When Denise Eldridge finds her fifteen-year-old daughter Carrie in bed with twenty-one-year-old Justin, she immediately calls police to have Justin charged with statutory rape. Benson ... See full summary »

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When Denise Eldridge finds her fifteen-year-old daughter Carrie in bed with twenty-one-year-old Justin, she immediately calls police to have Justin charged with statutory rape. Benson intercedes on behalf of Carrie, calling a children's rights lawyer to assist her, but when Denise turns up dead, Carrie and Justin both end up on the suspect list. Benson tries to get some help from Simone Bryce, but Bryce is obligated to protect her client. Written by Anonymous

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Mariska Hargitay's husband, Peter Hermann, appears as defense attorney Trevor Langan. See more »

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When Benson returns to the murder scene during the trial, the bloodstains on the walls are still bright red. In the real world these would have oxidized and turned brown long before then. See more »

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Denise Eldridge: I'm a parent. I have rights, too.
Attorney Simone Bryce: Not when it comes to Carrie's privacy and sexual matters.
Denise Eldridge: [to Carrie] I don't care what she says. We're not leaving here until you've been checked out.
Denise Eldridge: It's her body, and she's made her decision.
Detective Olivia Benson: Why don't you take your daughter home, Mrs. Eldridge? We're done here.
Denise Eldridge: My daughter's been violated. Whose side are you on?
Detective Olivia Benson: Hers.
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5 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To the user above, I liked your summary, but here is a correction: The brutality of a Eldridge's death had nothing to do with the homicide charge. Homicide is decided based on the level of intent. The manner or painfulness or wrongfulness of death doesn't determine the gravity of the charge.

If you shoot a gun at someone intending to kill her, that's murder in the first degree.

If you shoot a gun at someone intending to wound her but you unintentionally kill her anyway, that's murder in the second degree.

If you shoot a gun intending only to scare but not hit the person at all and you end up hitting and killing the person, that's manslaughter.

See the difference? Murder 1 you intended the act (shooting) and the consequence (death). Murder 2 you intended the act but not the consequence. Manslaughter you didn't intend the act or the consequence. As I recall, New York, where SVU is premised, doesn't have a Murder 2 or rather they blend Murder 1 and 2 together.

So the charge that fits her crime under the law was Murder since her confession indicated intent -- for both the act and the result.

Even though the ADA is bound by the facts, she chose to offer Carrie a plea deal and she didn't have to (because the confession had nailed all the elements). But the State Attorney's office is allowed discretion to appraise the evidence and make a plea. So she gave Carrie a gimme.


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