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L&O, Episode 10.02
Production number: E1103
First aired: 29 September 1999
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Carmichael McCoy Killerz
Written By
Richard Sweren

Directed By
Constantine Makris

Plot Edit

Briscoe and Green believe a 10-year-old is responsible for a child's death, and McCoy wants her isolated to stop any future fatalities.

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Quotes Edit

  • Ms. Sharkey: Your Honor, my client is ten years old. She has teddy bears on her bedspread and a Big Bird piggy bank filled with pennies and she killed a child. It's so incongruous, it's almost inconceivable. Dr. Olivett has testified that because of her age and because of the way her brain works she simply couldn't appreciate that as she struck Aaron Polansky with a rock she was killing him. Jenny thought she could revive him with a one and a half volt battery. It speaks for itself. Mr. McCoy's position is to ignore the question of responsibility and brand Jenny Brandt a killer: she'll never change, we have to put her away. People change, if anyone can change it's a child. And Dr. Olivet has emphasized that this will not happen in a state mental hospital. Mr. McCoy's solution is a solution of last resort. Please, don't give up on her, Judge.
  • Jack McCoy: Jenny got dealt a lousy hand. I look at her with pity and regret. But Jenny Brandt is trouble. She battered Aaron Polansky's head and stuffed him in a pipe. Ms. Sharkey wants us to believe that she didn't appreciate what she did, I don't agree. Jenny daydreams about killing small boys. She even had a trial run with a cat but ultimately what she could or could not appreciate is irrelevant. Jenny is a loaded gun, she is a cocked fist with a rock and she needs to be stopped before she kills again. Dr. Olivet talks about sending Jenny to a state institution like it's a death sentence that turns the world upside down. Aaron Polansky got a death sentence! Jenny would get treatment. Now everybody knows state psychiatric care could be better. But letting Jenny get away with murder won't help this girl; how will she ever appreciate that her actions have consequences if there are none ? And how many children will she kill before the Adult Criminal Justice System can take over ? Do we have to wait and see ? Ms. Sharkey would like us to cross our fingers and hope. Hope that it won't happen again. I have my own kind of hope. I hope the state doctors can find a way to fix this girl, I hope that it takes six months. But until they do, we can't afford Ms. Sharkey's brand of hope; we need to protect the Aaron Polanskys of this world from Jenny Brandt.

  • Jack McCoy: Would you want this girl loose in your neighborhood? The public is sick of violent children being sent to bed without their dessert.

  • Jenny Brandt: (about a cat she hurt) I gave it some ice cream, but I put chemicals in the ice cream, like, for the floors and stuff. It started screaming and choking, then it went dead. It was way cool.

  • Jenny Brandt: Sometimes I think about hurting little boys.
  • Dr. Skoda: Hurting them how?
  • Jenny Brandt: Hitting them over the head and making them cry. Killing them and leaving them with no clothes on so they look stupid.

  • Adam Schiff: Little girl killers?
  • Abbie Carmichael: You don't believe it because they wear knee-socks and pigtails?

  • Anita van Buren: I'm giving you a little slack here, Ed. Just don't break the rope.

  • Adam Schiff: Last year, they released three subway pushers and a guy who dined on his neighbor's liver.

Background information and notes Edit

  • This case appears to have been inspired primarily by the Mary Bell case, in which a 10 year old girl (and her allegedly dim-witted older friend) murdered two small boys in 1968. However, some minor elements of the crime were drawn from the 1993 case of Robert Thompson & Jon Venables, wherein two ten year old boys murdered a toddler named James Bulger.

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