A drug dealer's appeal of the federal death penalty is rejected by the Supreme Court, which upholds the death sentence with execution scheduled for the following Monday. One of the defense lawyers on the case is Sam's old high school bully, and he appeals directly to Sam to involve the president. During a weekend in which he was supposed to be in a yacht race, Sam opts to stay at the W.H. and try to convince his fellow staffers and ultimately Bartlet that the president should commute the sentence. Meanwhile Josh, after a night of heavy drinking at a bachelor party, meets congressional campaign manager Joey Lucas while is hung over. She assails him for having the DNC cut off funding for her candidate, but the decision was deliberate, as the W.H. likes the conservative nutjob currently holding the Calif. seat. Opinions on the death penalty are exchanged throughout the weekend, including those of Quaker Joey Lucas and Toby's rabbi, and Bartlet winds up calling both the Pope and his old ... Written by
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the anti-capital punishment sermon delivered by Toby's rabbi specifically to sway Toby's opinion on the subject was actually written by Steven Leder, a rabbi at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. Leder, who performed showrunner Aaron Sorkin's wedding, was asked to write the sermon by Sorkin just for the episode. See more
While it is possible that the entire Supreme Court would gather in their courtroom to deliver their refusal to grant a stay of execution orally (at 8:00 on a Friday evening), this is very unlikely. Most Court decisions, particularly the refusal to grant a stay, are delivered by written court orders by clerks, not by the Justices themselves from the bench. See more
Who was the last President to commute the sentence?
No, Bert Lincoln.
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