Law & Order: SVU – Recap & Review – Criminal Hatred

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Law & Order: SVU
Criminal Hatred

Original Air Date: Jan 30, 2013

Caitlin – Senior Staff Writer

On any crime show, watching the absurd excuses defense attorneys use can be frustrating. If you’ve ever wanted our guys to let lose too and, like, try to prosecute a gay man for hate crimes against gay men or something, you’ll like tonight’s episode.

The detectives go undercover to catch a suspect molesting men at a gay bar. Since it’s the very start of the episode, they miss him completely, and he goes on to attack a married man who has just left his wife and children for the night.

Charles Murphy isn’t too open to acknowledging his apparent sexuality, which is going to make prosecuting his case difficult. But when the suspect kills his next victim, they’re can’t just take to take things lightly anymore. That man’s wife knew what he was doing and says that the two of them loved eachother in spite of the fact.

Olivia and Nick tell Charles about the other victim and warn him that his privacy isn’t going to stick. Trapped, he turns them to the real perpetrator, a male stripper named Jeremy. They arrest him for possession of stolen property, but he gets a lawyer as soon as they start interrogating him.

Charles correctly picks Jeremy out of a lineup, with ADA Barba helping the prosecution. Jeremy’s boyfriend, Mason, is defensive of him, largely because Jeremy’s been telling him he was only picking up women at bars. When he’s shown the truth, he starts to falter, but Jeremy’s lawyer steps in to represent him, too. She reveals that Mason and Jeremy are actually married.

Between the spousal privilege and the lack of victims willing to come forward, Barba thinks he’s going to have to drop the murder charge. Still, the investigation moves forward. At first, the detectives look for a possible female victim, but Jeremy had no interest in her. Barba thinks this is a good thing. Apparently they can go after Jeremy for hate crimes against gay men.

As you might guess, it’s somewhat difficult to make this actually sound good in court, but Barba follows through to a reasonable degree of success. It seems Jeremy is really angry at men who can pretend to be straight. Unfortunately, that’s not a “good enough” subcategory of gay men to keep following the hate crime and the case falls apart again.

In the end, it turns out to be a lot of fuss over nothing, because they can connect Jeremy to the murder through a bracelet from the dead victim that he gave to Mason. I’m not sure why they couldn’t have just done that in the first place, but Jeremy turns on everyone as he’s arrested and taken out of the courtroom. Hate crime or not, the guy clearly has a lot of anger.

Next Week: Monster’s Legacy

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One Response to Law & Order: SVU – Recap & Review – Criminal Hatred

  1. Beany53 says:

    Was so good to see Victoria Rowell as the judge. I sure miss her as Drucilla on The Young and the Restless.

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