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"Law & Order" Veteran's Day (2004)

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The Country's Divide

Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
29 November 2015

I've had more than one discussion with people in law enforcement about the precise difference between Murder 2 and Manslaughter 1. Apparently it's in the time that you form intent to kill. On that people including the people who sit on juries disagree.

It's on that which this Law And Order story turns on. A young man who liked to get in people's faces for whatever cause he believed in is found strangled to death in a unique manner which Jerry Orbach describes as the 'sleeper hold'. The NYPD banned it years ago, but those with military training might know it. That's where Orbach and Jesse Martin go hunting for their perpetrator.

In the end they arrest mail carrier Paul Calderon who was a veteran himself and whose son died in Afghanistan. The victim with whom he had slight and unfriendly history with got in Calderon's face once too often calling his son a murderer.

Calderon has a good lawyer in Joe Morton when he goes to court and Sam Waterston is hard pressed to make a case for sympathy for the victim. The debate over the war in Afghanistan is played out as well as those legal definitions I mentioned before.

I won't reveal the result, but Fred C. Thompson probably was right on the money when characterized the nature of the jury at the very end.

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