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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Infected (2006)

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First Strike

Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
11 September 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

In all the Law And Order episodes on all the franchise series, sometimes the investigation or the trial runs into areas far afield from what the crime was. In this story a pair of murders leads to a first strike attempt by gun manufacturers to head off a possible civil suit.

Young Malcolm David Kelley is in a closet unbeknownst to a man who murders his crackhead mother in their apartment. When the detectives find him with the body, Mariska Hargitay takes him under her wing. The kid blows the lineup however and later when he sees Gordon Clapp in handcuffs outside, he puts two and two together and goes up to Clapp's office and shoots Clapp very dead.

Clapp plays a real bottom feeding sex fiend. He's the head of a foundation and in that guise of giving grants to poor people, he gets sex in exchange. The poor are crackheads like Kelley's mom who need the money bad.

Still the kid did kill him and has to face trial. But sensing a civil lawsuit the gun manufacturers move to suspend the trial going on in Judith Light's courtroom and ask for a hearing on the exposure to television violence more than access to a gun is the root cause of Clapp's untimely demise.

David Aaron Baker who is the attorney for the gun people is another bottom feeder only with a law degree. Light, ADA Diane Neal, and defense attorney Annie Potts team up in a unique alliance to foil Baker. Although Baker does himself in rather neatly in court.

Some nice performances topped by a very touching Malcolm David Kelley characterize this episode. But those who hate shyster attorneys will love how Baker trips himself up.

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