Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Veteran's Day 

An angry veteran whose son died in Iraq claims extreme emotional disturbance after he is charged with killing a young Iraq War protester he thought was provoking him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Silva
Ronnie Gibbons
Leon Chiles
Charlotte Colavin ...
Judge Lisa Pongracic (as Charlotte Ortiz Colavin)
Judge Lawrence McNeil
Rehana Khemlani


A young man is found strangled. They discover that he was a war protester. They learn that he butted heads with the father of a soldier who died in Afganistan when he disrupted the father's attempt to get his son honored. The father is arrested and tried and his lawyer mounts a defense centered on the fact that the father is also a veteran and that he suffers from PTSD. Written by

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18 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Your garden variety two-handed choke hold severely compresses the neck; it prevents oxygen from reaching the lungs.
Ed Green: Right. If you can't breathe, you can't swallow.
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: [indicating the vic] Right, but this one... applies just enough pressure to block venous outflow from the brain. Meanwhile, the carotids are still pumping blood in. You keep that up for four or five seconds, blood floods the brain, the capillaries start exploding like popcorn.
Ed Green: Four or five seconds?
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Correct.
Lennie Briscoe: Somebody knew what he was ...
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The Country's Divide
29 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

I've had more than one discussion with people in law enforcement about the precise difference between Murder 2 and Manslaughter 1. Apparently it's in the time that you form intent to kill. On that people including the people who sit on juries disagree.

It's on that which this Law And Order story turns on. A young man who liked to get in people's faces for whatever cause he believed in is found strangled to death in a unique manner which Jerry Orbach describes as the 'sleeper hold'. The NYPD banned it years ago, but those with military training might know it. That's where Orbach and Jesse Martin go hunting for their perpetrator.

In the end they arrest mail carrier Paul Calderon who was a veteran himself and whose son died in Afghanistan. The victim with whom he had slight and unfriendly history with got in Calderon's face once too often calling his son a murderer.

Calderon has a good lawyer in Joe Morton when he goes to court and Sam Waterston is hard pressed to make a case for sympathy for the victim. The debate over the war in Afghanistan is played out as well as those legal definitions I mentioned before.

I won't reveal the result, but Fred C. Thompson probably was right on the money when characterized the nature of the jury at the very end.

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