Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Sarah Aronson, a high school art teacher who is found dead after hours in her classroom with the school locked and the alarm system on. The police initially focus on one of her colleagues, math teacher Richard Kovaks, after they learn Sarah had become aware Kovaks was selling higher grades to some of his students. When he has an alibi for her time of death they focus on four students who put a cryptic anti-Semitic slur in the high school yearbook. Student Matt Hastings is charged with murder and hires Roy Pane to defend him. Pane has defended white supremacists in the past and his defense is that there is a Jewish conspiracy to frame his client.
Did You Know?
Jack McCoy comments that "...Bill Kunstler
is spinning in his grave". Kunstler was a noted lawyer who championed and represented many radical causes and clients. He died four months before this episode aired and had appeared, as himself, in Law & Order: White Rabbit
(1994) representing a fugitive student radical whose actions had lead to the death of a police officer 23 years earlier. See more
I simply want to put them under heightened scrutiny.
Mr. Payne simply wants to exclude them. That's unconstitutional, even for preemptory challenges.
If I find some unbiased Jews, then by all means, they're welcome to stay. Anyway, this issue won't come up very often. Most of them are smart enough to avoid jury duty in the first place.