Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 10, Episode 20

Crush (5 May 2009)

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Over the course of a complex "sexting" case involving an abused teenage girl, the team encounters a corrupt family court judge who hands down unusually harsh sentences for borderline sexual offenses.

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Over the course of a complex "sexting" case involving an abused teenage girl, the team encounters a corrupt family court judge who hands down unusually harsh sentences for borderline sexual offenses.

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Kim Garnet: Who are you?
Kathleen Stabler: Kathleen. I'm a friend of Olivia's. I was sitting in here a couple of months ago.
Kim Garnet: She put you in jail too?
Kathleen Stabler: Yeah! And my dad's Detective Stabler.
Kim Garnet: How could you do that to your partners, Kat?
Kathleen Stabler: I'm glad she did. Helped me stop hating my self.
Kim Garnet: What makes you think I hate my self?
Kathleen Stabler: Because I was a lot like you. I let boys use me, have sex with me, even hit me. Kim, I was too scared and too ashamed to say anything. Things got so bad, I went to jail. But I finally let someone help me. Same ...
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Interesting episode in the second half with a rather formulaic first half.
10 April 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I note that other reviews have criticised the second half of this as being unrealistic and even one has suggested it has some sort of "liberal" agenda.

The only problem with criticising it for being over the top and unrealistic to portray a right wing judge handing out tough sentences on juveniles for trivial offences in return for monetary gain in deals with a private prison, is that it's obviously based on the kids for cash case. in which judges did exactly that in return for money and favours. Sadly with the growth of the private prison industry the practice of judiciary being prepared to ruin peoples lives for their own gain is probably not an isolated incident.

Googling "Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan" will provide information about the cash for kids case if you are not familiar with it.

The episode itself doesn't really pick up until the second half, I might well have not continued watching if I didn't know in advance that it was going to get more interesting, but the second half makes up for the first.


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