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In this episode, Alfred Molina's character bases his defense on having Asperger's Syndrome, a condition on the autistic spectrum. Its major features involve intense focus on narrow areas of interest and social awkwardness, but not criminal or assaultive behavior. People with this condition appear to lack empathy, but are no different in the level of their concern for others, only difficulty in showing it. Asperger's has received a fair amount of publicity in recent years, but there is no evidence that it causes anyone to commit violent crimes. In fact, "Aspies", as they sometimes call themselves, have a strong inclination to follow rules and obey the law. Aspies have no greater propensity to commit crimes than so-called neurotypicals. After this episode aired, major autism advocacy organizations protested to NBC, and continue to demand that it be withdrawn from syndication.
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