A dedicated inner-city schoolteacher is murdered. Initial indications that the victim lived a quiet and simple life take a turn when pictures of her posing nude are found.

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A dedicated inner-city schoolteacher is murdered. Initial indications that the victim lived a quiet and simple life take a turn when pictures of her posing nude are found.

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This is the second appearance of Saidah Arrika Ekulona, who plays Ethan's mom. The actress first appeared in Season 1 Episode 3 and will later reappear in several episodes playing different characters, including Nardalee Ulah in Season 11 Episode 16 "Witness". See more »

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Detective John Munch: One time when I was working in Baltimore, I walk in and say 'What's up?', everybody's looking at me like my fly's open. Turns out there's a new art gallery across the street run by one of my ex-girlfriends, center piece is a wall size picture of yours truly from my free love days, au natural.
Fin Tutuola: Serves you right for posing in the first place.
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The Wall of Separation Crumbles
5 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The SVU squad has a great deal of investigating to do and go down many false leads before finally arresting Dean Nolen for murdering a high school teacher. But the woman's reputation is making prosecuting difficult.

Turns out that the teacher who was a really dedicated one also had a secret life as a total nymphomaniac though she was scrupulous in keeping her lives separate. But the wall of separation is crumbling as one of her students finds some nude photographs on the internet. It does beg the question as to how secret your life can be when you let all hang out on the internet.

In the end ADA Cabot just can't get a murder 2 indictment of Nolen who is a real low life because the Grand Jury can't get past the victim's sex life. The fact that he's already stalked another woman doesn't weigh enough with the grand jury to overcome their biases.

It's sad, but true that in criminal justice the victim often goes on trial in the defense's case. This episode illustrates that quite well.


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