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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Poison (2004)

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Casey gets on the judge's case

4/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
8 February 2013

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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