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Law & Order - The Characters
[See below for Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Criminal Intent]
Law & Order episodes are plot-driven, and the personal lives of the characters rarely intervene. Here's some of what we know about them. The numbers of the episodes in which these facts are revealed are in parentheses.
If you can add to this list, please do so, using the form at the bottom of the page or by sending submissions to lawandorder3x@lycos.com -- and please include the name or number of the episode in which the fact is first established (to the best of your knowledge.) Names of contributors are in brackets.
Executive Assistant District Attorney
BEN STONE
Is Catholic (12)
His grandmother was Irish (20)
Broke his wrist playing tennis with Robinette (35)
Has a daughter (45)
Became EADA after putting Phillip Swann away for murder (74)
Is divorced (74)
Drinks beer (75)
Resigns when a witness he forces to testify is killed by the mob (88)  [Geneva]
Executive Assistant District Attorney
JACK McCOY
Had affairs with two other former assistants, one of whom became his wife (and then ex-wife). (89)
His father was a cop for 31 years (90) in Chicago (184)
Has an affinity for Scotch (94)
Had an affair with former assistant -- now defense attorney -- Sally Bell (97)
It's hinted at that he has a love affair with ADA Kincaid (123)
One of his former assistants (with whom he had an affair), Diana Hawthorne, lied about testimony to get him promoted, sending an innocent man to jail; McCoy prosecuted her (131) [Shane M]
Rides a motorcycle (140)
Has been a prosecutor for 22 years as of 1997 (153)
Faced a disciplinary committee (181) after hiding witness testimony in a drunk driving case (168) [Shane M]
Dates a history professor (197)
It's revealed he has a nephew, which means he also has at least one sibling (215)
Assistant District Attorney
PAUL ROBINETTE
Grew up in Harlem (?) [Geneva]
Turned down job offers from several Wall Street law firms to join the DA's office (?) [Geneva]
Left the DA's office to become a private practice attorney (?) [Geneva]
Assistant District Attorney
CLAIRE KINCAID
Her first job out of law school was clerking for Judge Joel Thayer (80)
Was a track star in high school (87)
Attended Harvard Law School (100)
Is opposed to the death penalty (114)
Has a love affair with EADA McCoy (123)
Revered for her ability to consume twice her weight in Chinese food at a single sitting. (134) [Lindsey P.]
Is in a serious car crash (134) in which we later learn she was killed
Assistant District Attorney
JAMIE ROSS
Was once a defense attorney with Gorton & Steinhart (135)
Was once married to attorney Neal Gorton (135)
Has a child (135)
Has two brothers (136)
Leaves the DA's office to remarry and continue a custody battle with ex-husband Neal Gorton (181)
Tries a school shooting case as defense attorney against McCoy and Carmichael (251) [Shane M.]
It's discovered she acted as an informant to a judge in a former case with McCoy (?) [Shane M.]
Assistant District Attorney
ABBIE CARMICHAEL
Earned a 95% conviction rate during four years in Special Narcotics, prior to becoming ADA (182)
Was raped by a third-year law student while a college freshman (189)
Is a member of the ACLU (191) [Shane M.]
Is a staunch supporter of First Amendment rights and believes the government should not interfere with free speech (191) [Shane M.]
Her mother wanted her to marry a doctor (197)
Is a proponent of the death penalty (251) [Shane M]
Left the DA's office to accept a job with the Justice Department (253) [Shane M.] She would work in the federal Major Crimes Task Force
Assistant District Attorney
SERENA SOUTHERLYN
Almost disbarred after participating in hostage negotiations with the 27th Precinct while associated with the DA's office (266) [Shane M.]
Played tennis as a kid to get her father''s attention and developed a killer backhand along the way (306) [Tansy W.]
ADA Serena Southerlyn seems to be well versed/educated in feminism. She tends to refer to feminist theory whenever she is discussing a case that involves some kind of women rights issue with ADA Jack McCoy and the DA, thus she maybe a feminist herself. (Various) [Tansy W.]
Volunteers at a soup kitchen every Thanksgiving (312) [Tansy W.]


District Attorney
ADAM SCHIFF
Served as ex-Governor Corcoran's campaign manager (44)
Once defended student protesters with William Kunstler (93)
His wife dies of a stroke in 1997 (157)
Is a member of the ACLU (191) [Shane M.]
Leaves the district attorney's office to go to Vienna, Austria and assist in preparations for a holocaust memorial (230)
District Attorney
NORA LEWIN
Was a law school ethics professor prior to becoming DA (230)
Was appointed interim DA by Mayor Rudy Guliani (230) [Dustin]
Is called to testify for the prosecution in ADA Southerlyn's disbarment hearing (266) [Shane M.]
District Attorney
ARTHUR BRANCH
Is from Georgia (278)
Is married to Lillian (278)
Is the author of a book on the law (279)
Has at least two granchildren (a grandson and a granddaughter) (280)
Has a nephew named Andy, who played football at the University of Florida (295)
Captain
DONALD CRAGEN
Is a recovering alcoholic (1)
Was once partnered with Max Greevey (1)
His wife's name is Marge (22)
Was assigned to a police corruption task force (109)
Lieutenant
ANITA VAN BUREN
Transferred from narcotics to homicide (67)
Has two sons (94) [M.C. D'Amore]
Shot and killed a man who was trying to rob her at an ATM (94) [Shane M.]
Husband works at a hardware store (96?) [Tess O]
Likes the poetry of Langston Hughes (130)
Singlehandedly took down a drug dealer after he attacked her (130) [Shane M]
Sued the department for racism after being denied promotion to captain (167)
A judge dismissed her discrimination suit (178)
Learns that the case that earned her a promotion to lieutenant was corrupted by a dishonest medical examiner (260) [Shane M.]
Detective Sergeant
MAX GREEVEY
Was once partnered with Donald Cragen (1)
Is anti-abortion (12)
Once lost a partner in the line of duty (13)
Is married to Marie (14)
Is gunned down in front of his home before he testifies in an extortion trial (23)
Has 3 children, at least one of them a son named Matthew (23) [christine]
Detective Sergeant
PHIL CERRETA
Is almost 50 years old (52)
Is married to Elaine (52)
Has a daughter named Linda (49)
After being shot in the line of duty (52), he transfers to a desk job (53)
Detective
LENNIE BRISCOE
His father was a G.I. who fought in World War II (European Theatre) (57)
Is a recovering alcoholic (?) [Bruce / John S.]
Has two daughters (81)
Plays a mean game of pool (84)
His father was Jewish, but Lennie was raised a Catholic (120)
Once slept with Det. Munch's ex-wife (124)
Has been a homicide detective for 15 years as of 1996 (124)
Likes the poetry of Langston Hughes (130)
Was once a "beatnik" (130)
His daughter Cathy is arrested for drug dealing (178)
Cathy is murdered by a drug dealer (179)
Learns that the man who killed his daughter was found DOA-drug overdose (191) [Shane M.]
His children live in Florida (278)
Has a nephew, Ken, who works with the Special Victims Unit (SVU-3)
Has been divorced twice. (?) [Tansy W.]
Detective
MIKE LOGAN
Had an abusive mother (19) (73)
Has relatives in Ireland (20)
His uncle is a priest and Irish patriot (20) [Mat M.]
Drove a cab while in college (28)
His dad was a beat cop who never took his service revolver into the house (51) [Mat M.]
He plays poker (60) [Mat M.]
His whole family is blood type A (60) [Mat M.]
His cousin played bass in a band (69)
He went to Catholic school (73) [Mat M.]
Had a girlfriend who got an abortion (79)
His mother had cirrhosis of the liver (84)
Once played on the police baseball team (84)
Encountered a pedophile priest in his childhood (108)
After slugging a homophobic councilman, Logan is transferred to Staten Island to walk a beat (111)
Detective
REYNALDO CURTIS
Is married, with  three children (117)
Has been married for six years (118)
One of his kids is Lydia, in second grade (119)
Was transferred to the 27th Precinct after being propositioned by his former female boss (128)
Has an affair (134)
His mother is Peruvian (139)
His wife leaves him when he confesses he had an affair (145)
Lives at his sister's place after being kicked out of his house (147)
His wife Deborah is diagnosed with latent multiple sclerosis (158)
His sister died in a car accident when she was 10 (163)
Is part English-German (163)
Is wounded in the line of duty (178)
Is turned down for a desk job (179)
Is transferred to a desk job so that he will have more time to care for his ailing wife (205)
Detective
ED GREEN
Had two complaints against him for excessive force and was given probation by a review board prior to being assigned to the 27th. (206)
His father was a petrochemical engineer who traveled the world. (212)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -- The Characters
Law & Order: SVU episodes are plot-driven, and the personal lives of the characters rarely intervene. Here's some of what we know about them. The numbers of the episodes in which these facts are revealed are in parentheses.
If you can add to this list, please do so, using the form at the bottom of the page, or send your submissions to lawandorder3x@lycos.com -- and please include the name or number of the episode in which the fact is first established (to the best of your knowledge.) Names of contributors are in brackets.
Detective
ELLIOT STABLER
Is married to Cathy (?)
His oldest daughter, Maureen, has been accepted into Columbia Univ. (?) [Heather G.]
Has four children: Maureen, Kathleen, Richard and Elizabeth (23)
His daughter Kathleen is 14 or 15 (?) [Heather G.]
Has twins, Richard and Elizabeth (23) [Heather G.]
The twins turn eight in (37)
Is a devout Catholic (?) [Heather G.]
Has a USMC tattoo on his forearm (43); Was in the Marine Corps (101)
Apart from Det. Benson, is the only person outside the FBI and Witness Protection Program who knows Alexandra Cabot is not dead. (95)
        [Tansy W.]
Detective
OLIVIA BENSON
Is stalked by Richard White, a rapist and murderer of ADA Karen Fitzgerald (8) [Nicole B.]
Has been intimate with Det. Cassidy (10)
Is the product of rape (11); later learns this is not true and meets her father, a psychiatric professor at Fordham (27) [Nicole B.] Later learns that this is not her father, and that she was, in fact, the product of a rape. (51) [Cassie]
Her mother dies in a subway accident while intoxicated (27) [Nicole B.}
Is promoted to Detective, 2nd Grade after capturing Daniel Varney, a syphilitic murderer (42) [Nicole B.]
Apart from Det. Stabler, is the only person outside the FBI and the Witness Protection Program who knows that Alexandra Cabot is not dead. (95) [Tansy W.]
Detective
JOHN MUNCH
Retired from Baltimore's Homicide Division [Amanda] and moved to New York after his marriage lasted one day -- his wife ran off with a former colleague. He joins the SVU (1)
Detective
ODAFIN TUTUOLA
Transferred to SVU from Narcotics (23) [Dustin]
Has an 18-year-old son (57) [Lauren]
Captain
DONALD CRAGEN
Is a recovering alcoholic (L&O-1)
Was once partnered with Max Greevey (L&O-1)
His wife's name is Marge (L&O-22)
Captained an anti-corruption task force prior to SVU (?) [Dustin]
His wife was killed in a plane crash (SVU-2) [Trey P.]
Assistant District Attorney
ALEXANDRA CABOT
Was suspended for a month after she had detectives search a home without a warrant (61) [Lauren]
Staged her own death and entered into the witness protection program to get away from a Colombian Drug Cartel she prosecuted (95) [Tansy W.]

Assistant District Attorney
CASEY NOVAK
DR. GEORGE HUANG
Detective
MONIQUE JEFFRIES
Detective
BRIAN CASSIDY
Has been intimate with Det. Benson (10)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent -- The Characters
Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes are plot-driven, and the personal lives of the characters rarely intervene. Here's some of what we know about them. The numbers of the episodes in which these facts are revealed are in parentheses.
If you can add to this list, please do so, using the form at the bottom of the page, or send your submissions to lawandorder3x@lycos.com -- and please include the name or number of the episode in which the fact is first established (to the best of your knowledge.) Names of contributors are in brackets.
Detective
ROBERT GOREN
His family has a history of schizophrenia (?) [Heather G.]
His father divorced his mother when, at age 32, she developed schizophrenia ("Poison") [Emily B]
His mother is institutionalized with schizophrenia; he visits once a week and calls her daily. ("Anti-Thesis") [Diana]
Was in Narcotics for four years; ran three sting operations that resulted in 27 arrests, all of which ended in convictions ("The Insider") [Diana]
Was an Army Intelligence officer [Diana]
Is single (?) [Heather G.]
Wears Size 13 shoes ("Jones") [Emily B]
Is an occasional smoker ("The Faithful") [Emily B]
Is a lapsed altar boy ("The Faithful") [Emily B]
Once dated a broker named Irene ("The Enemy Within") [Emily B]
Learned to speak Germany while in the army ("Art") [Emily B]
Likes to dance ("Jones") [Emily B]
When it comes to abortion is pro-choice, believing that the more options, the better ("The Third Horseman") [Emily B]
Is a lefty ("Poison") [Emily B]
Knows some sleight-of-hand, palming crayons in "Crazy" [Emily B]
Likes pastrami sandwiches, with mustard ("The Insider") [Emily B]
Took a couple of psychology courses in college ("The Good Doctor") [Emily B]
Detective
ALEXANDRA EAMES
Worked in Vice before joining Major Cases ("The Insider") [Diana]
Surveillance is her strong suit (Smothered) [Diana]
Her father was a police officer (who was caught "double-dipping" into the pension fund) (20)
Her father worked out of the 40th Precinct (38)
Is becoming a surrogate mother for her sister's child (46)
Captain
JAMES DEAKINS
Is married and has at least one child (?) [Heather G.]

Assistant District Attorney
RON CARVER
Is married (?) [Heather G.]

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