The Manhattan DA's office finds itself in the middle of a battle over the death penalty when it asks the Canadian government to extradite a Canadian-born woman facing multiple murder charges.

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Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Ron Harker and his daughter Caitlin. His wife Stephanie was three miles away at the time with her friend Doris Nichols. By the time the police catch up with her, Doris is dead and Stephanie is claiming she was Doris' next victim. They learn however that it was Stephanie who was fooling around and that her husband was about to institute divorce proceedings. She is Canadian however and before they can arrest her, she flees back home. McCoy and ADA Abbie Carmichael come up against the Canadian government which has a policy of not extraditing people to foreign countries where they may face the death penalty. McCoy agrees but as they continue the investigation, they find that she not only hired Nichols to kill her husband but that she killed Ron Harker's first wife. As a result, DA Adam Schiff decides to go after the death penalty. Written by garykmcd

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A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: They're putting Stephanie on the stand.
D.A. Adam Schiff: To explain everything away.
Jack McCoy: Let her try.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Yeah, you're going to be the first man to get the better of her.
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A Poster Child For The Death Penalty
29 November 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Was Steven Hill right in this one, do we really have to post warning signs at the Canadian border that in the USA we still have the death penalty? If there ever was a poster child for it it's Bellamy Young who plays the white trash Canadian girl from Niagara Falls who marries a rich American and then kills him when she finds out he was planning to dump her. Bad enough, but she also kills the man's minor daughter and a friend of her's to cover up her crime. No mental illness defense possible here.

Not even that there is some suspicion though it can't be proved because the trail is way too cold that Young also murdered her husband's first wife plus a lover she had in Canada. No doubt if the Canadians believed in the death penalty Young would be first on the list for lethal injection.

But they don't and that is the crux of this episode of Law And Order. Some wire money transfers from a Canadian bank are an element in Sam Waterston's and Angie Harmon's case and the Canadians balk at providing evidence that might execute one of their citizens.

Merits of the death penalty notwithstanding they don't get to make that call. I believe Waterston and Harmon handled the situation appropriately.

Bellamy Young's portrayal of the amoral perpetrator however is what really drives this episode. And her rather pathetic plea for mercy when the penalty portion of the trial is on is really an incredible piece of acting. I was moved by the performance, but unmoved by the plea.


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