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|Production number: 20005|
First aired: 23 October 2009
| Written By|
Richard Sweren & Julie Martin
When Doctor Walter Benning (Matthew Boston) is killed in church, Detectives Lupo and Kevin Bernard arrive at the scene and are informed a white male was seen fleeing in a dark sedan. The minister (Michael Hollick) tells the detectives that Dr. Benning was a late-term abortion doctor and had been shot at before and threatened many times, and his wife, Phyllis Benning (Tracy Sallows), is convinced it is a pro-life zealot who is responsible. While the detectives scan the several protester suspects, Lt. Van Buren gets more bad news and ADA Rubirosa faces a moral dilemma, causing tension among the team.
- Jeremy Sisto as Detective Cyrus Lupo
- Anthony Anderson as Det. Kevin Bernard
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
- Linus Roache as Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter
- Alana De La Garza as ADA Connie Rubirosa
- Sam Waterston as District Attorney Jack McCoy
- Matthew Boston as Dr. Walter Benning
- Richard Thomas as Roger Jenkins
- Tracy Sallows as Phyllis Benning
- P.J. Sosko as Wayne Grogan
- Tolan Aman as William Grogan
- Christina Kirk as Jenice Morrow
- Jessica Varley as Blair Morton
- Bill Sage as Kevin Morton
- Enid Graham as Carla Howell
- Jessica Dickey as Lisa Barnett
- Pilar Witherspoon as Patty Larson
- Deirdre O'Connell as Dr. Valerie Knight
- Evan Enderle as Jonah Leland
- Sue-Anne Morrow as Lydia Jones
- Brian Tyree Henry as Ben
- Matthew Hollick as Minister
- Tim Schuebel as Pro-Life Office Worker
- Mark Blum as Pro-Choice Radical
- Eric Deskin as Jury Foreman
(After Cutter, who is pro-life, chides Rubirosa for aiding the defense)
- Connie Rubirosa: I can't just leave my soul on the coat rack every morning!
- Michael Cutter: We are united by a common belief - that each life is special and unique. And it is that belief which causes us to reject the violence and the chaos represented by Wayne Grogan's actions.
Background information & notes
- This episode was almost certainly inspired by the shooting death of Dr. George Tiller who, like Dr. Benning, provided late-term abortions and was murdered while attending church.
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