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Casey gets on the judge's case
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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