Law & Order
Executioner

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Executioner

Their first stop is to the Warden, who can't believe Yost would do that, but does admit he was asking around about who was at the execution. He reiterates that everyone's identity who participated is protected, and tells "Miss Ruby-Rosa" that she won't get him to break their laws to build her case. She reviews this with Cutter but he doesn't seem too concerned, since he's sure Garrison will admit to it himself if he thinks he's still a target. (I just capitalized "Target." What does that say about my regular shopping habits and my love for a certain store?) They underestimate Garrison, though, and he plays coy when they question him. He essentially admits it by telling them that he'd never go on record given what has happened to people and their families in the past, but won't agree to go on the stand.

Connie and Cutter then go to the jail to try to make a deal with Maggie and Yost. She won't do it, and realizes that the reason they're asking is because they don't have Garrison helping them by admitting his link to Yost. Cutter won't bite, and bluffs that he has everything he needs, adding that he won't let South Carolina's laws keep him from naming people. It sounds all good and confident, but she knows he's got no proof. In Jack's office, Cutter then tries to convince Jack that he wasn't bluffing. He repeats everything he said, but Jack says fighting the SC laws will take years. He thinks to look up a note on death-penalty appeals with the Supreme Court and goes for a book, but Cutter tells him about this newfangled thingy called the "Internet" and shows him a machine known as a "computer." Lo and behold, this magic contraption pulls up just what fuddy-duddy Jack needs to make his point! He tells them to arrest Garrison for murder, based on a loophole -- the Supreme Court needs four votes to grant an appeal but five to stay an execution. Two of the prisoners executed were in the middle of appealing their cases when South Carolina executed them anyway, and Garrison administered the lethal injections. Oh, our laws at work -- aren't they glorious. Even Cutter has his limits and says he can't defend against that, so Jack says he'll do it instead. Lupo and Green get to go back to Garrison's house to arrest him, cuffs and all, as he tells the press assembled outside that he did nothing wrong.

In with the judge, Garrison's lawyer argues that the executions were carried out legally, but Jack reiterates that they were done while the appeals were pending. The lawyer tells Jack to go after the governor or the judges that wouldn’t grant stays, then, and Jack ominously tells them he would if he could. The judge points out that the executions were in another state and asks how he has jurisdiction, and Jack explains that Garrison practiced medicine in New York City with a state medical license. He says they imported a doctor since no one from their own state would do it, and New York has an interest in making sure its doctors "don't participate in these barbarities." The judge admits it's a slim case, but he'll take it, and when Garrison's lawyer protests that it's because of his personal view of the death penalty, the judge basically says, "Yeah, so what of it?" Jack walks out and plays his hand -- if Garrison will testify in Yost's trial that he took part in the executions, he'll make this case "go away." Cutter congratulates Jack on his awesome moves and anticipates that now the defense will try to put lethal injections on trial to sway the jury. Cutter bitches about that, but Jack's too classy to smack him and tell him to appreciate the gift he just got.

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