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"Trust"
L&O, Episode 2.15
Production number: 67417
First aired: 11 February 1992
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Logan Trust
Teleplay By
René Balcer

Story By
Michael Duggan & René Balcer

Directed By
Daniel Sackheim

A teenager claims that he accidentally shot one of his classmates.

Plot

Plot

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

References

References

Quotes

"A gun so loved it had to have its own license."

- Ballistics Technician


"No one in this office walks on water!"

- Adam Schiff


"He was probably traumatized by the incident."
"Not enough to stay away from guns."

- Elizabeth Olivet and Paul Robinette

Background information and notes

  • This episode appears to be based on the Rod Matthews case. In 1986, Matthews, a 14-year-old boy in Massachusetts, planned and carried out the premeditated bludgeoning death of a classmate, 14-year-old Shaun Ouillette. For months, Matthews bragged to other classmates that he wanted to know what it would be like to kill someone after having watched the film Faces of Death. Matthews later told his friends he had picked Ouillette because he had no friends and invited him over to play pool, then Matthews suggested that they go to the woods to build a fort. Matthews instead took him into an abandoned warehouse and told Ouillette that he planned to set off some fireworks there. However, when they arrived, Matthews attacked Ouillette with a baseball bat. Matthews then bragged to his friends and showed some of them Ouillette's body, threatening them if they told anyone. During the police investigation into Ouillette's disappearance, all evidence pointed to Matthews. During three separate police interviews, he denied having any knowledge of Ouillette's whereabouts. He later admitted in a fourth interview that Ouillette had come to his house, but indicated that the missing boy had run away from home. One of Matthews' friends who had seen Ouillette's dead body wrote an anonymous tip to the police. Acting on this tip, investigators found Ouillette's body and arrested Matthews, who then went to trial and was found guilty.
  • This is actor Lee Shepherd's first appearance in an episode from Law & Order. He would reprise the role of Judge Joseph Gannon in the third season episode "Wedded Bliss", and later return as several different characters.
  • This is the only episode in which actor Ben Hammer appears as a Judge named Frank Markman. He is better known for his portrayal of Judge Herman Mooney in nine other Law & Order episodes.

Episode scene cards

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Office of Ian Maser
624 72nd Street
Tuesday, October 17

Bishop's Academy
339 York Avenue
Thursday, October 24

Supreme Court
Trial Part 67
Wednesday, December 11

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Supreme Court
Trial Part 67
Thursday, December 12

Supreme Court
Trial Part 71
Monday, March 2

Supreme Court
Trial Part 71
Thursday, March 5


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