• Publication date: April 29, 2010

Bird's Eye-View Looking At The Workings Of A Criminal System

Set in the 'big apple', an elite team of criminal prosecutors take on crime in New York. "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" is the fourth spin-off of the long-running Dick Wolf conceptual child 'Law & Order'. In a twist departing from the 'Perry Mason' style of courtroom drama, "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" takes its audience down the less-traveled corridors of the criminal and judicial systems.

Set in the 'big apple', an elite team of criminal prosecutors take on crime in New York. "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" is the fourth spin-off of the long-running Dick Wolf conceptual child 'Law & Order'. In a twist departing from the 'Perry Mason' style of courtroom drama, "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" takes its audience down the less-traveled corridors of the criminal and judicial systems.

This is the first 'Law & Order' series to examine alternate perspectives including the usual prosecutor and police views, but this time also giving ample space to the defendants, defense attorneys, judge and juror POVs.

Thus the new series includes much never-seen-before dynamics within the prosecution and judicial systems; from the prosecutions tedious process of building a case, following investigative leads, preparing witnesses for trial pressure, to the trial itself with plea-bargains, deals between co-defendants, arguments before the jury.

In this installment of Law & Order, many have remarked on the wholesome nature of judges, defendants and jury members portrayed.

TV legend Jerry Orbacher [1935-2004], [playing District Attorney Investigator Lennie Brisco] passed away during the filming of episode three. His final onscreen appearance was in the episode "Forty-One Shots". Orbach was so ill at the time that he could barely speak above a whisper. Thus his final line of dialogue had to be rewritten; at the trial of a cop-killer, NYPD members had been barred from the courtroom, and they were waiting outside with Lennie Briscoe. After Lennie [peering in through the door] learned of the guilty verdict, he turned and whispered to the cops 'They got him'.

The series also stars Bebe Neuwirth ['Cheers', 'Chicago'] as Assistant District Attorney Tracey Kibre, Amy Carlson ['Third Watch'] as Assistant District Attorney Kelly Gaffney. Reprising his Law & Order role will be Fred Dalton Thompson as District Attorney Arthur Branch and the late Jerry Orbach as Lennie Briscoe, a retired police detective working as an Investigator for the District Attorney and Kirk Acevedo also stars as Briscoe�s partner, DA Investigator Hector Salazar.

"Law & Order: Trial by Jury" runs for 13 episodes each lasting an hour onscreen.