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Recap / Law And Order S 13 E 11 Chosen

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The detectives investigate the murder of bookie Gordon Meeks. They soon establish that the killer is his partner, Stephen Strelzik; Meeks was going to report Strelzik for stealing from their business, so Strelzik killed him. Strelzik's attorney, Dworkin, deliberately selects a majority-Jewish jury then has Strelzik reveal on the stand that he was stealing to send funds to Israel. The judge, also Jewish, is very sympathetic to this and won't do anything to stop it. In McCoy's summation, he asks the jury to consider the facts of the case and uphold the law, not let themselves be manipulated by an appeal to their personal loyalties. They convict, and Strelzik gets a life sentence for felony murder. Dworkin privately tells McCoy that although he had to defend his client, he personally doesn't think Strelzik should be out on the streets.


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  • Domestic Abuse: The detectives initially think one of Meeks' clients got a black eye from an altercation with him, but it turns out her husband beat her for losing his money.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Refers both to the concept of the Jews as God's chosen people, and Dworkin's deliberate selection of the jurors for his own ends.
  • Evil Debt Collector: Meeks' job was to intimidate customers to pay up - often by means of physical violence.
  • Graceful Loser: Dworkin
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Dworkin
  • Soapbox Sadie: Strelzik's wife, who launches into a lengthy rant on the stand about Palestinian atrocities against Israel.
  • You Have to Have Jews: Invoked by Dworkin, who stacks the jury with Jewish people so that they'll be in favor of Strelzik's defence.

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