Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 4, Episode 19

Appearances (28 Mar. 2003)

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A 9 year old child's asphyxiated body is found in a suitcase on a bus, with evidence of having been in the Everglades. The coroner found she had had a quality nose job, and been raped. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Tommy Hedges
Julie Boyd ...
Mrs. Lathan
Mrs. Hedges
Paul Doherty ...
Jeff Lathan
Stanley Billings


A 9 year old child's asphyxiated body is found in a suitcase on a bus, with evidence of having been in the Everglades. The coroner found she had had a quality nose job, and been raped. Benson & Stabler find she was a regular beauty pageant contestant. A suspect's computer is found with a juvenile kidnap, rape and murder how-to, apparently perfectly legal, because created using legal age models whose images were manipulated by software to make them look much younger. Written by Anonymous

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Tommy Hedges says he only opened one solicitation email but that he opted out of receiving them 21 times. He would have had to open at least 21 emails to access the opt out button 21 times. See more »


Stanley Billings: You can't just barge in here!
Detective Elliot Stabler: Sure we can. We're arresting you.
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Protecting the right to smut
27 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode marked the first appearance of Stephanie March's old law professor John Cullum as Barry Moredock who defended some pretty sleazy clients because of First Amendment issues. Later on Cullum was made a judge. In this story he's defending internet smut peddler Brian Kerwin on a charge he facilitated the murder of a young beauty queen.

Not an easy case to prove because Kerwin used virtual images of child porn hence there are no victims involved on his end of it. What he did do was bombard Eric Thal who presumably was chemically castrated until he went off the meds and raped and killed the 9 year old girl.

Does the fact that Thal requested over and over to be dropped from the e-mail list of this company and was still getting the porn constitute responsibility for Kerwin. That's what Cullum will argue when the case comes for appeal. I know I get a lot of spam as I'm sure everyone of you readers do and some of that is sexual in content.

Thal plead guilty and testified at Kerwin's trial. Will the First Amendment allow Kerwin's conviction to stand? One wonders.

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