Law & Order: Season 8, Episode 2

Denial (8 Oct. 1997)

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Bloody sheets and an apparently stolen credit card lead Briscoe and Curtis to a pair of college age lovers who present McCoy and Ross with a united front of denial that one of them killed their newborn son and disposed of the body.

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Jan Maxwell ...
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Mags Chernock ...
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Bloody sheets and an apparently stolen credit card lead Briscoe and Curtis to a pair of college age lovers who present McCoy and Ross with a united front of denial that one of them killed their newborn son and disposed of the body.

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Jack McCoy: I'll subpoena him. He'll testify with no preconditions.
Dave Carney: Absolutely not. He'll take the Fifth.
Jack McCoy: I'm conferring immunity right now. You're taking the stand tomorrow morning, Mr. Talbert.
Dave Carney: He won't testify.
Jack McCoy: Are you sure about that, Mr. Talbert?
Warren Talbert: I am not sending my daughter to jail.
Dave Carney: What are you going to do, Mr. McCoy? Cite him for contempt? He gets thirty days in jail and you still get nothing. For God's sake, he's just trying to save his daughter.
Jack McCoy: No deal. Ms. Ross, get an officer in here. Mr. ...
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Interesting legal episode
8 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Denial" we find the crew investigating a dead baby in a hotel room. The detective side of the story is pretty unremarkable, with no real detours and nothing too amusing about their trip from crime scene to suspects. However, the legal side of the episode is quite good, exploring what happens when parents go to trial for killing a newborn, one of the most offensive crimes out there.

I thought this was a good episode because these cases crop up every few years and often play out in the ambiguous, frustrating way they do in this story. This episode is a downer and it's supposed to be one, because this is an ugly issue any realistic way you look at it.


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