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bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
11 September 2012
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
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
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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