A teenage converted Muslim from a wealthy New York family acts as his own counsel in his murder trial, claiming that he is a victim of an American Anti-Muslim conspiracy.

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When a couple is killed, Briscoe and Green investigate. They assume the husband, a scientist doing stem cell research, was the target and the wife a teacher was collateral damage. But when they reexamine what happened, they believe the wife was the target and the husband was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. They learn the woman is a staunch feminist and she's battling a Muslim over women's rights. They try to find the guy and learn he's an American who converted. When they arrest him, the guy is very difficult going so far as to defend himself. Jack tries to find out why he did it? Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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In joining the cast for the Fall of 2002, Fred Dalton Thompson (District Attorney Arthur Branch) became the first serving U.S. Senator to take a regular TV acting job. His Senate term wasn't officially over until January 2003. See more »

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Detective Lennie Briscoe: I'd love to smack that little pompous schmuck.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Me first.
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How Easy It is to make a Terrorist
8 February 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Center Stage in this Law And Order episode belongs to Will Horneff who plays a young American kid who converts to Islam and of the most extreme variety. He and another kid come in and murder a husband and wife pair of college professors.

This kid is so whacked out on his extreme interpretation of his faith that he's his own worst enemy. He insists on defending himself and keeps trying to drag in all kinds of global issues into his own murder case, trying to make it a political trial.

As Sam Waterston observes 'how easy is it to make a terrorist' at the end of the program. But the heroine of this particular program is Elisabeth Rohm. She handles the cross examination of Horneff on the witness stand and discovers the key to his conversion. It's a far more universal problem among kids than religious differences and in the end Horneff is quite broken.

But the episode does show that all kinds of different things can make a person go off the deep end whether they justify their crime with religion or not.


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