Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 5, Episode 24

Poison (11 May 2004)

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Novak enlists Clark's assistance in obtaining evidence to remove a judge from the bench after his bias in two child abuse cases leads to the death of a child and and the wrongful incarceration of an innocent woman.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Judge Mary Clark
Karen Campbell
Rosalin Silvo
Pete Campbell
Katie Campbell
Matthew Sussman ...
Lawrence Alcott
Rebecca Luker ...
Wendy Campbell


The team is investigating the death of baby which was adopted by a couple with children already. Autopsy reveals that the baby was poisoned. They learn that the mother was not interested in adopting. So they arrest her. At her arraignment the judge appears to be ruling in her favor which Casey finds odd. He later cites Elliot for contempt. They learn that he favors certain people and is hard on others. They learn that in another case he wouldn't allow evidence that would have exonerated a woman who was also charged with poisoning her child. So Casey decides to look into and also tries to have the judge removed. Written by

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Judicial immunity doesn't work like that. It protects judges from civil suits, particularly for slander, brought about through the course of their duties, but judges can face criminal charges just like anyone can. If the case against Taft was legally sufficient, there's no way the arraignment judge should have just thrown it out. See more »


Judge Mary Clark: Pick your battles. Winning this trial's more important than wearing a skirt.
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Casey gets on the judge's case
8 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of SVU belongs to Diane Neal as ADA Casey Novak who loses a case because of a biased judge and the victim, a little girl later dies because of her mother's acquittal in a bench trial. Christopher Meloni has a score to settle with that judge because he gives him some time in the slammer for a contempt citation. Tom Skerritt plays the judge just likely to elicit a little contempt.

Sad to say though Skerritt's performance was a bit too broad and possibly due to the writing. This judge was obviously influenced by what John Forsythe did in the Al Pacino classic And Justice For All.

Possibly the hour format did not allow for a character to be drawn with accuracy. Forsythe played the same kind of judge who got to think he was God Almighty on the bench. Skerritt though never was given a reason to behave as he does.

Check out And Justice For All and see what I mean about which character you think was better portrayed.

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