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Law & Order

Season 8 Episode 5

Nullification

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 05, 1997 on NBC

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  • Trivia

    • Thomas Robbins recites for Briscoe and Curtis a somewhat edited version of the First Amendment. Besides skipping two rights (religion and press), he leaves out an important word in one clause he does cite. The full amendment reads (with omitted words in brackets):

      Congress shall make to law [respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or] abridging the freedom of speech, [or of the press,] or the right of the people [peaceably] to assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances.

  • Quotes

    • (Lennie and Ray are looking at militia web sites; Lennie stands up)
      Rey Curtis: What are you doing?
      Lennie Briscoe: Looking for the black helicopters.
      Rey Curtis: They never come near urban centers.

    • Lennie Briscoe: What about his tattoo?
      Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Within the year. Midlife crisis. Some guys get a sports car, some guys get a tattoo.
      Lennie Briscoe: What did you get?
      Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: 27-year-old boyfriend.

    • Phil Christie: In many ways, you and I are alike.
      Jack McCoy: No, we're not. I don't rob armored cars.

    • Jamie Ross: You played it straight Jack; at least it's a moral victory.
      Jack McCoy: Unfortunately, it might be a hollow one. If those clowns could get one person on that jury to agree with them, what does that say about this country?

    • Phil Christie: Admit it Mr. McCoy, we won.
      Jack McCoy: You didn't win anything. The system you want to destroy won. I'll see you back here in a couple of months. Enjoy your freedom, while you still have it.

    • (Talking about the dead armored car guard.)
      Rey Curtis: The owner of the betting shop said he gave him a good tip. Horse came in a winner.
      Lennie Briscoe: Yeah, I guess it wasn't his lucky day.

    • Lennie Briscoe: 004? What are you? James Bond minus 3?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • (Briscoe and Curtis find a massive arsenal of assault weapons.)
      Lennie Briscoe: Take a picture and send it to Charlton Heston.
      Actor Charlton Heston used to be the president of the National Rifle Association (NRA). He famously stated that the government could have his gun when they pried it from his "cold dead hands."

    • Jamie Ross: The New Sons of Liberty believe they're at war with the US government.
      Jack McCoy: And Son of Sam got his marching orders from a dog.

      "Son of Sam" was the nickname of serial killer David Berkowitz. His nickname came from a taunting letter he sent to the police during his murder spree. He claimed insanity at his trial, talked about demons, and said a dog had told him to kill. The jury saw through this, convicted Berkowitz, and gave him a life sentence.

    • Jury nullification occurs when a jury, despite overwhelming evidence and their own belief in the guilt of a defendent, returns a verdict of not guilty, thereby nullifying the law.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of militia actions such as the sieges of Ruby Ridge and Waco, and the Oklahoma City bombing.

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