Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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There's some more eyeroll-inducing questioning, during which Casey brings up Abu Ghraib. Casey shows a picture of a prisoner in a stress position, and gets her to expound on the brutal-sounding details, but has a hard time to get her to admit she had any idea these techniques could lead to long-term injuries. Sutton then goes all Colonel Jessep on Casey, wanting to know how she'd protect the soldiers in Iraq (which includes her son, which we didn't know until now, although you'd think it would have come up).

Then a juror has a heart attack, and Warner and Sutton have to team up to help him. Well, at first it's Sutton doing all the work, while Warner just exchanges meaningful looks with Casey.

So a mistrial is declared, to Casey's chagrin, as she and Elliot and Olivia head into the squad room. Maybe she'd prefer to continue prosecuting a case with a jury featuring a man who had his life saved by the defendant.

Braden's there, waiting to tell Casey there's no point in a retrial, since he polled the jury and found they were split anyway. Oh, and we have some time for more simplistic arguing, this time with Elliot, who knows a few things about laying hands on suspects. Not that he's proud of it or anything. "Some of us don't have time for regret; we're too busy protecting lives," says Braden. "I think you mean 'destroying them,'" says Warner who came all the way from her office just to tell them she reported Sutton to the state board for professional conduct, and they're reviewing the case.

Sutton ridiculously tells the medical board that "traditional medical ethics don't apply" in Iraq. So yeah, she's done. Or at least temporarily suspended; even that can ruin a career, she tells Warner outside the courtroom. She wants to know if Warner is happy. Well, I don't imagine "happy" is the right word, but given that Warner was doing her best to stop Sutton, I'm not expecting her to be dejected right now. "This country's at war. I've got skills to contribute to that fight. You really want me not to use them?" Warner brings up the Hippocratic Oath again and tells her she doesn't get to ignore it when it's easier to: "The oath was written for times like these." Yep, and Jack Daniels is made for episodes like this.

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