A promising young writer confesses to the murder and robbery of a cabbie and demands that he receive the death penalty.

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Nelson Lambert
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Clay Warner
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A promising young writer confesses to the murder and robbery of a cabbie and demands that he receive the death penalty.

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This episode was inspired by Jack Abbott, who wrote the acclaimed book In the Belly of the Beast while in prison. He was granted parole in 1981 then moved to New York City and became a star of the literary scene until he killed a waiter at a restaurant 6 weeks later. He returned to prison and committed suicide in 2002. See more »

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D.A. Arthur Branch: It would've been easier if Warner had taken a chainsaw to a family of four.
Jack McCoy: Why?
D.A. Arthur Branch: Because you're a human. And humans can't help but judge other humans.
Jack McCoy: That would be just as wrong as treating Warner differently because he can string together sentences better than the rest of us. The quality of the victim should not matter any more than the quality of his killer.
D.A. Arthur Branch: I said it'd be easier, not more just.
Jack McCoy: It's good, Arthur. He can write.
D.A. Arthur Branch: You want the easy answer? Just words on a page.
Jack McCoy: And the more ...
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Livre free or die
7 September 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is only natural that humans will defend themselves against injuries and death - it is instinct; the animal side of us. People die for a variety of reasons like illness, injuries, for being there, organized conflict and plain stupidity... usually, the need to die isn't there, but the risks are.

However, how can a human want to die if he is not mentally inept, ill, defective, depressed, emotionally distressed/disturbed/irate or even intoxicated to stupor and is in good physical health? Or better, why?

This episode of Law & Order brings about a conflict between the free will to die (suicide for some) and the law's justification to sentence someone to death for the most unacceptable act - killing someone else for no reason but to kill.

Does the suspect what to die because he seeks glory or martyrdom, wants to avoid a more evil situation or simply has no will to live?

Does society have a say in one's will to die if the act involves only that same person?


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