Law & Order: Season 17, Episode 17

Good Faith (30 Mar. 2007)

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A fundamentalist Christian goes on trial for murder, but he claims that he was protecting his daughter from Divine Retribution for learning Evolution theory in school.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Reese
Mary Reese
Judge Nora Glover
Fire Marshal Woods
Howard W. Overshown ...
Attorney Rowan
Dion Graham ...
Principal Ron Hill
Luke Thornton (as Eric William Morris)


A fundamentalist Christian goes on trial for murder, but he claims that he was protecting his daughter from Divine Retribution for learning Evolution theory in school.

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Jack McCoy tells Jacob Reese that he broke the Fifth Commandment when he committed murder. In most religions, the commandment against murder is the sixth, except in Roman Catholicism. McCoy has been described by Executive Producer Dick Wolf as a lapsed Catholic, and in this scene he shows his roots. See more »


Jacob Reese: I was just trying to protect my daughter.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: By breaking the Fifth Commandment, Mr. Reese. You not only killed, you killed the wrong man.
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8 August 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Tovah Feldshuh makes one of her welcome appearances as defense attorney Danielle Melnyk in this Law And Order episode where she defends father Jeffrey Donovan who says he not only bashed in his daughter's biology teacher in, but burned a church down to cover up his crime because the teacher was teaching Darwin in what was purported to be a Christian Academy.

Sam Waterston is rather put out that Feldshuh would argue such a cockamamie defense. Quite rightly he says that would sure open a justification defense for say the Marathon bombers in Boston. Or even if Franklin Graham got a hold of a nuclear bomb and decided that he would demolish San Francisco with ground zero the Castro for violating that oft quoted part of Leviticus. That Judge Denise Dowse would allow such a thing makes this episode one of the lesser ones. Just simply wouldn't happen.

That being said in the end some lies by the daughter Sarah Ramos fueled her fundamentalist father to kill the teacher for some more traditional reasons.

Interesting issues, but not presented well in this story.

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