Law and Order
L&O, Episode 9.15
Production number: E0220
First aired: 24 February 1999
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Teleplay By
Richard Sweren & Lynne E. Litt

Story By
Kathy McCormick & Lynne E. Litt

Directed By
Martha Mitchell


After a teenage girl is found dead in the emergency room, the investigation leads to a case involving a religious ritual and a defendant who claims that the action taken was dictated by a saint's voice.


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Recurring cast

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Woman: I'm sorry, three kids with the flu home all week.
Rey Curtis: I know how it is.
Woman: No, you don't. You get to go to work.
Abbie Carmichael: Did they teach you how to perform exorcisms, Jack?
Jack McCoy: They taught us to have a healthy respect the devil.
Carmichael: The only devil in this case is the woman we're trying for murder.
McCoy: No guilt, no remorse. Said voices told her to wage war against Satan.
Schiff: Son of Sam again.
McCoy: No. Berkowitz was a psychopathic loser who said he received directions to kill from a Labrador retriever. Rosa's voices tells her to save the world.
Schiff: A voice is a voice. Nobody's that naive.
McCoy: To believe in the devil.
Schiff: People see the devil as an allegory.
McCoy: I'm not so sure I do.
Abbie Carmichael: Horns and a pitchfork, Jack?
She may hear God, but she may not play God.

–Jack McCoy during closing arguments

Background information and notes

  • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Charity Miranda case. Charity's mother, Vivian, and a classmate, Serena Martin, engaged her in a two-hour exorcism because her mother believed that Charity had a demon inside of her. Charity died during the exorcism process, and to cover her death, her mother placed her in a plastic bag, leaving her at the bottom of the stairs.
  • McCoy has been prosecuting cases for nearly 25 years.
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