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Casey Novak (Character)
from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)

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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Poison (#5.24)" (2004)
Judge Oliver Taft: Ms. Novak, I'm afraid the People haven't met their burden of proving the interview wasn't suggestive. Therefore the defense motion to suppress the witness' testimony is granted.
Detective Elliot Stabler: This is a joke.
Judge Oliver Taft: I beg your pardon, Detective Stabler?
Detective Elliot Stabler: I said this is a joke.
Judge Oliver Taft: You'd be wise to remember no one cares what you think once you're out of that box, Detective.
Detective Elliot Stabler: That interview wasn't suggestive.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Elliot, stop.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You're one of these judges who thinks cops strong-arms witnesses in order to make their case. What, do you think I bullied a seven-year-old into lying?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Elliot, leave!
Judge Oliver Taft: No, Elliot, stay. Enjoy the hospitality of our holding cells. You're in contempt. Officer of the court, escort the Detective out of here.

Detective Elliot Stabler: What good does it do to ruin your career?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: If this is justice, I don't want this career.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: I want Taft off the bench.
Detective Elliot Stabler: And I want a '65 Stingray.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm serious, I'm going after him.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Casey, don't do this, what good does it do to kill your career?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: If this is justice, I don't want this career.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: So a biased judge gets to decide if he's biased?
Judge Mary Clark: Yes, it's our legal system, learn to work within it.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: I've been going through his decisions over the past ten years. He's capricious; he disregards procedure on a whim; he dismissed assault charges without a motion and without a hearing and he routinely sets exorbitant bail to force pleas.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [to Judge Taft] With all due respect, Your Honor, I was confused by those questions.
Judge Oliver Taft: I wouldn't go around admitting that, Ms. Novak.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Novak after he is held in contempt] Thanks for getting me a couple hours off.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: You're not blaming this on me.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You did let that defense attorney trash me pretty good.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: That stunt that you pulled, that's gonna help ensure that Judge Taft is gonna screw me in the trial, but, hey, at least your ego's still intact.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You got me out to talk about my ego?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I did not get you out of there.
Judge Mary Clark: I called in a favor. The contempt citation is withdrawn. So if you could possibly stop acting like a petulant child, that will be thanks enough.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [about Judge Taft] This guy is an arrogant prick.
Judge Mary Clark: True. And he completely takes issue with young attorneys who think they know more about the law than he does.
Detective Elliot Stabler: And you're worried about my ego? This guy abuses his power and gets away with it.
Judge Mary Clark: You didn't help the situation by mouthing off to the trial judge.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [to Judge Taft] The People request that Your Honor recuse himself from this trial.
Judge Oliver Taft: On what grounds?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: That your conduct indicates a clear bias toward the defense. Recusing yourself now would preserve the appearance of impartiality on the part of this court.
Judge Oliver Taft: Judges are charged to examine their conscience for any hint of bias and then decide accordingly. Perhaps we should do that more often? I'm satisfied that I'm impartial in this case. Your motion is denied, Ms. Novak, but I do thank you for your candor. Opening arguments tomorrow morning.

Judge Mary Clark: [to Novak] You asked an egomaniac to recuse himself?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: He as much as told the defense that if they waived a jury, he'd acquit. "You were reaching with the attempted murder charge, Ms. Novak." What the hell is that?
Judge Mary Clark: It's a tactic. He's trying to get you to plead out the case and make his life easier.
[Novak hands her some papers]
Judge Mary Clark: You're staying the trial? Why?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: To get Taft recused or disqualified. I've got an appearance before an appellate judge this afternoon.
Judge Mary Clark: t's one thing to ask for a recusal, but to publicly humiliate a judge? You'll be the enemy in every courtroom in Manhattan.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm already the enemy as far as Taft is concerned.
Judge Mary Clark: The trial judge is the sole arbiter of recusal. If Taft believes he's impartial, the Appellate Term will have no reason to find otherwise.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: So a biased judge gets to decide if he's biased?
Judge Mary Clark: Yes. That's our legal system, so work within it. Plead out the case or you're looking at an acquittal.

Judge Mary Clark: Casey, what's wrong?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I need a favor.
Judge Mary Clark: If this is about Taft, forget it.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I've been going through his decisions over the past ten years. He's capricious, he disregards procedure on a whim. He dismissed assault charges without a motion and without a hearing, and he repeatedly sets exorbitant bail to force pleas.
Judge Mary Clark: Casey, this is a total waste of time.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: And every attorney that asks for Taft's recusal, they lose, including another child-poisoning case: The People v. Rosalin Silvo.
Judge Mary Clark: All right, let me see it.
[Novak hands her the transcripts]
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Here are the transcripts. Silvo takes her daughter to the emergency room, she gets arrested for poisoning her with antifreeze. She waives her jury at the trial, Taft disallows an expert witness who's gonna testify that her daughter has a genetic disease, so Silvo's attorney asks for Taft's recusal. Silvo's doing 25 to life. Do you know what this is?
Judge Mary Clark: You don't know what this is. You've no idea what the circumstances were.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: This is grounds for getting his ass thrown off the bench. I need you to call Jack Dryer at the State Commission on Judicial Conduct and ask if anyone's filed confidential complaints against Taft.
Judge Mary Clark: No. Absolutely not. You want to talk to Dryer, be my guest, but I guarantee he's going to laugh you out of his office.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm asking you to make one phone call.
Judge Mary Clark: And I'm telling you that nothing you've shown me proves that Taft's done anything unethical or improper. You find such proof, bring it to me. Otherwise I'm done with this, Casey.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [to Clark] Rosalin Silvo is innocent. Here's the M.E.'s report.
[hands Clark some papers]
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Judge Taft let his bias run that courtroom. He pulled the same crap he always pulls, only this time he stole a woman's life.
Judge Mary Clark: That son of a bitch.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Seems to be the preferred way to describe this guy.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: Taft told Karen to get help which means he knew Alexis's poisoning was no accident. He was afraid she'd try it again with her other kids. Acquitting her gave her the means and the opportunity to commit a Class A felony.
Donald Cragen: He's protected by judicial immunity, Casey.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: He smoked his judicial immunity the second he had an ex parte communication with the defendant.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [about Judge Taft during his arrangement] Your Honor, the defendant's being charged with knowingly facilitating a murder.
James Woodrow: This is an outrage, Your Honor. An overzealous ADA is upset because she lost her case and is using the courts to exact retaliation.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: He acted beyond the scope of his position by communicating ex parte with a woman who later committed murder.
Judge Wyler: There's no grounds for these charges. An acquittal does not constitute aid to commit a felony.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Your Honor...
Judge Wyler: You're making a mockery of this court, Ms. Novak. I'm throwing the charges out. This is hubris and it reeks of professional misconduct. And you'd better believe Arthur Branch will hear about it.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [to Judge Taft] Did you tell Karen Campbell to suffocate her daughter?
Judge Oliver Taft: Absolutely not.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: But you talked to her even though it was clearly improper.
Judge Oliver Taft: It was a mistake.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: You don't make mistakes though. You make judgments. Who's innocent, who's guilty. You saw Rosalin Silvo and she was a whore. That means she's a bad mother and then you saw Karen Campbell. Why did you talk to her, Judge?
Judge Oliver Taft: Your Honor...
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Why talk to Karen Campbell? Why talk to a woman that tried to murder her daughter?
Judge Oliver Taft: I didn't know!
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Didn't know what? That she'd turn around and try to do it again?
Judge Oliver Taft: I thought they were good people!
Judge Walter Bradley: [bangs his gavel] That's enough. Ms. Novak, try that again and you're in contempt.
[to Taft]
Judge Walter Bradley: Sir, you will be as well if you don't sit down now.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Nothing further.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Blinded (#9.7)" (2007)
John Munch: Well, it doesn't matter. This indictment's a crock. Picard kidnaps Tiffany in Mississippi and the feds indict him in Louisiana?
Detective Olivia Benson: He raped her there. It's part of the same crime. The Feds can try him in either state.
John Munch: Olivia, they're gonna drop the kidnapping charge and let Louisiana try him for rape.
Casey Novak: Because raping a child under the age of twelve in Louisiana is a capital crime.

Casey Novak: [to Barry Moredock about Saul Picard] The Feds want to extradite him under the table. That's a violation of due process. You're a constitutional lawyer.
Barry Moredock: I never thought I'd see the day when a prosecutor would ask for my help.

Dr. George Huang: [to Casey about Saul Picard] He's not a pedophile. He's a schizophrenic. He kidnapped those girls because he thinks they're his sister Francine.
Casey Novak: But will he ever realize that he's the one that beat and raped Sabrina and Tiffany?
Dr. George Huang: It's possible, but it's also possible that he won't remember.
Casey Novak: Right. So we have to wait for his rispiridone to kick in.
Dr. George Huang: If it kicks in.
Casey Novak: What do you mean "if"?
Dr. George Huang: Haldol helped him with his schizophrenia for years until his sister died. It's possible that any medication we give him won't work in times of great stress.
Casey Novak: Are you saying he might not make it through a trial?
Dr. George Huang: Are you actually considering putting him though one?
Casey Novak: Yeah, after what he did to Sabrina Farmer...
Dr. George Huang: You heard what he said. He believes that his hallucinations are real. He thinks that he saved her. He belongs in a hospital.
Casey Novak: I'll take that under advisement.
[her cell phone makes a sound]
Dr. George Huang: Casey, the man is sick. Putting him in prison is no less cruel and unusual punishment than the Feds trying to have him executed.

Casey Novak: [to Saul] Would you like to make a statement?
Saul Picard: Yes. Send me to Louisiana.
Casey Novak: But you could face the death penalty.
Saul Picard: That's what I want.
Casey Novak: Mr. Picard, that's not gonna h...
Saul Picard: I don't deserve to live. Don't you understand? If the state thinks that killing me will stop one pervert from doing what I did to those poor little girls, then it's worth it. Please. Let me go home to die.

Barry Moredock: [to Casey] You can't put Saul Picard on trial.
Casey Novak: I don't have a choice, Barry. Just because he's schizophrenic doesn't mean he can't stand trial.
Barry Moredock: You know he's crazy.
Casey Novak: Then file for a 730 hearing and have his competency questioned.
Barry Moredock: He won't let me. I'm his attorney. I have to abide by what he wishes. But you don't.
Casey Novak: So now you're asking me for help.
Barry Moredock: He can waive extradition if he's declared incompetent.
Casey Novak: And if he's declared incompetent, he can't stand trial and I can't allow that.
Barry Moredock: Then make a deal, Casey. He pleads guilty and you send him to a mental institution instead of a prison.
Casey Novak: If you think Jack McCoy is gonna let me get away with that, you are crazier than he is.
Barry Moredock: So that's what this is about. The new boss wants to show he's tough on crime and you want to be a team player instead of doing the right thing.
Casey Novak: The right thing? Saul Picard raped an 11-year-old girl and beat her to within an inch of her life.
Barry Moredock: No, Casey. That's Saul Picard. Look at him. He's not the same man who raped Sabrina Farmer.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Novak] When do you want me on the stand?
Casey Novak: Uh, I don't think I do. I'll just use Sabrina and Elliot.
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh, you don't need Elliot. I saw everything that Picard did.
Casey Novak: But you didn't hear what he said and I need Elliot to show the jury what Picard is capable of.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, the police surgeon said that Elliot can't leave his house until his vision's back.
Casey Novak: Unless he has to appear in court.
Detective Olivia Benson: Casey, Elliot has a better chance for a quicker recovery if we don't stress him out.
Casey Novak: Look, I know he appreciates you looking out for him. It's my job to look out for him. He is perfectly capable of making this decision on his own, so I'll take to him myself.
Detective Olivia Benson: Leave him alone, Casey.
Casey Novak: I can't.

Casey Novak: [to Stabler] In your experience as a police officer, would you say that Mr. Picard qualifies as an EDP?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yes.
Casey Novak: Would you please tell the jury what that means?
Detective Elliot Stabler: EDP stands for "Emotionally Disturbed Person."
Casey Novak: In other words, he's crazy, right?
Judge Walter Bradley: Don't answer that, Detective.
[to Novak]
Judge Walter Bradley: He is not qualified to draw that conclusion, Counselor.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Novak] Hey, Casey. Casey! What was that?
Casey Novak: I don't know what you're talking about.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You know exactly what I'm talking about. You never wanted to try that guy.
Casey Novak: I tried this case to the best of my ability.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Cut the crap. You wanted Picard in the loony bin and you used me to put him there.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Novak] You proud of yourself?
Casey Novak: I don't need a lecture from you.
Detective Olivia Benson: I know why you sandbagged Elliot in court.
[goes through Casey's desk]
Casey Novak: Stay out of my desk!
[Olivia takes out a photo]
Detective Olivia Benson: Where is he now, Casey? Your schizo ex-boyfriend. Is he locked up somewhere?
Casey Novak: Get out of my office.
Detective Olivia Benson: He's the reason that you tanked the Picard case. That man deserves to be punished for what he did.
Casey Novak: Wait, wait. What he did to Tiffany Lemarsh or Sabrina Farmer? Or are you talking about payback for what he did to Elliot?
Detective Olivia Benson: You manipulated me and Elliot to satisfy your own agenda.
Casey Novak: Okay, you answer the question, Detective. Who did you let it leak to that we collared Picard? Did you go straight to the Feds or did you back-channel it through the Louisiana cops?
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh, you're damn right I told the Feds. They have a right to know.
Casey Novak: No. You want Picard dead. Louisiana kills him, your hands are clean.
Detective Olivia Benson: Those little girls are entitled to some justice.
Casey Novak: What you're talking about isn't justice. It's revenge.
Detective Olivia Benson: He's my partner, Casey.
Casey Novak: And it's my case. And how I handle it is none of your damn business because I don't answer to you.
Detective Olivia Benson: We'll see.

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.

Casey Novak: [to Olivia] Why did you rat me out to the D.A.?
Detective Olivia Benson: Because you threw the case.
Casey Novak: I had no choice after you sold out Picard to the Feds.
Detective Olivia Benson: Look, uh, Casey. I'm as guilty as you are. You were right. I wanted revenge for Elliot.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Novak about Sal Picard] Do you think he'll ever get better?
Casey Novak: I don't know. I thought Charlie would get better.
Detective Olivia Benson: What happened?
Casey Novak: I got a call from the morgue about six months ago. A John Doe clipped by a passing cab. No ID on him, but my business card. It was Charlie. Maybe he'd be alive if I hadn't make him leave.
Detective Olivia Benson: Casey, you had to save yourself.

Saul Picard: [to Casey] You should have let them execute me. I'd rather be dead than live with what I've done. You see, every day I get a little better. And the better I get, the worse I feel about what I did to those girls.
Casey Novak: Maybe one day you can forgive yourself when you realize it wasn't your fault.
Saul Picard: Wasn't it?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Impulsive (#9.3)" (2007)
Detective Olivia Benson: [Casey has grabbed a rehab employee by his jacket, amounting to assault] Casey, you're drowning here. And unless we can convince that guy to change his mind, I can't even throw you a life jacket.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm a big girl. I know how to swim.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [grabbing Feldron by his shirt] That is right because he and the rest of them are nothing but human garbage
David Feldron: Get away from me!
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm gonna find whoever's been brutalizing these kids and I'm gonna prove you've been protecting them to save your own ass you son of a bitch!

A.D.A. Casey Novak: Mrs. Trent is not a flight risk. The people request $50,000 bail.
Russell Hunter: We object, Your Honor and ask that the warrant for the products of my client's conception be suppressed.
Judge Walter Bradley: I signed that warrant myself, Mr. Hunter. On what grounds?
Russell Hunter: That the seizure of the fetus violates her first amendment right to freedom of religion.
Judge Walter Bradley: And, you, sir are violating the limits of my patience.

Bibi: I gave the kid the clap, but I told him to get himself checked.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Well, aren't you the poster girl for public health?
Detective Elliot Stabler: There's more. Just wait. Liv, listen to this. Go on.
Bibi: Last time I screwed Shane, he was bragging that he did his teacher, ripping her clothes off. Just how he practiced with me.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Practice makes perfect.

Sophie Devere: Your Honor, the filth that the police found on the defendant's computer would make Larry Flynt blush. This kid spends most of his free time looking at porn on the Internet.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Every adolescent boy in America looks at Internet porn.
Sophie Devere: But I would venture that most of them haven't slept with a couple of dozen hookers.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [to Shane] How many times did Sarah Trent beg you to stop when you were raping her?
Shane Mills: I don't know. I didn't count.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Oh, no, you were too busy.

Sophie Devere: [after Novak and Devere learn that Shane was assaulted] I want whoever did this to burn.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Are you sure? Because I wouldn't want to punish someone who's not responsible for his actions.
Sophie Devere: Don't you dare put this mess off on me.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I put Shane in this mess because I bought into your sideshow in court.
Sophie Devere: I gave Shane my best defense. I did my job. Do yours.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: I convict kids like Shane all the time and I have no idea what happens to them afterwards. I should have checked before I put Shane into that hellhole.
Detective Elliot Stabler: That's not your job.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Whose is it? Is it yours? Court's? Legislature?
Detective Elliot Stabler: The best way you can protect these kids is by nailing the son of a bitch who did this to Shane.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm not gonna be much use to you after I take that collar for assaulting Feldron.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, when I told him what a world of hurt that I would bring on him, he backed off.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Thanks.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Serendipity (#5.5)" (2003)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: What do you tell your boyfriend?
Detective Olivia Benson: I don't have one actually, once they find out what I do, the ones that don't pull away immediately get too interested and want to know all the sickening details.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I guess it's easier on the men's side.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, Fin doesn't talk about his personal life at work, Elliot doesn't talk about his work at home, and Munch has just given up.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: Have a minute?
D.A. Arthur Branch: Save a little girl, you get two. Come in, sit down.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I can't do this.
D.A. Arthur Branch: Sure you can, just bend your knees and let gravity take over.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Casey] Who the hell are you?
Detective Elliot Stabler: That's our new ADA. Casey Novak, Olivia Benson. Olivia, this is Casey Novak.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Do I know you?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, shortstop, cop's team. Come here.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Oh, right. Didn't recognize you when you weren't covered in my dust.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Casey after she halts the interrogation of Dr. Newlands] Where's Cragen?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I don't know.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Then you don't interrupt me when I'm in there with a perp. You stand here, watch through this one-way and see where we are.

Detective Elliot Stabler: ADA Novak, Trevor Langan.
[to Langan]
Detective Elliot Stabler: I assume you're here to protect your pedophile?
Trevor Langan: Alleged pedophile. And Casey and I go way back.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: To Wall Street. Most of his clients just screw employees out of pension plans.

Alicia Hahn: [When an 8-year-old girl tries to identify her assailant] I don't know.
Trevor Langan: Good enough for me.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Take your time, Alicia. It's very important.
Detective Olivia Benson: [to Novak] Yeah, she knows that.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Novak about Alicia Hahn] Could you have been any tougher on that little girl like she hasn't already been traumatized enough?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm sorry.
Detective Olivia Benson: Nobody thinks that they can do this at first.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I wanted straight homicides, you know? All the glory, no living victims.
Detective Olivia Benson: Lesson number one: nobody can handle the children.

D.A. Arthur Branch: [to Casey] I was watching you for this job when you were in White Collar. Knew you were tough, but wasn't sure you were the right person.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm not.
D.A. Arthur Branch: The fact that it effects you like this tells me my first instincts were right.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: What are you talking about?
D.A. Arthur Branch: This case was the ultimate test and you passed with flying colors.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: But I don't want it.
D.A. Arthur Branch: You will.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Cold (#9.19)" (2008)
Casey Novak: What are you selling, Brett?
Brett Smith: Criminal Defense.
Casey Novak: Yeah, hard to imagine.
Brett Smith: You've worked sex crimes longer than most and you're still passionate, we need you.
Casey Novak: Yeah, well, it's harder to care when your clients are guilty.
Brett Smith: Ours are accused of SEC violations, not diddling some 4-year-old on the playground.
Casey Novak: [after getting a call] Look, I'm sorry. I have to go.
Brett Smith: No more late night calls, no more rape victims and dead kids. How do you sleep at night?
Casey Novak: I don't.

Casey Novak: [to Stabler] You think you could manage to read Detective Lake his rights?
Elliot Stabler: I miss something?
Casey Novak: I specifically told you not to question him. He's under the 48-hour rule and shielded from interrogation.
Elliot Stabler: Don't worry. He didn't say anything.
Casey Novak: Yeah, and lucky for you. Because if he talked, it would've been inadmissible and under immunity.
Elliot Stabler: Okay, so how are we supposed to put this down when most crimes are solved within the first 48?
Casey Novak: You know what? That's not my problem. So you either follow orders or just stay out of the way.

Donna Emmett: [to Cecelia] When did you become a U.S. citizen, Miss Cruz?
Casey Novak: Objection. Irrelevant.
Donna Emmett: Witness veracity, Your Honor.
Judge Lena Petrovsky: [to Cecelia] Answer the question.
Cecelia Cruz: You don't understand. We didn't have the money for amnesty then, but I've been trying ever since.
Donna Emmett: In other words, you're here illegally. You went to school here, you saw doctors here, made money here, but you paid no taxes here.
Casey Novak: Is there a question or is Counsel just going to pontificate?

Casey Novak: [to Dr. Warner] The jury's looking at my witness like she did something wrong.
Dr. Melinda Warner: People feel strongly about immigration on both sides.
Casey Novak: That's why your forensic testimony needs to be solid. Is this partial profile enough to say he's a match?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Yes, but it leaves you wide open on rebuttal.
Casey Novak: Okay, why?
Dr. Melinda Warner: All human cells except platelets have 13 loci. The semen the lab tested presented only nine which means it was significantly degraded.
Casey Novak: I'll need probabilities as to the DNA match for Crane.
Dr. Melinda Warner: I can't give them with what we have.
Casey Novak: Okay, without it, he walks. Thomas Crane raped and murdered a young girl and we gave him the badge to hide behind while he did it.
Dr. Melinda Warner: I know what you want me to say, but the science doesn't support it.
Casey Novak: When the defense gets these lab reports, they might have enough for reasonable doubt. Can you live with that?
Dr. Melinda Warner: If I have to. Because I sure as hell won't risk my reputation for a verdict we didn't earn.

Donna Emmett: [to Lake] You call the lab to move the evidence. What were you told by the desk officer?
Chester Lake: That I needed a boss to request it.
Donna Emmett: Was that all you were told?
Chester Lake: I don't recall.
Donna Emmett: You weren't told that the evidence was too degraded and contaminated for testing?
Chester Lake: No.
Donna Emmett: Objection. Your Honor, I call for an immediate mistrial. There's a serious cover-up going on here and I have proof that this witness perjured himself and the prosecution violated Brady.
Casey Novak: Your Honor, that's ridiculous. No one lied. Counsel is accusing my office of conspiracy in front of the jury just to score points.
Judge Lena Petrovsky: Enough! In my chambers now.

Donna Emmett: DNA is the rock on which the people built their case. They don't have a credible witness.
Casey Novak: Cecelia Cruz's immigrant status has nothing to do with her eyewitness testimony.
Donna Emmett: And yet they've placed more emphasis on biological evidence, which I discovered was compromised.
Judge Lena Petrovsky: Is that true, Miss Novak?
Casey Novak: No, the evidence was tested by lab protocol.
Judge Lena Petrovsky: hen where are the reports? Because I don't have them.
Casey Novak: Incomplete. They're not finished.
Donna Emmett: And the dog ate my homework.
Casey Novak: I will turn everything over as soon as it is done.
Judge Lena Petrovsky: See that you do.
[to Ms. Emmett]
Judge Lena Petrovsky: And the conspiracy?
Donna Emmett: Detective Lake perjured himself. He was told that the sample was too degraded for testing by the evidence intake officer.
Casey Novak: Who's not a DNA expert. If it's so degraded, how did we find two separate profiles?
Donna Emmett: I think you want to win so badly, you'd plant the evidence and frame my client.
Casey Novak: Oh, the O.J. defense. That's original. Good for you.

Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: [to Novak] The D.A. is declining to re-file charges against Thomas Crane.
Casey Novak: He raped and murdered Alisa Hernandez and he gets to keep his badge?
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Because of your actions, Counselor.
Casey Novak: With all due respect, ma'am, this doesn't concern you.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: It does now.
[hands Novak a piece of paper]
Casey Novak: I'm being called before the bar.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: At my insistence.
Casey Novak: Why?
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Because you lost perspective. And because I sit on the peer review board, and I cannot allow you to commit a Brady violation and lie to the court without consequence.
Casey Novak: The reports weren't finished, Your Honor. I sent them back.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: You lied to Petrovsky and now you are lying to me. The lab reports were dated and stamped. We are civil servants, Casey. No one is falling on their sword for you. What I want to know is why.
Casey Novak: Because the bad guys can't always win and he deserved to pay.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: And so do you.
Casey Novak: How much trouble am I in?
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Censure. Possible suspension.
Casey Novak: For how long?
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: A year. Maybe more.
Casey Novak: What should I do?
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Something else.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Conscience (#6.6)" (2004)
Dr. Brett Morton: [to Novak about Jake O'Hara] What's going to happen to him?
Casey Novak: Without a plea bargain, he'll stand trial and go to prison.
Dr. Brett Morton: He's a juvenile, he'll be out at 18.
Casey Novak: Dr. Morton, we're trying Jake as an adult.
Dr. Brett Morton: No. I lost a child and I know one thing. It's wrong to lose another child to a life in prison.
Elliot Stabler: As a parent, I can't imagine what you're going through.
Dr. Brett Morton: Well, putting Jake in jail isn't justice.
Casey Novak: And sending him to that camp doesn't make you responsible for what he did.
Dr. Brett Morton: Jake's had a hard life. What he did isn't entirely his fault.
Casey Novak: And that evidence will be introduced at trial.
Dr. Brett Morton: I'm sure you have the best intentions, but you're wrong.

Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly: Jake O'Hara burned himself?
Dr. George Huang: The camp's director tried to explain to Jake's mother that he should be institutionalized. She didn't believe him, she threatened a lawsuit and then she took Jake home.
Casey Novak: He was thrown out of two private schools in Brooklyn for violent behavior and arson. His mom had to move him to Riverdale.
Dr. George Huang: The kid's a sociopath.
Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly: He's only 13.
Dr. George Huang: Well, he has all the classic symptoms. He's glib, he lies, he has no remorse, no empathy, he's narcissistic and he's extremely manipulative. He fooled both of us.
Casey Novak: Even Brett Morton and he's also a psychiatrist. He lives right next door. He never saw how devious Jake really is.

Casey Novak: [to the Family Court judge] The District Attorney's office has reconsidered our decision to try Jake O'Hara in Family Court. We request that the case be moved to Supreme Court for trial as an adult.
Family Court Judge: Hearings have begun. Jeopardy is attached. If I dismiss now, the case is over.
Casey Novak: These are highly unusual circumstances. Jake O'Hara lied about his abuse. All his injuries are self-inflicted.
Dr. Brett Morton: What are you saying?
Family Court Judge: Dr. Morton...
Casey Novak: We interviewed witnesses at the camp. They all told us Jake burned himself. This case must be moved, Your Honor.
Dr. Brett Morton: [to Jake] I believed you. I fought for you.
[stands up]
Family Court Judge: Dr. Morton, sit down.
Dr. Brett Morton: You lying little bastard.
Family Court Judge: The court officer will remove Dr. Morton from this courtroom.
Dr. Brett Morton: You little prick! You should rot in hell!
[Jake smirks as Dr. Morton is being escorted out of the courtroom]
Elliot Stabler: Let's go before she locks you up.
Family Court Judge: You bet I will. Get him out of here.
Dr. Brett Morton: [to Jake as he's being led out of the courtroom] You monster! You murdered my son!

Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly: [to Stabler] How could you let this happen?
Elliot Stabler: You've got some nerve, lady. That kid was killed because you sent him to Family Court.
Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly: I didn't stand there and watch Brett Morton grab a gun.
Elliot Stabler: You sure as hell put it in his hand. What, you didn't want to say no to a grieving father? You afraid the press would call you a cold-hearted bitch?
Casey Novak: You two want to blame each other, go ahead, but I have a job to do. What's our decision on Dr. Morton?
Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly: Charge him. Murder two.
Elliot Stabler: His son was killed by a psychopath who was gonna walk.
Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly: And that gives him the right to kill a kid? I want him arraigned by tomorrow morning.

Casey Novak: [to Mr. Zierko about a deal for Dr. Morton] What do you want?
Chauncey Zeirko: Man two, minimum time.
Casey Novak: I have a better idea. Why don't we just throw him a parade?
Chauncey Zeirko: I don't like your tone.
Casey Novak: Yeah, well, I don't like 13-year-olds being shot to death in the courthouse.

Elliot Stabler: [to Novak after court] You really went after Morton in there.
Casey Novak: He killed a kid. He knew what he was doing.
Elliot Stabler: You're so sure about that because of something he wrote 15 years ago?
Casey Novak: Elliot, he's screwing with us. This grief-crazed-father crap. It's all an act.
Elliot Stabler: I spend my life locking up skells for murdering children. The system says they go away to prison. Fine. But if it were my son lying on that slab, I don't know what my rage would make me do.

Casey Novak: [during her closing statement] None of us can imagine enduring Brett Morton's grief, but grief is not what drove him to murder. He acted not out of emotion, but out of his professional knowledge and experience. His act wasn't irrational. In fact, it was perfectly consistent with his long-held belief that sociopathic children cannot be cured. Jake O'Hara pretended remorse for the murder of Henry Morton. And when the defendant learned that Jake was a devious and manipulative child, he also began to pretend. He pretended he lost control. He didn't. Not for a single second. He waited for the perfect opportunity, grabbed the court officer's gun and then shot a child. That is not extreme emotional disturbance. It's murder and you must hold him responsible.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Unorthodox (#9.13)" (2008)
Casey Novak: Roxana, you're representing Jack?
Roxana Fox: George Tremblay called Legal Aid to ask how he could give up his son for adoption.
Casey Novak: And you smelled headlines.

Casey Novak: [about Jack Tremblay] That child is a predator. He raped David a half a dozen times.
Roxana Fox: They were a couple of kids screwing around, if you'll pardon the expression. You try Jack as an adult, you're looking at jury nullification.
Casey Novak: I'll take my chances.
Roxana Fox: And I look forward to kicking your ass.

Casey Novak: Sleep deprivation's making you soft, Elliot.

Elliot Stabler: Parents are supposed to love their children. They supposed to protect them. Jack's father threw him to the wolves.
Casey Novak: So he has a crap father. Lots of children do, but they don't become rapists.

Roxana Fox: [to Casey] How convenient. Three sweet and innocent little victims to bolster your case.
Casey Novak: They were afraid to say anything.
Roxana Fox: So what? Someone suddenly spiked the bug juice in the school cafeteria with liquid courage?

Casey Novak: [during her closing statement] Jack Tremblay didn't do a cannonball off the high dive and splash a couple of kids. Jack Tremblay brutally raped four children. Now, 70 million kids in this country watch TV; some of it is entertainment and some of it is educational. But 70 million kids. They didn't do what Jack did. Something made Jack Tremblay commit a terrible crime, but it wasn't TV. Jack was picked on and he was angry, so he lashed out at smaller, weaker children to make himself feel better. Television didn't make Jack hold Michelle and Ashley down, and television didn't make Jack ignore Lucy and David's cries. Jack did it because Jack wanted to.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Harm (#9.5)" (2007)
Casey Novak: I just think we're gonna have a tough time trying to bring Helios or Tomforde to trial.
Dr. Melinda Warner: What about Sutton?
Dr. George Huang: She didn't kill Kate or Abbas.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Might as well have.
Dr. George Huang: Melinda...
Dr. Melinda Warner: That woman's interrogation methods led to Abbas's death and God knows how many others.
Donald Cragen: We can't arrest Sutton for something that happened in Iraq.
Olivia Benson: No, but Abbas died in New York. If a reasonable doctor could have foreseen that her methods would lead to heart failure, heart attack, death...
Dr. Melinda Warner: There's a case for criminally negligent homicide.
Detective Elliot Stabler: And you really think a jury will hold Sutton responsible?
Olivia Benson: She taught a loose cannon like Tomforde how to torture a man to death. That not enough for you?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Someone should be held responsible. It's what Kate Simes would have wanted and what Haroun Abbas deserves.

Matthew Braden: [to Novak] It is amazing how well you handle those steps.
Casey Novak: Excuse me?
Matthew Braden: Yeah, on that high horse you're riding.

Matthew Braden: [to Novak] Tell me what would you do if you had five minutes to stop a suicide bomber from killing 20 marines or 10 innocent civilians. Or one little girl?
[shows her a photo of a young girl]
Casey Novak: Who's this?
Matthew Braden: Elizabeth Ross. Elizabeth was buried alive in a construction pit in Brooklyn back when I was a cop. We had a suspect. I knew in my gut the guy did it, but we went at him 48 hours, couldn't break him. I told my partner to leave. I broke the bastard's arm in three places. He confessed. When we found Elizabeth, she was dehydrated, she barely had a pulse, but she was alive.
Casey Novak: That how you got bounced off the force?
Matthew Braden: His confession was thrown out. The guy walked, but Elizabeth's going to law school now, wants to be a prosecutor. You're gonna tell me the ends don't justify the means?

Casey Novak: [to Dr. Sutton] You have no idea that a stress position could tear a rotator cuff? You had no clue that a long ice bath might lead to a coronary? A fifth of the detainees that died of natural causes in US custody died of heart attacks. Many of them young men with no history of heart disease. And yet, you, a successful medical professional had no suspicion that your methods might lead to death? Or didn't you care?

Dr. Faith Sutton: Ms. Novak, let me ask you a question. How would you protect our country? I have a son in Iraq. How would you protect him?
Casey Novak: Your Honor...
Dr. Faith Sutton: No! You answer me! Intelligence gathering is one of the few weapons we have in the war on terror.
Casey Novak: Your Honor...
Dr. Faith Sutton: Maybe the only way to fight an enemy we can't see. You think asking nicely is gonna get them to tell us when they plan to fly the next set of planes into our buildings?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Gone (#7.16)" (2006)
Detective Elliot Stabler: [after getting the results of the tire tracks] Roadmaster Excelsiors, Used on any one of a couple dozen compacts.
Detective Olivia Benson: It doesn't match our boys. None of their families own anything smaller than a C-Class Mercedes.
Detective Elliot Stabler: And there was no sign of a struggle in or around the house. Jason must've known whoever came to get him.
Casey Novak: It had to be Nick and Doug.
Donald Cragen: Houdini couldn't make people disappear like these guys can.
Casey Novak: How the hell did they find where Jason was staying?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Are you saying they found out from us?
Casey Novak: Why are you hanging around here when you should be looking for Jason?
Detective Elliot Stabler: We're not hanging around, we've been busting our asses!
Casey Novak: Jason is missing, and Nick and Doug are going to walk unless you call in the troops to find him!
Donald Cragen: All right, look, we call in the troops, and everybody finds out Jason is gone. Now, you wanna think about that for a second or just keep playing you blame game?
Casey Novak: [softly] Is that was this is ? A game?
Casey Novak: [Novak walks away. Stabler goes to follow but Cragen stops him]
Donald Cragen: I've got her.
Donald Cragen: [Cragen follows Novak into his office]
Casey Novak: [voice breaking] I told Jason everything would be okay.
Donald Cragen: You don't know for sure that isn't.
Casey Novak: We both know something bad happened to him. He trusted me and I let him down.
Donald Cragen: Beating yourself up isn't gonna help us find him any faster.
Casey Novak: You're right. If this gets out, I won't have a case. We have to keep it quiet.
Donald Cragen: What's the next move?
Casey Novak: I have to tell the D.A.

Casey Novak: [after being ordered by Donnelly to produce Jason] We're in trouble.
Arthur Branch: I heard. We can't bank on the police to find Jason.
Casey Novak: Any advice?
Arthur Branch: Well, when under attack, circle the wagons. Go back to your office, Casey. Relax. Breathe. Then meet me by my car at 6:00.
Casey Novak: We going somewhere?

Arthur Branch: [upon finding out that Jason is missing] Why the hell wasn't Jason King in protective custody?
Donald Cragen: His parents volunteered to take him out of town.
Arthur Branch: With Nick Pratt and Doug Waverly out on bail? It was just a matter of time before they found out where Jason was. Is SVU tight?
Donald Cragen: As a drum, sir. There's no way the leak came from my people.
Arthur Branch: And I doubt it came from Casey. That leaves Liz Donnelly's office.
Casey Novak: I'll notify her.
Arthur Branch: No you won't. Not yet.
Casey Novak: You're not suggesting that she's...
Arthur Branch: The leak? Of course not. It's just that her people are the only ones I can't vouch for. You know, if she stops the trial now, double jeopardy attaches. We can never try Pratt or Waverly on these charges again.
Donald Cragen: Well, can't you read Jason's grand jury testimony at trial?
Arthur Branch: Not unless we can prove he's been harmed. Fourteenth Amendment gives Nick and Doug the right to face their accuser.
Casey Novak: If we don't find Jason soon, I'm gonna run out of witnesses.
Casey Novak: Get some more. Keep our case alive. Stall as long as you can.

Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Arthur? Casey?
Casey Novak: We need to talk to you.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: In the middle of a trial? I don't think so.
Arthur Branch: The defense had their ex parte moment.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: In chambers, not my living room
Arthur Branch: This is different. Can you step outside a moment.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: [Donnelly steps outside] Why the cloak-and-dagger routine?
Arthur Branch: We couldn't take the chance your house was bugged.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Bugged? Why would anyone want to bug my...
Casey Novak: Jason King, our star witness disappeared last week. We have evidence he was kidnapped but we can't prove it.
Arthur Branch: The leak's not in our office Liz, or SVU. Whoever took Jason had to find out where he was from somebody that works for you.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: You think I have a mole in my office and you didn't tell me?
Arthur Branch: My orders. If Jason's still alive, and the kidnappers find that we're on to them, they could kill him. We couldn't risk it.

[Nick, Doug and Jason are in court being arraigned]
Oliver Gates: This is preposterous.
Judge Alan Ridenour: No one asked you yet, Mr. Gates. Bail?
Casey Novak: The People request remand.
Oliver Gates: And the defense moves for immediate dismissal of all charges. The People can't even make out the basic elements of a crime, Your Honor. Jennifer Durning has a history of running away.
Casey Novak: Once, when she was 14.
Monica Bradshaw: They can't prove she's dead. They still don't have the body.
Judge Alan Ridenour: Is that true, Ms. Novak?
Casey Novak: Yes, Your Honor.
Judge Alan Ridenour: Then on what basis were the defendants arrested?
Casey Novak: A tip to the police hotline saying that Mr. Waverly was leaving the country. Detectives arrested him boarding a chartered plane to Rio De Janeiro.
Monica Bradshaw: Which is not a crime, and where my client's father was taking him on legitimate business for his produce company.
Casey Novak: And from where, conveniently, we'd never be able to extradite him.
Judge Alan Ridenour: [to Novak] Do the People have evidence that a rape or murder took place?
Casey Novak: More than enough to guarantee an indictment.
Judge Alan Ridenour: Well, care to share that with us, Counselor?
Casey Novak: We have a videotape of the defendants serving the victim alcohol just before she disappeared. Now, beyond that, the People are not prepared to divulge anything further.
Dave Seaver: They have nothing, Your Honor. You can't prove murder without a dead body or rape without a live victim.
Judge Alan Ridenour: I'm familiar with the laws of evidence, Mr. Seaver. On the charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, the defendants are released on their own recognizance.
Casey Novak: Your Honor, move that the court seize the passports of all three defendants.
Judge Alan Ridenour: So ordered. However, until the people secure indictments, I have no choice but to grant the defense motion. The charges of rape and murder are dismissed.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Home (#5.16)" (2004)
[Novak seeks legal advice on how to prosecute a boy who killed his younger brother]
Judge Mary Conway Clark: Do you feel this boy deserves to be charged? Do you feel the facts fit the charges under the penal law? Did he have intent?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I don't know what he was thinking.
Judge Mary Conway Clark: Well, find out. And find out why your defendant isn't rebelling against his mother like a normal teenage boy.

Judge Lois Preston: [to Miss Shamal] How does your client plead?
Attorney Shamal: Not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
Adam Nesbit: Excuse me, ma'am, but she's wrong. I did it. I'm guilty.
Attorney Shamal: Adam...
Judge Lois Preston: Miss Shamal, please explain to your client that his statements can be used against him.
Adam Nesbit: I shot my brother. I know I have to go to jail.
Attorney Shamal: Your Honor, I ask that Adam's remarks be stricken and a plea of "Not Guilty" be entered.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Your client just confessed to murdering his brother again.
Attorney Shamal: Which shows that he is clearly not competent to assist in his own defense.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: The People will show Adam knows right from wrong and should be allowed to enter the plea of his choice.
Attorney Shamal: He's an emotionally disturbed adolescent. He can't make that choice.
Judge Lois Preston: Enough. I'm ordering a 730 exam. Until the shrinks weigh in, he's not guilty.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: Thank you for seeing me, Judge.
Judge Mary Conway Clark: Oh, Casey, stop calling me "Judge." I'm not on the bench anymore.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: It's a habit from when I used to clerk for you.
Judge Mary Conway Clark: And when we're having drinks, call me Mary.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: Bringing up Adam with paranoid ideas isn't against the law. You can raise your kid to be a racist so long as it doesn't cause harm.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [about Marilyn Nesbit after Dr. Huang talks to her] How can she be reading the paper as if nothing happened?
Dr. George Huang: Because she has a borderline personality disorder. She compartmentalizes the world, she's always right and anyone who challenges her is not only wrong but her enemy.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Including her children.
Dr. George Huang: Absolutely. Adam always obeyed her and so he was good. Jacob didn't, so that made him bad.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: So she doesn't really love them?
Dr. George Huang: It's a twisted, narcissistic kind of love.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Intoxicated (#6.19)" (2005)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: You didn't kill your mother Olivia.
Detective Olivia Benson: But I know what it's like to want to.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: You didn't kill your mother, Olivia.
Detective Olivia Benson: I know what it's like to want to. That's how I know Simone Brice. I called her back then. She was a law student, and she helped me survive it.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Why didn't Carrie say something?
Detective Olivia Benson: Because then the abuse becomes real. If you keep quiet, you can pretend that it's not.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: She'll do time in a juvenile facility, no hard time.
Attorney Simone Bryce: I pulled the jury, 11 of them wanted to convict her. You would've had your murder conviction. Why'd you plead her out?
[Casey nods to Olivia]

A.D.A. Casey Novak: So, what, you guys couldn't deal with Denise Eldridge so you sicced her on me?
Detective Olivia Benson: What happened?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Oh, she blew in here with her shopping bag saying you guys weren't doing anything about her daughter. She wanted me to charge you guys for not arresting Justin Sharp.
Detective Elliot Stabler: So what do you want us to do?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Did he rape Carrie?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Letter of the law, yeah. But we can't prove it.
Detective Olivia Benson: The sex was consensual. You charge Justin with endangering, it's a misdemeanor, first offense. He's not gonna do any time. So how is justice served there?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: It's not.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Right. And when Denise comes back next with the same accusation...
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Why don't you advise her that unless she has pictures, we're not prosecuting Justin.

Detective Olivia Benson: Hey, how'd it go?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Judge remanded Carrie to Bridges. At least she won't be in Rikers.
Detective Olivia Benson: I really misjudged her. All I saw was a desperate teen needing help.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Look, I saw my daughter going out with a grown man. Sometimes it's hard to keep your own crap out of the work.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [entering] Speaking of crap, psych defense.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?
[sarcastically to Benson]
Detective Elliot Stabler: PMS made her do it.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Coerced (#5.6)" (2003)
Rebecca Balthus: Casey Novak?
Casey Novak: Yes?
Rebecca Balthus: Rebecca Balthus, Kevin Walker's legal aid attorney. Your, uh, boss order you to try my client?
Casey Novak: No, that was my decision, but the District Attorney did sign off on it.
Rebecca Balthus: Waste of time and money. Kevin's a lunatic.
Casey Novak: Your client kidnapped a 5-year-old boy, murdered a man and almost killed another who tried to stop him.
Rebecca Balthus: And a jury will institutionalize him quicker than you can say "cacisti."

Casey Novak: [to Cragen] I don't know your detectives and I don't know you.
Donald Cragen: When you worked felonies, you had a different cop every case, right?
Casey Novak: Yeah, so?
Donald Cragen: Special Victims, it's just us. We gotta trust each other.
Casey Novak: You're asking for a hell of a lot of trust.
Donald Cragen: Either way, Kevin Walker goes someplace where he can't hurt anybody. You take him to trial, a good detective loses his credibility as a cop. He'll never be able to testify in court again. His only choices will be to quit or finish his career in the property clerk's office.

Casey Novak: [to Cragen] Can you assure me the defendant wasn't hurt and I'm not gonna get my ass kicked in court on a technicality?

Casey Novak: [to Stabler after Kevin has an outburst in court] What the hell was Kevin talking about?
Elliot Stabler: I have no idea.
Casey Novak: So it has nothing to do with whatever you got me to cover up?
Elliot Stabler: I'm not covering up anything.
Casey Novak: I put my ass on the line for you when I pled Kevin out. Now he's lucid, screaming about someone killing Martha...
Elliot Stabler: Well, I'm telling you, I don't know who this Martha is.
Casey Novak: You better find out. If there's been another murder in this case, I'm holding you responsible and your dirty little secret's going on the record.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Choice (#5.7)" (2003)
Elliot Stabler: [to Casey about Craig Fulton] You made a deal with that idiot?
Casey Novak: I take him to trial, I'm not sure I'd win.
Olivia Benson: What'll it take to convince you? Broken bones or maybe a dead body?
Casey Novak: Jennifer Fulton didn't exactly help her case by fingering the wrong guy.
Olivia Benson: So now rape victims have to be perfect before you'll bother to prosecute their rapists?
Casey Novak: I prosecute cases I have a chance at winning.
Elliot Stabler: Well, hang around 'cause you'll be prosecuting him for murder. The number one cause of death among pregnant women is homicide, usually by their partners.
Casey Novak: Okay, Craig Fulton goes within 200 yards of Jennifer, he's in jail.
Olivia Benson: Oh, great. That'll stop him. Let's go give her the good news.

Casey Novak: If Jennifer pleads guilty, I'll ask for a suspended sentence, pending successful completion of her pregnancy in an alcohol treatment facility.
Lorna Scarry: She's not going to court, but you're gonna lock her up anyway.
Olivia Benson: It's a residential facility. It's not a prison.
Lorna Scarry: You're depriving her of her liberty and sending a message to every troubled pregnant woman that she should avoid doctors, hospitals, health workers and above all, the police or she too might end up in jail.
Casey Novak: That's a ludicrous exaggeration.
Lorna Scarry: Not from where my client is sitting.
Olivia Benson: Jennifer, we're trying to do what's best for you and your baby. You're gonna have to trust us.
Jennifer Fulton: I did trust you, Olivia.

Casey Novak: Jennifer, do you believe you can control your alcohol addiction?
Jennifer Fulton: Yes, I do.
Casey Novak: You weren't able to go without breaking the Family Court's ruling.
Jennifer Fulton: I was under a lot of stress.
Casey Novak: You're pregnant. That stress isn't going to go away. Can you guarantee that you won't have another lapse?
Jennifer Fulton: Yes.
Casey Novak: How? Alcoholism is a disease. It's not something that can be switched on and off.
Jennifer Fulton: I know I can control it.
Casey Novak: How can you, Jennifer?
Jennifer Fulton: Because I love my baby. I'm not gonna hurt it.
Casey Novak: You say that, but you still drank.
Jennifer Fulton: I'm telling you, I love my child. I do.

Lorna Scarry: [during closing arguments] The People's argument makes perfect sense. If the mother has a drinking problem, why not give her treatment so her behavior doesn't harm her unborn child? Everything in me, as a wife and a mother, agrees with the urge to protect the fetus. Then why does this Family Court order make me so afraid? Because if you follow the court's line of thinking to its inevitable conclusion, then every pregnant woman could be monitored by the State. Today it's alcohol. What's next? Driving? She could get into an accident. Prescription meds, all those side effects. Dieting, the baby might suffer. In fact, why not prohibit every activity which could harm the fetus? If you give the fetus rights to the extent the Family Court demands, then all you women here must be prepared to lose your own rights. And where will it end? With you as nothing more than childbearing receptacles with no right to privacy and no right to control your own bodies.
Casey Novak: Jennifer Fulton is here because she ignored a court order not to drink. She has promised not to drink again, and to attend an outpatient facility, but she has broken these promises before. Now, how can she guarantee that she won't break them again? She can't. You've been asked to consider the mother's rights, but don't forget about the rights of the child, the child Jennifer wants to have. Doesn't that child have the right to be born healthy? Or must it suffer its entire life just to uphold the mother's right to do whatever she wants with her body? You know Jennifer can't help herself, so I'm asking you to help her by finding her guilty. Yes, she will be locked up, but she will also be given, at State expense, the treatment that she needs to ensure the safe delivery of her baby. Isn't that what everyone here wants?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Trade (#9.18)" (2008)
Casey Novak: People's 18. The report from the lab on the semen found inside Jenna's body. "DNA testing confirms fluids are from Pierson Bartlett Junior." Note that sperm are immotile. P.J., did you know that you were shooting blanks?

Avery Hemmings: I've seen CEOs who rape their employees' pension funds get better treatment than this.
Casey Novak: You're the one who screwed your client. Did you even read the autopsy report?
Avery Hemmings: Of course I read it.
Casey Novak: Then maybe you should go back to defending white collar criminals because a first-year law student wouldn't miss the age of Jenna's fetus.
Avery Hemmings: The trial's not over yet.
Casey Novak: Oh, yes, it is. Only question is how long the jury's out.

Casey Novak: Hey, Dana, wait up.
Court Officer Lyons: Hey, Case. Tough break. You almost had him.
Casey Novak: Yeah, 11 to 1 to convict. You have any idea what the hell happened in there?
Court Officer Lyons: Yeah. You had one crazy-ass jury.
Casey Novak: Crazy how?
Court Officer Lyons: Day one, I bring them lunch. Everything's hunky-dory. Second day, they're all screaming.
Casey Novak: At each other?
Court Officer Lyons: No, at the holdout. Juror number four. I felt sorry for her.
Casey Novak: You took pity on the moron who screwed my case?
Court Officer Lyons: Not for that. She's a single mom with a disabled kid.

Casey Novak: [about Pierson and P.J] What a mess. First we can't get either one of them to talk, now they're flipping on each other. I'm never gonna get a conviction.
Elliot Stabler: And so what? If Jenna were alive, we'd be collaring her for blackmail. She's no innocent victim here. She's a hustler.
Olivia Benson: Hustlers deserve justice too.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Game (#6.14)" (2005)
U.S. Attorney Raul Menedez: [after the detectives discover that the surveillance tape of the murder has been taken away by the U.S. Attorney's Office] You can't have it. As soon as that tape appears in discovery, the defense will want to know context, provenance, everything.
Casey Novak: It won't affect any ongoing operation.
U.S. Attorney Raul Menedez: I can't risk surveillance of a vital target in a war against terror becoming front page news.
Casey Novak: But that's more important than letting two psychopaths walk free?
U.S. Attorney Raul Menedez: Frankly, yes. If this tape's your only evidence, you should ask the NYPD to get off their asses and find you some more.
Elliot Stabler: I met your vital target. This guy's no terrorist. He's a sleazy joke.
Casey Novak: I need the tape, Raul.
U.S. Attorney Raul Menedez: I said you can't have the tape because there is no tape.

Oliver Gates: Garrett plays these games up to 40 hours a week.
Casey Novak: It's amazing he found the time to commit murder.

Casey Novak: [to Garrett] Larry got that e-mail two hours before he killed himself. Did you want to push him over the edge?
Garrett Perle: No.
Casey Novak: Oh, then why would you send it, huh? Did the game make you do that, too?
Garrett Perle: No.
Casey Novak: Then why?
Garrett Perle: It was a joke.
Casey Novak: First you say kicking a woman to death is a game and now this is a joke? Do you think this is funny?
Garrett Perle: You're confusing me.
Casey Novak: Well, you weren't confused. You knew exactly what you were doing. You were afraid Larry was going to turn you in to the police. So you preyed on him until he killed himself.
[points to the photo in the e-mail]
Casey Novak: Larry Tauber, murderer, LMAO. What's that mean, LMAO? Why don't you tell us?
Garrett Perle: Laughing my ass off.
Casey Novak: What? I'm sorry. I can't hear you.
Garrett Perle: Laughing my ass off!
Casey Novak: Larry's dead, Melody's dead and you're laughing your ass off.
Garrett Perle: Yeah, you bet I am. Because you are a joke. This whole damn thing is a joke.

Casey Novak: [in her closing statement] Did Garrett and Louise get the idea from a game? Yes. But we get ideas all the time, from books, from TV, from friends, from life, from everywhere. We don't act on them. We know that the idea doesn't justify the deed. Don't let Mr. Gates blind you to the facts. Real people ran over a real person and then they beat her to death. Melody Quinn felt real pain. She bled real blood, and she died a horrible and lonely death. It was not a game. Now, did Melody's killers know what they were doing? Well, their taunting of Larry Tauber, the one member of their trio with the humanity to feel regret, proves that they did. Garrett Perle said it himself, "It was a joke." Well, you know what? Murder is no joke, so don't let them use a game as an excuse for their cruel and callous actions.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Screwed (#8.22)" (2007)
Casey Novak: The defense will try and discredit this unit and prove incompetence. That's why I need your jackets.
Elliot Stabler: So we're on trial this time.

Casey Novak: [to Darius] You didn't get sick until you saw my witness list and you don't want to hear the medical examiner describe in gory detail exactly what you did to the victim.

Matthew Braden: [to Elliot] Was your daughter Kathleen arrested on a DUl charge in May 2005?
Elliot Stabler: Yes.
Matthew Braden: Did you ask the arresting officers to lose your daughter's blood samples and paperwork?
Elliot Stabler: No.
Matthew Braden: In fact, didn't they deliver her to you and then bury the evidence? Didn't you, a police officer sworn to uphold the law, circumvent it for personal gain?
Casey Novak: Objection. Badgering.
Elliot Stabler: You can phrase it any way you want. The answer's still no.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: [bangs her gavel] Given this line of questioning and my personal knowledge concerning this matter, I must recuse myself.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Venom (#7.18)" (2006)
Casey Novak: [to Cragen] The sexual assault charge against Ken Randall was bogus. Apparently, she was a friend. She tried to have sex with him to prove he wasn't gay.
Captain Donald Cragen: That always works.

Casey Novak: Heshy. How can I help you?
Hashi Horowitz: I represent Darius Parker.
Casey Novak: Then I only have one thing to say: no deal.
Hashi Horowitz: I don't recall asking for one.
Casey Novak: Then what do you want?
Hashi Horowitz: Well, a little pleasant conversation wouldn't hurt.

Captain Donald Cragen: [about Darius] You think his attorney told him what to say?
Casey Novak: No one would advise their client to take that kind of risk. Besides, they're plenty of ex-cons who know the law as well as I do.
Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola: There's a lot of law books in prison.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Reparations (#12.21)" (2011)
Casey Novak: [to Stabler] If I lose this one straight out of the gate, I'm done.

Casey Novak: I'll subpoena Lorna.
Elliot Stabler: Casey, we're talking about the survivor of a gang rape who never got the justice she deserved.
Casey Novak: And without her testimony, neither will Catherine.

Jonah Dekker: [to Novak about subpoening Lorna] This is pretty low. Even for someone who needs to win as badly as you do.
Casey Novak: I'm trying to win for Catherine.
Jonah Dekker: Whose grandfather raped my aunt!
Casey Novak: And this victim is just as innocent as your aunt. She was targeted by Dwight as revenge for this decades-old atrocity.
Lorna Talcott: [to Decker] After everything I've taught you, you're scared of a damn piece of paper?
Jonah Dekker: You don't get it. This prosecutor is compelling you to describe the details of your rape for the record.
Lorna Talcott: No one can make me do anything.
Casey Novak: Ms. Talcott, if you don't appear, you'll be held in contempt and taken into custody.
Lorna Talcott: Jail is just steel and concrete. I've spent plenty of time in the cell.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Pretend (#8.21)" (2007)
Casey Novak: Scott Heston cleans up nicely. He looks like a choir boy today. You should have seen him on the night of March 28th when he was pummeling Riley Cuskey with fluorescent light tubes, thumbtacks, chairs, and a bat wrapped in barbed wire. It's hard to imagine, isn't it? Luckily, you don't have to because he videotaped it. You get to watch him actually wielding those deadly weapons and you'll see him acting with reckless disregard for human life. Engaging in acts that brought about the death of Riley Cuskey.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [about Cassandra Sullivan's true identity] Denise Pickering, arrested for shoplifting in Detroit.
Casey Novak: Who's Denise Pickering?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Cassandra Sullivan. AKA Loretta Sheridan, AKA who knows who else?
Casey Novak: She was 16 at the time of her arrest? That makes her 28 now.
Olivia Benson: Gotta give her one thing. She does look good for her age.
Detective Elliot Stabler: The address listed on the report, that was her very first foster family. Child services had removed her from an abusive home.
Olivia Benson: Foster mom said that she was in bad shape when she came in, but a happy kid by the time she aged out at 18.
Casey Novak: So happy she didn't want to leave apparently. So, what, she just went from state to state sneaking back into foster care for the next 12 years?
Olivia Benson: I think so.
Casey Novak: Does she realize she could go to jail for theft over this? She's fraudulently been receiving a free education and free foster care from the state.
Detective Elliot Stabler: I think our biggest problem is we have a grown woman attending high school with a bunch of kids.
Casey Novak: Not anymore. Yank her out and notify A.C.S. to cut all services.
Olivia Benson: What is gonna happen to her? Because I think psychologically, she still is a kid. She's never taken care of herself.
Casey Novak: Well, she's pushing 30. It's time to grow up, but I'll help her find some counseling.

Cassandra Sullivan: [to Novak] They kicked me out of school, out of foster care. Everything I own in the world is in those two garbage bags. If you hadn't gotten me into this shelter, I'd be living on the street.
Casey Novak: I want you to take the plea.
Cassandra Sullivan: I didn't rape anybody.
Casey Novak: Technically, you did.
Cassandra Sullivan: I'm only 16.
Casey Novak: You're gonna have to drop that act, Denise.
Cassandra Sullivan: My name is Cassandra.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Brotherhood (#5.12)" (2004)
Roger Kressler: [to Novak] Will Caray is the victim here. He just attempted suicide because he was suffering from rape trauma syndrome.
Casey Novak: Since when was Will Caray raped?
Roger Kressler: Tyler Henry sexually assaulted Will when he was making his pledge for Tau Omega.
Casey Novak: Why didn't Will go to the police?
Roger Kressler: Because he was ashamed and embarrassed like most rape victims.
Casey Novak: How lucky for your defense he finally decided to talk about his ordeal.
Roger Kressler: Do you know what tea bagging is?
Casey Novak: Do I want to?
Roger Kressler: Tyler Henry made his pledges get on their knees so he could rub his testicles across their faces.
Casey Novak: Disgusting, but not rape.
Roger Kressler: He sodomized Will with a pledge paddle. That is rape.

Dr. George Huang: [about Will Caray] He's a text-book example of rape trauma syndrome. He was raped, but like most victims, he blames himself for not trying harder to stop the attack.
Casey Novak: Except Will didn't fight back. All he had to do to stop the alleged rape was quit pledging.
Elliot Stabler: And make himself a social outcast. None of his frat rat buddies would have gone anywhere near him. Doesn't get worse for a scared freshman.

Dr. George Huang: Initiation is all about making the pledges prove themselves as men. If you fail, you're not a man.
Casey Novak: How does shoving a paddle up his tailpipe prove anything?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Hate (#5.13)" (2004)
Oliver Gates: The confession's inadmissible.
Donald Cragen: He was Mirandized. He never asked for a lawyer.
Casey Novak: You can stop grandstanding, Oliver. This isn't a press conference.

Casey Novak: [about Oliver Gates] I've seen that smile. Usually before he demolishes the prosecution's case.

Donald Cragen: [after it's revealed that Sean Webster murdered a Muslim prisoner while in jail] Your lawyer's gonna be pissed, Sean. You just convicted yourself.
Sean Webster: One less Arab, one less terrorist.
Oliver Gates: Sean, seal your lips. Not another word. Actually, my client just proved my theory correct.
Casey Novak: What? Another murder gets him off?
Oliver Gates: No, it gets him sent to a mental hospital for the treatment he so desperately needs.
Casey Novak: An insanity defense? You've got no grounds.
Oliver Gates: Sure, I do. His genes. The motion will be filed tomorrow. Sean Webster is biologically and genetically predisposed to hatred and violence. He had no control over his actions.
Casey Novak: It'll never fly.
Donald Cragen: You put a man's genes on trial, nobody'll ever be responsible for anything.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Doubt (#6.8)" (2004)
Olivia Benson: So Warner says that the other DNA sample on Myra's teddy is indeed Justin Wexler's.
Casey Novak: Good, I don't think that's going to hurt us with the jury too much.
Elliot Stabler: The fact she wore sexy silk underwear to Polikoff's sure will.
Olivia Benson: That's not an invitation for rape.
Elliot Stabler: Maybe she didn't even see it as rape until he told her to leave.
Olivia Benson: Elliot...
Casey Novak: Guys, I can't prosecute this until you agree. Call me when you get on the same page.

Casey Novak: [to Ron Polikoff] You still want to claim that you're the victim here?
Ron Polikoff: Yes.
Casey Novak: Because a woman forced you to have sex with her?
Ron Polikoff: No, because it's my picture in the paper, not hers. My daughter has had to change schools, my wife is suing for sole custody. I've lost my job. My life is a shambles and all I can do is say, "I did not rape her." I did not rape her!

Casey Novak: [during her closing argument] Believe me, rape is still hard to prosecute and it is still a nightmare for the victims. Miss Denning has had to endure three separate sexual humiliations. Her teacher, a man she admired, raped her. In the hospital, she had to strip naked. She was photographed, poked, prodded, and then scraped, so the police could gather evidence and finally, she sat here and relived every sordid, painful detail, her sex life dissected, her psychological traumas exposed, her entire motivation called into question. So ask yourselves this: why would she put herself through such hell if she wasn't telling the truth?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Birthright (#6.1)" (2004)
Olivia Benson: Casey, you've got to plead her out.
ADA Casey Novak: Why would I do that?
Olivia Benson: Because what happened was a mistake.
ADA Casey Novak: Michelle is uncontrollably driven to kidnap someone else's child.
Olivia Benson: Her little girl biologically!
ADA Casey Novak: But not legally. I can't let Michelle off the hook just because you feel guilty you didn't believe her.
Olivia Benson: Well then give her a break because she's also a victim. What that fertility doctor did to those two women is genetic rape. And don't tell me that that doesn't bother you on some level.
ADA Casey Novak: Talk to the doctor, confirm what Michelle and the Bransons say and I'll consider a deal.

Elliot Stabler: 'And Solomon said "Bring me a sword, divide the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other."'
ADA Casey Novak: But I can't split the child.
Elliot Stabler: [looks at her] Solomon didn't have to.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Abomination (#5.8)" (2003)
Captain Donald Cragen: What did you get from the people at Reed's funeral?
Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola: Not much - after the fight broke out, a bunch of people left before we got their names.
Detective John Munch: [brandishing a camera] Yeah, but... we got their pictures.
Captain Donald Cragen: Where the hell is that from?
Detective John Munch: One of Reverend Shaw's church members, he must've left it behind.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [smiling] I didn't hear that.
Captain Donald Cragen: Get it back to him, John.
Detective John Munch: I'll be happy to, I'll even develop his film for free.

Ian Tate: I've been sitting here watching people go by, thinking 'does he know? Does she?' James was always talking about how happy he was he was gay, he said guys are more fun.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [laughs] Yeah, I agree with James.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Shaken (#5.10)" (2003)
Casey Novak: Why'd you go over my head?
Detective Elliot Stabler: I'm trying to do what's right for that child.
Casey Novak: So am I. But it's my case now, and it's my choice, not yours, okay? You should have come to me first.
Detective Elliot Stabler: I apologize. You're right. You have every right to be pissed at me. Now, you tell me, you think it's wrong to stop life support?
Casey Novak: I'm not a mother. I don't know what I'd do if she were my child.
Donald Cragen: Welcome to Special Victims. It's not always black and white.

Detective Elliot Stabler: That woman is a murderer.
Casey Novak: Not as long as Lucy is *technically* alive.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Signature (#9.12)" (2008)
Casey Novak: [to A.D.A. Ramos about the Woodsman] It doesn't matter what he did. Larry Moore was murdered. That's a class "A" felony.
Executive A.D.A. Lydia Ramos: I presume you live on planet Earth. Where are you gonna find a jury pool that doesn't think the guy deserved to die?

Casey Novak: If Agent Cooper confesses, I can drop the charges down to man two.
Casey Novak: That's 10 years, Casey. A minister's wife killed her husband with a shotgun and got 67 days. Where's the justice in that?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Night (#6.20)" (2005)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [to Nina] No matter what you do, nothing is going to stop me from prosecuting him for what he did to you.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [in the hospital, unable to recollect her attack, sobbing] Why can't I remember?
Detective Olivia Benson: You don't need to, we're going to go after whoever did this to you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Bound (#5.23)" (2004)
ADA Casey Novak: [Novak goes to a judge's home to get a signature on a search warrant. She finds him playing poker with four other judges] I've had this nightmare before, only I was naked.
Judge Lena Petrovsky: How charming.

Judge Joseph P. Terhune: And you want me to disturb the sanctity of the dead on your say-so.
ADA Casey Novak: I have a very convincing, but long argument, that would disturb the sanctity of your poker game.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Storm (#7.10)" (2005)
[Jackson is refusing to name Olivia as a confidential source]
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Anthrax scares the hell out of me. It takes a lot of balls to go to jail for the truth.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [after observing Stabler's interrogation of Dutch with Captain Cragen] He said the magic words.
Donald Cragen: And while we wait for legal aid to waltz Mr. Corman out the door, God only knows where Nicki is or what shape she's in.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Do you think she's still alive?
Donald Cragen: He's antsy, sweating. If he'd hidden the body, he'd be calm.
Elliot Stabler: [exiting the interrogation room] Casey? You've got to help us out here, 'cause I'm not cutting this guy loose.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [matter-of-factly] Print him.
Donald Cragen: [Cragen and Stabler look at each other confused] Counselor, without grounds to arrest, we need a court order to compel his fingerprints.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Do you think he knows that?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Design (#7.2)" (2005)
Chauncey Zeirko: Do you really want to put that poor woman through any more pain?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: What are you offering?
Chauncey Zeirko: Probation, no jail time, you and I take the rest of the afternoon off.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'd rather work.

Olivia Benson: You're only charging April with fraud and extortion? She's a walking crime spree.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: My hands are tied. The three dozen of her victims don't even have a memory of being raped.
Olivia Benson: What about the baby?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: No hospitals in the tri-state area even have a record that she delivered one.
Olivia Benson: Casey, trust me, she did. And then she sold it or she drowned it or who knows. But that evil bitch did something terrible with that baby.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: You know, for all we know, it really was stillborn, and that's not a crime.
Olivia Benson: No, it's a con! April has been scamming us since day one. She never had any intention of jumping off that ledge.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: She played you, so now you're pissed.
Olivia Benson: Yes, I'm pissed. But we still have to find that baby. Not to mention ruining Barclay Pallister's life.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: That's not our fault. That's April's.
Olivia Benson: And knowing her, she will find someone else to blame.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Burned (#8.11)" (2007)
Casey Novak: Valerie Sennet says she was raped, her husband admits to assaulting her, and there's evidence of intercourse.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Maybe she had sex with someone else. This is a hostile divorce. Crying rape is a pretty efficient way to get rid of an unwanted husband.
Casey Novak: When did you start working for the defense?
Detective Elliot Stabler: The moment you were more interested in an easy close than the truth.
Casey Novak: My only interest is in being an advocate for rape victims. Now, I thought that's what we do here.
Donald Cragen: That's what we all do.

Casey Novak: [after Miles Sennet sets his ex-wife on fire] So much for no pattern of abuse.
Donald Cragen: Based on his history, there is no way we could have predicted that he would soak her with gasoline and set her on fire.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Influence (#7.22)" (2006)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Did you attempt suicide again after you left the hospital?
Derek Lord: No.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: And you're a famous rock star with millions of fans. Isn't it possible that psychiatric therapy didn't just improve your life but may in fact have saved it?

Detective Olivia Benson: You did what you had to, Casey, you saved yourself.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Yeah, but nobody saved him.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Blood Brothers (#13.3)" (2011)
Nick Amaro: [after Ella reveals that Tripp Raines raped her]
[to Novak]
Nick Amaro: Okay, Counselor, there's not much doubt there.
Casey Novak: I don't know.
Olivia Benson: What do you mean you don't know? She's describing a rape.
Casey Novak: A jury won't think so. Sexual misconduct, if we're lucky. And with his legal team, consensual.
Olivia Benson: Are you kidding me? She's 13.
Casey Novak: So is he, so technically, that means...
Olivia Benson: That he got her drunk. The lemonade was spiked. She was a virgin, she said that it hurt. She was crying, she said no.
Casey Novak: There was no outcry afterward. He sent her flowers. Even Ella told you that she thought they were gonna get married.
Nick Amaro: That's his game. I mean, he knows how to take advantage of girls like this.
Casey Novak: Do you have any way of backing that up? Ella has changed her story three times. We can't even prove that she's carrying his baby. I mean, unless you want my office to compel a fetal DNA test.
Olivia Benson: No, no, no. It took a long time to earn her trust.
Casey Novak: I'm sure it did.
Olivia Benson: What the hell's that supposed to mean?
[Novak doesn't answer her]
Olivia Benson: Counselor, what the hell does that mean?

Casey Novak: Look, Olivia, okay, I understand you've been going through a lot.
Olivia Benson: Oh, no. Don't you dare patronize me.
Casey Novak: You're off. What I saw, your anger pushed her disclosure.
Olivia Benson: I'm off? You know what I see? Is an A.D.A. who's too afraid to follow the facts because the family has too much muscle. You and your office have lost your nerve.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Sick (#5.19)" (2004)
Nora Hodges: You heard her, I'm sick.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: No jury's that stupid.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [in a crowded restaurant] J.J. told Huang that he could identify a birthmark on Billy's penis!
[everyone looks at her]
Judge Mary Clark: [to the restaurant patrons] She doesn't get out much.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Obscene (#6.3)" (2004)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: So you just read her a poem and she said 'that's nice, let's have sex'?

Detective Elliot Stabler: [listening to BJ Cameron on the radio] It is any wonder people want him to shut up?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Nobody's forcing them to listen.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Criminal (#5.21)" (2004)
Donald Cragen: [to Novak] When is Vega getting out?
Casey Novak: I'm on my way to court now. We'll have him released first thing tomorrow morning.
Donald Cragen: That's not soon enough. We need to do it now.
Casey Novak: Why? Is he in some sort of danger?
Donald Cragen: Just from himself. He's using again.
Casey Novak: Not much I can do. Rikers can't get him down to court till morning. I'll call in a favor. Have Vega produced by the end of business if you can get your motion on the calendar by then.
Donald Cragen: Yeah, okay.
Casey Novak: You know, this isn't your fault.
Donald Cragen: We'll have to agree to disagree on that one.
Casey Novak: You didn't put the needle on Vega's arm.
Donald Cragen: No, I just torpedoed on his career and locked him up with a bunch of junkies.

Casey Novak: This is a fragment of a condom that was found inside Rebecca's body, it's the same brand you use. This is a fiber, police matched it to your coat, it was found in Rebecca's throat. This is the letter she wrote demanding that the college fire you.
Javier Vega: Rebecca didn't write that note.
Casey Novak: Her prints are on it, so if she didn't write it, who did?
Javier Vega: Why don't you ask the police?
Casey Novak: Are you implying that the police planted the evidence?
Javier Vega: It wouldn't be the first time.
Casey Novak: The police know your brand of condom and put one inside of Rebecca, then they took a thread from your coat and shoved it down her throat. You're a smart man, Professor, isn't the most logical answer that you murdered Rebecca?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Class (#7.17)" (2006)
ADA Casey Novak: Adam isn't addicted to gambling. He's addicted to you.
Gloria Kulhane: Is that so hard to believe?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Choreographed (#8.9)" (2006)
Det. Elliot Stabler: You're out of line, Casey.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: What's your excuse?
Olivia Benson: Are you through with the character assassination?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Head (#5.25)" (2004)
ADA Casey Novak: So what? Give her a doctor's note - "Please excuse Meredith from molesting boys. She had a brain tumor?"


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Closet (#9.16)" (2008)
Casey Novak: I got blindsided today. How did you miss their big fat gay wedding?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Goliath (#6.23)" (2005)
D.A. Arthur Branch: CONFERENCE ROOM! NOW!
Det. Elliot Stabler: What was that about?
ADA Casey Novak: Oh, that was probably about another subpoena I sent out.
Det. Elliot Stabler: For what?
ADA Casey Novak: Donald Rumsfeld.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Scheherazade (#8.10)" (2007)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: My hands are tied. Mike Mollinax committed murder.
Detective Elliot Stabler: I've got witness statements from six people including prison staff, all of them backing the claim of self-defense.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I don't have jurisdiction over crimes committed outside the city.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You could talk to the D.A. upstate.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I already did. He's backing the warden's decision.
Detective Elliot Stabler: So Mollinax does thirty-four years for a murder he didn't commit, and now he's gonna do more time for a murder he never would've committed if he hadn't been locked up in the first place? Do you understand how crazy that is?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Fat (#7.20)" (2006)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Are we going to hear about every meal the defendant ate?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Haystack (#8.15)" (2007)
[an abusive father is suing Stabler and Novak]
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: According to the suit, you conspired with Detective Stabler to deprive Paddy Kendall of his civil and constitutional rights, didn't you?
Casey Novak: No
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Pity. Guy sounds like a douchebag.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Responsible (#8.18)" (2007)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [as Trevor and Sheila are walking into Casey's office] No deal.
Trevor Langan: Face it - your case is going down in flames.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Don't be so proud of yourself, Trevor. You attacked a vulnerable young girl.
Lillian Rice: Becca's a very troubled girl, she's always had difficulty telling the truth. She's exaggerated her drinking problem to gain sympathy.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: So, your daughter's not an alcoholic.
Lillian Rice: Absolutely not. I live with her, I would know.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: What planet are you on? She's in rehab!
Lillian Rice: Those places say everyone's an addict - I love chocolate, maybe I should check in.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: That's a great idea, you might get some insight into your own problems.
Trevor Langan: [partially inaudible] That's it.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [as Trevor and Lillian turn around and leave] Like why you have sex with teenage boys or why you're so desperate to be liked or buy your kid's friendship with alcohol - it's pathetic!


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Cage (#8.8)" (2006)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [when the defense attorney tries to disprove Novak's theories by comparing opinions] What is this your Honor, Ebert & Roeper?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Identity (#6.12)" (2005)
Detective Olivia Benson: [after Dr. Blair is murdered and the Stanton twins are considered suspects] Can we charge both of them?
Casey Novak: And what, have two separate trials? Dual theories of the crime give each of them grounds for dismissal.
Detective Olivia Benson: They came up with the perfect crime.
Casey Novak: Until you get one of them to flip.
Elliot Stabler: That's not gonna happen. They're way too close.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Scavenger (#6.4)" (2004)
ADA Casey Novak: I just set a world record getting these search warrants, not to mention risking my life to interrupt Judge Terhune's poker game... again!
Detective John Munch: Oh poor baby, I haven't slept in 40 hours.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Svengali (#9.6)" (2007)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [Novak approaches Morton as he leaves the courthouse in chains] Well, you were great.
Robert Morten: Did you like it? Bet you didn't know what was gonna happen next.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: You put on quite a show. You got her off - she's going to a psych ward.
Robert Morten: Is that a frown on your pretty face?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Actually, I think Cecilia is going exactly where she belongs. And so are you.
Robert Morten: [smirking] You're backing out on the deal.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: No, you're being transferred to a federal prison.
Robert Morten: [looking surprised] I thought you'd be a sore loser.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [smiling smugly] You're gonna love Florence SuperMax: 23-hour lockdown, no visitors, no mail, no phone calls... no human contact for the rest of your life.
Robert Morten: You can't do that to me!
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Why don't you wave bye to all of your fans?
Robert Morten: We made a deal!
A.D.A. Casey Novak: And it's a masterpiece. How do you like *my* work?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Outcry (#6.5)" (2004)
Judge Joseph P. Terhune: [When a tape of Tandi dancing at the cadets' party is planned to be released on the news] Was the tape legally obtained?
Attorney Lynne Riff: Yes, your Honor and Channel 3 believes the public has every right to see it.
Casey Novak: That's the same self-serving spin a network put on airing the Andrew Luster tapes. They claimed that people had a right to see a rape victim being violated. It's salacious, not newsworthy.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Careless (#5.18)" (2004)
Casey Novak: [to Mariel Plummer] You had no idea what was going on in the Dufoy house. You hadn't visited in months. You'd forgotten all about Jamie.
Mariel Plummer: No. I cared about him.
Casey Novak: Then why not return Sam's calls?
Mariel Plummer: Because I was out of the office till late working on another case.
Casey Novak: But you cared about Jamie. Why was that other case so much more important?
Mariel Plummer: A father returned home from prison. He beat his wife to death with a hammer. Then he killed himself in front of his two children. That's what I was working on. That's why I didn't return Sam's call. I made a terrible mistake, but don't accuse me of not caring.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Mean (#5.17)" (2004)
Roger Kressler: [on the defendants] They're us, Casey. Our sisters, our daughters, our high school girlfriends. No one wants to believe...
Casey Novak: They're monsters. They're mean, vicious little girls who think they can do whatever they want, and up until now they've gotten away with it. But not anymore.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Lowdown (#5.20)" (2004)
Chauncey Zeirko: Casey!
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm not backing down. We're going to trial.
Chauncey Zeirko: This isn't about the trial.
[Pulls out a legal form]
Chauncey Zeirko: This is a complaint to the disciplinary committee of the bar demanding that you be suspended from the practice of law.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: What are you talking about?
Chauncey Zeirko: Your unprofessional, if not criminal, conduct. You revealed confidential, legally protected medical information to my client's wife!
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm trying to protect Mary Ellen from contracting HIV.
Chauncey Zeirko: She thinks that you're trying to intimidate her to win your case. I can tear this up, if we can make a deal.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Lemme get this straight. You're blackmailing me, and in the same breath, accusing me of ethical impropriety?
Chauncey Zeirko: I'm defending my client! I didn't break the law! Man Two, five years probation, take it or leave it!
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'll take a censure.
Chauncey Zeirko: I'm betting suspension.
[as Casey walks away... ]
Chauncey Zeirko: You'll lose your job!


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Double Strands (#13.4)" (2011)
Odafin Tutuola: [after Brian demands to speak to a lawyer] Well, he said the magic word. We got enough to get him without it?
Casey Novak: The wire went in and out in the tunnel. Amaro may have used excessive force. Rollins ran out of his view.
Amanda Rollins: It was the only way to...
Casey Novak: The defense will paint this as two new detectives trying to make a name for themselves.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Streetwise (#9.11)" (2008)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Maybe you're lying now. Why should we believe you?
Cole Roderick: Because I'm not denying that I murdered six people. I may have been a strict parent, but I never lied.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Ghost (#6.16)" (2005)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [after Liam Connors was released on his own recognizance] Arrest him.
Roger Kressler: What? This is ridiculous! You can't keep throwing bogus charges at my client!
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Your Honor, my detectives are here to rearrest the defendant.
Roger Kressler: On what charge?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: The murder of ADA Alexandra Cabot.
Roger Kressler: Your Honor, this is a blatant attempt to unlawfully detain my client!
Judge Lois Preston: Save it, counselor. Alex Cabot was a friend of mine. I'll see you both at arraignment.
Liam Connors: You can't prove I killed her.
Detective Elliot Stabler: [Handcuffing Liam] You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Painless (#5.22)" (2004)
Dr. George Huang: It's ironic, her website gives her a reason to live.
Det. John Munch: Playing God with other people's lives? She's another Kevorkian.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Come on, Munch, with all the stuff you' always whining about, don't tell me you never once thought about hanging it all up.
Det. John Munch: I believe life is worth living.
Elliot Stabler: Amen.
Olivia Benson: I'm not sure. If I had a disease like Huntington's and all I had to look forward to was a long and painful death, I can't say I wouldn't think about it.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [to Olivia] Moredock is going to try and stack the jury with people like you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Authority (#9.17)" (2008)
Merritt Rook: I look forward to working with you Ms Novak.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Yeah, should be fun.
Merritt Rook: Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go post my bail.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Blood (#6.21)" (2005)
Donald Cragen: [to Novak] Are you gonna charge Jenny with perjury?
Casey Novak: What's the point of sending her to jail? She's still the victim.
Donald Cragen: Well, then there's nothing more we can do. She's made her bed.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, on a mattress in a closet.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Savant (#9.4)" (2007)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: What am I looking at putting Katie on the stand?
John Munch: ADD, ADHD, and they have trouble responding to criticism.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Sounds like you, Munch.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Starved (#7.8)" (2005)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Nobody is suggesting we kill the disabled.
Detective John Munch: The Nazis didn't call it killing either.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Ritual (#5.14)" (2004)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: You have two choices, cooperate, and face life in prison, or don't, and you get a lethal injection.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Fight (#9.8)" (2007)
Judge Arthur Cohen: On the charge of murder in the second-degree, how do you plead?
James Woodrow: Not guilty, your honor.
Jadon Odami: That's not what I told you to say.
James Woodrow: You were coerced during interrogation.
Casey Novak: Your honor, there was no coercion. The defendant freely confessed.
James Woodrow: Really? What, his mother just happened to pop in during the middle of his interview.
Jadon Odami: Your honor, I killed Julie Donovan. I plead guilty.
Judge Arthur Cohen: Listen to your attorney, son.
Jadon Odami: [to Woodrow] You're fired.