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Jack McCoy (Character)
from "Law & Order" (1990)

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"Law & Order: Cherished (#9.1)" (1998)
Abbie Carmichael: I have a solution that will make us all happy.
ADA Jack McCoy: What's that?
Abbie Carmichael: No deals for anybody. Let's hang 'em all.

Abbie Carmichael: This report says the child was 2 and a half years old, Marian was 13 months. They autopsied the wrong kid, send it back.
ADA Jack McCoy: Why don't you take yourself down and get acquainted with the medical examiner?
[cut to]
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: It's the same kid, bone age doesn't lie.

ADA Jack McCoy: [after being told every Russian baby sent to America gets the doctor $20,000 which he claims goes to the kids at the orphanage] Doesn't it say that the orphanage only gets $2,000 per child? Where does that other $18,000 go? To your Jaguar, your summer home, that $1500 suit you're wearing now?

Abbie Carmichael: We have a week to finish our objectives.
ADA Jack McCoy: [holds out his hand] Do you agree we're too busy?
Abbie Carmichael: [turns his hand up and smacks it] Deal.

ADA Jack McCoy: Arresting a seven year old kid for murder? A kid with a laundry list of psychological problems? What was Carmichael thinking?
D.A. Adam Schiff: Why don't you ask her?
ADA Jack McCoy: I will. And I don't like the way she got the parents removed as guardians.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Sounds like you're sorry you didn't think of it first.

ADA Jack McCoy: [his first words to Abbie] I understand you're opening a children's wing on death row.

[after Jack offers a plea deal to the defendants in exchange for testifying against the other, with no takers]
Abbie Carmichael: So... who do you want to put on trial?
ADA Jack McCoy: All of them.

ADA Jack McCoy: [discussing Abbie] Her tactics are high-handed, and she doesn't have enough experience for major felonies. Four years in Special Narcotics is nothing.
D.A. Adam Schiff: A 95% conviction rate isn't nothing. She's earned her stripes. Work with her.


"Law & Order: Showtime (#7.17)" (1997)
Adam Schiff: Started with a murder, ends with an execution. You got what you wanted. Take the rest of the week off.
Jack McCoy: It's Friday, Adam.
Adam Schiff: So it is. See you on Monday.

EADA Jack McCoy: [cross-examining Newman] Eight years ago, you won an honorable mention from the New York Film Festival; isn't that right?
Eddie Newman: Yes, for my film "Crooked Street".
EADA Jack McCoy: The critics said your "daring foray into a new American neorealism" marked you as "one of the most promising artists of the American cinema".
Eddie Newman: That's right.
EADA Jack McCoy: What's your current movie about, Mr Newman?
[pause]
EADA Jack McCoy: Talking bears?
Eddie Newman: Yes.
EADA Jack McCoy: A daring neorealist foray into Jellystone Park?

Jack McCoy: Your grief might be a little more convincing, sir, if you hadn't just admitted: you cut off your wife's head.

Neil Gorton: [Talking to judge just before beginning of trial] We need to keep a place for Dr Duval, Mr Newman's psychiatrist.
Jack McCoy: Are we going to be doing therapy in the courtroom?

Jack McCoy: [aside to Ross, after Newman's huge defense team has been seated in the courtroom] You and me, Jamie!

A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [after Curtis has had an altercation with McCoy outside the courtroom] What was that about?
Jack McCoy: He's just a little upset his wife's about to find out he had an affair on the evening news.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: [to Curtis] I'm told you you should have gone to bed with her. You're getting the grief, you should have had the gravy!

Jack McCoy: [discussing media coverage of the case, in Schiff's office] How things look to some general audience is not relevant in the courtroom.
Adam Schiff: Oh, will you wake him up, Miss Ross? We're approaching the 21st century. It matters, Jack! When are you going to buy a new tie?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [cut to Ross and McCoy approaching the courthouse] You can't just turn off all the cameras and the microphones.
Jack McCoy: What's next? Timeouts for commercials? We go into court with soft drink logos on our backs?

Jack McCoy: [to press reporters] This is a trial, not a soap opera. I wish you people would remember that!


"Law & Order: I.D. (#7.2)" (1996)
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: I think we'll convince Judge Marks...
Jack McCoy: Nathan Marks?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Luck of the draw.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Make sure your airbags are working.

Judge Nathan Marks: Miss Ross, when you leave a man's apartment at 8 o'clock in the morning, did you just drop in for a coffee and a sweet roll?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Am I a defense witness, judge?
Judge Nathan Marks: You're an officer of the court, aiding in our search for the truth. You sample a man's hospitality once. Are you likely to return to sample it again soon?
Jack McCoy: Your Honor, this is not appropriate.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: If I left at 8 am, I wasn't too impressed. I don't think I'd be rushing back.
Judge Nathan Marks: Can't argue with that.

Jack McCoy: I thought he was going to ask your favorite sexual positions next.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: I grew up with four brothers. Marks is an amateur.
Jack McCoy: You don't mind that kind of thing?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Would you rather he'd ruled against us?
Jack McCoy: Guess I'll have to unlearn some of my sensitivity training. If we have another hearing, you'll model silk for him again?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Trust me, he would have been just as big a fan of rayon.

Judge Nathan Marks: [after Ross arrives late in court] Ah Miss Ross, how nice of you to join us. I gather you stayed later than 8 am this morning. Was the gentleman more... impressive today?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Your honor, I've been very busy.
Judge Nathan Marks: What I'm suggesting.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: On a matter of business for this court.
Judge Nathan Marks: Oh, and I thought our business was here. Whatever kind of romp you've been up to...
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: ...is relevant to this case, if you'd stop focusing on my sex life.
Judge Nathan Marks: You're in contempt. I want a check for 200 dollars.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [shouting] If you try to fine me!
Jack McCoy: [aside to Ross] Not now.
[pause]
Jack McCoy: Approach, your honor?
Judge Nathan Marks: If she brings her checkbook.
Jack McCoy: [aside to Ross] Pretend he's your brother.

D.A. Adam Schiff: [visiting McCoy in jail] I understand you were in contempt.
Jack McCoy: Just a little. Are you going to get the transcript to the chief administrative judge?
D.A. Adam Schiff: I'm going to see Judge Marks first about bail.
Jack McCoy: I'm OK. But if you go, wear silk.

Jack McCoy: With all due respect, Your Honor, when you change the rules of the game in the middle of a trial, there ought to be at least the appearance of impartiality
Judge Nathan Marks: Officer, place Mr McCoy under arrest for contempt of court!

D.A. Adam Schiff: You know who's who now?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Yes.
D.A. Adam Schiff: This is Joanne Sullivan you've got there in Rikers?
Jack McCoy: Who else could it be?
D.A. Adam Schiff: Please don't ask.

D.A. Adam Schiff: [sees Jack in jail cell for contempt of court, smiles] Nice.
Jack McCoy: Adam.
[introduces cellmates to his boss]
Jack McCoy: Mr Barton, Mr Jasperson, Mr Montoya, Mr Schiff.
D.A. Adam Schiff: We're in a good mood, aren't we?
Jack McCoy: All except Mr Jasperson, he was just convicted of murder.
Jasperson: [approaches Adam and Jack] This is bull: I'm going to be getting out of here soon.
D.A. Adam Schiff: [unruffled] Young man, sit down.
[to Jack]
D.A. Adam Schiff: I understand you were in contempt.
Jack McCoy: Just a little.


"Law & Order: Pro Se (#6.21)" (1996)
Patricia Smith: [about her brother, James Smith] I begged him to take his pills. I told him he might hurt himself or someone else if he stopped.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: What did he say?
Patricia Smith: He said people would just have to stay out of his way.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Don't you care about the people you killed?
James Smith: I'm sorry for them, Mr. McCoy. But that wasn't me. I'm not that creature. And I'm not going to take the rap for what he did.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [referring to Smith's earlier plea bargain for stalking] We don't owe anyone an apology.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Good thing you're not writing the press release.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [referring to Smith] His first trial, and he knows just enough law to turn it into a circus.
D.A. Adam Schiff: A circus? Three counts of murder? He's taking it seriously.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Then why doesn't he plead insanity?
D.A. Adam Schiff: Because he's insane!

A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: [after Schiff has told her to take a plea bargain to save money] Three people are dead, and you're counting pennies?
D.A. Adam Schiff: I can count bodies as well as pennies. You're not using this office to make up for your mistake.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: [irate] My mistake was following your lead, Mr Schiff! I cut a deal the way you like them: quick, cheap, and out the door!
D.A. Adam Schiff: You're off this case, as of now.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Adam!
D.A. Adam Schiff: She can do other cases; she can take a cruise; she can plant a garden; I couldn't care less!

Mr. Lowe: [referring to Smith] He fired me.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: He has his own lawyer?
Mr. Lowe: Uh huh. James Smith, pro se.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: You're not serious! He's obviously not fit to represent himself.
Mr. Lowe: Oh, he has an edge. If you're going to defend a guy like that, doesn't hurt to be crazy.

[last lines]
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [Claire enters Sam's office] Smith mailed me his summation. We're lucky; he could have hung the jury.


"Law & Order: Shangri-La (#13.2)" (2002)
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Never get Freudian with a man holding a pickle.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Forget it, Serena. No jury in the world will convict Little Orphan Annie.

A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: I thought you said no jury would convict Little Orphan Annie.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: I did. Lizzie Borden is a different matter.
[walks away]
Dr. Emil Skoda: This girl really got under his skin.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: Ya think?

A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: So being sixteen forever wouldn't be so bad.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: That must've been one hell of a prom night.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: What confuses me, Mr. Bergan, is that if the bartender actually pressed charges, as a first-time offender, Fiona would have drawn... a suspended sentence, with a $250 fine. Yet you chose to pay the bartender $1,000 to make it all go away. To me, that seems an odd choice. Considering a teacher's salary.
Gary Bergan: Fiona insisted. She told me that a criminal record would hurt her chances of getting into a good college.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Sure, that is one possibility. Another is that Fiona was scared.
Jessica Sheets: Well, of course she was scared.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Scared that the parole board down in Florida might issue a warrant for her arrest if her fingerprints ever happened to hit the system. That would put a quick end to your game, wouldn't it?
Fiona Reid: I don't know what you're talking about.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: That's right, I forgot. You're insane.
Jessica Sheets: [standing up to leave] All right, I think we are done here.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: So insane that you went to Milford, Connecticut. So insane that when you were carded in that bar in Milford, you used your old Marguerite Sampson driver's license. Pretty strange, wouldn't you say? Considering you testified you'd never heard of her.
Fiona Reid: [smirks] You're good.
Jessica Sheets: Fiona?
Fiona Reid: But you see, Mr. McCoy, what I'm good at, what my special talent is, is to make people see what they want to see. And it's carried me this far in life; I doubt it'll let me down with twelve people unable to avoid jury duty.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Without an attorney, it might. Fact is, unlike you, your lawyer is bound by a code of ethics. She can't knowingly let you lie on the stand, nor can she lie to the jury in her closing.
Fiona Reid: You think I need her to win? The jury already sees me as a poor, abused, abandoned child. All they're concerned about, all they really hope for, is to save my soul.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Until Mr. Bergan takes the stand.
Fiona Reid: Him? As far as they're concerned, he's a child molester. Who's gonna believe him?

Jack McCoy: Never get Freudian on a man holding a pickle.


"Law & Order: Burned (#8.9)" (1997)
Dr. Emil Skoda: You want me to make a diagnosis based on the word of an amateur?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Yeah.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Adam, why are we pussyfooting around?
D.A. Adam Schiff: [referring to Anderton] The man has a 4 billion dollar war chest. Three years ago, the Atlantic Star Cable merger, he took on the SEC and won.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [sarcastically] He's rich; he's powerful; maybe we should let Robin Leach try the case?

A.D.A. Jamie Ross: It would help if we could tell the jury what turned Terry into an arsonist.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: He was angry at his father. That's an emotion I can understand.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [looking at a photo of Terry Lawlor in his school yearbook] Looks pretty harmless in a jacket and tie.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: You all do!

A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Your grandson needs psychiatric help.
Carl Anderton: Absolutely not.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: I don't understand you, Mr. Anderton. We're offering him...
Carl Anderton: What? The chance to stay in a loony bin till some state employee decides he can leave?
[pause]
Carl Anderton: You know, I know what this is really all about, Mr McCoy.
[pause]
Carl Anderton: You're going after my grandson to embarrass me.
[McCoy shakes his head]
Carl Anderton: Yes! Personally, professionally, publicly.
[Walks right up to McCoy]
Carl Anderton: I know your type. You think that to bring down a man who's accomplished something in life it builds you up. You're not going to get away with it. I put a fair offer on the table. You turn it down, I'll go public and I'll expose you for the vindictive, envious little man you really are.
[McCoy stares at Anderton in astonishment]

A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [referring to Carl Anderton] Last year he made a surprise takeover bid for Commonwealth Airlines. One week later, he withdrew the bid, and accused the FAA and the stockholders of conspiring against him. It's classic manic-depressive behavior.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Doesn't make sense. Runs a Fortune 500 company.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: So did Howard Hughes.


"Law & Order: Flight (#9.4)" (1998)
Detective Rey Curtis: [referring to Aaron Downing] Killing his kid? I don't believe it.
Jack McCoy: You don't have to believe it; just prove it!

D.A. Adam Schiff: This man hurt his boy because he was depressed?
Jack McCoy: He's the man in the gray flannel suit, Adam...
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: ...with a syringe in his pocket.
D.A. Adam Schiff: When I'm in the dumps I have a scotch and put on Louis Armstrong.

Jack McCoy: We'll plead down to negligent homicide
Attorney Axtell: Mr. Buckner?
Mr. Buckner: You'd make a good businessman, Mr McCoy.

A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Downing sniffed out the arrest and took off. He's been spotted in New Jersey.
Jack McCoy: The airport?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: At the Eden Motel in Secaucus. Curtis wants us to meet him there.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Route 3, west of the Turnpike.
[Jack and Abbie look surprised that he knows where the motel is]
D.A. Adam Schiff: You can see it from the highway.

Jack McCoy: Allgen dodged the bullet.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Let it go. Companies make business decisions everyday that kill people. Spend a few bucks more on a brake assembly, save a hundred lives.
Jack McCoy: A car is not a deadly weapon.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Do we prosecute the gun manufacturers for shooting deaths?
Jack McCoy: Well, maybe we should. Hiding behind a corporate logo doesn't absolve these people of responsibility.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Where does it end? The paper mill that makes the boxes that hold the bullets... Lock up the criminals. Let the legislators and the civil juries worry about the other nonsense.


"Law & Order: Killerz (#10.2)" (1999)
Ms. Sharkey: Your Honor, my client is ten years old. She has teddy bears on her bedspread and a Big Bird piggy bank filled with pennies and she killed a child. It's so incongruous, it's almost inconceivable. Dr. Olivett has testified that because of her age and because of the way her brain works she simply couldn't appreciate that as she struck Aaron Polansky with a rock she was killing him. Jenny thought she could revive him with a one and a half volt battery. It speaks for itself. Mr. McCoy's position is to ignore the question of responsibility and brand Jenny Brandt a killer - she'll never change, we have to put her away. People change, if anyone can change it's a child. And Dr. Olivett has emphasized that this will not happen in a state mental hospital. Mr. McCoy's solution is a solution of last resort. Please, don't give up on her Judge.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Jenny got dealt a lousy hand. I look at her with pity and regret. But Jenny Brandt is trouble. She battered Aaron Polansky's head and stuffed him in a pipe. Ms. Sharkey wants us to believe that she didn't appreciate what she did, I don't agree. Jenny daydreams about killing small boys. She even had a trial run with a cat but ultimately what she could or could not appreciate is irrelevant. Jenny is a loaded gun, she is a cocked fist with a rock and she needs to be stopped before she kills again. Dr. Olivett talks about sending Jenny to a state institution like it's a death sentence that turns the world upside down. Aaron Polansky got a death sentence! Jenny would get treatment. Now everybody knows state psychiatric care could be better. But letting Jenny get away with murder won't help this girl. How will she ever appreciate that her actions have consequences if there are none? And how many children will she kill before the adult criminal justice system can take over? Do we have to wait and see? Ms. Sharkey would like us to cross our fingers and hope. Hope that it won't happen again. I have my own kind of hope. I hope the state doctors can find a way to fix this girl, I hope that it takes six months. But until they do, we can't afford Ms. Sharkey's brand of hope, we need to protect the Aaron Polanskys of this world from Jenny Brandt.

Dr. Emil Skoda: Jenny's been emotionally abused. Maybe physically. She lashes off when her anger reaches the boiling point.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: So we lock this girl up?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Get used to it. More and more girls committing violent crimes. I don't see anything for Jenny except a future of escalating anti-social behavior.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: What makes you say that?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Emotional abuse, the snuffed cat, the blacked-out photographs. Her lack of response when I went after her.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Her fantasies about hurting little boys.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Yeah, previews of coming attractions. She's graduated to murder. She's not gonna stop.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: You sound pretty sure.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Kid's a done deal. She's a textbook serial killer. We just got her early.

Anita Van Buren: [to McCoy about Jenny and Tara] You should've been there. The ankle monitors we had didn't fit. We had to punch extra holes. If it wasn't so pathetic...
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: What about this confession?
Anita Van Buren: If there was manipulation, her mother could have jumped in.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [reading Tara's confession] "Share your pain with me, "the next Mia Hamm."
Anita Van Buren: What I hear is damn good police work.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [about Green's interrogation of a young suspect] He held her hand. Are you accusing him of excessive kindness?

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Would you want this kid loose in your neighborhood? The public is tired of violent children being sent to bed without their dessert.


"Law & Order: Stiff (#10.23)" (2000)
Jack McCoy: I've never liked doctors.
Abbie Carmichael: I don't like people who pick on their mothers.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: I don't like people we can't make a case against.

Jack McCoy: You know, Mr Moore, I liked you better when you were helping your wife commit suicide.

Jack McCoy: Once you're into necrophilia, incest doesn't seem so bad.

Jack McCoy: [referring to David Moore and his wife] If she's incapacitated for any reason, he gets power of attorney.
Abbie Carmichael: Which means, as long as she's alive, he has access to her money.
D.A. Adam Schiff: He gave her just enough insulin to put her into a coma. Talk about threading a needle.

Abbie Carmichael: I'm going to where anyone who wants to poison their neighbor goes to first these days...
Jack McCoy: ...the internet.
Abbie Carmichael: MPTP, Parkinson's... If there are any relevant articles, maybe we can find out if Debbie Mason downloaded them.
Jack McCoy: How-to-poison-dear-old-mom dot com.


"Law & Order: Damaged (#8.22)" (1998)
D.A. Adam Schiff: [the rape case has been dismissed] Are you appealing the ruling?
Jack McCoy: What the hell was Judge Wright thinking?
D.A. Adam Schiff: He hasn't had a thought since the Carter administration.

Dr. Emil Skoda: [discussing the alleged rape of a mentally handicapped teenager] She's a sweet girl with an IQ of 65. And the school thinks exposing her to ridicule from normal kids somehow does her good.
Jack McCoy: She understand what she did?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Not in any meaningful way. She'd do whatever it takes to please whoever she was with.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Would that be obvious to another teenager?
Dr. Emil Skoda: That'd be crystal clear to anyone who talked to her for two minutes.
Jack McCoy: Those boys are gonna claim the last thing they did in that music room was talk.

Defense Attorney Painter: A rape charge requires a victim, Mr. McCoy.
Jack McCoy: A retarded girl is raped and sexually assaulted with a foreign object and you don't see a victim?
Defense Attorney Painter: You have proof the girl's incompetent?
Jack McCoy: Are you kidding? An IQ of 65?

Judge William Wright: Does the defense wish to make a motion?
Defense Attorney Painter: CPL 290.10. The defense moves to set aside the jury's verdict.
Jack McCoy: Objection! The prosecution proved its case!
Judge William Wright: What case, Mr. McCoy? Have we gone so far down the road of political correctness that sex between willing partners is now called rape? The girl said yes.
Jack McCoy: She has the mind of a child!
Judge William Wright: Well, she's mature enough to be plenty intrigued by her own sexuality. Face it, Counselor. She had the time of her life. Case dismissed.

Judge William Wright: Now, Valerie, Hayden called you a retard and you told him you weren't. Is that right?
Valerie Maxwell: Yes, sir.
Judge William Wright: And after that, did he keep on calling you a retard?
Valerie Maxwell: No.
Judge William Wright: Did you like what the boys did to you?
Valerie Maxwell: I did what I wanted.
Defense Attorney Painter: Your honor, the defense requests you deny the state's motion to reverse your prior ruling.
Judge William Wright: Granted.
Jack McCoy: You set aside the jury's verdict because you unfairly held the state responsible for proving the boys' prior knowledge. The State has now done so and you still refuse?
Judge William Wright: Mr. McCoy, it's over! There is no case here. There never was!
Jack McCoy: How would you know? You made up your mind before you heard the first word of testimony!
Judge William Wright: You're on thin ice, Counselor! The defense request is granted! The State's motion is denied! You want to appeal? Be my guest!


"Homicide: Life on the Street: Sideshow (#7.15)" (1999)
Independent Counsel William Dell: [speaking to reporters live on TV] The motive for this contract murder appears to be an attempt by high-ranking members of this Administration to silence a witness who was prepared to testify about sexual impropriety at the office of the White House Chief of Staff.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [switches off TV] 40 million dollars worth of misinformation.
ASA Ed Danvers: And we helped him dig up the dirt.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [to the Independent Counsel] What kind of railroad are you running, Mr Dell?

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [disbelievingly] We're actually in the White House, on a murder case!

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Why did you have Purcell take the body to New York? Why not just leave it in Baltimore?
Walter Boyce: When you've got someone working for the White House telling you they want some bitch to be itched, the drama's going to be thick. I got business interests in Baltimore; you know that. I figured I drop the body somewhere else. Besides, Chesley wanted to see some show on Broadway. Uh, some musical thing with a lion. Part of the contract was that I got a hold of some seats for her.
Det. John Munch: You paid a hitter with tickets to "The Lion King"?
Walter Boyce: Third row, orchestra.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: You son of a bitch! You offered Dawkins immunity to get whatever you can on the Administration.
ASA Ed Danvers: But you refused immunity to Walter Boyce, who's already doing life in prison, just so you can torpedo our case.
Independent Counsel William Dell: There are larger issues at stake. This is more than a murder here.
ASA Ed Danvers: [scoffs] More than a murder?
Independent Counsel William Dell: Corruption at the highest level.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: What proof do you have? Dawkins has no corroboration. All you've got is innuendo and allegation!
ASA Ed Danvers: That's all he needs. He set it up so that is case will never get to court! You don't want a jury trial - a chance to determine who's guilty and who's not.


"Law & Order: DWB (#9.2)" (1998)
Jack McCoy: I bought you dinner. I didn't know what you liked, so I got you salad, low-cal dressing...
Abbie Carmichael: Low-cal?
Jack McCoy: Excuse me?
Abbie Carmichael: I burn it, I don't store it... What did you get?
Jack McCoy: Ribs.
Abbie Carmichael: Great.
[takes the ribs]
Abbie Carmichael: Looks good. I'll eat, you graze.

Jack McCoy: [referring to his attempt to invalidate a federal plea bargain] This is my line in the sand.
D.A. Adam Schiff: One phone call from me, this is dead in its tracks.
Jack McCoy: You could do that. I'd refile it as a private citizen.
D.A. Adam Schiff: It's nice to have choices.

D.A. Adam Schiff: [after the US district court has ruled that federal plea bargains are illegal] Preposterous decision. Hogties every federal prosecutor in the country. And, thanks to you, we're part of it.
Jack McCoy: The decision will be reversed on appeal. Six months from now. By then Dietrich and the other two will be on death row.
D.A. Adam Schiff: ...or your letter of resignation will be on my desk.
Abbie Carmichael: [pointing to wall of McCoy's office] My longhorn pennant will look good over there.

D.A. Adam Schiff: Two of New York's finest on Death Row. There's going to be fallout.
Jack McCoy: You think we should have let the Feds take the heat?
D.A. Adam Schiff: We'll know the next time one of us needs a cop.

Jack McCoy: Your first death sentence. You OK with it?
Abbie Carmichael: There's only one thing bothering me: Ray Ray, the squeegee man. The cops told him which one was Fratelli.
Jack McCoy: I know; I told them to. Perfectly legal. We were never going to use the identification at trial anyway.
Abbie Carmichael: Legal or not...
Jack McCoy: Major felonies, Abbie. Welcome to the bigs.


"Law & Order: Tabula Rasa (#9.19)" (1999)
Jack McCoy: It's like Jonestown without the Kool-Aid.

A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: That was the spookiest bunch I ever saw.
Jack McCoy: The whole family's worried, about inconveniencing Dad.

Jack McCoy: Did you ever seen a movie or read a book or had a friend your father didn't approve of?
Susan Fallon: No.
Jack McCoy: Why not?

Eleanor Taska: He used to tell them 'only bad girls cry' 'only bad girls soil their diapers'.
Jack McCoy: From what point on?
Eleanor Taska: Birth.

Jack McCoy: Did William Fallon terrorize those girls by threatening to withhold his love for them if they didn't do exactly what he wanted?
Sylvia Fallon: Yes.
Nick Taska: You stupid cow!
Judge Lisa Holt: Mr. Fallon!
Nick Taska: Judge, you can't do this. The only reason I married her is so my children would have a mother.


"Law & Order: Called Home (#18.1)" (2008)
D.A. Jack McCoy: I'm at this job for three minutes and I'm already set to be crucified!

D.A. Jack McCoy: The more I learn about Mr. Nolan, the less I want to make a deal with him.

Michael Cutter: The First Amendment is not a license to be reckless.
D.A. Jack McCoy: But it is the First Amendment. The next time you decide to charge a member of the press with a felony, call me.

Michael Cutter: Look, sacred cows are for barbecuing, Jack. You may have had Woodward and Bernstein, but I grew up with Giraldo and then Judith Miller. I mean, reporters, they're just more clowns to the circus now.
D.A. Jack McCoy: A fine sentiment. I hope you have an actual legal theory to back it up, because simple negligence won't get you there unless you can prove malice.
Michael Cutter: [his phone chirps] Jack, it's Rubirosa. Nolan just filed for a motion to dismiss. What do you want me to do?
D.A. Jack McCoy: Duffy. Look that one up in your gadget.


"Law & Order: Grief (#8.14)" (1998)
Jack McCoy: Ms. Russo, did you tell the police that you had sexual intercourse with George Harding, an orderly at the hospital?
Leslie Russo: I don't think I said that, but if I did say that, I didn't mean to say that.
Jack McCoy: But is it true? Leslie?
Leslie Russo: It was true, but now it's not.
Jack McCoy: So you lied to the police?
Leslie Russo: There was no Bible or any other religious icons. My spiritual advisor says if you say what's in your head, it cleanses your brain, so you can't put that on my permanent record.

Jack McCoy: Harding raped a comatose woman for profit. I won't make a deal with him.
Jamie Ross: How about the mother? She sold her own daughter to a stranger.
Jack McCoy: She acted out of despair. Harding acted out of greed.
Jamie Ross: Harding was just fulfilling the mother's wishes. Instead of protecting her daughter, she turned her into a baby machine.

Jamie Ross: It's the ultimate betrayal, Jack. Wendy Singer was helpless. Her mother was supposed to protect her.
Jack McCoy: And Harding? He took the money, he pushed Wendy's IV aside, he removed her catheter and climbed on top of her. That's monstrous.

Greta Singer: I know you don't believe this, but I loved my daughter.
Jack McCoy: Then you should have taken better care of her.
Greta Singer: I did. I did! It was God that didn't take care of her. God took Wendy and John, God took our baby and God owed me a grandchild, Mr. McCoy. God owed me!


"Law & Order: Fools for Love (#10.15)" (2000)
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Did Peter Williams kill them?

[last lines]
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Police found the other two girls. Killed the same way as Anneke Ullman.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Know who they were?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Two runaways from Indiana.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: We'll use it Peter Williams' sentencing.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: What about Laura Kendrick?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Parole board will hear about it twenty-five years from now.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: How do you wash it off, Jack?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: I wish I knew.

Dr. Emil Skoda: [after talking to Laura] Classic case. Predator zeroes in on a vulnerable woman, twists her around 'till she doesn't know which end's up.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: She knew him for six weeks. How vulnerable was she?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Nothing to do with that. Given the right combination of his skill and her self-esteem problems, he could do it in six days.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Did she explain the scratches on her thigh?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Every time I asked her about details, she got too emotional to answer.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: So we don't know any more than we did.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Whatever her level of involvement, she was abused and manipulated into participating.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: She didn't try to stop him.
Dr. Emil Skoda: She was afraid.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: She didn't run. She didn't call the police.
Dr. Emil Skoda: She couldn't. Psychologically, she was in thrall to him and suspended her judgment.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Abused or not, she was there. It's her own sister, for God's sakes. We can't let her off the hook.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Like Abbie says, her own sister. She'd have to be a monster. I saw no sign of it. Want me to talk to her again after she calms down?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Peter Williams is back on the street in twelve hours.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Sounds to me like you have no choice.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [to Laura Kendrick] So you lured your little sister to his apartment, you drugged her, you helped Mr. Williams undress her...
Laura Kendrick: I had to.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: And you had sex with her while she was unconscious while Mr. Williams took pictures. How did you feel when you did that?
Laura Kendrick: I wanted to make Peter happy.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: That made Peter happy. How did it make you feel? Excited?
Laura Kendrick: Yes. So what?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: And when you watched Mr. Williams brutally rape and brutally sodomize your little sister, did you feel excited?
Laura Kendrick: Yes.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: And were you excited when you helped him dispose of Janey's body and Miss Ullman, and you both raped the other girls?
Laura Kendrick: He said he would marry me, he would buy me a two-karat ring from Tiffany's and he would love me and take care of me for the rest of my life.
Judge Pamela Jensen: That's it. Counsel, step up. Mr. McCoy, what the hell kind of deal did you make with this woman?


"Law & Order: Refuge: Part 1 (#9.23)" (1999)
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Malenkov's gotta be making a quarter of a million a month by massaging sore muscles.
Jack McCoy: Ain't America grand?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: You've gotta hand it to him, though. He's been here six years, he's working the system like a slot machine. I'm still trying to figure out alternate side of the street parking.

Jack McCoy: Emil, we're facing a motion to dismiss, our witnesses won't cooperate. This boy is our last, best hope. Couldn't you treat him?
Dr. Emil Skoda: I'm not a child psychologist. I don't have the expertise. I'm sorry it screws up your case, but...
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: If it was your kid, who would you get?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Well, since she's gone back to teaching, Liz Olivet. Specializes in kids with crime-related trauma.

Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: It's called omen formation. These kids want to have a sense of control over the terrible event they witnessed, so they come to believe that they dreamed it before it happened.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Then they feel guilty because they didn't do anything to stop it.
A.D.A. Toni Ricci: Poor kid gets it coming and going.
Jack McCoy: Would he recognize the killers?
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: He said he could.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Do you think it's healthy putting him through the witness grinder?
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: He told me he wants to help the police punish the bad guys. It might give him closure.

Jack McCoy: I want him off the case, Your Honor! He endangered witnesses, he interfered with the prosecution...
Nick Margolis: If Mr. McCoy had evidence to go with his huffing and puffing, I'd be in handcuffs right now.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: We can meet the standard of proof required to remove a corrupt attorney. It's all there in the moving papers.
Judge Harrison Taylor: Yes. Fascinating reading.
Nick Margolis: Your Honor...
Judge Harrison Taylor: You're out, Mr. Margolis. There's only one inference to be drawn from the fact that the VDF got into the wrong hands.
Nick Margolis: Well, that's unwarranted. I'm filing an appeal.
Judge Harrison Taylor: Yes, and in the meantime, you're still out.
Nick Margolis: All right. I want two days to get new counsel for my clients.
Jack McCoy: And replace Bonnie with Clyde? His entire firm should be barred.
Nick Margolis: My clients have the right to choose their counsel.
Jack McCoy: They have the right *to* counsel. Period. Anything beyond that is a privilege.


"Law & Order: Sideshow (#9.14)" (1999)
Independent Counsel William Dell: Your name is John James McCoy?
Jack McCoy: Yes
[Dell fills out a form and hands it to McCoy]
Jack McCoy: What's this?
Independent Counsel William Dell: I'm subpoenaing you before my grand jury.

Jack McCoy: [referring to Dell] He's already deposed Jamie Ross over my run-in with the disciplinary committee. Now I hear he's deposed Diane Hawthorne.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Oh boy!
Abbie Carmichael: Someone fill me in here: Who's Diane Hawthorne?
Jack McCoy: She was an ADA. I had a relationship with her.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Well, now you know what Mr Dell's going to ask you at the grand jury. He's going to roast your pistachios.
Jack McCoy: He's trying to bully me.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Now you know how it feels to be on the receiving end.

Jack McCoy: [after Dell has questioned McCoy about ADA Kincaid's death in front of the grand jury] Mr Dell, have you no shame? Have you no shame?

Jack McCoy: [after Purcell has been murdered while being transported by the FBI to testify before Dell's grand jury] Chesley Purcell got one break.
ASA Ed Danvers: How's that?
Jack McCoy: She won't have to sit in the same room as William Dell.


"Law & Order: House Counsel (#5.10)" (1995)
ADA Jack McCoy: Defense attorneys distort the facts. They twist evidence. They will not only go to the mat for their clients, they will take that mat and toss it out the window as far as they can. They are not bound by the truth. They are bound to obfuscate it if it serves to get their clients acquitted. And they should be commended for it, and it is what makes the system work.

Adam Schiff: What is this, Bernie's Bargain Basement? Today's special, cop to four murders, get only five years.
Jack McCoy: When I gave Furini immunity, I had no idea.
Adam Schiff: No idea, because the blood was rushing downstream from your head and settling somewhere south of the border.

A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: He blindsided a half-witted judge on behalf of the head of a mob family. You're acting like it was some kind of noble cause.
Jack McCoy: It's part of the game.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: Excuse me? Last I looked, it was about justice.
Jack McCoy: That's merely a by-product. Boy Scouts seek it, effective prosecutors do their best to avoid thinking about it.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: And what do they think about?
Jack McCoy: Winning, period.

A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: [middle of show] I'm sorry, but I don't put in fifteen hours a day just so I can flex my muscles.
ADA Jack McCoy: Well, you'd better start, Claire, or you'll wind up talking to yourself in elevators.
ADA Jack McCoy: [to Claire at end of show, after convicting his former friend] You'd better take the next elevator. I wouldn't be very good company.


"Law & Order: Illegal (#18.8)" (2008)
A.D.A. Josh Lethem: So... there it is. some of us were wondering how long it'd take the real Jack McCoy to rear his shaggy, hippy liberal head. You know, when Arthur left the Attorney General told me he wanted me sitting in that chair.
D.A. Jack McCoy: And the mayor wanted somebody else... But I was the guy next in line for the job. This way, everybody's hands are clean... And I dont have to grind anybody's axe.
A.D.A. Josh Lethem: Except your own.
D.A. Jack McCoy: Josh, I think you've said enough.
A.D.A. Josh Lethem: It's too much power for you, Jack. You can't be trusted.
D.A. Jack McCoy: If you really believe that you shouldn't be working for me. You can resign or I can fire you. Either way, clean out your desk tonight. You're done here.

D.A. Jack McCoy: Now I know why Adam Schiff was so grumpy.

D.A. Jack McCoy: What an idiot! Where did I get the idea I could do this job without the politics and stay above the fray?

Attorney Sanders: Mr. McCoy, do you like cops?
D.A. Jack McCoy: Some cops I like a lot. I respect police officers, I appreciate the the difficulty of their job. I respect the standard they hold themselves to.
Attorney Sanders: But you've prosecuted cops.
D.A. Jack McCoy: I've prosecuted individual cops.
Attorney Sanders: On more than one occasion. In fact, you've worked on more prosecutions of police officers than anyone in your office, isn't that right?
D.A. Jack McCoy: Maybe because I've been there the longest.
Attorney Sanders: You've prosecuted cops, big tobacco, big pharma, pro-life groups, anti-gay activists, gun manufacturers. The whole liberal hit list, isn't that right?
D.A. Jack McCoy: I took the cases that landed on my desk.
Attorney Sanders: In fact, you went out of your way to fabricate cases to service your liberal agenda.
D.A. Jack McCoy: That's not true.
Attorney Sanders: That's not true? Didn't you bend the law so egregiously in your illegitimate pursuit of a gun manufacturer that the judge had to set aside the jury's guilty verdict in the interest of justice? Didn't the judge have to, as Mr. Lethem testified, rein you in?
D.A. Jack McCoy: That's one side of the ledger. I was also reined in while prosecuting a sexual predator. I was reined in for prosecuting a bunch of Russian gangsters who killed the prosecutor and almost blew up a police station.
Attorney Sanders: Maybe sometimes, by accident, you are on the side of the angels, but Mr. Lethem is right. You can't be trusted. You're out of control. Isn't that the bottom line on you, Mr. McCoy?
D.A. Jack McCoy: The bottom line, Ms. Sanders, where there's a law, I'll enforce it. Where there's a crime, I'll prosecute it. And where there's a victim, I'll speak for that victim. That's my bottom line.


"Law & Order: Falling (#19.4)" (2008)
Jack McCoy: From a crane collapse to a jealous wife.
Michael Cutter: Cops just followed the facts. This is where they led us.
Jack McCoy: To a crime with no witnesses and no forensic evidence.
Connie Rubirosa: Not quite. The defense asked us to produce a float pole from the pool. I had the police check it and they found Sandra's prints on one of the pole and Amelia's partials on the other.
Michael Cutter: The lawyer's gonna argue Sandra used the pole to fish Amelia out of the water after pushing her in. It's mitigation.
Jack McCoy: It's worse than that. They'll argue renunciation. Sandra Talbot had a change of heart after trying to drown Amelia. She could get away scot free.
Michael Cutter: Renunciation's no defense if it's motivated by a fear of getting caught. Amelia didn't drown right away, Sandra was worried somebody'd walk in, so she fished her out.
Jack McCoy: Good luck proving that. Gary Talbot is a key witness in our crane case. Try not to muddy that up.

Connie Rubirosa: I turned up a police report filed by Dr. Ziering about anonymous threats left on his office voicemail. It's dated two weeks before Amelia was pushed into the pool. Maybe that's what Amelia's call to Ziering was about. She was leaving another threat.
Michael Cutter: Threat about what?
Jack McCoy: Burden the hand, Mike. Next time a defendant wants to plead guilty, let 'em.

Jack McCoy: You want to tell me what this is?
Michael Cutter: I'm guessing you already know.
Jack McCoy: No operation, no hormone therapy. You've attached an illegal stipulation to a plea. You violated Mrs. Talbot's rights. The judge will repudiate this.
Michael Cutter: I can sell him on it.
Jack McCoy: I'm repudiating it! You've gone completely off the reservation here!
Michael Cutter: Just imitating the master. People v Willick, the Munchausen by proxy case? Did you forget you made enforced sterilization a condition of a plea for a woman who killed her babies?
Jack McCoy: I remember! I also remember the judge reaming me out for it. He was right.
Michael Cutter: You followed you instincts, I'm following mine. It's what we both get paid for.
Jack McCoy: You get paid to follow orders. The court didn't buy the argument the Talbots are assaulting their daughter. It's time to turn the page, Mike.
Michael Cutter: I have an executed plea agreement. I'm moving forward. You want to take the case away, that's your call.

[last lines]
Jack McCoy: People v Willick, I overstepped back then. One day you'll thank me for yanking your leash, Mike. Sometimes I wish someone had been there to yank mine.


"Law & Order: Avatar (#17.2)" (2006)
Arthur Branch: We don't convict people for their thoughts.
Jack McCoy: Thoughts are private. Posting them online is more public than putting them on a billboard in Times Square.

Jack McCoy: You can't yell "fire!" in a crowded chatroom.

Connie Rubirosa: My friends and I started a rumor that nearly got our vice-principal fired. When they traced it back to us, we cried, we said we didn't mean it and we got off with a slap on the wrist.
Jack McCoy: So you do have a checkered past.

Molly Preston: What's going on?
Attorney Stuart: We're discussing a deal.
Molly Preston: That guy was lying. I wouldn't sleep with him, and now he's doing this to get back at me.
Connie Rubirosa: Gregg's roommate walked in on you. He saw you two having sex.
Jack McCoy: At this point, ten years is a gift.
Molly Preston: But I didn't mean any of it. I loved my mother. Dad, would you tell them?
Douglas Preston: She wouldn't have done any this if it wasn't for that website. Can't Molly testify against B-Frendz for a better deal?
Jack McCoy: We understand there were contributing factors, but if that computer was a gun, Molly pulled the trigger.
Molly Preston: No! I can't go to jail.
Jack McCoy: Offer's good for 24 hours.
Douglas Preston: She'll take it.
Molly Preston: No, I won't.
Douglas Preston: You're going to listen to me for once in your life.
Molly Preston: So you can bury me in jail?
Douglas Preston: They are going to find you guilty. You'll get 25 years.
Molly Preston: How could you do this to me?
Douglas Preston: Because I'm your father and I know this is what's best for you.
Molly Preston: The best thing for me would've been to have had a father with some balls!
Douglas Preston: Molly, be quiet.
Molly Preston: She wouldn't have screwed around and I wouldn't have had to do something about it!
Douglas Preston: She's going to take the deal. It's decided.
Molly Preston: I'm being tried as an adult. You can't tell me what to do. Just like you couldn't tell Mom to stop screwing around with those losers who were ruining our lives. Maybe Mom was a whore, but you drove her to it.
[Douglas slaps her across the face]
Jack McCoy: I think we're through here.
Molly Preston: Damn right we are. I'm not taking any deal and that's final!


"Law & Order: Performance (#5.14)" (1995)
Jack McCoy: Rule number one, never drink at work. Rule number two, never discuss work while drinking.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: They've overturned the verdicts and remanded for a new trial. Evidence of the Mack Rangers is excluded.
Jack McCoy: Rule number three, if rule number two is broken...
[Jack pushes his drink towards Claire]
Jack McCoy: ...never drink alone.

A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: Greer filed the notice of appeal. All evidence relating to the Mack Rangers should have been excluded.
Jack McCoy: Why? Because without it, Greer might've won?
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: First Amendment. The Constitution?
Adam Schiff: Yeah. That pesky thing.

Jack McCoy: [to Ethan Quinn] How many points do you think you'll be worth in prison, son?

A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: [about the Mack Rangers] They still don't think they did anything wrong.
Jack McCoy: Maybe seeing their friends in Attica will change their minds.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Entitled (#1.15)" (2000)
Jack McCoy: [Referring to investigating the Mulroneys] I hope we're right on this.
Captain Donald Cragen: I heard Logan's learning to love Staten Island.

Captain Donald Cragen: Cocaine users, last I heard, were prone to distorting the truth. She lied to us about when she met the victim, she lied about her trauma the morning after the shooting so Mommy Dearest could put her on ice
Jack McCoy: Hail Regina. Queen of the Mulroney clan.
Captain Donald Cragen: I've had it up to here with these people.
Abbie Carmichael: [to Cragen] What about your composite of the shooter?
Captain Donald Cragen: What about it, Abbie?
Abbie Carmichael: Well, it's based on her eyewitness account. If she's so unreliable, where does that leave you?
Captain Donald Cragen: With her. We think she's the shooter. Like I told Schiff, motive, opportunity. Okay, now she told us she was changing the radio station when this black-rimmed guy appeared, okay? But she can't remember what song was playing. You change the station when something is on that annoys you! These are things you remember. She's zooming us, Jack.
Abbie Carmichael: A .44 is a big gun. The whole idea of her shooting him from behind begs credulity.
Jack McCoy: She didn't have to pull the trigger. We'll have to deal with damage control from Schiff. And the Press and security after the arraignment.
Abbie Carmichael: Jack, these are powerful people. They're magnets for weirdos.
Captain Donald Cragen: [to McCoy] You're going for it?
Jack McCoy: Making false statements, luring a guy to his death for revenge. We'll go murder two, and then we'll flip her on the shooter.

Reporter #1: Mr. McCoy, any response to that?
Jack McCoy: I'm sorry, to what?
Reporter #1: That holding Ms. Mulroney without bail is totally ridiculous?
Jack McCoy: The Mulroney family is used to getting it's way.
Reporter #1: Are you saying they get preferential treatment?
Jack McCoy: Ah, come on.
[McCoy walks away]
Abbie Carmichael: We're saying they deserve all due process of the law. No more, no less.

Patrick Rumsey: My client pleads not guilty, Your Honor.
Judge Barry Abrams: I assume the people ask for bail?
Jack McCoy: We ask for remand, Your Honor.
Patrick Rumsey: You're joking?
Jack McCoy: We have information the defendant's family obtained an expedited passport for her only yesterday.
Abbie Carmichael: As you know, also, Your Honor, she has unlimited financial resources
Judge Barry Abrams: I think we're all aware of that, Ms. Carmichael.
Abbie Carmichael: Therefore, we believe she's a serious flight risk.
Patrick Rumsey: Your Honor, this is incredible.
Judge Barry Abrams: I agree. I find it incredible that this young woman should have so lowered herself to the standards by which she was raised. And I find it believable that she would put herself above the law. I don't intend to have Ms. Mulroney gallivanting around Europe like some jet-set fugitive. Not on my court's record. Bail is denied and I intend to remand the defendant to the Department of Corrections.


"Law & Order: Stalker (#8.18)" (1998)
Mrs. Blake: I hope he stays in prison for a long time.
Jack McCoy: We'll be asking for life without parole. Perhaps that's not much comfort.
Mrs. Blake: It helps.

Detective Lennie Briscoe: [to McCoy] I hear some judge threw out the tape.
Jack McCoy: We're waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Which is?
Jamie Ross: Motion to dismiss which we're going to lose.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: The tape's out 'cause she lied about the first attack?
Jack McCoy: Yes.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: I don't think she lied. I think the guy pushed her down the stairs.
Jamie Ross: Did it occur to you to mention this sooner?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: I didn't know there was going to be a problem.
Jamie Ross: Do you have anything besides an opinion based on hindsight?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Twenty-eight years experience.

Jack McCoy: [to Briscoe] Why did you change your mind?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: You saw the crime scene photos and you have to ask me that? We made a mistake and she paid for it.
Jack McCoy: Do you understand the implications?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Yeah. The defense has a police report that says the opposite of what I'm saying.
Jack McCoy: Manetti will tear you to shreds on the stand. I can't stop it.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: I can make the case.
Jack McCoy: Under oath?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: You set it up. I'll be there.
[leaves the room]
Jack McCoy: We're indicting Lowry for attempted murder.
Jamie Ross: For the incident on the stairs?
Jack McCoy: I'm not sending Briscoe to the lions without backup.
Jamie Ross: What about the police report?
Jack McCoy: You heard the man. The police made a mistake.


"Law & Order: Hunters (#9.13)" (1999)
Jack McCoy: They're outlaws! I'm going to check on their weapon permits. I don't care if they forgot the period after their middle initial; I'm having their permits yanked.

A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Correctional Assistance Services filed a federal habeas corpus petition in district court. They want to take Sheridan back to Georgia.
Jack McCoy: First their bounty hunters treat our city like a shooting gallery; now they want to take home the kewpie doll.

Jack McCoy: No crime, no coverup. Three people dead, and no one's accountable.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Justice on a budget. What did you end up charging them with?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Tampering with evidence. An "E" felony.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Oh.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: We arraigned them. They posted bail: 2000 dollars. And they walk away from three murders.
Jack McCoy: We can always hope they jump bail.


"Law & Order: American Jihad (#13.1)" (2002)
[Discussing Arthur Branch, the new DA]
Jack McCoy: Nice fella.
ADA Serena Southerlyn: And his politics?
Jack McCoy: Nice fella.

Jack McCoy: We already tried to cut a deal with Mr. Landen.
Anwar Mohammed: I know. Couldn't we work out something with no prison time? A mental facility, perhaps?
Jack McCoy: I'm sorry. You've known me a long time, Anwar. You know the political climate played no part in my decision.
Anwar Mohammed: Maybe it should. The boy's one step from a terrorist.
Jack McCoy: I'm sure things haven't been easy for you this past year.
Anwar Mohammed: It's been a terrible year. But when people need you, somehow your ethnicity disappears.
Jack McCoy: And those who don't need you...
Anwar Mohammed: I don't need them. Well, Jack, if it's any consolation, I'll do my best to keep Greg's rhetoric to a minimum in the courtroom.
Jack McCoy: Have you met him yet?
Anwar Mohammed: Yeah. And that's why he's getting nowhere near the stand. Believe me, I don't want his religious beliefs in the courtroom any more than you do. I'm representing Greg Landen because he needs my help. But please don't ever confuse his politics with my faith.

[last lines]
D.A. Arthur Branch: Well, at least at his allocution, Landen apologized to the entire Muslim community.
ADA Serena Southerlyn: Olivet was right. He wasn't a true believer. He was just a humiliated adolescent.
D.A. Arthur Branch: All in all, I'd say we're damn lucky this was just one screwball kid.
Jack McCoy: Angry kid, full of rage. He was just looking for a target.
ADA Serena Southerlyn: Isn't that what a terrorist is?
Jack McCoy: What's scary is how easy it is to create one.


"Law & Order: Mad Dog (#7.18)" (1997)
Lewis Darnell: [to McCoy] You want me locked up because of something I might do. You can't do that! It isn't right!
Jack McCoy: You roaming the streets isn't right, Mr. Darnell.

Anita Van Buren: Forensics compared every kind of fiber from Darnell's work and home from clothing to carpeting to what was found at the Perez place. Nothing matched.
Jack McCoy: That's not good enough.
Anita Van Buren: I beg your pardon?
Jack McCoy: You've had this case for weeks. You haven't given me a single piece of evidence I can hang an arrest warrant on.
Anita Van Buren: Mr. McCoy, when my detectives get back from their needlepoint classes, I'll put them on the case.

Lewis Darnell: [to McCoy] You son of a bitch! I'm warning you. You better step off, you understand? You leave me the hell alone!
Jack McCoy: There's only three ways that's gonna happen, Mr. Darnell: either you'll kill me, kill yourself or go back to prison.


"Law & Order: Denial (#8.2)" (1997)
Jack McCoy: I'll subpoena him. He'll testify with no preconditions.
Dave Carney: Absolutely not. He'll take the Fifth.
Jack McCoy: I'm conferring immunity right now. You're taking the stand tomorrow morning, Mr. Talbert.
Dave Carney: He won't testify.
Jack McCoy: Are you sure about that, Mr. Talbert?
Warren Talbert: I am not sending my daughter to jail.
Dave Carney: What are you going to do, Mr. McCoy? Cite him for contempt? He gets thirty days in jail and you still get nothing. For God's sake, he's just trying to save his daughter.
Jack McCoy: No deal. Ms. Ross, get an officer in here. Mr. Talbert, I'm having you arrested pending a contempt hearing.
Dave Carney: McCoy...
Jack McCoy: I've had enough of him, his daughter, and her boyfriend. If I could indict him as a co-conspirator, I would. This baby is dead. I hope they all go to jail for it. Place this man under arrest and get him out of my office.

[last lines]
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Baby's dead, and no one's responsible.
D.A. Adam Schiff: No one was responsible when it was alive, either.
Jack McCoy: Warren Talbert's still in jail. We could get him for obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence.
D.A. Adam Schiff: [wearily] We got beat. Just send him home to his family.

Jack McCoy: So which devil do we make our deal with?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: The girl has motive. She is the one who didn't want the baby; killing it was probably her idea.
Jack McCoy: And the boy is probably the one who actually killed it and disposed of the body
D.A. Adam Schiff: Flipped a coin in my head, came up tails, talk to the boy.


"Law & Order: Past Imperfect (#7.22)" (1997)
Sonja Harlann: [weeping under cross-examination by McCoy] My mother loved me!
Jack McCoy: How?
[Harlann continues weeping]
Jack McCoy: You were nothing to her. You were an accident.
Sonja Harlann: No! Stop!
Jack McCoy: She loved her son. Not you.
[Harlann continues weeping]

A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Turns out Sonja Harlann was Lancer's kid. She gets her 50 million dollars.
Jack McCoy: [sheepishly] Good for her.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: And Silverman collects his 17 million dollar fee. No wonder everybody hates the legal profession.
Jack McCoy: [pause] Make sure Douglas Burke gets a full transcript of Sonja Harland's allocution. This way there'll be something to collect when he sues her and Mr Silverman for his mother's wrongful death.
D.A. Adam Schiff: [wryly] Lawyers!
[sighs]
D.A. Adam Schiff: [fade to closing titles]

D.A. Adam Schiff: Nice going. You made her cry. That should win you points in the jury room.
Jack McCoy: [sarcastically] Sure. She had a rotten childhood and I feel sorry for her. If she hadn't left her mother to bleed to death on the floor, I'd give her a big hug.


"Law & Order: Crimebusters (#19.13)" (2009)
Jack McCoy: I can't believe the police allowed these people to come near this case in the first place.
Connie Rubirosa: These people did identify the biker in the video before the police did, and they found two damning pieces of evidence.
Michael Cutter: Neither of which we'll be able to use. Fat lot of good it does us.
Jack McCoy: Do what you can about the motion to suppress, but if any evidence falls out, make a deal.
Connie Rubirosa: What, a plea bargain for killing a baby? How can you defend that?
Jack McCoy: By acknowledging that no reasonable person could have anticipated that a woman and her baby had been allowed to spend the night in a recruitment center.
Michael Cutter: Nice fig leaf.
Jack McCoy: It covers enough.

Jack McCoy: Are you trying to make this easier for Shalvoy? I told you I would decide how to proceed. Do you have any idea what a minefield this case has become thanks to this arrest? You damn well better have some new and compelling evidence against her.
Michael Cutter: We have a recording of statements she made to her gal pal. Statements that weren't in the papers. We have means, opportunity, and now we have motive. Not to mention evidence of flight. She's the better case.
Jack McCoy: It's still gonna look like we reversed course because we saw her chugging a beer on the front page of the Daily News.
Michael Cutter: The cops were investigating her before her late night antics made the news, so don't worry. You're covered.
Jack McCoy: Dismiss against Derek Sherman and make a deal with Carly. Quietly.
Michael Cutter: How's that gonna look?
Jack McCoy: Better than the circus her trial would be. I want this case closed. And Mike, if Shalvoy's hack wins this election, don't for a second imagine you'll get away with pulling half the crap you pull with me.

[last lines]
Jack McCoy: I'm sure you could strip the flesh off Carly's bones on cross; she's traumatized, you might be able to get her to say whatever you want. And Sherman's looking at fifty years; I don't doubt that we can ram a plea bargain down his throat now. I'm declining to prosecute both Mrs. Di Gravia and Mr. Sherman because we can't say which one is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A fog of war is blinding us to the truth.
Michael Cutter: Better not to convict anyone than convict the wrong person.
Connie Rubirosa: I can see the headlines now. "No justice for baby Mikey."
Michael Cutter: You're gonna take a lot of heat for this.
Jack McCoy: I can live with that. So can you.


"Law & Order: Punk (#9.8)" (1998)
Jack McCoy: Alice Simonelli doesn't sound Hispanic.
Abbie Carmichael: Bay Ridge Italian. She joined the Paganos in prison. It's an equal-opportunity street gang.

Abbie Carmichael: [about Alice] I know this girl. She's manipulative. She's playing the system.
Jack McCoy: You think guards should be having sex with prisoners?
Abbie Carmichael: No, but for all we know, she flashed her thong underwear at the guy. Instead of blaming everyone else, she should take some responsibility.
Jack McCoy: She's responsible for the threat to her daughter?
Abbie Carmichael: A condom verses a bullet? It's not justification by any legal standard. The girl is just violent, Jack.
Jack McCoy: One drug conviction.
Abbie Carmichael: She stabbed a woman with a sharpened broomstick. She put the victim on his knees and made him beg for his life.
Jack McCoy: Pacheco did.
Abbie Carmichael: And we can find a way to nail 'em both.
Adam Schiff: My neck is starting to hurt.

Jack McCoy: [to Carmichael] Do you want to talk about it? Or not. Whatever makes you feel comfortable.
Abbie Carmichael: I was a freshman. He was a third-year law student. We were on a date. I never told anybody. I blamed myself, but not anymore.


"Law & Order: Family Business (#7.8)" (1996)
Jack McCoy: Either you lied on the stand, Mr Bergeen, or you lied to the police. There's about five felonies we can charge you with. Do you really want to go to jail?
[pause]
Jack McCoy: . Tell us the truth!
Seymour Bergreen: The truth is: I love my daughters. Both of them!
Jack McCoy: We'll see how much they love you.

Jack McCoy: A murder goes unpunished, it's bad for business.

Jack McCoy: We screwed up, we're not supposed to screw up.
Jamie Ross: You act like this is the first case you lost.
Jack McCoy: It's not, doesn't mean I have to like it. A murderer goes unpunished, it's bad for business.
Jamie Ross: Laura Bergreen's not the first rich person to get away with murder... and she won't be the last.


"Law & Order: Thinking Makes It So (#16.18)" (2006)
Jack McCoy: Even Alan Dershowitz, the Babe Ruth of civil rights, said that under some circumstances, torture is not only justifiable, it's obligatory.
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: That's right. To find a ticking nuclear device hidden somewhere in New York City.
Jack McCoy: So it's okay to torture someone to save a million lives?
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: There's at least an argument for it.
Jack McCoy: What if the bomb wasn't in New York City? What if it was in Rugby, North Dakota, where only a couple of thousand people would be at risk?
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: That's a bogus argument.
Jack McCoy: I don't think the Grants would agree. Let's not forget that Mitchell Lowell kidnapped their little girl.
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: Let's also not forget that we have a Constitution. Call me a stickler, but I think we should at least pretend to follow it!
Jack McCoy: And I think that the Constitution should be used less as a shield for the guilty, and more as a sword for their innocent victims.

Jack McCoy: Like it or not, in evaluating the case against Mitchell Lowell, Detective Fontana's actions are irrelevant and must be ignored. Like it or not, the law says that you must focus only on what the defendant did. I'm realistic; I know you're good people, and as such, it's next to impossible that you could ignore what you heard, or didn't hear, in this courtroom. And I also know that by asking you to weigh the defendant's actions against the police officer's, Mr. Dworkin is, in effect, appealing to your fundamental sense of fair play. Is that a bad thing? Heck, what's good for the goose is good for the gander; we all know that. Fairness is all. Or is it? Does Mr. Dworkin's fairness leave any room for justice? That fairness exists in a vacuum, while justice, on the other hand, cannot. In Mr. Dworkin's vacuum world, we'd have to treat a rapist the same as we'd treat a man who made love to his wife. After all, they've both performed the same physical act; it's only fair. In Mr. Dworkin's vacuum world, the terrorist must be treated the same as the soldier who tracks him down and kills him. Of course he does; each of them has taken a human life, and what's fair is only fair. In Mr. Dworkin's vacuum world, the man who takes a little girl hostage while attempting to rob a bank, as long as he feeds her well, must be treated better than a cop who used excessive force in trying to save the life of that innocent child. It's only fair, but is it just? The benchmark of a civilized society is the quality of its justice. In this society, we put kidnappers and bank robbers behind bars.

Randolph J. 'Randy' Dworkin, Esq.: Without Fontana's abuse, my client wouldn't have told him that the girl was on the boat, Fontana wouldn't have located her, and she certainly wouldn't have been in the courtroom to connect him to anything!
Judge Walter Bradley: Please tell me you got something to link him to the robbery, Mr. McCoy.
Randolph J. 'Randy' Dworkin, Esq.: [Jack doesn't say anything] In that case, Your Honor, I move for a complete dismissal of all charges.
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: Wait. If we can establish that the police would have discovered Julie Grant's location, separate and apart from the defendant's coerced confession...
Judge Walter Bradley: You'd make my day, Miss Borgia.
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: The harbor master informed Mrs. Lowell that the defendant was on her boat before he showed up at her house. I'm sure she'll sign an affidavit to that effect.
Jack McCoy: Once the defendant refused to cooperate, Detective Fontana surely would have interrogated Mrs. Lowell about everything concerning his visit.
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: She certainly would have mentioned the harbor master's phone call. Detective Fontana would have followed up, and he would have found the kidnapped child. This establishes inevitable discovery and makes all of the evidence admissable.
Judge Walter Bradley: Thank you, Miss Borgia. Motion denied.


"Law & Order: Atonement (#6.18)" (1996)
D.A. Adam Schiff: If you'll pardon my ignorance, isn't your theory getting to be like theirs? They say he was an outraged boyfriend, you say he was an outraged would-be boyfriend.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: There's a world of difference between a jealous lover and some horny bastard who's mad he can't get to first base.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Eloquent. Can't wait for your closing argument.

D.A. Adam Schiff: [last lines] This kid falls in love with a girl he has no chance in the world to get.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: And in a stupid, hopeless attempt to impress her, he shows her a million dollars worth of cocaine.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Yeah, I guess etchings don't work anymore.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: And as a result he ends up having to kill her.
D.A. Adam Schiff: A story for Sophocles.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Or Larry, Moe and Curley.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Yeah. I always loved those guys.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: She told you someone showed her a trunk full of cocaine.
Frederick Scannel: Did she?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Yes, and I think it was your cocaine.
Frederick Scannel: And that's not very likely. I don't have any cocaine.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: And you didn't like hearing that from some dizzy bimbo at a party.
Nance: Do you have a theory here, McCoy, or are you just spraying Cheez Whiz into the wind?


"Law & Order: Refuge: Part 2 (#9.24)" (1999)
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: This country has always been a beacon to the world for liberty and justice. That's why we keep our borders open. But we're also a beacon for another kind of people, for criminals and con men; we rely on the law to protect us from them. Sometimes, that's not enough. Do we need more law, less freedom? Do we cross out parts of the Constitution? I've learned that's not the answer. The answer is that each one of us is responsible to everyone else. Not one of us can afford to turn a blind eye. By respecting the laws we do have, by living up to the true meaning of the word "citizen," we preserve our common good. Through his deliberate ignorance, Mr. Radford allowed a criminal enterprise to flourish, innocent people to be killed. He allowed a cancer to grow. This is where it has to stop. Here in this court room, with you.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: He's been gravely injured, his mother's been killed. I don't think it's fair or even appropriate to subject him to another turn on the witness stand.
Defense Attorney Manning: The boy is the people's whole case. I don't see how they can proceed without him.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: CPL 670.10. His prior testimony can be used in the new trial.
Defense Attorney Manning: Not if the witness is available. The boy hasn't fled the jurisdiction. He's not dead.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: He's not dead because whoever your clients hired didn't sink the blade deep enough into his throat.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Why wasn't a police officer stationed in the apartment?
Anita Van Buren: In a one-bedroom? That would have been cozy. We tried putting someone downstairs in the vestibule, but the tenants complained.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Lieutenant, I don't have to tell you...
Anita Van Buren: No, you don't. We're treating this like Ricci was one of our own.


"Law & Order: Darkness (#18.2)" (2008)
D.A. Jack McCoy: What do you do for fun, Mike? Juggle chainsaws? With my neck on the line?
Michael Cutter: Who said this is your prosecution? I'm happy to take the hit. Just let me call my own shots.

Connie Rubirosa: [about the garage door crank] Someone matching Nick's description bought this at a Securi-Door dealer in Long Island City two days before the blackout.
Michael Cutter: They knew there was gonna be a blackout?
D.A. Jack McCoy: Neat trick. Maybe this missing accomplice worked at the power company. You should ask them what cause the blackout.
Michael Cutter: The official story is an overload due to peak demand.
D.A. Jack McCoy: I bet the unofficial story is a lot sexier.
Connie Rubirosa: I'll start making calls.

D.A. Jack McCoy: I noticed you haven't answered Barkin's discovery motion for a search warrant.
Michael Cutter: You're tracking defense motions? You must have a lot of free time, Jack. Maybe you can help me update my phone book.
D.A. Jack McCoy: Funny. So there's a problem with the search warrant?
Michael Cutter: No problem. No warrant. The judge wouldn't sign it. I told the cops to go in anyway.
D.A. Jack McCoy: Mike!
Michael Cutter: There were exigent circumstances! How was I supposed to know Nick Costas had a cousin living in the pet shop with an expectation of privacy?
D.A. Jack McCoy: Soon as Roy Barkin's lawyer learns there's no warrant, your whole case goes away.
Michael Cutter: By the time he finds out, I'll have the missing accomplice, I can argue inevitable discovery.


"Law & Order: Thrill (#8.1)" (1997)
[trying to prosecute two thrill-killers]
Jack McCoy: I'm playing legal tiddlywinks with these punks. What I'd really like to do is take them out to Battery Park and hang them by the scrotum.

Jamie Ross: Killers are protected by the church, the law says two people can fire the same bullet and now the victim's mom forgives the murderer. You figure it out.
Jack McCoy: You don't think you could?
Jamie Ross: Forgive him? No.
Jack McCoy: Neither could I. What does that say about us?

Adam Schiff: Clarence Darrow had Leopold and Leob, and who do we have?
Jack McCoy: Beavis and Butthead.


"Law & Order: Homesick (#6.22)" (1996)
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: [considering a new angle for the murder] I never did like chasing my tail.
Jack McCoy: But it's a lot of fun when you catch it.

Jack McCoy: You killed your brother because your father forgot?
Ben Karmel: He forgot everything. You know, I'm supposed to be his son too.

D.A. Adam Schiff: Uh oh, this isn't going to be good news, is it?
Jack McCoy: Is it ever?


"Law & Order: Criminal Law (#16.9)" (2005)
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: [last lines]
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: Are you okay Jack?
[McCoy does not respond to Borgia, still wondering why Robert Barnes chose to kill his own father instead of him]
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: Jack?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [softly] I thought he was shooting at me.

A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: Arthur gave you the out. You could have handed this case off.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Would you let intimidation affect the way you prosecute a crime?
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: I'm not talking about intimidation. I'm talking about getting killed.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Doesn't make a difference. It's about the law. It doesn't work if we don't make it work.
[he leaves; she follows him into his office]
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: Off the record?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: By all means.
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: Trying this case, frankly even standing next to you lately, scares the hell out of me. Enough time, this guy is gonna figure out a way, police protection or not.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Okay, maybe.
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: That's not reassuring.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Honestly, I'm scared to death. Don't tell Arthur. But handing off this case? It doesn't take my name off the list.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Your Honor, Mr. Barnes shouldn't be able to use the law to break it.


"Law & Order: Blood Libel (#6.9)" (1996)
Jack McCoy: If you're going to kill people, you shouldn't advertise the fact in your yearbook

Roy Payne: I simply want to put them under heightened scrutiny.
Jack McCoy: Mr. Payne simply wants to exclude them. That's unconstitutional, even for preemptory challenges.
Roy Payne: If I find some unbiased Jews, then by all means, they're welcome to stay. Anyway, this issue won't come up very often. Most of them are smart enough to avoid jury duty in the first place.

Jack McCoy: Only difference between Payne and Hastings is a law degree. Turn back the clock, he'd be drafting the house rules at Auschwitz.


"Law & Order: Double Down (#7.19)" (1997)
Det. Lennie Briscoe: [Is waiting for McCoy outside a hospital] Did you put iron in your cheerios this morning?
Jack McCoy: Are you talking to me now?
Det. Lennie Briscoe: Hey, do things our way and we'll talk to you all you want.

Rey Curtis: He confessed to it... that means we can't touch him?
Jack McCoy: Maybe...
Det. Lennie Briscoe: I want to go to Law School - learn how to turn gold into lead.
Jack McCoy: There is a logic to it.

Rey Curtis: He confessed to it... that means we can't touch him?
Jack McCoy: Maybe...
Det. Lennie Briscoe: [Chuckles] ... I want to go to Law School - learn how to turn gold into lead.
Jack McCoy: There is a logic to it.


"Law & Order: Entitled (#10.14)" (2000)
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Why is everyone afraid of this woman?
D.A. Adam Schiff: Regina's favorite joke. The difference between lace curtain Irish and shanty Irish...
Jack McCoy: Lace curtain Irish move the dishes before they piss in the kitchen sink.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Yeah. She's shanty Irish and proud of it.
Jack McCoy: And so am I.

Regina Mulroney: Every great family has a secret. It's how you spend the money that counts. My family's philanthropy is well-documented.
Jack McCoy: So is the bribery.

Stephanie Mulroney: I'm telling the truth!
Jack McCoy: I guess there's a first time for everything.


"Law & Order: Patriot (#12.24)" (2002)
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [paraphrasing Emma Lazarus' poem] Give us your tired, your poor, your terrorists.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [during his courtroom closing statements] How much of ourselves as a country are we willing to surrender to terrorism?

Teague's Attorney: What's on the table here?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: If he's willing to testify, and tell us where Miller is, I'd be willing to consider a negligent homicide charge.
Adam Teague: I was only doing my job.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: You lit a fuse you couldn't put out, Mr. Teague.


"Law & Order: Harvest (#8.4)" (1997)
Jack McCoy: Jamie, do dead people feel pain?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Is that a trick question, Jack? The word 'dead' says it all.

Jack McCoy: [to Dr. Cosgrove] Why would you order a morphine drip for a patient who was brain dead?


"Law & Order: Baby, It's You (#8.6)" (1997)
[last lines]
Jack McCoy: Ramirez claims he didn't see the assailant, but he's suggesting it was the girl's father.
Dr. Emil Skoda: And you want to know if he's blowing smoke?
Jack McCoy: For starters. Does this crime fit the pattern for incest?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Sure. Why wouldn't it?
Jack McCoy: This was a violent rape, Emil. This wasn't seduction. It was punishment.
Dr. Emil Skoda: It's all about submission. Guys who get into this like to think they're seducing their kids, but they're not. They're dominating them.
Jack McCoy: That still doesn't explain a father hating his child so much he'd literally rape her to death.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Give me another twenty years as a shrink, I'll come up with an explanation.
Jack McCoy: I'm gonna need some strategies to deal with Janaway.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Don't hold your breath for a confession.
[heavy sigh]
Dr. Emil Skoda: Jack, you're about to look into a very ugly corner of the human heart. Bring a shovel.

Jack McCoy: [turning off a news report about the murder] These anonymous sources, the wouldn't be wearing blue, would they?
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Those leaks did not come out of my squad.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: They got the M.E.'s report before we did.
Jack McCoy: I want these leaks stopped, Lieutenant.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Do you want me to compile an enemies list while I'm at it?
Jack McCoy: I don't see anything funny here.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Well, a case this big, we're going to get leaks. We might as well get used to it.
Jack McCoy: No, that's not good enough. By the time we present this case to a jury, the details will be clues in the Daily News Sunday crossword.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Which could be the whole point of leaking the information in the first place. The Janaways know people who know people in the department.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: The Janaways are the anonymous source?
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Why not? If they got a heads-up that this investigation's about to turn back on them, these leaks could just be preemptive.
Jack McCoy: Have your people talked to Mrs. Janaway about her husband and her daughter?
Lt. Anita Van Buren: They're going to try today.
Jack McCoy: Good. This time, let's try to stay one step ahead of the media.


"Law & Order: Rumble (#19.1)" (2008)
D.A. Jack McCoy: Even though the terrorism charges were dropped, this plea bargain is a just and fair resolution of a case that was controversial and hard fought. In the end, the people of our city will rest easier knowing that mob violence will not be tolerated and justice will prevail over those who engage in it.
Throng of Reporters: [clamoring for attention] Mr. McCoy! Mr. McCoy! Mr. McCoy!
D.A. Jack McCoy: [placing his hand on Cutter's shoulder] I'd also like to express my gratitude to Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter, who tried this case...
[Cutter somber over the unwanted recognition]
D.A. Jack McCoy: ...and brought sense...
[Cutter expresses surprise at also receiving the desired credit]
D.A. Jack McCoy: ...and reason to bear on the outcome.
[McCoy and Cutter share a smile]
D.A. Jack McCoy: [more unintelligible clamoring]
D.A. Jack McCoy: Thank you.

Cyrus Lupo: The bloods and the crips are not terrorists, and neither are a bunch of hardhats and day traders with anger issues. But it sure makes a hell of a sound byte when you're running for election.
D.A. Jack McCoy: [entering] I see. A few law school classes, detective, and all of a sudden you're an expert on jurisprudence?
Cyrus Lupo: Maybe not, but I do have one credential you don't. I spent four years chasing actual terrorists.
D.A. Jack McCoy: All the more reason I need you to testify. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing for the city. Safe streets, freedom from fear.
Cyrus Lupo: That's funny. When a cop stretches the rules, we get slammed. When you do it, we're supposed to hear the angels sing. I'll testify in your terrorism trial about what I saw and what I heard. But if you try to use my résumé to sell your case, you won't like what you hear.


"Law & Order: Mother's Milk (#10.12)" (2000)
Jack McCoy: [a murder suspect has declined a plea deal] Well, you gave her a chance.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Yeah.
Jack McCoy: Only one thing to do now. Stick the dagger in.

[last lines]
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Judge Steinman gave Amy Beltran one and a half to four and a half years in prison.
D.A. Adam Schiff: With one year for Jimmy Beltran, that's less three years between the both of them. Talk about a throwaway child.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: [Adam leaves] I'm not happy about this.
Jack McCoy: You tried the case you had.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: But I chose the case.
Jack McCoy: Tomorrow is another day, Abbie.


"Law & Order: Flaw (#16.2)" (2005)
Jack McCoy: We can produce a paper trail on Mr. Glass's end, fabricated account statements and prospectuses which were generated by Mr. Sullivan that provide a direct link.
Nick Margolis: To Who? Patrick Sullivan or my client?
Jack McCoy: Your client and Patrick Sullivan were running this scam together.
Nick Margolis: According to Mr. Glass, who unfortunately won't be able to take the stand.
Judge Madeline Drake: Let's show a little respect for the deceased, shall we?
Nick Margolis: Even if the People could prove that Glass and Sullivan were ripping off their clients, their paper trail doesn't lead anywhere near Lorraine Dillon.
Jack McCoy: We intend to show that Ms. Dillon murdered Patrick Sullivan so as to claim the spoils of their scheme herself. Documents go to motive.
Nick Margolis: And their prejudicial effect outweighs their probative value. It does not withstand the balancing test.
Judge Madeline Drake: You've made your point, Mr. Margolis. Multiple times. Mr. McCoy, unless you can provide more of a link - documents that reference Ms. Dillon directly, an eyewitness... I won't allow evidence of fraud in at trial.

Jack McCoy: [to Benson, outside of the courthouse] You don't look satisfied.
Olivia Benson: Are you?
Jack McCoy: I think we got the right verdict.
Olivia Benson: That gun that we found in the apartment, what if it's April's?
Jack McCoy: But Lorraine took the blame.
Olivia Benson: Until April turned on her in court.
Jack McCoy: She was gasping for air. I like to think I've been doing this long enough to tell the difference between the truth and lie.
Olivia Benson: Believe me, so would I, but April still managed to fool me.
Jack McCoy: A fact which could be affecting your judgement, Detective. You could be too close on this one.
Olivia Benson: Close enough to know that we may have just been conned. That verdict put 500 grand in April's pocket.
Jack McCoy: You really think April killed Sullivan?
Olivia Benson: At the very least, I think she was an accomplice.
Jack McCoy: So, tail April till she goes for the money.
Olivia Benson: She'll wait 'till we look the other direction and slip off. April ran away when she was 14. Maybe to the same place she'd hide the money.
Jack McCoy: Well, who else was in their lives then?


"Law & Order: Survivor (#7.4)" (1996)
Jack McCoy: We have laws here, Ms Sandler, we have rules.
Judith Sandler: They had laws in Nazi Germany, too.

Richard Peterson: I picked up the coins the day before
Jack McCoy: And hid them in your sock drawer?
Francis Dunlap: So, he'll plead to, uh, "unusual storage in the first degree".


"Law & Order: Bait (#9.3)" (1998)
Detective Rivera: You know, McCoy, you want to put the bad guys behind bars, sometimes you gotta get your hands dirty.
Jack McCoy: The problem is, Detective, sometimes it doesn't stop at the hands.

Jack McCoy: Lennie, please. I don't want to have to cite you for contempt.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: You do what you gotta do. I'm not helping you pin a body on a cop just for doing his job.


"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.

Jack McCoy: He pleads to murder two. No special circumstances, no death penalty. Twenty to life, and he serves it in an Israeli prison.
Nathan Becker: He must be under the impression they're winning.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: That's a pretty high-stakes gamble if we are.
Brad Feldman: Twenty to life isn't exactly a generous offer.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Considering this is a murder for hire, I think it's exceedingly generous.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Blinded (#9.7)" (2007)
Jack McCoy: [to Novak] Congratulations.
Casey Novak: For what?
Jack McCoy: The excellent job you did as Saul Picard's defense attorney. Judge Bradley called me.
Casey Novak: Jack, I...
Jack McCoy: I told him he must be mistaken since I only have prosecutors working in this office.

Jack McCoy: [to Novak] Five years ago, the cops responded to a disturbance call in your apartment. You told the officers it was mistake, but it isn't true, is it?
Casey Novak: My fiancee, Charlie, he attacked me. He was a schizophrenic and he was off his medication. When the police saw the cuts and bruises on my face and neck, they wanted to arrest Charlie, but I thought I could help him. So I identified myself as an AD and I begged them not to take him in.
Jack McCoy: You abused the authority of this office for personal reason back then? Just like you're doing now!
Casey Novak: Sick people like Saul Picard shouldn't be put to death.
Jack McCoy: The last time I checked, the Supreme Court still says you can't execute a mentally ill person in this country.
Casey Novak: And what what if a jury found him responsible because he was lucid when he decided to stop taking his medication?
Jack McCoy: That's not your problem. That's why he has a defense attorney.
Casey Novak: No defense attorney could make a jury see past what he did to those little girls.
Jack McCoy: So you weren't about to take a chance he'd be convicted?
Casey Novak: Because he belongs in a hospital, not a prison cell and you know it.
Jack McCoy: I'll tell you what I know. You're going to stay on this case through the 730 hearing and you're going to behave yourself because if you don't, I'm not only going to fire you, I'll make sure the bar yanks your license. And if you don't think I have the juice to do it, try me.


"Law & Order: Turnaround (#7.16)" (1997)
Jack McCoy: [a judge in L.A. has just ruled to nullify an extradition order] Speak up, Your Honor. There are some people in the Bronx who didn't hear you.

Jack McCoy: [referring to Berger and Newman] They're friends?
Detective Rey Curtis: They shared architects.


"Law & Order: Genius (#13.17)" (2003)
Jack McCoy: [the defendant has asked for the death penalty] I don't know who was more shocked, Simpkis or me.
D.A. Arthur Branch: Yup, what fun is it hitting someone who won't hit back?
Jack McCoy: I never really thought of this as an exercise in fun, Arthur.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: [approaching] Brace yourself for professor Simpkins' motions.
Jack McCoy: A motion to quash the agreed-upon sentence.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: On the grounds that Warner isn't competent to negotiate on his own behalf.
Jack McCoy: He wants to die, so he's got to be crazy.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: I've arranged for Skoda to examine him.
D.A. Arthur Branch: [to Jack] And you say this isn't fun.

D.A. Arthur Branch: It would've been easier if Warner had taken a chainsaw to a family of four.
Jack McCoy: Why?
D.A. Arthur Branch: Because you're a human. And humans can't help but judge other humans.
Jack McCoy: That would be just as wrong as treating Warner differently because he can string together sentences better than the rest of us. The quality of the victim should not matter any more than the quality of his killer.
D.A. Arthur Branch: I said it'd be easier, not more just.
Jack McCoy: It's good, Arthur. He can write.
D.A. Arthur Branch: You want the easy answer? Just words on a page.
Jack McCoy: And the more difficult one?
D.A. Arthur Branch: [holding up a copy of the penal code] So are these.
Jack McCoy: The death penalty is the most severe punishment the law allows. I got to admit, it's disconcerting that Warner thinks it's less severe than going to prison.


"Law & Order: Kid Pro Quo (#13.20)" (2003)
Jack McCoy: All those impressionable young minds that you molded over the years. Minds that went on to Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and law school, medical school, or Wall Street. And they got to pay twenty thousand dollars a year to send their kids to kindergarten. Don't you think it's ironic that they owe it all to a man who couldn't even afford to purchase his own apartment? Maybe there were just too busy winking and nodding and shaking the hands of friends of friends to worry about the man behind the men. Or, on the other hand, perhaps they just looked at you as someone who worked for them, the way you looked at Deborah Landon.
Wyatt Scofield: That school would be nothing without me.
Jack McCoy: And they owe you.
Wyatt Scofield: [shouting] Yes!
[quietly, after long pause]
Wyatt Scofield: Yes.

Jack McCoy: Scofield has been standing over the oven for twenty-five years. He thought it was about time he got a taste of the pie.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: Now Scofield's out and Anchin's in: that's going to be a hard pill for the parents of the Knowles School to swallow.
D.A. Arthur Branch: Oh, they'll get over it, once they forget about where his money came from.
Jack McCoy: It's the American way: yesterday's robber baron is tomorrow's philanthropist.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: What you're really trying to say is cash trumps merit every time...
D.A. Arthur Branch: ...and twice on Sundays!


"Law & Order: Girlfriends (#6.20)" (1996)
Jack McCoy: [referring to Barry Taggert] So this was a full-service family business? He provided the shoes; his daughter provided her friends?

Jack McCoy: [confronting Barry and Shelly Taggert on the courthouse steps, after Shelly has been acquitted and implicated Barry in the crime] I'm afraid your celebration ends now, Mr Taggert.
Barry Taggert: You're arresting me for murder?
Jack McCoy: I would, if I thought you were guilty.
Detective Rey Curtis: Barry Taggert, you are under arrest for enterprise corruption.
[cuffs Taggert]
Detective Rey Curtis: You have the right to remain silent...
Barry Taggert: [referring to Shelly] You dropped all that after I brought her back.
Jack McCoy: That was before you took part in this charade.
Shelly Taggert: Daddy, I'll get your lawyer.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: That's nice of you, Miss Taggert. Your father's business is gone. He's going to prison.
Barry Taggert: It's all right, honey.
Jack McCoy: Sure. If she's half as good to you as you've been to her, maybe she'll visit!


"Law & Order: Castoff (#8.13)" (1998)
Neil Pressman: He's a real piece of work, isn't he?
Jack McCoy: So was Ted Bundy.

Jack McCoy: What we watch and how we respond to it is entirely up to us.


"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: 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.

Jack McCoy: [his closing argument] Jake Kearsey and Latiff Miller didn't go out on the morning in question to have a gun battle. One thing we'll never know for sure is what set off the explosion that left Detective Kearsey dead. The defendant has plausible explanations for everything that happened, but you also have the luxury of placing those explanations in context. Latiff Miller promoted cop killing thirty years ago. He admitted dishonesty in his job, and his claim of self defense is belied by his own actions. He ran from the crime scene, hid from the police; when he was captured, he proclaimed his innocence, and now that he's facing the death penalty, it's not "I didn't kill him", it's "I had to kill him". So... ask yourselves, if Detective Kearsey were here to give his side of the story, would it look anything like Latiff Miller's? The defense urges you to see the world through Latiff Miller's eyes. Do that, ladies and gentlemen, if you want to contaminate the truth with Mr. Miller's anger and racial mistrust. Acquit Mr. Miller if you think it's fit to allow him to avoid the moral consequences of his actions by portraying himself as the victim. The victim here is Detective Kearsey, who innocently went to the wrong apartment looking for a witness and wound up dead. I don't doubt that Mr. Miller has encountered racism in his life. But it's not a free pass to commit murder.


"Law & Order: Divorce (#8.16)" (1998)
[last lines]
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Redfield agreed to full restitution of the missing assets, and he gets off with having his license pulled for three years. He'll probably count this as a win.
Jack McCoy: He can drive up to Bedford and crow to Atkins about it.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Where on earth did these people learn their ethics?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Law school.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Of course.

D.A. Adam Schiff: [Hands a letter to McCoy] Addressed to me, belongs to you.
Jack McCoy: From the Bar Association Ethics Committee.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Dues check bounced?


"Law & Order: Tombstone (#15.20)" (2005)
D.A. Arthur Branch: If you've got any faith in the Man Upstairs... now might be a good time to cash in a chip.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [quietly] Already did.

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Be careful, Detective.
Detective Joe Fontana: [rises off the bench and gets in Jack's face. With quiet menace] You work your side of the street, McCoy. I'll work mine.


"Law & Order: Second Opinion (#5.1)" (1994)
Dr. Nancy Haas: I'm still looking for a cure.
Jack McCoy: You should've told your patients that instead of letting them think you already had it.

Gwen Young: [trying to talk down from a murder 2 charge] Man 1.
Jack McCoy: What do you think, Claire?
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: She does it all.


"Law & Order: Merger (#10.4)" (1999)
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: They've got expert witnesses from everywhere including the pros from Dover.

Adam Schiff: Any evidence that this was forcible rape?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: No.
Adam Schiff: Then where is their motive for murder?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Ethan had motive - jealousy; he had sex with Christy first and comes back and finds her with nick.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: And nick slept with his fiance's underage sister, she tells anyone it might put the kibosh on the wedding plans.
Adam Schiff: Two motives, one possible killer, pick one.


"Law & Order: Strike (#18.16)" (2008)
Young Female A.D.A.: How is it working for the dark side, Connie?
Jack McCoy: Is that how you see it? Us versus them? Ms. Rubirosa is conducting herself within the bounds of the canon of ethics, and zealously representing her client to the best of her abilities. That's what she's expected to do, whether that client is a criminal defendant or the people of the state of New York. And if I hear any more crap from any of you, you'll all be working traffic court for the next five years

Michael Cutter: You know, not that I'd ever admit it to her, but she eviscerated my case.
Jack McCoy: It's to be expected. Connie was trained by the best.
Michael Cutter: Well, if she ever decides to switch sides permanently, we're in big trouble.


"Law & Order: Passion (#7.21)" (1997)
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [Referring to Posner and Evans] What do you think she wanted to say to him?
Jack McCoy: "Thanks for ruining my life."
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: "Please take me back!"

A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [leaving the courtroom after the verdict has been read] What do you think she was gonna say to him?
Jack McCoy: [confidently] "Thank you for ruining my life."
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [smiling knowingly] "Please take me back".
[McCoy's eyes widen in disbelief; fade to black]


"Law & Order: Blue Bamboo (#5.3)" (1994)
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: If you're gonna play stickball in Canarsie, learn Brooklyn rules!

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [about the defense attorney] Maybe he's just an idiot.


"Law & Order: Good Girl (#7.3)" (1996)
Jack McCoy: Archer's making history. He's the first lawyer to claim a white defendant is being persecuted by the black power structure.

Jack McCoy: I've read enough child abuse reports to know spiral fractures are caused by someone twisting your arm until it breaks.


"Law & Order: Wannabe (#5.16)" (1995)
Barclay: He and his father, they're all alike with their Irish temper. They lose control and next thing you know you have a murder.
Jack McCoy: Oh, Harrigan did it because he's a Mick. Det. Logan's a Mick. I'm a Mick, sir and if you don't shut up, I'll lose control and throw you out of the room.

Jack McCoy: I've got you for conspiracy, and if I eat my Wheaties I can get you for second-degree murder.


"Law & Order: Cruel and Unusual (#5.19)" (1995)
Mrs. Vilardi: [about her son] Mr. McCoy! You're made them close the clinic. Why?
Jack McCoy: Mrs. Vilardi...
Mrs. Vilardi: They sent him home. I can't take care of him. I don't know what I'm going to do with him. You took away the only place he had. Do you want him, Mr. McCoy? Can he go home with you now? I didn't think so.

Jack McCoy: You beat a dog often enough, it'll stop barking. He might even do tricks for you, but I wouldn't call that humane.


"Law & Order: Disciple (#9.15)" (1999)
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: [referring to Halasy] You really believe she heard the voice of St. Michael?
Jack McCoy: I don't doubt she thinks she did.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Can we convince a jury she didn't?
D.A. Adam Schiff: They tried that with Joan of Arc.

Jack McCoy: [in closing summation] What do you make of Rosa Halasy and her calling? I can't answer it myself. Mr. Wade says you can't convict her because she's a good person, maybe even a holy person. I'm not sure I disagree with his characterization, but it brings you right back to the contradiction: can a righteous person commit a wrongful act? What I do know is that Rosa Halasy is flesh and blood like you and me. We can't let Rosa Halasy assert for herself the power we vest in our Supreme Being. She may hear God, but she may not play God! Just because she has a divine mission, it doesn't exempt her from the code of human behavior. When she squeezed the life out of Kira Grayson in the back room of her apartment, she violated that code. Her passion for God, however tangible and heartfelt, rendered her oblivious to the mortality of Kira Grayson. She's responsible for the consequences of her convictions. And just as her God holds her accountable, so should we!


"Law & Order: Bad Faith (#5.20)" (1995)
Jack McCoy: [to a pedophile] You're an adult. Your victims are children. There's nothing you could say that would make me feel sorry for you.

Adam Schiff: Sounds like Krolinsky's been behaving himself all these years.
Jack McCoy: It just means he hasn't been caught. I've prosecuted pedophiles, Adam. They defy rehabilitation.


"Law & Order: Nullification (#8.5)" (1997)
Jack McCoy: This country began as an experiment in freedom. The foundation of that freedom is equality before the law. Everyone, whoever they are, whatever they may believe, must be equally accountable. Mr. Christie hopes you will ignore the evidence and nullify. A power, he says, derives from a higher law. I agree that such a higher law exists. And each of you, as members of the jury, bound yourselves to it when you swore, on your conscience, before God and as a citizen, that you would decide this case on the facts. You are asked to judge one thing, were the defendants, whatever their reasons, whatever their beliefs, part of a criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery and murder? These guys did a great job of memorization; too bad they didn't lean from it. We all remember that phrase from the Declaration of Independence about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the unalienable rights of everyone. Notice that "life" comes first. You can forget everything else about this case, if you remember one thing: these defendants, these conspirators, targeted an ordinary citizen, someone just like yourselves, a guy with a job and in the private sector, with bills to pay and a family to take care of, and they took his life. They *took his life*! If it's okay for them to shoot him, it's okay for them to shoot anyone, including any one of you. Without the law, there can be no freedom, and without justice, there can be no law.

A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [after the jury is hung and a mistrial is called] If he only knew. You could've sunk this trial and you didn't. You played it straight, Jack. That rates as a moral victory.
Jack McCoy: It could be a hollow one, if those clowns could find even one person who'd acquit them. What does that tell you about this country?


"Law & Order: Paranoia (#6.6)" (1995)
[last lines]
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: Shelly didn't seem to be quite on her game today.
Jack McCoy: We won, Claire, don't you get paranoid on me now.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: Why not? It seems to be contagious. The dean told me half the campus requested single room dorms.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Why not? A little paranoia could be the key to a long life. Who ever really knows the person sharing their bedroom?
[Jack and Claire look at each other]

Jack McCoy: Shelly's representing the Maslin girl.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: She's a real piece of work.
Jack McCoy: Don't kid yourself. Shelly Kates can work 48 hours into a day. She's a hell of an attorney.


"Law & Order: Rebels (#6.2)" (1995)
D.A. Adam Schiff: You say we're stymied because this Phantom says he's a journalist?
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: He's arguing that his contributions to the electronic bulletin board qualify him as a reporter under the Journalist Shield Law.
D.A. Adam Schiff: That law only applies to professional journalists. This electronic thingamajig pay him?
Jack McCoy: Only in the admiration of his peers. But he has sold couple of articles to Biker Mommas magazine.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Who's hearing the motion?
Jack McCoy: Judge Conners.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Oh, good. I don't think she subscribes.

D.A. Adam Schiff: Was this boy wearing the jacket or wasn't he?
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: We'll find out.
Jack McCoy: We might've found out already if we didn't have to keep popping in here every hour to report.
D.A. Adam Schiff: You'll report here whenever I tell you to.


"Law & Order: Good Faith (#17.17)" (2007)
[Jack is watching a game at a bar. Danielle comes up behind him and leans on the bar next to him, her chin on her fist]
Danielle Melnick: So who's winning? The Christians, or the lions?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Who are you, and what have you done with Danielle Melnick?

Jacob Reese: I was just trying to protect my daughter.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: By breaking the Fifth Commandment, Mr. Reese. You not only killed, you killed the wrong man.


"Law & Order: Causa Mortis (#7.1)" (1996)
[about ADA Claire Kincaid's death]
Jack McCoy: You know, before it happened... she wanted to quit. I talked her out of it.
Det. Lennie Briscoe: Yeah, well... I could have kept walking past that bar.

D.A. Adam Schiff: You're taking the Salva case.
Jack McCoy: Salva will plead out. An answering machine can handle it.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Nothing on the front page of The Post is that easy. You'll need a second chair.
Jack McCoy: I'm doing fine on my own.
D.A. Adam Schiff: You're not getting paid all that money to look up cases in the library.
Jack McCoy: If I need somebody, I can borrow Crocker for the afternoon.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Crocker... What do you know about Jamie Ross?
Jack McCoy: Not much. She used to work at Gorton and Steinhart.
D.A. Adam Schiff: She was married to Neal Gorton. She asked to stay on the case.
Jack McCoy: She's been in the office for less than six months.
D.A. Adam Schiff: She's had five years as a criminal defense attorney. Eight homicide trials, seven acquittals
Jack McCoy: ...and a kid in day care. I need somebody who can put in the late hours.
D.A. Adam Schiff: ...to watch the answering machine? I like her. So will you.


"Law & Order: Fixed (#15.11)" (2004)
Jack McCoy: It's frustrating, as a prosecutor, when you're sure someone's a murderer but the only thing you can convict them of is tax evasion or assault. It's frustrating. But it's fundamental; you can't punish a crime that you can't prove. That's where the penal code meets the Declaration of Independence. What do you do as a cop, if you're sure there's a bad man on your beat but you don't have a made case against him? You don't frame him. You can't harass him. You make the case. You definitely don't shoot him. So, what should you do, as a citizen, if you're sure a monstrous predator has been released from prison because they couldn't hold him any more under the law? Write your own law? Run him down in the street? You make sure that the state enforces its rules. You get them for violating parole the day he moves in with Sheryl. You have the cops at the door. You make sure they watch him, and if they don't, if the system messes up, if he hurts someone, like Lowenstein could have hurt Sheryl's little girl, you sound the general alarm. You call the police and the papers, you go on TV, you make a scandal. Not a plan to commit murder. Joyce Draper is talented and brilliant. She might be the smartest person in this room. She's a sympathetic defendant, and Jacob Lowenstein was a repulsive victim. It doesn't matter. Joyce Draper murdered Jacob Lowenstein deliberately, with malice of forethought. And there's no reasonable doubt about that whatsoever. She didn't even really try to explain his blood on her car, because she's betting on you to let her get away with it. Citizens, no matter what their role, if it's a doctor, or a police officer, or a prosecutor, or a juror, may not take the law into their own hands. Joyce Draper belongs in jail, long enough to make it plain that we as a society will not tolerate citizens choosing who lives and who dies. And it's up to you to put her there.

D.A. Arthur Branch: You're still here.
Jack McCoy: I'm writing my closing statement.
D.A. Arthur Branch: You're gonna take it all the way to the jury.
Jack McCoy: No reason not to. That tape was pretty damning.
D.A. Arthur Branch: That's your call, but a part of me wouldn't mind seeing this whole thing go away.
Jack McCoy: Me, too.
D.A. Arthur Branch: You know, this office has cut a deal with the likes of Jacob Lowenstein. We could do the same thing with Joyce Draper.
Jack McCoy: I'd be happy to if she'd allocute to what she did.
D.A. Arthur Branch: She won't?
Jack McCoy: I spoke to her lawyer, dangled the possibility. She won't accept any sort of guilty plea.
D.A. Arthur Branch: I guess she's determined to see this thing through, too.
Jack McCoy: Apparently so. He's putting her on the stand.
D.A. Arthur Branch: [sardonic chuckle] Tread lightly.


"Law & Order: Acid (#16.10)" (2005)
Jack McCoy: If I don't leave here with a guilty plea, Mr. Corley, I promise, you'll do 45 years hard time. They'll wheel me out of my retirement home to be at your parole hearings.

Jason Corley: I was scammed.
Jack McCoy: Very nicely, I might add.
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: And if I remember correctly, you consented to the dismissal that set everything in motion.
Jason Corley: This is your fault.
Terrence Putney: Shut up, Jason.


"Law & Order: Excalibur (#18.18)" (2008)
Jack McCoy: That escort's client, Al, the one who was in the room when she got the phone call, I recognized the voice. I think it's Shalvoy.
Michael Cutter: All right. Go on.
Jack McCoy: I went to see Shalvoy. I gave him a copy of a non-target letter I sent his lawyer. I told him about the tapes, that he might be called as a witness.
Michael Cutter: And when were you gonna tell me?
Jack McCoy: I'm telling you now. I told Shalvoy the feds want those tapes. That they're targeting him for a corrupt officials investigation. Now he's warning me if I don't protect him, I can forget about running for D.A. next year.
Michael Cutter: So you've decided to run?
Jack McCoy: I haven't decided not to run.
Michael Cutter: Well, maybe you shouldn't. I'm prosecuting a murderer, and you practically commit witness tampering.
Jack McCoy: He wasn't a witness when I talked to him.
Michael Cutter: Well, I'm not even sure I can use him now thanks to you. I mean, when this comes out, it's gonna make us all look bad.
Jack McCoy: Mike, get mad at me tomorrow. I can't fight you and the governor at the same time.
Michael Cutter: Well, you can win that fight! Just give the feds what they want. He's the one who hired a prostitute.
Jack McCoy: True. But the feds cut a deal with a violent mob punk to catch Shalvoy with his pants down. They have a history of bad blood with Shalvoy. It's payback time, and I refuse to do their dirty work.
Michael Cutter: And jeopardize your job.
Jack McCoy: Mike... give me a little credit.
Michael Cutter: Glad I'm not the one getting his nuts squeezed.

Governor Donald Shalvoy: Jack, we need to talk. I just got served a subpoena signed by Michael Cutter.
Jack McCoy: I know. I told him to do it.
Governor Donald Shalvoy: You told him? What the hell were you doing?
Jack McCoy: Helping to convict a murderer. You have maybe ten days before this goes public. Now go home to your family...
Governor Donald Shalvoy: My family's none of your business. My personal life is not anybody's business.
[Jack tries to enter his apartment]
Governor Donald Shalvoy: You worry, Jack. You worry how you're going to get elected without me. It's thanks to me you have this job in the first place. Nobody wanted you.
Jack McCoy: I'd rather be an unemployed lawyer than a well-fed pet.


"Law & Order: Bitter Fruit (#6.1)" (1995)
Mrs. Gaines: For 10 years, I stayed in a nightmare marriage just so she could have a real home. I fought for custody for her, but he had more money, more lawyers. He turned me into an addict and then used it against me! That bastard, he stole her away from me. He told her lies about me. He made her afraid of me... I loved her!
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: But you hated your husband more.

A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: It's hard to believe those two were ever in love.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Passionately, I'd say. Where do you think all the hate comes from?


"Law & Order: Angel (#6.8)" (1995)
Jack McCoy: Doesn't the Bible tell us not to kill, Mrs. Coleman?
Leah Coleman: I am already suffering for what I did.
Jack McCoy: So now you know what you did was wrong?
Leah Coleman: Yes.
Jack McCoy: Did you know it was wrong when you woke up that morning?
Leah Coleman: Yes.
Jack McCoy: Did you know it was wrong when you ate your cereal?
Leah Coleman: Yes!
Ross Fineman: He's badgering, Your Honor!
Jack McCoy: Sit down and shut up, Mr. Fineman!
Judge Rebecca Stein: Overruled. And you will address the court from now on, Mr. McCoy.

Claire Kincaid: [to McCoy] Admit it, Jack, you were a little tough on that priest.
Jack McCoy: When you're raised by the Jesuits, you end up obedient or impertinent.
[the waiter sets a drink down in front of McCoy]
Jack McCoy: I didn't order this.
Waiter: It's on the gentleman at the bar.
[points to the bar and McCoy turns to see Fineman raising a glass to him]
Jack McCoy: [to the waiter] Take it back.
Claire Kincaid: Can't forgive anyone, eh?
Jack McCoy: No, I can't. Besides, that was bourbon. I'm drinking scotch.


"Law & Order: Bogeyman (#18.15)" (2008)
Michael Cutter: What's so funny?
Jack McCoy: You're having your head handed to you by a pro.
Michael Cutter: We put a gun in Bradley's hand that proved his wife was ready to leave him.
Jack McCoy: Perception trumps facts. You need to get that witness back on the stand.
Connie Rubirosa: But she's a defense witness.
Jack McCoy: Who ran off the stand in fear. That hurts you more with the jury than anything she can say. When your car is skidding out of control, steer into the skid.

Michael Cutter: Conway should never have been allowed to testify in the first place. Now it's impossible to unring the bell.
Jack McCoy: That's what summations are for.
Michael Cutter: Sure. I just have to convince the jury Systemotics is no more dangerous than the neighborhood glee club.
Jack McCoy: This day and age, people are worried. People are scared of bogeymen. You're not going to score points pretending those fears don't exist.


"Law & Order: Sweetie (#19.6)" (2008)
Jack McCoy: Is there any particular reason why this office is flying gay prostitutes in from all over the country?
Michael Cutter: It's the Cody Larson trial.
Jack McCoy: He's entitled to a jury of his peers; that's fellow citizens, not fellow hustlers.
Michael Cutter: It's not for the jury, Jack. We have a witness problem.
Jack McCoy: And these men are the solution?
Connie Rubirosa: [entering] Hey. She's here.
Michael Cutter: [to Jack] Stay. Watch. Learn.
Jack McCoy: Rooted to the spot.

Michael Cutter: She's lying. She's been saying she faked that book to save abused children, but it's making a fortune. And this puts her back in business. Larson's lawyer probably brokered the deal.
Jack McCoy: Maybe. But she just shot your motive to hell. Sweetie Ness had no reason to kill someone he'd hired to impersonate himself.
Michael Cutter: Cody Larson isn't Sweetie Ness.
Jack McCoy: Drops his pants to the jury and shows the burns on his butt, they might believe he is.
Michael Cutter: Are you enjoying this?
Jack McCoy: Enjoying? Watching my prosecutors lose control of their witnesses in their case? That's not the word that leaps to mind.


"Law & Order: DNR (#10.3)" (1999)
Jack McCoy: At first I thought the cops were wrong; they weren't. Walter Grobman hired someone to kill his wife because he felt eclipsed. He's destroyed her life for no good reason. Why she's shielding him I will never understand, but I know my job: I'm going to convict this narcissistic son of a bitch.

Jack McCoy: I'm going to convict the narcissistic son of a bitch.
Adam Schiff: What about his wife?
Abbie Carmichael: Her life is over, whether she lives or dies.


"Law & Order: Paradigm (#15.1)" (2004)
D.A. Arthur Branch: We can't have Iraqi assassins roaming the streets of New York executing Americans.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: I still think we should have handed her over to the military. We could have just ducked the whole issue instead of trying to set policy.
D.A. Arthur Branch: And I can't believe I have pusillanimous pussyfooters on my own staff!
Jack McCoy: I don't think Spiro Agnew is the person to be quoting here, Arthur.
D.A. Arthur Branch: If the shoe fits.

Jack McCoy: Lindsay Starr didn't deserve to die. She was no longer a soldier. She worked in a supermarket. She was lured into a deserted office and ambushed. And while Nadira Harrington's misfortunes might explain her actions, they can't excuse cold-blooded retribution for the abuse of her brother. If Corporal Starr's conduct at Abu Ghraib exceeded military or international standards, we have, in our civil society, procedures to redress those wrongs, if wrongs they be. Yes, the processes are slow, messy, uneven, but Nadira Harrington had choices; to vote, to sue, to advocate for justice. Instead she opted for blood feud, and the end product of blood feud is chaos. Our history books are rife with examples of religious zealots of all stripes - Christians, Muslims, Jews - twisting their faith's fundamental morality to accommodate a personal, or political, agenda. Neither rationale justifies killing. The highest moral law in our culture is "Thou shalt not kill". And where we live, killing in the name of God, country, or brother, is still called murder.


"Law & Order: Betrayal (#18.11)" (2008)
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: That hurt, Jack.
D.A. Jack McCoy: I warned you.
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: You betrayed a confidence.
D.A. Jack McCoy: You went to bat for a woman who shot her husband in cold blood and who would have killed anybody else she found in his office. If I had to betray a confidence to ensure she goes to jail... so be it. These are the rules we live by.
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: This isn't your finest hour, Jack.
D.A. Jack McCoy: Nor yours.

Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: They didn't subpoena me. I volunteered to testify as soon as I heard you put that charlatan Stronach on the stand.
Michael Cutter: She's hardly a charlatan.
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: She's an academic. She studies studies. I counsel victims.
D.A. Jack McCoy: You've historically testified for us, Liz. Your appearance as a defense witness carries weight far beyond the substance of your testimony.
Michael Cutter: Katherine Waxman's using you to support a bogus defense.
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: And you're using bogus science to prosecute her.
D.A. Jack McCoy: There are a dozen clinicians in this town who can make that point. It doesn't have to be you.
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: Stronach's position devalues what I do. Who I am.
D.A. Jack McCoy: Liz...
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: I am gonna set the record straight.
D.A. Jack McCoy: You understand you're working for the other side now? That means the glove have to come off.


"Law & Order: Shield (#9.17)" (1999)
Dr. Emil Skoda: This comes with the usual caveats. For what it's worth, Hastings didn't do it.
Jack McCoy: Beg your pardon?
Dr. Emil Skoda: She said she thought he'd kill her "sooner or later". Not imminently, not any minute.
Jack McCoy: That just torpedoes her claim of self-defense. Doesn't mean she's innocent.
Dr. Emil Skoda: I've talked to a lot of these ladies. Battered women who killed their abusers. They literally thought they'd be dead any minute. Not one of 'em killed until she believed it was the only way out. And then they're anxious to confess and justify their actions. I didn't hear any of that from Hastings. Just this man's opinion.

[last lines]
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: After six years, I still don't know what cops are about.
Jack McCoy: I grew up with one. I don't know, either.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Well, they're real good at circling the wagons to protect themselves from the likes of us.
Jack McCoy: But who protects them from each other?


"Law & Order: Ritual (#8.10)" (1997)
D.A. Adam Schiff: Hold your heads up. You looked a 3000 year old abomination in the eye and hit it back.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Because we heard of it.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: How many more don't we know about?

A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [Dr. Nasser lied about being a cardiologist] Mr. Tobak finally came through. Dr. Nasser's résumé. Turns out he's an OB/GYN.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: That's a few organs south of cardiology.


"Law & Order: Hands Free (#14.17)" (2004)
D.A. Arthur Branch: A murder conviction without a body, it's a prosecutor's quadruple jump.
Jack McCoy: I'm not gloating.
D.A. Arthur Branch: Go ahead, you're entitled. I guess justice isn't for sale after all.
Jack McCoy: Not today anyway.
[cut to closing credits]

Jack McCoy: [cross-examining Madison] So, Mr Madison, did you call the police when your friend Roger Barry died?
Eli Madison: No.
Jack McCoy: What were the circumstances of his death?
Eli Madison: He had a heart attack.
Jack McCoy: A heart attack? Are you a doctor?
Eli Madison: [rolls eyes] No.
Jack McCoy: Did you call an ambulance?
Eli Madison: No.
Jack McCoy: Why not?
Eli Madison: I thought I might be blamed for what happened to him.
Jack McCoy: Just as you thought you might be blamed for your friend Dwayne Evans's accident?
Eli Madison: Yes.
Jack McCoy: Just as you thought you might be blamed for the disappearance of your wife Caroline?
Eli Madison: Yes.
Jack McCoy: Blamed for a disappearance, an accident, and a heart attack?
Eli Madison: [interrupting, frantic] The police, they were out to get me!
Jack McCoy: With three dead bodies, can you blame them?


"Law & Order: Jeopardy (#6.4)" (1995)
Peter Nicodos: But I'm innocent. I didn't kill anybody.
ADA Jack McCoy: You've already learned the Rikers Island theme song. Good for you.

Prof. Norman Rothenberg: What part of double jeopardy don't you understand?
Jack McCoy: I'm well acquainted with it Mr. Rothenberg, and it doesn't scare me.


"Law & Order: Loco Parentis (#10.10)" (2000)
D.A. Adam Schiff: What did Potter Stewart say about pornography?
Jack McCoy: "I can't define what it is, but I know it when I see it."

[last lines]
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Sandra Telford had her husband served with divorce papers at Rikers.
Jack McCoy: Sacrificed her marriage to save her son's.
D.A. Adam Schiff: She spoke up sooner, she might have saved Chris Skinner.
Jack McCoy: Want to put her in jail, too?
D.A. Adam Schiff: Don't tempt me.


"Law & Order: Venom (#9.7)" (1998)
Jack McCoy: And Liann Crosby gets away with murder.
Adam Schiff: It could be worse. She could have had twins.

Abbie Carmichael: So she's going to lie. Aren't we suborning perjury?
Jack McCoy: We don't know anything for a fact. They're the only ones who know what really went on between them.
Abbie Carmichael: So it's a contest which of these two will nauseate the jury the least.
Jack McCoy: ...Yeah.


"Law & Order: Sheltered (#13.22)" (2003)
[last lines]
Jack McCoy: There's always a chance Justin could be rehabilitated, Arthur.
D.A. Arthur Branch: Four dead? I don't think he's earned that chance. And I also think my senior prosecutor should agree with it.
Jack McCoy: I do.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: But...?
Jack McCoy: I'm a father.


"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: Hate (#9.10)" (1999)
D.A. Adam Schiff: U.S. Attorney called, asked if there's a civil rights prosecution here.
Jack McCoy: Far as we can tell, this wasn't a bias crime. The victim was one of their own.
D.A. Adam Schiff: What's the matter, they run out of people to hate?


"Law & Order: Captive (#17.20)" (2007)
[last lines]
A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa: Until we dug up the dirt on the Quinlans, I would've bet on a "not responsible" verdict.
Jack McCoy: It was a good catch, Connie.
A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa: And what if Tory was a well-adjusted kid from a good family?
Jack McCoy: Not our facts. Hope you never have to try that case.
A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa: I take it you'll be recommending the minimum?
[Jack nods]
A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa: It was a good win, Jack.
Jack McCoy: Nobody won.


"Law & Order: Asterisk (#13.8)" (2002)
Jack McCoy: This has to be a first: a lawyer's negligence benefiting his case.


"Law & Order: Star Crossed (#13.14)" (2003)
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: He wouldn't be the first person with an 80 IQ to confess to a felony.
Jack McCoy: Or to have a room on death row.
D.A. Arthur Branch: What I don't get is why his attorney didn't have him tested before he invited our shrinks to sit down with him.
Jack McCoy: Two words: Dean Connors.
D.A. Arthur Branch: Is that supposed to ring a bell?
Jack McCoy: Dean's not a bad sort, he's just morally opposed to hard work. I don't think he's tried a case in ten years.
D.A. Arthur Branch: You gotta love a fighter who won't throw a punch.


"Law & Order: Illegitimate (#19.12)" (2009)
Connie Rubirosa: I have never misrepresented anything in court. That judge is out of her mind. I'm gonna start drafting the appeal today.
Michael Cutter: No slam dunk. Even if the appellate court reverses Judge Cutler, we go back to a thin case on the Dryden murder.
Jack McCoy: Then don't waste your time. Hand the appeal off to a rookie.
Connie Rubirosa: Oh, that's great. Couple cops go off the reservation and I'm the one that takes a hit?
Jack McCoy: Those cops had a talkative suspect and they pushed their luck. If they'd gotten an incriminating statement, we all be giving them "attaboy"s.
Connie Rubirosa: Yeah, they got played and now we can't touch McIntyre for the Dryden murder
Jack McCoy: Spilled milk, Connie. The Dryden murder was never the main course anyway. It's one accomplice killing another. I'd rather see McIntyre go down for Dr. Lukovich's murder. Make that happen.
Connie Rubirosa: [Jack leaves] We have even less evidence on McIntyre for the Lukovich robbery than we do for the Dryden murder.
Michael Cutter: First things first. Lukovich obviously had something McIntyre wanted. Let's figure out what that is.


"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: Scrambled (#9.6)" (1998)
Arlene Galvin: I wasn't doing anything wrong. Those embryos were mine! They were made from twelve eggs that came out of my body.
Jack McCoy: Someone else had a valid claim to them and you knew it.
Arlene Galvin: A valid claim? Do you know why she wanted to have my child? For the money! What kind of life was that child going to have?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: At least it would be alive, which is more than we can say for Sarah Purcell.


"Law & Order: Executioner (#18.9)" (2008)
Michael Cutter: The man murdered children. Seeing him like that doesn't bother me.
Connie Rubirosa: Are you serious? You may not have been repelled, but I was, and I'm sure some of the jurors were, too.
Jack McCoy: Which means they'll be buying Yost's defense.
Michael Cutter: Well, he's taking the stand. It'll give me a chance to go after him.
Connie Rubirosa: After he tells the jury how his family was slaughtered.
Michael Cutter: Yost killed an innocent man in our jurisdiction.
Jack McCoy: No shades of gray in this for you, Mike?
Michael Cutter: Nope.
Jack McCoy: Good.


"Law & Order: Expert (#8.12)" (1998)
Jack McCoy: She shot Mayer with her father's gun? Freud must be having a good laugh.


"Law & Order: Possession (#12.5)" (2001)
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: $362 a month for a 3 bedroom apartment? *I*'d kill for it.


"Law & Order: Fame (#17.1)" (2006)
Jack McCoy: [watching a music video of J-Train's] Maybe it's generational, Connie, but this is incomprehensible to me.
A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa: It's incomprehensible to anyone without a lobotomy.


"Law & Order: Progeny (#5.12)" (1995)
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [referring to abortions] When you were still performing them, would Mr. Seeley have been justified in killing you?
Dr. Rachel Moran: [upset] Yes. I was, in effect, committing murder.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [puzzled] In effect?
Dr. Rachel Moran: I was committing murder.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: All right. Would you please stand up?
[to the bailiff]
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Officer, arrest this woman!
Judge Daniel Scarletti: Mr. McCoy!
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: We've just heard a confession of murder, Your Honour. Officer!
Judge Daniel Scarletti: I'm not amused, Mr. McCoy!
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: How many counts of murder shall we charge you with, Dr Moran?
Judge Daniel Scarletti: [angry] Mr. McCoy! May I remind you that abortion is legal!
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: [triumphantly] Thank you, Your Honour!


"Law & Order: True North (#9.9)" (1998)
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: They're putting Stephanie on the stand.
D.A. Adam Schiff: To explain everything away.
Jack McCoy: Let her try.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Yeah, you're going to be the first man to get the better of her.


"Law & Order: Open Season (#13.7)" (2002)
Danielle Melnick: Hello, Jack. OK - let's talk turkey. What are you up to?... And don't give me that party line about Preuss being a threat to society.
Jack McCoy: When you argue, I have this compulsive need to argue back.


"Law & Order: Love Eternal (#20.22)" (2010)
[last lines]
Jack McCoy: I gather things weren't looking so good when your star witness tried to murder the defense attorney.
Michael Cutter: Well, we recovered. I let the jury see how much Felner hated his wife, and then... he fell into the old pink handcuff trap.
Jack McCoy: Just like Mr. Di Napoli used to, I imagine.
Connie Rubirosa: [entering] The widow sent me a, uh, thank you gift for helping to convict her husband's killer.
Jack McCoy: Diamond studs?
Connie Rubirosa: It's her husband.


"Law & Order: Legacy (#7.10)" (1997)
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Almost a record! They convicted him in an hour and a half.
D.A. Adam Schiff: How's the Wife doing?
Jack McCoy: Shaky but she served him with Divorce Papers on his way out of the Court Room.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Gotta be tough finding out you married your stalker.


"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.


"Law & Order: Rubber Room (#20.23)" (2010)
D.A. Jack McCoy: Just how far up your ass is your head? A member of your union is threatening to shoot up a school!
Mr. Kralik: Really? I find it hard to believe any teacher could be pushed over the edge. What do you think did it, Mr. McCoy? Is it being micromanaged by the Department of Education, or having all the responsibility and none of the authority? Or, is it having to dig into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies, or maybe it's being abused and assaulted daily by students and their parents?
D.A. Jack McCoy: You get no argument from me there. But if your obstruction allows a massacre to happen, I will crucify you Mr. Kralik. I will charge you with negligent homicide and after I convict you I will resign my job and represent the families of the victims in a wrongful death suit against you and the union. By the time I'm done, you'll be finished. So my advice to you is GET OUTTA MY WAY!


"Law & Order: Chattel (#19.8)" (2009)
D.A. Jack McCoy: Eight and a half million, that's how many children are sold into slavery each year.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Well this plantation has closed.


"Law & Order: Custody (#6.14)" (1996)
Jack McCoy: Congratulations, Paul. You just bullied a judge.
Paul Robinette: I'm a bully? I don't have 500 attorneys in my office or a 200 million dollar war chest, the power to investigate and arrest any citizen and a well armed police force to back it up. That's you, Jack. You're the biggest badass on the block.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Torch (#11.21)" (2010)
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: You told me a good prosecutors get convictions and...
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe, Jack McCoy: Great prosecutors get justice.
Jack McCoy: I give that same speech to all new ADAs.
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: Well I believed you. Now I'm asking you to believe me.


"Law & Order: Virtue (#5.8)" (1994)
Jack McCoy: [closing summation] Give me the keys to your house, or I'll charge you with murder. I'm the D.A. I can do it. Give me ten thousand dollars, or I'll tell the Feds about that shipment of heroin I saw you pick up at J.F.K. I'm the D.A. They'll listen. What would you do? I can tell you what I'll be doing for the next ten years or so: I'll be in Attica, because what I did is called extortion, and it's a felony. Sleep with me, or I'll tell your boss that you're under indictment for fraud. It's not true... but do you really think you'll be working next week? Sarah Maslin worked. For eight years, she was the best, the most productive associate in her firm. She had clearly earned a partnership. But the only way that she could get it was to have sex with a man who had the power to make or break her career. Sarah Maslin laid down on that couch for Mr. Talbert. But can any of us say that she really had a choice?


"Law & Order: Barter (#7.12)" (1997)
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: You knew all along Tashjian killed Kaiser, didn't you?
[pause]
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Don't worry: I'm not going to run to the Ethics Committee.
Jack McCoy: I didn't know with absolute certainty. One way or another, I had to get Tashjian on the stand.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Well, hats off!
Jack McCoy: Sometimes you have to make deals with the devil.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Just as long as you don't get your eyebrows singed.
Jack McCoy: Anyway, Tashjian owed somebody half a million dollars. I'm sure they'll be around to collect it one of these days.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: And as for the Ethics Committee, you owe me one!
[Ross leaves. McCoy snickers. Cut to intertitle: "Sam 'Bunny' Russo is currently serving a sentence of life without parole. Three months after testifying against Russo, Steven Tashjian was gunned down outside his office. The killers remain at large. His assets, including his co-op, were liquidated to settle his debts". Cut to closing credits]


"Law & Order: Deadbeat (#7.7)" (1996)
Jack McCoy: We already got the father.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [Referring to Arlene Webber] But she's guilty too.
Jack McCoy: We put her in jail, her son dies alone.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Everybody's got a sad story.
Jack McCoy: It won't be an easy case to make. Webber's dead. Her father won't talk.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: We can look for other evidence.
Jack McCoy: You feel burned?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: You feel sorry for her?
Jack McCoy: Call me a sentimental fool.
[long pause]
Jack McCoy: There's no statute of limitations on murder.
[picks up file on the case]
Jack McCoy: We'll keep it. Right on top of the pile.
[cut to closing credits]


"Law & Order: Armed Forces (#12.2)" (2001)
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: Gardner's accepted our offer of man two. She intends to ask the judge for the minimum.
Jack McCoy: A mayor and an oil executive. I'm sure she'll make a strong case. I think there were mitigating factors.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: Based on what they did or who they are?
Jack McCoy: They were kids. Kids armed to the teeth, put in a place where most of the time they couldn't tell who was for them and who was against them. We need to be careful how we judge.


"Law & Order: Church (#17.14)" (2007)
Dawn Sterling: What's your objective Mr McCoy? To destroy my church? To further humiliate me and my congregation?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: The truth.
Dawn Sterling: The Truth is my husband killed that man Cantwell, he even said so in his damn suicide note!
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: I don't believe him or you.


"Law & Order: Bounty (#14.2)" (2003)
Jack McCoy: McCoy says to Dworkin, as Randy bothers him at the bar... You're not cute.


"Law & Order: Kingmaker (#16.20)" (2006)
Eric Lund: I found out about Dana Baker the same day you did, when Drake's column ran in the newspaper.
Jack McCoy: Actually, I found out when her corpse landed on a police car.


"Law & Order: Swept Away - A Very Special Episode (#11.15)" (2001)
Paul Wyler: When I got to him, he was lying there, uh... his eyes looking right up at me. Um... I could see he wanted to tell me something, so I leaned down and...
Peter Behrens: Objection.
Jack McCoy: Dying declaration, Your Honor.
Peter Behrens: Which must be made by a person contemplating their own death. There's no evidence Mr. Tatum believed he was dying at the time he made the statement.
Judge Carla Solomon: He'd just been pushed off a rooftop, Mr. Behrens. I'd think that qualifies.


"Law & Order: Under the Influence (#8.11)" (1998)
Jack McCoy: Kills three people and hides behind the bottle.
Jamie Ross: The law says he can.
Jack McCoy: The law. Probably written on a cocktail napkin. Intent follows the bullet. It shouldn't matter if it was fired by a drunk or Carrie Nation.


"Law & Order: True Crime (#13.3)" (2002)
[last lines]
D.A. Arthur Branch: Well, you won the kewpie doll. Toss one pitch, knock over two bottles.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: Don't you mean tossed one illegal pitch?
D.A. Arthur Branch: Well, Bob Gibson made the Hall of Fame throwing a spitball. "Rules or no rules," he said, "pitchers are gonna throw spitters. It's a matter of survival."
Jack McCoy: Why doesn't that comfort me?


"Law & Order: White Rabbit (#5.5)" (1994)
Jack McCoy: [to Claire] She'll be in jail until 2003, the 60s should be over by then.


"Law & Order: Dazzled (#12.20)" (2002)
Jenny Snyder: [Crying] Oh, my God. You two are so pathetic! You run around, like, throwing bombs at each other when everything was falling apart!
Don Snyder: I don't want you to say another word. Do you understand me? Sweetheart, do you understand me?
Jenny Snyder: So, now, like, you're going to be my father again, is that it?
Dr. Claire Snyder: Jenny, honey, don't.
Jenny Snyder: Mom, I'm sorry.
Don Snyder: Come on, let's go. We're getting out of here.
Jenny Snyder: [Screams] You can't tell me what to do! Not anymore!
[to Claire]
Jenny Snyder: You were drinking you were taking that drug and passing out every night.
[to Don]
Jenny Snyder: And you were following that stupid bitch around and the whole time she was making a fool of you. She didn't love you she just wanted your money.
Dr. Claire Snyder: Don't do this. Do not throw your life away. Stop.
Jenny Snyder: [Crying] I took some Dazzle from my mom. The same night we carried you out of the bath. I hid it at Dad's and I just waited for the right time.
Jack McCoy: What happened the night Kate died?
Jenny Snyder: Dad had to work late. Kate went to her apartment to paint. I got the Dazzle, I left Tim at Dad's and I went over to Kate's. We hung out for a while... She was so happy 'cause I was, like, finally coming around. So I asked her to see the roof. She was always bragging what a great place she had, how cool her life was. And after a while she put her glass down and I just put it in when she turned her back. We kept talking, and then after a couple of minutes she got really dizzy. I helped her so she could lean against the rail and then I... Everything was falling apart. Someone had to do something. You weren't going to do it. So I did.


"Law & Order: Juvenile (#9.18)" (1999)
Jack McCoy: Andrew Hampton accepted our offer. Attempted man one, 6 to 12 years in jail.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: HOPEFULLY his sister will be joining him.
Jack McCoy: [surprised by Carmichael's lack of confidence in a conviction] You don't think he can convince a jury Nicole put him up to it?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: I think she'll toss her hair back a few times and convince them she didn't.
Jack McCoy: Very cynical, Abbie.
[starts to leave]
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Or if that doesn't work, she could always give an interview to the Ledger.
[Carmichael tosses a front-page newspaper article on the table. Cut to intertitle: "Andrew Hampton is currently serving his sentence in the Clinton Correctional Facility. After trial on the charge of shooting Gerald Fox, Nicole Hampton was acquitted". Cut to closing credits]
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: .


"Law & Order: Hot Pursuit (#6.5)" (1995)
D.A. Adam Schiff: Danielle Melnick. She ought to have you on retainer. Dig up this other crime, it strengthens her case.
Jack McCoy: I get it. I was supposed to ignore the fact that Leslie Harlan shot up a liquor store.
D.A. Adam Schiff: It answers the unanswered question of why the girl didn't try to escape.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: If it really was because Trapp forced her to act like a criminal, why didn't Leslie tell us about it?
D.A. Adam Schiff: Because she knew that you'd try to use it against her. Now, look what you tried to do with it.
Jack McCoy: Look at what her lawyer did do with it.
D.A. Adam Schiff: She's not as smart as her lawyer. You are.


"Law & Order: Narcosis (#10.21)" (2000)
Judge Evelyn Greico: Counsel, the jury's asking permission to consider a lesser charge.
Mr. Clayborn: How much less?
Judge Evelyn Greico: Man two.
[Jack gives Abbie a look of skepticism, while Mr. Clayborn talks to his client]
Mr. Clayborn: [returning to the bench] The defense has no objection, Your Honor.
Judge Evelyn Greico: Mr. McCoy?
Jack McCoy: The standard for man two is recklessness. How does that apply to deliberate strangulation?
Judge Evelyn Greico: I'm inclined to agree with you, Mr. McCoy. How do you feel about man one?
Jack McCoy: I don't think any manslaughter option is appropriate. The victim didn't die by mistake. This murder was clearly intentional.
Mr. Clayborn: The jury clearly disagrees with the severity of the charge.
Jack McCoy: Because the defense bent over backwards to stir up sympathy for a cold-blooded killer!
Mr. Clayborn: They should have sympathy for a greedy hooker?
Judge Evelyn Greico: That's enough.
[to the bailiff]
Judge Evelyn Greico: Tell the jury they can consider man one.
Jack McCoy: [the bailiff leaves] Your Honor, you're allowing a compromised verdict. That's not...
Judge Evelyn Greico: Sit down, Mr. McCoy.
Jack McCoy: You might as well let them nullify.
Judge Evelyn Greico: [firmly] Sit down.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: [returning to their seats] It's now a guaranteed man one conviction, and Malone knows that.
Jack McCoy: [scoffs] Six to twelve on an intentional murder.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Well, it happens sometimes when your victim is sleazier than your defendant. You know that.


"Law & Order: Ghosts (#16.3)" (2005)
Jack McCoy: What the hell do you think you're doing, detective?
Detective Joe Fontana: Excuse me?
Jack McCoy: You promised Nick Zona a liquor license? And you didn't tell me about it?
Detective Joe Fontana: First of all, watch your tone. It's a little over the top for my liking. And as far as Nick Zona's concerned, I promised him nothing.
Jack McCoy: That's not what he thinks.
Detective Joe Fontana: I don't control what he thinks.
Jack McCoy: What did you tell him?
Detective Joe Fontana: I told him that if he told the truth, that I would help him out down the line. I also specifically said "I can't make promises."
Jack McCoy: You know I'm required to notify the defense with respect to any promises or inducements.
Detective Joe Fontana: Hey, if I say it's not a promise, how the hell is it a promise?
Jack McCoy: Was Detective Green present?
Detective Joe Fontana: He was on the phone.
Jack McCoy: Congratulations, detective. You just destroyed the credibility of our key witness.
Detective Joe Fontana: Hey, don't lay this crap off on me! I did my job, and I did it well. If you blow this case over some self-imagined half-assed favor, that's your problem, pal, not mine.


"Law & Order: Coming Down Hard (#15.4)" (2004)
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: I was doing catch-up on discovery.
D.A. Arthur Branch: Discovery? You're halfway through trial.
Jack McCoy: The defense disclosed dozens of boxes of paperwork. They're trying to drown us.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: They have nine paralegals, and we just have me. But I don't think they meant to disclose this.
Jack McCoy: [Serena hands him a sheet of paper] Miss Southerlyn, you've outdone yourself.
D.A. Arthur Branch: Do I get to see it?
[Jack hands the paper over]
D.A. Arthur Branch: Well, let's see if Dr. Cedars can wiggle his way out of this one.


"Law & Order: Misbegotten (#18.3)" (2008)
D.A. Jack McCoy: I hear Pandora's Box slowly creaking open.


"Law & Order: Phobia (#11.13)" (2001)
Jack McCoy: I'm a pretty good trial lawyer, Miss Goddard. I don't get surprised that often.


"Law & Order: In Vino Veritas (#17.7)" (2006)
Justine Bailey: [to McCoy about John Carroll] You're going to try this kid as an adult? He's barely hit puberty.
Jack McCoy: He wasn't caught vandalizing the JCC, Justine.
Justine Bailey: He didn't become an anti-Semite watching Sesame Street and playing Little League.


"Law & Order: Ambitious (#9.21)" (1999)
D.A. Adam Schiff: I just got off with the United States Attorney; she called you an obstructionist.
Jack McCoy: Under the circumstances, I consider that a compliment.


"Law & Order: Cut (#15.6)" (2004)
Detective Joe Fontana: I had a conversation last night with Angela Gusmarino's uncle.
Jack McCoy: Yes?
Detective Joe Fontana: And he heard a rumor that Angela and Dr. Lawrence had an affair; that the affair ended badly, and that's why Angela's testifying against him.
Jack McCoy: Any proof of that?
Detective Joe Fontana: I talked to some of the women in the office; no one knew anything about it. But I thought I'd tell you about it. In case the defense heard the same rumor, you wouldn't get caught in the switches.
Jack McCoy: What do you think?
Detective Joe Fontana: I think Angela Gusmarino is a straight shooter.
Jack McCoy: Maybe the defense started the rumor, got cold feet.
Detective Joe Fontana: Could be. In any case, I hope you nail the son of a bitch to the wall.


"Law & Order: Ramparts (#9.11)" (1999)
Jack McCoy: Covering up the cover-up. Again.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: For God's sake, Jack, why don't you just start your own country? No cops, no bad guys. Just sweetness and light as far as the eye can see.
Jack McCoy: I've cut you a lot of slack on this 'cause you don't know a damn thing about the '60s; you weren't even born yet.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: I *was* born when the World Trade Center was bombed and the cops wouldn't have caught those people without undercover work.
Jack McCoy: I'm not saying it's never justified.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: No, you just seem to think you get to decide.


"Law & Order: Disappeared (#8.19)" (1998)
Danielle Melnick: You turning soft on me, Jack?
Jack McCoy: You know I'm a sucker for an execution. I'm just here for the tortellini.


"Law & Order: Skate or Die (#19.21)" (2009)
Jack McCoy: What are you doing about the Bipolar Roller?
Connie Rubirosa: We dropped our opposition to bail and his brother in California posted bond.
Michael Cutter: [to Cutter] Fax from forensics for you.
[pause, then to Connie]
Jack McCoy: Skater posted bond? He's out?
Connie Rubirosa: Mm-hmm.
Michael Cutter: A couple hours ago. Why?
Jack McCoy: That old knife sheath of his the police found? It had no connection to the current murders, but it had DNA inside that matches five of the serial killer's previous victims.
Michael Cutter: Jonah Applebaum is the Boxcar Basher?
Jack McCoy: You just put an insane serial killer back on the street.
Connie Rubirosa: He doesn't know that we know that. We... we can still pick him up.
Jack McCoy: You damn well better. This could be Willie Horton all over again.
Michael Cutter: Willie Horton? You're not worried about the election, are you?
Jack McCoy: I'm worried about everything. About him killing someone else. About the way this office is run. A serial killer in our hands and then released. Am I being too picky?


"Law & Order: Amends (#11.7)" (2000)
Ambassador Peter Sarno: I'm going to call your boss; I'm going to get both of you busted down the ranks. You would be lucky if they let you work arraignment from the drunk tank on Saturday nights!
Jack McCoy: We don't have much of a social life as it is.


"Law & Order: Ill-Conceived (#14.10)" (2003)
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: [looking from Vanessa, as she walks away, to Jack] Am I missing something here?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Inevitable discovery.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: That's not what I meant.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: No, but it's how we get the gun back in.


"Law & Order: High & Low (#10.22)" (2000)
D.A. Adam Schiff: See if I'm caught up... we've got the business student, bigots, bar owner...
Jack McCoy: ...the banker and the bimbo.
D.A. Adam Schiff: It's a John le Carré novel.


"Law & Order: Navy Blues (#8.3)" (1997)
Jack McCoy: Statement or not, the facts are on our side.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Facts don't win cases.


"Law & Order: Empire (#9.20)" (1999)
Jack McCoy: [after Spector has been found guilty] We brought down the rhino, Adam. The system won.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: So how come he's the one doing the celebrating?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Bail continued pending his appeal, which could be two years from now.
D.A. Adam Schiff: That's not why. Don't you people read the business section? As of last night his bond for the stadium is fully subscribed.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: So killing Sanderson gave him enough time to get his finances in order.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Groundbreaking ceremony's next week. I got my invitation this morning.
Jack McCoy: A hollow victory, Adam. He'll be watching the games live from his stadium on television, along with his fellow inmates.
D.A. Adam Schiff: He's still got a better seat than Sanderson.


"Law & Order: Matrimony (#7.13)" (1997)
D.A. Adam Schiff: [referring to the victim and his wife] He was 74; she was 22?
Jack McCoy: Why, Adam? You want to know if she has a sister?


"Law & Order: Four Cops Shot (#20.17)" (2010)
Jack McCoy: Politics and the death penalty. My favorite combination.


"Law & Order: Admissions (#9.22)" (1999)
D.A. Adam Schiff: You're using the authority of this office like a foot on the neck.
Jack McCoy: We've done that before.
D.A. Adam Schiff: We usually have one leg to stand on.


"Law & Order: Corpus Delicti (#6.11)" (1996)
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: Christopher's horse-trading records are insanely complicated. He covered his tracks. He wasn't so cautious about his mating rituals.
Jack McCoy: Should I be taking notes?
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: [smiles] If you want to go broke.


"Law & Order: Bad Girl (#8.21)" (1998)
Jack McCoy: I talked to the ADA in Brooklyn. He's under a lot of pressure to make drug cases. He can't be seen playing favorites.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: So it's Cathy's bad luck that she's the daughter of a white cop. This ADA, can't you... scratch his back a little bit?
Jack McCoy: I offered to beg off on a couple of cases with concurrent jurisdiction. He turned me down. I got nothing else to offer him. He's a dog with a bone.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Yeah, the bone happens to be my kid.
Jack McCoy: I know, Lennie. I'm sorry.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Thanks anyway.


"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: Home Sweet (#17.3)" (2006)
Jack McCoy: You know what I don't get is Galt Michaels, they're a top notch firm; why bring in a ringer from out of state?
Jack McCoy: Does this ringer have a name?
A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa: Alissa Goodwin, from Miami.
Jack McCoy: Alissa. And she's the queen of darkness. She went from New York court to street divorces to standard bearer for women's issues nationwide.
A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa: [noticing someone a few feet away] Is that a friend of yours?
Jack McCoy: [turning and seeing an attractive woman, who nods at him] Definitely not. And did I mention she was gorgeous?


"Law & Order: Competence (#5.6)" (1994)
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Were you born a smart-ass, or did it just come with the job?
Jack McCoy: I'm a pussycat. You should've met my old man.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Lawyer?
Jack McCoy: Cop.


"Law & Order: Gunshow (#10.1)" (1999)
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: You're willing to bet your client's life on that? You must have quite a pair of crystal balls!


"Law & Order: Reality Bites (#20.4)" (2009)
D.A. Jack McCoy: [watching an excerpt from the reality show] Not very entertaining, what happened to the Cosbys?
Executive A.D.A. Michael Cutter: They didn't have enough kids.


"Law & Order: Burden (#8.20)" (1998)
Jack McCoy: This case is not a debate about euthanasia. It's about a thrill-killing by a monster masquerading as an angel of mercy. Michael Sutter is dead. He was murdered. That's all that matters.


"Law & Order: Surrender Dorothy (#10.19)" (2000)
Jack McCoy: [after hearing that the victim's father-in-law had hired a detective] I thought it was the husband's job to spy on his wife.


"Law & Order: Menace (#7.11)" (1997)
Jack McCoy: I remember how hard it was when I realized my father was a son of a bitch. I can't imagine what it must be like when you realize you raised one.


"Law & Order: Couples (#13.23)" (2003)
Jack McCoy: Let me get this straight, Mr Celaya. You'll admit you killed Ana Berseño.
Reynaldo Celaya: That's right, only her real name is Marcela.
Jack McCoy: But you still claim you're not guilty?
Reynaldo Celaya: That's right.
Matthew Clemens: It's what philosophers call a conundrum.


"Law & Order: Seer (#13.19)" (2003)
Jack McCoy: [at a self-proclaimed psychic's trial] So, how will this trial turn out?
Defense attorney: [shouts] Objection!
Judge: Very funny, Mr. McCoy. Please don't do that again


"Law & Order: Corner Office (#17.10)" (2006)
Jack McCoy: Ask me how I sleep at night.
Consuela Rubirosa: How do you sleep at night?
Jack McCoy: Like a baby.


"Law & Order: Tragedy on Rye (#13.4)" (2002)
D.A. Arthur Branch: [after defendants convicted of first-degree murder have been exonerated] You know this whole affair makes you think twice.
Jack McCoy: About the death penalty?
D.A. Arthur Branch: About where to buy you a steak.


"Law & Order: Savages (#6.3)" (1995)
Claire Kincaid: They strap you down. They stick a needle in your arm and run poison through your veins. It's barbaric.
Jack McCoy: I wouldn't weep for Paul Sandig.
Claire Kincaid: Revenge is sweet, huh?
Jack McCoy: Yes, it is. It's a natural human instinct and there's no need to apologize for it.
Claire Kincaid: No, except for the fact that it's illegal.
Jack McCoy: That's exactly my point. There is no private right of action under the criminal justice system and so the state has obligation to mete out fitting punishment.
Claire Kincaid: And that's why we have prisons. Because life without parole is fitting enough.
Jack McCoy: Let me ask you, Claire: Why do you suppose 38 states, and the federal government, and the military have all of a sudden adopted or readopted the death penalty?
Claire Kincaid: Like you said, people are sick of crime.
Jack McCoy: And the death penalty gives the feeling of control demanded by society. People are frustrated by the uncertainty of the system. They want to know for sure that Charles Manson won't ever be walking the streets again.
Claire Kincaid: You don't think there are less Draconian ways to gain the public's confidence?
Jack McCoy: No. I don't. And, believe me, if the state doesn't seek retribution then, the people will. There'll be more Ellie Nessler's walking into courtrooms with loaded pistols. You kill a cop; how long do you think it will be before the cops kill you? Legal execution is a means to prevent street justice.


"Law & Order: For Love or Money (#12.3)" (2001)
Jack McCoy: Your Honor can't seriously entertain the notion that a defendant can benefit in one murder by killing the witness by committing another.
Judge Donald Karan: I didn't draft the Constitution, Mr. McCoy.
Jack McCoy: No, but you can interpret it. These two cases are inextricably linked. What's the good of proving that the defendant had an opportunity to kill Buck if I can't show the jury why?
Judge Donald Karan: You raise a good point.
Mr. Axtell: Your Honor, any mention of the Colbin murder would prejudice the jury irreparably.
Judge Donald Karan: Which is why I won't allow these two homicides to be tried together.
Jack McCoy: Your Honor...
Judge Donald Karan: However, what I will do is allow the People to present evidence of Alan Colbin's murder, only insofar as it pertains to motive in the murder of Ronald Buck.
[seeing McCoy and Axtell both don't like his decision]
Judge Donald Karan: Ooh, I always know I'm right when neither party's happy.


"Law & Order: Innocence (#20.16)" (2010)
Michael Cutter: Request for interviews from "Out" magazine, "The Advocate", and I've been invited to speak at the next LAGLA convention.
Connie Rubirosa: Well, I hear they have the best parties
Jack McCoy: [entering] Hold up on the self-congratulations. The Hudson University Innocence Coalition is taking on Cedric Stuber's defense. They've just filed a motion to set aside the verdict.
Michael Cutter: What, within hours of Stuber's conviction?
Jack McCoy: Apparently they found new evidence they're claiming we overlooked in our overzealous rush to judgment. And guess who signed the motion.
Michael Cutter: Emily Ryan.
Connie Rubirosa: The head of the Innocence Coalition.
Michael Cutter: My old law professor and mentor.
Jack McCoy: Guess she's not done schooling you.


"Law & Order: Smoke (#13.24)" (2003)
D.A. Arthur Branch: These parents traded one boy for another.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: But they're both still alive.
Jack McCoy: We're prosecutors, Serena, not social workers.


"Law & Order: Invaders (#16.22)" (2006)
Ms. Milford: I doubt you've handled an arraignment in twenty years, Mr. McCoy.
Jack McCoy: I used to have an assistant who did that.
Ms. Milford: We both know that's what these trumped-up charges are about.
Jack McCoy: Yes and no, Ms. Milford. Your client's friends killed Alexandra Borgia, but I can connect him to the Dyckman Street case as sure as I'm standing here.
Ms. Milford: So let's cut the BS. Who do you want more?
Jack McCoy: Do I really need to answer that?


"Law & Order: C.O.D. (#14.24)" (2004)
[McCoy is able to nail Belinda for conspiring with Adele to kill her husband and take the same deal, despite being let off for killing Adele's]
Belinda Gardner: 12 people still acquitted me.
Jack McCoy: Yeah. That's gotta burn.


"Law & Order: Family Friend (#16.12)" (2006)
Jack McCoy: Juries aren't stupid.
Ernie Krahulik: Really. We must be working different courtrooms.


"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.


"Law & Order: Identity (#14.6)" (2003)
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Do you know what a Pyrrhic victory is, Mr Jackson?
Lonnie Jackson: I'm not really sure.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: That's when you win but you really lose. Like this hearing: if I win, I get to say that you're competent, in which case, I get to go into another courtroom and try to prove that you did something I know you did, but at the same time I can't prove.
Lonnie Jackson: So why don't we just call it a day?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: It's what they call going through the motions, it's what I get paid for. So will you bear with me?
Lonnie Jackson: Sure.


"Law & Order: Chosen (#13.11)" (2003)
Jack McCoy: Mr. Dworkin is a first-rate attorney. Hell, he's a magician. He put the facts into a box, sawed the box in half, and out popped thousands of years of the most despicable hatred known to man. Like any good magician, he kept you busy with what he was saying, hoping you wouldn't notice what he was doing with his hands; hoping you wouldn't catch him trying to hide a corpse, trying to make a murdered man disappear. I'm betting you saw through the trick. So the only question is will you pretend it worked, or will you make this illusion disappear? One bookie killed another bookie; that's it. Period. The defense hardly bothers to say otherwise. Mr. Dworkin just now all but said his client killed Mr. Meeks. Not once did he claim Mr. Strelzik was innocent. Like I say, he's a good attorney. He knows no one would believe him. Instead he had the deeply offensive idea to use your sympathy for Israel to put a killer back on the street. Mr. Dworkin wants you to choose culture over citizenship. Visceral hatred over codified laws; he's counting on at least one of you saying to himself "I'm a Jew first, and only after that an American." I asked you back when you were selected for this job whether you could look at the facts presented without passion or prejudice, and each one of you swore under oath that you could. I know it's hard, but if you don't, all of this is meaningless.


"Law & Order: School Daze (#11.22)" (2001)
Jack McCoy: I'm sick of learning things about this case after the fact.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Hey, we talked to fifty-two kids who were either in the cafeteria or had been identified as friends of Semple.
Detective Ed Green: Nobody indicated that there were prior threats.
Jack McCoy: Well, apparently someone knew.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: The parents claim that Semple told some kids he was gonna shoot the place up.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Did they have any names?
Jack McCoy: Detective, I had just told them that we had to cut Semple loose because of your screw-up. I wasn't about to let them know they knew more than we did.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Any time you think you can do my job better than me, just let me know.


"Law & Order: Bible Story (#16.11)" (2005)
D.A. Arthur Branch: Religious fervor.
Jack McCoy: The nitroglycerin of the 21st century.


"Law & Order: Red Ball (#16.1)" (2005)
Jack McCoy: If you want to fire me, Arthur, go ahead. I'm not going to apologize for what I did.
Arthur Branch: Well, then, you just don't get it, Jack. You know, you're a great prosecutor, but you'll never be a district attorney.