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Lena Petrovsky
Lena Petrovsky
Name Lena Petrovsky
Occupation Judge
Status Alive
Actor Joanna Merlin
First Appearance "Legacy"
Last Appearance "Reparations"

Lena Petrovsky is a Judge based in Manhattan.

Judge Petrovsky has a reputation for being tough but fair: while she has frequently shown favor towards the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, she has often sought to curb the DA's power when she felt it was being abused.

Petrovsky versus CabotEdit

Petrovsky has a long and deeply adversarial history with Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot. This stems from the Roy Barnett case, where Cabot lied her way into getting a search of the victim Sam Cavanaugh's room, in which detectives found videotapes implicating Barnett in the abuse of several underage boys.

Though Petrovsky had little choice but to allow the tapes to be presented as evidence, she has been very tough on Cabot ever since.

Cabot's apparent assassination in 2003 and subsequent years in Witness Protection have healed some of the differences between them, with Petrovsky telling Cabot she's glad she's back, but Petrovsky still refuses to tolerate "stunts" from Cabot.

Family life? Edit

Although Judge Petrovsky has mentioned being a mother, her children have never appeared on screen or been mentioned by name. (SVU: "Countdown")

Cases TriedEdit

  • Granted defense's motion for dismissal after prosecutorial witness Jenny Rogers perjured herself on the stand.
  • Denied a motion for dismissal filed by defense attorney Carolyn Maddox
  • Ruled that defendant Pam Adler could cross-examine plaintiff Peter Smith, but warned Adler that any attempts to intimidate the plaintiff would result in disbarment.
  • Granted a motion nullifying Kurtz's legal immunity after it was revealed that she had initiated the sexual abuse of her little sister. However she knew Cabot manipulated Eric Campbell's father into getting that and was angered she wasn't ready for trial yet.
  • Ordered Mrs. Douglas to produce her daughter Sophie for a second round of questioning by the SVU in order to try and identify her kidnapper.
  • Ruled that Poletti's obscene writings warranted a criminal trial.
  • Declined to grant A.D.A. Casey Novak a mistrial after defense witness Hilary Barclay claimed under oath that she had committed the crime for which her mother was standing trial. Novak instead dropped all charges against Juliet Barclay and arrested her daughter.
  • Ruled (reluctantly) that evidence found during an illegal search of Linda Cavanaugh's residence was admissable, but refused to forgive ADA Alexandra Cabot as a result.
  • Forced to recuse herself after Varney threatened her in court.
  • Ordered Dr. Lang's removal from the court after repeated outbursts during the testimony of Paula Haggerty
  • Ordered the DA's office to file charges against Claire Rinato in addition to Grace, and held ADA Alexandra Cabot in contempt of court for questioning her authority
  • Ordered that Justin Sharp be held in contempt for refusing to answer questions that might have incriminated Eldridge
  • Reviewed evidence against Linus McKellen, and threw it out, because TARU Ruben Morales had used an untested method of identification.
  • Presided over Tessa's competency hearing, and sent her to a mental hospital.
  • Ruled that Katie Nicholson could be sworn in as a witness for the prosecution. Also displayed a bit of a softer side when Katie asked for a hug (she liked to hug people) and promised that she might give the girl one later.
  • Ordered Roderick to be removed from the court after he threatened "Cassidy Cornell" with violence during her testimony
  • Ordered the removal of Eva Sintzel from the court
  • Case was thrown out after Grall was assassinated
  • Ruled that Rook could serve as his own defense
  • Dismissed case due to lack of evidence
  • Dismissed due to lack of evidence.


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