Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 4, Episode 9

Juvenile (22 Nov. 2002)

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Two young middle school boys are accused of the rape of a woman.

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Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
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Gina Bernardo
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A drug raid on an apartment building turns into a murder investigation, when the intended suspect is found brutally stabbed; there is evidence she had been raped. The detectives' investigation eventually leads to two junior high-aged boys, 12-year-old Zachary Connors and 14-year-old Jeremy Brice. Zachary is tried in juvenile court, but a dilemma arises when the district attorney wants Jeremy tried as an adult, even though it is apparent Jeremy is mentally "slow" and despite evidence showing he may not have known the seriousness of his actions. In court, Jeremy is severely grilled and betrayed by Zachary (he insists that Jeremy was fully responsible and fully carried out the crimes). Jeremy's mother refuses a plea deal and the jury convicts him of first-degree burglary and second-degree murder, meaning he could spend the rest of his life in prison. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Gina Bernardo: These are scientific studies proving that an adolescent's brain is significantly different than an adult, that in fact our brains aren't fully formed until we are in our early twenties
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You have to have the lines drawn somewhere
21 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's a powerful performance from Shane E. Lyons that highlights this SVU episode about a 12 year old and a 14 year old who commit a murder, robbery, and rape of a terminally ill cancer patient. Lyons plays a poor pathetic kid who gets caught in a frightening jackpot.

Society and the criminal justice system establishes arbitrary ages where you deal with criminals and victims as adults and juveniles. You have to draw the lines drawn somewhere. But there are always exceptions.

12 year old Connor Paolo is ahead of his normal development. He's the leader and a budding sociopath. It takes the SVU squad sometime before they realize he's the leader.

And he's leading poor 14 year old Lyons into this horrible system. You look at him and how backward he is and you want to scream at the television just look at this kid.

Yet it's Paolo who is ticketed to juvenile court and Lyons tried as an adult. Stephanie March wants to plead him out, but her boss the Bureau Chief Judith Light is inexplicably hardnosed on the issue. It's the weakness of the episode, why is she not seeing what everyone else is?

Some real bad choices by Lyons's mother and the mandatory sentence laws put this kid in a frightening jackpot. This is a haunting episode from SVU.


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