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Nora Lewin (Character)
from "Law & Order" (1990)

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"Law & Order: Dissonance (#11.3)" (2000)
[last lines]
Jack McCoy: We were conned.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Does it occur to anyone she might be conning us now?
Jack McCoy: Carl Reger committed murder and this was all an elaborate charade to get him off the hook?
D.A. Nora Lewin: Can we prove that?
Jack McCoy: No. Not with what we've got.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Right. We're sure one of them killed her, we're just not sure which one.
D.A. Nora Lewin: We're sure enough. Let's close this case. Move on.

Judge William Wright: First off, I don't have to justify my decisions to you. And second, that sound you hear is the ice cracking underneath your feet.
D.A. Nora Lewin: With all due respect, your honor, you weigh more that I do. I request that you recuse yourself in the case of the People vs. Reger.
Judge William Wright: Request denied.
D.A. Nora Lewin: Then you can explain yourself to the grievance board.
Judge William Wright: You file a complaint against me, and your A.D.A.'s will never get to first base inside my courtroom, based strictly on the merits of their cases.
D.A. Nora Lewin: If you threaten me again, I'll report this conversation and our last conversation to the presiding judge of the appellate division. And if you step over the line in court just once, I'll take you down. And you won't get up again.

"Law & Order: Judge Dread (#11.23)" (2001)
D.A. Nora Lewin: Why do you always believe the worst in people, Jack?
Jack McCoy: Who, me?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Spend a few more years in this place, you'll be right there with us.

D.A. Nora Lewin: I'd like to think I can do this job without becoming a cynic.
Jack McCoy: I'm not a cynic. I get up every morning hoping to find an honest man.

"Law & Order: Who Let the Dogs Out? (#12.1)" (2001)
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: [after the Quinns have taken a plea bargain for 2-6 years in jail] I just got off with Animal Control. The dog was put down.
Jack McCoy: The Quinns' trial was the only thing keeping it alive.
D.A. Nora Lewin: Abused, tortured, and now destroyed.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: Almost makes you wish you could reverse the sentences.

"Law & Order: Return (#11.5)" (2000)
D.A. Nora Lewin: If the case depends on the jury believing a career criminal who's cut a deal, I'd say we're in trouble.
Jack McCoy: We have a defendant who left the country rather than stand trial.
D.A. Nora Lewin: Which the defense will attribute to a combination of panic and religious fervor.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Well, we could also establish that he was stealing from the business.
D.A. Nora Lewin: A business his father half owned.
Jack McCoy: Are you suggesting that we offer him a deal?
D.A. Nora Lewin: After what we went through to get him back here? Not on your life.

"Law & Order: Bronx Cheer (#11.16)" (2001)
D.A. Nora Lewin: I hear it was all smiles in the Shaeffer family.
Jack McCoy: I have to admit, it was nice to get somebody out of jail for a change.

"Law & Order: Burn Baby Burn (#11.6)" (2000)
D.A. Nora Lewin: How's our case?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: We've had better.
Jack McCoy: The shot that killed Kearsey came from Miller's girlfriend's apartment. We can put Miller inside.
D.A. Nora Lewin: Any witnesses? A gun?
Jack McCoy: Neither one.
D.A. Nora Lewin: Any chance for a deal?
Jack McCoy: You make a deal for manslaughter, you break faith with every cop in the city.

"Law & Order: Equal Rights (#12.18)" (2002)
D.A. Nora Lewin: [referring to the defendant, who is using battered woman syndrome as a defense to murdering her husband] What choices does a woman in that situation really have?
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: If someone hit me, I would leave, and if I couldn't, I'd hit them back.
D.A. Nora Lewin: Well, not everyone takes Tae Bo.

"Law & Order: Girl Most Likely (#12.17)" (2002)
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: [referring to Alicia Milford] You can't seriously be considering "outing" her into a guilty plea!
Jack McCoy: Well, don't we manipulate the system every day? Threaten to take children from parents? Embarrass spouses with their partners' infidelities?
D.A. Nora Lewin: This is different, Jack.
Jack McCoy: Why?
D.A. Nora Lewin: Well, it plays into the notion that there really ***is*** something wrong with being gay. We run the risk of seeming like bigots.
Jack McCoy: I don't see how we can abandon a viable negotiating tactic because it's politically incorrect.

"Law & Order: 3 Dawg Night (#12.9)" (2001)
[last lines]
D.A. Nora Lewin: Have we set a grand jury date for Ms. Lawrence?
Jack McCoy: And call what witnesses? The only ones we can find are two men who'd rather go to jail than tell the truth.
D.A. Nora Lewin: So we indict Collins for perjury.
Jack McCoy: We can't prove he lied.
D.A. Nora Lewin: Lawrence and Collins both walk?
Jack McCoy: We got dissed. Apparently two careers are worth more than a person's life.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: In a weird way, the dismissal hurt Collins more than the indictment. When his fans found out he wasn't the killer, his CD dropped ten places on the charts.
Jack McCoy: At this rate, he might have to go out and actually shoot somebody.