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The bombing death of a husband set to remove the feeding tube of his wife, who's in a persistent vegetative state, focuses the investigation on the protesters.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack McCoy
Arthur Branch
Steven Lamar
Michael Hayden ...
Pam Lamar
Peter Bradbury ...
Walter Bird
Arabella Field ...
Susan Alfani
Fred Burrell ...
Phil Lamar
Detective Mariluz Rivera


The bombing death of a husband set to remove the feeding tube of his wife, who's in a persistent vegetative state, focuses the investigation on the protesters.

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Judge Morris Torledsky: Well, I never thought I'd be saying this, but how do you plead, Reverend?
Reverand Harlan Dwyer: I am not guilty, your Honor.
Attorney Carvey: We all know that the only reason, Reverend Dwyer stands accused here today is because he opposed the murder of a helpless young woman. Because he stood up for life.
Alexandra Borgia: He is here for his role in the death of one individual and the injury of four others.
[protesters begin shouting "He saved Karen!" and other things]
Judge Morris Torledsky: Remove those people from the courtroom! In fact, escort them out of the building. ...
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References The Age of Innocence (1993) See more »

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The fodder of public debate
31 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

I don't there are too many people at the time this Law And Order episode was first aired who didn't see that the headlines that this story was created from were concerning poor Terri Ann Schiavo. We seemed to follow that story for months until the plug was pulled on her respirator.

Her husband did that deed just as in this episode the husband does the deed here. Only he is killed afterward and after a bit of investigation the brother of the deceased is arrested.

God only knows what goes on in the mind of someone like Derek Cecil playing the brother. The loss of a sister you remember as a vital human being and clinging to the forlorn hope that this vegetative creature could be that again or just ending her suffering. Decisions that should not be the fodder of public debate.

Cecil was involved in one of the right to life movements as was the rest of his side of the deceased's family. He was "counseled" by a self promoting reverend played by John Aylward.

Aylward was great as this smug, self righteous, holier than thou preacher who is very careful to keep distance from certain acts. He's even got his followers ready to fall on their swords for him so he can stay free and continue God's work. I really to punch him out.

Sam Waterston prosecuted another right to life advocate Edward Herrmann in another episode. But you'll have to watch the story to see how it comes out.

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