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The Country's Divide
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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