While trying to stop a case of domestic abuse, Benson crosses paths with a woman who has been a fugitive for over 30 years and claims that she was also a domestic abuse victim.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Munch (credit only)
Odafin Tutuola (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Linnie Malcolm
Mia Latimer (as Clea Duvall)
Brent Latimer
Audrie Neenan ...


While trying to stop a case of domestic abuse, Benson crosses paths with a woman who has been a fugitive for over 30 years and claims that she was also a domestic abuse victim.

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25 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Judge Elizabeth Donnelly could not have taken a leave of absence to step down to go back being a D.A. Prosecutor against Linnie Malcolm because she would have lost her seat on the bench. See more »


Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Come to show me the error of my ways?
Olivia Benson: You've spent your entire career protecting abused women and now you're going after one.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: You don't know do you?
Olivia Benson: Know what?
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Did you ask Linnie how she escaped?
Olivia Benson: No. Does it matter?
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: She asked for a meeting to discuss a plea bargain. I let her use the bathroom she crawled out the window.
Olivia Benson: So, you took the fall.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: For years, whenever a rookie A.D.A. pulled a stupid move it was known as doing a Donnelly. You have no idea what it was like in law enforcement back in ...
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The best of intentions
30 October 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Mariska Hargitay's dedication to her job brings about a lot of grief with the best of intentions. Clea DuVall is a victim of domestic abuse which Hargitay and Chris Meloni only uncover when Hargitay stakes herself out at the downstair's neighbor to catch him in the act. She catches him more than abusing his wife, she catches Nathaniel Marston stabbing DuVall to death.

But neighbor Brenda Blethyn's 911 call yields a fingerprint from a 34 year old cold case. Back in the Seventies Blethyn shot her then husband and escaped before trial. She's been married to and living with her new husband Mike Farrell since then and he knew nothing about her situation. He also has multiple sclerosis and Blethyn is his chief caregiver.

Talk about opening a can of worms, there's still more to come in this SVU episode which talks a lot about what it was like for battered women in the day.

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