"Loco Parentis"
L&O, Episode 10.10
Production number: E1115
First aired: 5 January 2000
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Briscoe Loco Parentis
Written By
Matt Witten

Directed By
Constantine Makris


A school bully is accused of killing a classmate. The killer's father is found to have helped foster his son's violent behavior, so the DA's office charges him with murder on account of depraved indifference. At trial, the killer, John's mother decides to cooperate to save her other son from becoming a killer as well. When the judge refuses to declare a mistrial, John's mother promised to testify against her husband if they cut a deal with her son. John eventually confessed, showing remorse for his actions and is offered a deal of first degree manslaughter with a sentence of ten to twenty years in prison. McCoy offers the father a deal of second degree manslaughter with a sentence of two to six years, threatening to go to the jury otherwise. With pressure from McCoy, John, his wife and his own attorney, the father agrees to the deal. His wife later serves him with a divorce.


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Lennie Briscoe: Where's your son's bedroom?
Sandra Telford: John's doing his homework.
Lennie Briscoe: Police. Unlock the door, John. Bust it.
Sandra Telford: Please don't hurt him.
Robert Telford: Don't say a word, John.
Lennie Briscoe: Homework, huh? Biker Sluts Rock Vegas. Must be the new math.
Ed Green: No place like home.
Robert Telford: He's a teenage boy.
Lennie Briscoe: Oh yeah? What's this, a zit remover?

Adam Schiff: This teenager commits the perfect crime.
Jack McCoy: I know, it's hard to believe. C.S.U. luminoled every conceivable spot in the Telfords' building and didn't find a drop of blood.
Abbie Carmichael: We have the Splatter games, the violent behavior, the illegal weapons, but there's no way to get it in.
Adam Schiff: Where'd he get the weapons?
Abbie Carmichael: Mail order. Paid for with his father's credit card.
Adam Schiff: Kid gets off, the father buys the son a bazooka...Charge the father.
Abbie Carmichael: With providing the instrumentality?
Adam Schiff: With murder.

Adam Schiff: What did Potter Stewart say about pornography?
Jack McCoy: "I can't define what it is, but I know it when I see it".

Jack McCoy: How did he clean up all that blood?
Abbie Carmichael: He got an A in Home Ec?

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Jameson High School
166 West 60th Street
Friday, October 23

Office of
Emily Waston
Conflict Counselor
Monday, October 26

Apartment of
Leo Clayton
181 West 67th Street
Tuesday, November 15

4 5

Supreme Court
Trial Part 18
Thursday, December 17

District Attorney's Office
Conference Room
Monday, December 28

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