"True Believers"
SVU, Episode 13.06
Production number: 13006
First aired: 2 November 2011
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Written By
Robin Veith

Directed By
Courtney Hunt

A music student is raped in her own apartment, and the seemingly clear cut case begins to unravel when the suspect hires a powerful defense attorney.


A young music student is raped at gunpoint in her own apartment, but with her help, the SVU squad makes a quick arrest. Bureau Chief Mike Cutter takes over the case when he finds that opposing counsel is high-profile defense attorney Bayard Ellis. As Ellis works to undermine their police work and damage the victim's credibility, the detectives take the stand to prove they have more than just a he-said, she-said case.


19-year-old musician Sarah Walsh is raped at gunpoint in her apartment. She waits a day before reporting it to the police, so the SVU detectives are unable to recover any DNA evidence except for what the suspect left on the glass of beer she gave him.

After Sarah sees her attacker outside of a local bar, Olivia & Nick track him down and arrest him. The suspect, Michael Wedmore tosses a gun under the couch which Nick is able to get.

Bayard Ellis, a famous attorney and civil liberties advocate takes Michael's case pro bono in order to expose the NYPD's violations of protocol on both the ID of the suspect and the recovery of the gun. Ellis casts doubts on the prosecution of his client, claiming that the case is racially motivated.

During the trial, Ellis suggests that the gun was planted by Nick and reveals that Sarah had sex with an anonymous black male the night before her rape. Michael does not deny having sex with Sarah but claims that it was consensual. In the end, he is found not guilty of rape & criminal possession of a weapon which upsets Olivia.


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Mercy General Hospital
Exam Room
Wednesday, October 5

137th & Broadway
Wednesday, October 5

Manhattan Academy of Music
1561 Amsterdam Avenue
Thursday, October 6

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Café Nougat
1612 Amsterdam Avenue
Thursday, October 6

Superior Court
Part 21
Wednesday, October 12

Superior Court Verdict
Part 21
Tuesday, October 18

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