When a suspected murderer tries to seek shelter in Israel, the DA's office faces the difficult task of extraditing and trying him in New York while also satisfying the Jewish community.

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When a suspected murderer tries to seek shelter in Israel, the DA's office faces the difficult task of extraditing and trying him in New York while also satisfying the Jewish community.

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Based on the case of Samuel Sheinbein, who fled to Israel to avoid prosecution in the murder of Alfredo Tello. In his case, the Israeli Supreme Court refused to extradite him. See more »

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D.A. Nora Lewin: If the case depends on the jury believing a career criminal who's cut a deal, I'd say we're in trouble.
Jack McCoy: We have a defendant who left the country rather than stand trial.
D.A. Nora Lewin: Which the defense will attribute to a combination of panic and religious fervor.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Well, we could also establish that he was stealing from the business.
D.A. Nora Lewin: A business his father half owned.
Jack McCoy: Are you suggesting that we offer him a deal?
D.A. Nora Lewin: After what we went through to get him back here? Not on your life.
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Possible spoilers for TWO episodes (11.5 and 13.11)
13 July 2010 | by (Red Bluff CA) – See all my reviews

I think Midnight Raider is confusing this episode of Law & Order with one that aired in season 13 (episode 11, "Chosen"). While each episode deals with a Jewish suspect and makes specific focus on Isreal, the subplots and issues surrounding each case are very different.

"Return" revolves around a murder-for-hire suspect claiming the right of return to Isreal in order to avoid being arrested and prosecuted in Manhattan and McCoy's efforts extradite, while "Chosen" deals with the robbery and murder of a bookie whose money is sent to the Isreali cause, a motive the defense lawyer is certain will play well to a jury he packed with Jewish citizens (which neither McCoy nor Southerlyn realized until it was too late).

Both are typical McCoy going to the extreme to make his case.


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