Law & Order: Season 8, Episode 17

Carrier (1 Apr. 1998)

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The investigation into a young woman's death leads detectives to a man who has been knowingly spreading the HIV virus to his partners. McCoy pursues murder charges in a case that could have have serious political implications for Schiff.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Denniston ...
Lenore Kiley
Leslie Crowell
Lana Madison
Fran Brill ...
Mrs. Stark
Mr. Kiley
Mark Jacoby ...
Douglas Stark
Audrie Neenan ...
Judge Barbara Kaplan
Judge Alvin Hoyt


While investigating the shooting death of a teenage girl, the detectives learn of a guy who is HIV positive who is infecting girls despite knowing his condition. Jamie makes the health department reveal who this person is. And after being caught his parents want to keep him out of prison so their lawyer claims that using information from the health department is a violation of confidentiality and the judge upholds it and that is basically their whole case. So McCoy has to find some other way to prove his intent. Written by

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Once again another and bigger case springs from one homicide. Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt come to an apartment where one big party had been going on. But a girl is found dead in her bedroom with a bullet in her head and the gun right beside her. That case closes quickly enough as a kid who was going out confesses she was diagnosed with AIDS and things get out of hand.

The diagnosis however sets Briscoe and Curtis on a chase for who might have given their victim the HIV virus. With some help from a subpoena which involves a huge legal fight with the Department of Health over confidentiality. That fight continues with lawyer Glynis O'Connor zealously representing Jason Hayes who has vowed to take as many women with him.

Up in my corner of the USA we had a case involving a gentlemen named Nushaun Williams who was doing what Hayes was. Of course Williams was poor and black and a criminal while Hayes was a rich spoiled white kid. I really couldn't work up much sympathy for Hayes, no more than I could for Williams in real life.

In the end the ultimate judge took care of Hayes or at least was well on the way to.

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