When a teenage girl is found dead in the park, the detectives uncover a group of teen racists and the adult who encouraged them. The prosecution's case sparks a debate about hate speech and the First Amendment.

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When a teenage girl is found dead in the park, the detectives uncover a group of teen racists and the adult who encouraged them. The prosecution's case sparks a debate about hate speech and the First Amendment.

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Based on the case of White Aryan Resistance founder Tom Metzger, who was found guilty of inciting the murder of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw after 3 members of his organization beat and kicked him to death. See more »

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D.A. Adam Schiff: U.S. Attorney called, asked if there's a civil rights prosecution here.
Jack McCoy: Far as we can tell, this wasn't a bias crime. The victim was one of their own.
D.A. Adam Schiff: What's the matter, they run out of people to hate?
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Dedicated to United States Attorney Charles Rose. He made the world a safer place. See more »

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Comes with the territory
22 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The law is something that gets in the way here as Jack McCoy decides he's going after rightwing merchant hate peddler Michael Cumpsty. In his position I might have done the same thing.

A young teenage girl, one whom we find out is incredibly naive and just wants to fit in is found clubbed and stoned to death and left hanging like Mathew Shepard on a tree in Central Park. It turns out she fell in with a group of white racist skinheads who think she might spill some club secrets. And it is poetic that she be left like Mathew Shepard since during the course of show, a gay bashing is described.

The real doer here is a hate filled kid played by Paul Dawson and he's positively unnerving in his hate for all that is different from him. But there's a zealot played by Cumpsty who has a farm where Dawson and his crowd come and hear how they have to kick some gluteus maximus for the white race.

As leader of the skinheads Dawson's guilt is unquestioned, but Cumpsty's speech revolting as it is, can it be translated into a call for action, especially against one particular victim?

When you say you have a society that relishes free speech, problems like these come with the territory.


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