A drug dealer's appeal of the federal death penalty is rejected by the Supreme Court, which upholds the death sentence with execution scheduled for the following Monday. One of the defense lawyers on the case is Sam's old high school bully, and he appeals directly to Sam to involve the president. During a weekend in which he was supposed to be in a yacht race, Sam opts to stay at the W.H. and try to convince his fellow staffers and ultimately Bartlet that the president should commute the sentence. Meanwhile Josh, after a night of heavy drinking at a bachelor party, meets congressional campaign manager Joey Lucas while is hung over. She assails him for having the DNC cut off funding for her candidate, but the decision was deliberate, as the W.H. likes the conservative nutjob currently holding the Calif. seat. Opinions on the death penalty are exchanged throughout the weekend, including those of Quaker Joey Lucas and Toby's rabbi, and Bartlet winds up calling both the Pope and his old ...
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Sam tells Charlie that the US is among five nations who execute people under 18 years old. In 2005, the United States Supreme Court outlawed execution of minors convicted of capital crimes through the case Roper v Simmons. See more
When Toby is sitting in temple, he is not wearing a yarmulke. It would be a major breach of Jewish custom for a man to have his head uncovered. See more
Leo, I think you're going to find as you go through this weekend, that there's virtually no part of this discussion that isn't bizarre.
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Written by Pete Anthony
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