History Recap / LawAndOrderS11E15BronxCheer

18th May '18 12:27:48 PM talltalltree
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A drug dealer, Angela Jarrell, is found strangled to death. Briscoe and Green quickly connect her to another dealer named Taz Partell, but there isn't enough evidence to charge him. The detectives instead look into a witness's claim that Partell shot dead a club bouncer in the Bronx two years ago. Other witnesses identify Partell as the shooter, so he is arrested. However, a Tony Schaeffer has already been convicted and jailed for the bouncer's murder. Due to the specific location of the murder, the Manhattan [=DAs=] can push for jurisdiction; Abbie thinks this is their best chance of getting Partell to confess to killing Jarrell too.

Bronx DA Robertson refuses to re-open the case, and [=McCoy=] indicts Partell. A judge deems the evidence sufficient to sustain the case but warns that a jury won't be convinced, since all the witnesses were drunk or high at the time. On orders from Lewin, [=McCoy=] offers Partell a deal for the two murders; just 7.5 to 15 years overall. Robertson, bitter at what he sees as the Manhattan office's attempt to undermine his authority, still won't do anything about Schaeffer. [=McCoy=] therefore decides to personally represent Schaeffer in an appeal of ''habeas corpus''. Despite Robertson arguing that Schaeffer's only acceptable legal recourse is to appeal to the governor for a pardon, the judge overturns Schaeffer's conviction and he is released.

!!!This episode contains examples of:
* BittersweetEnding: [=McCoy=] got Schaeffer out of jail, but now has to explain to Jarrell's father why her killer will be serving just a few short years for her murder.
* EvilIsPetty: Partell killed Jarrell because she lost him a couple of hours' takings due to being robbed. When this is pointed out to him, he shrugs and says that employing her just "wasn't working out".
* GloryHound: Robertson is so determined to protect his, and his police department's, reputation that he was prepared to let an innocent man serve a minimum 25 years in jail; and causes Partell to be sentenced to just 7.5 to 15 years for ''two'' murders.
* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Early in the episode, Jarrell's sister mentions that their father has vowed not to visit New York until his daughter's killer is caught. At the end of the show, he goes to [=McCoy's=] office and [=McCoy=] will have to break the news as to why Partell got such a short sentence.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Robertson and his ADA.
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: The episode comes with a disclaimer saying that the fictional Bronx DA featured in the episode does not in any way represent Robert Johnson, the real-life Bronx DA at the time.
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