Benjamin Stone

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Benjamin "Ben" Stone is a fictional character portrayed by Michael Moriarty in the TV drama Law & Order.

Character overview

Stone works in the Manhattan District Attorney's office under Alfred Wentworth (in the pilot episode) and Adam Schiff. It was Schiff with whom he is closest, treating him as a kind of surrogate father, his own father having been an overbearing alcoholic."Prescription for Death" Stone's prosecutorial methods are portrayed as being grounded in moral principles stemming from his Catholic faith; he is shown to be pro-life"Life Choice" and anti-death penalty. He also is a strong advocate of social justice, having marched in the civil rights movement, although his sympathy for those at a disadvantage in society does not extend to criminals. Despite holding some conservative beliefs, Stone is shown to be a Democrat in the episode "The Torrents of Greed", in which he is shown attending a Democratic fundraiser with Schiff.

Career within the show

Stone became Executive Assistant DA in 1985 after convicting con artist and murderer Philip Swann (who, in the 1993 episode "American Dream", enters a civil suit against Stone when the validity of the conviction is called into question). Stone's assistants have been Paul Robinette and Claire Kincaid.

A strict, unyielding boss, Stone can be very difficult to work with; in the pilot episode, Detectives Max Greevey and......
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