The lawyer of a 14-year-old boy claims he is not responsible for the beating death of his friend because he has an extra Y chromosome and is genetically predisposed to criminal behavior.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Gallagher ...
Flo Bishop
Barbara Eda-Young ...
Judge Martha Kershan
Melissa Fraser Brown ...
Tracy Pollit
Lily Knight ...
Tori Lasky
Robert C. Wheeler ...
Zack Mohr


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate after a teenage boy, 14 year-old Johnny Lasky, is found dead sitting on the sidewalk in a sleazy part of town. The autopsy reveals that he was severely beaten. They learn that his father is in Attica and his mother is a drug addict - currently in rehab. He's been living in a foster home with some other boys of the same age. They first focus on the mother's former boyfriend but he has an alibi for the time when the boy was likely beaten. They then turn their attention to the two boys in the same foster home, particularly Chris Pollit, who has a previous conviction in juvenile court. ADA Stone decides to prosecute Chris as an adult, particularly when he learns the earlier offense had him shooting a store owner during a robbery. Chris' defense is that he has an extra Y-chromosome which some studies have indicated means a predisposition to violence. Written by garykmcd

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16 November 1993 (USA)  »

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D.A. Adam Schiff: You can't force the other side to play. You put a check in the win column and you count your blessings.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: In any other circumstances, that's exactly what I'd do.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Why does this kid deserve such special attention?
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Because he's pleading for the wrong reason. His lawyer tells him that he's born bad. We tell him he's raised bad. He buys both stories. Sees his life as a dead end.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Maybe he knows his life better than you do. Your job is to convict not to rehabilitate.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: He's a 14-year-old kid who gave up.
D.A. Adam Schiff: ...
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I just discovered this episode after several online discussion with a avid L&O's expert who has recorded every episode of of L&O's from the beginning. He has cataloged and has the most extensive data base with cross references and histories, bar none. I tough I knew it all and was challenged to a contest... "Which unknown actor has guest starred in more than one episodes that spanned 15 years and both were

viewed as one of the top rated episodes ever televised and what are they?" After many hours of research, four "your wrongs,"and a few clues, which he extended me, I finally arrived "Born Bad" and.....I can't tell you the answer, you'll have find that for yourself. But get a copy of both and you will see some of the finest acting and writing for dramatic television and understand why the success of the L&O franchise that I believe will be in syndication long that "I Love Lucy".

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