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Bad Girl 

The pursuit of the death penalty for a police officer's killer who found religion in prison becomes a political football for the DA's office, and Briscoe's daughter gets in trouble with the law.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rey Curtis
Judge Gary Feldman
Monica Johnson's Defense Attorney
Mr. Flynn
Cathy Briscoe (as Jennifer Bill)
Monica's social worker
Judge Elizabeth Mizener
Emily Schoener
Tom Wiggin ...
Ross Sanders


Police believe a young woman is responsible for the stabbing of a police officer. McCoy is stunned during his cross-examination of the defendant on the stand. McCoy and Ross struggle with the morality of the death penalty when she claims she has become a "born again" Christian on death row and has asked to end her appeals. Written by Anonymous

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29 April 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Briscoe is talking to one of the detectives from narcotics about his daughter, who was caught stealing 600 units of Demerol, 200 units of Dilaudid and 200 units of Dexedrine from a hospital dispensary, he comments that the amount of drugs she stole is "B felony weight." Demerol is the brand name for a synthetic opioid analgesic called meperidine. Dilaudid is the brand name for a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic called hydromorphone, which is a more potent derivative of morphine. Dexedrine is the brand name for the amphetamine-class stimulant dextroamphetamine which is used to treat severe Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, it also used to be a popular diet drug back in the 1950's and '60's before amphetamines became a controlled substance. All of these drugs are schedule II controlled substances which means Briscoe is partly incorrect about the fact that she could be charged with a class B felony for stealing and selling them. Considering the amount of drugs she took, and that they are C-II controlled substances, that she stole them while working at a hospital and was selling them she could actually get charged with both criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony, and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree, a class A-II felony. A conviction on both of these charges would carry a minimum sentence of four to eleven years in prison. See more »


When Briscoe finds out his daughter was caught stealing prescription drugs from a hospital pharmacy and selling them on the street he comments that the amount she stole is "B felony weight, she could get away with probation." That is actually incorrect, a conviction on a non-violent class B felony, in this case criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, actually carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 1-3 years in prison. However since she was also selling these drugs, that fact combined with the fact that they are all schedule II controlled substances and the large amount she was selling, means she would also likely get charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree, which is a class A-II felony. The minimum sentence for that is 3-8 1/3 years in prison and the maximum can be up to life in prison, though if this is her first offense she'll likely get the minimum. So with the criminal possession three and criminal sale two charges she'd be looking at a combined minimum sentence of 4-11 1/3 years in prison. See more »


Jack McCoy: I talked to the ADA in Brooklyn. He's under a lot of pressure to make drug cases. He can't be seen playing favorites.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: So it's Cathy's bad luck that she's the daughter of a white cop. This ADA, can't you... scratch his back a little bit?
Jack McCoy: I offered to beg off on a couple of cases with concurrent jurisdiction. He turned me down. I got nothing else to offer him. He's a dog with a bone.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Yeah, the bone happens to be my kid.
Jack McCoy: I know, Lennie. I'm sorry.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Thanks anyway.
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