just pragmatic.
        Ben Stone: The cost to the state of a capital trial is roughly $1.8 million dollars. That is twice the cost of an average life imprisonment. Now who's being pragmatic here?
        Paul Robinette: Maybe the Breams are entitled to a little vengeance.
        Ben Stone: Oh, 'Do unto others as they did unto you?' We burn the homes of arsonists? We sexually abuse those who rape?
        Paul Robinette: You're rationalizing.
        Ben Stone: Maybe. But the New York State Court of Appeals says the death penalty is cruel and inhuman.
        Paul Robinette: And what do you say?
        Ben Stone: And I say we uphold the laws of this state!

      • Fleischman: How could I forget? Sally Kessler, 18-years-old, a Hermès tie wrapped around her neck, dumped naked into a recycling bin behind Nathan's out at Coney Island.
        Paul Robinette: He's using wire now.
        Fleischman: Times is hard.

      • Jack O'Connell: Bottom line, Your Honor, Albert Cheney is of no use to anyone alive.
        Ben Stone: Is this forum shopping? This is a criminal case.
        Hon. Warren Pursley: Yes, I know Mr. Stone, and this is a civil court. Why you want to keep Albert Cheney alive is beyond me. I, for one, wouldn't lose any sleep if they flipped the switch.
        Ben Stone: That's not relevant, Your Honor!
        Hon. Warren Pursley: I know. Unfortunately, Mr. Stone has met the burden required by law for a restraining order. As such, I am forced to grant his motion. The case against Albert Cheney stays put. May God help both of us if you lose that trial, Mr. Stone.

      • Paul Robinette: So much for victims' rights.
        Adam Schiff: Dead people don't have any, my boy.

      • Phil Cerreta: Tell me about this building, okay? Anybody hanging around who didn't belong?
        Elevator Repairman: On the Upper West Side? You want 'em all, or just the ones that talk to themselves?

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    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Albert DeSalvo (a.k.a. the Boston Strangler) killings. DeSalvo, who confessed to being the Boston Strangler that had terrorized Boston in the 1960's whose M.O. was to talk his way into victims' apartments by pretending to be a maintenance man.

      • Mike Logan: The guys in Brooklyn were lucky. They got the Son of Sam on parking tickets.
        Don Cragen: Yeah, six months and six bodies later.

        The "Son of Sam" killer was David Berkowitz. His nickname came from taunting letters he sent to the police during his killing spree. He claimed to be under the influence of demons and to have received orders to kill from a dog, but most people believed he was faking insanity in an attempt to avoid conviction. This didn't work; he's currently serving a life sentence.

      • Ben Stone: Richard Speck. Killed eight nurses in '66. Died in prison. He was 49. Cheney's 42.

        Richard Speck was a lifelong criminal who abused alcohol and drugs. In July 1966, he threatened his way with a knife and pistol into a two-story townhouse occupied by student nurses. He raped and killed eight nurses after holding them captive for hours. A few days later, he was arrested, and eventually sentenced to consecutive life terms totaling more than 400 years. He served 19 years of the sentence when he died of a massive heart attack on December 5, 1991 (two months prior to the airing of this episode).

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