A popular sports reporter (guest star Lauren Cohan) seeks out Detective Benson to accuse a cameraman (guest star David Marciano) of rape and stalking. The SVU squad and ADA Barba begin their preparations for a difficult trial when the victim learns she is pregnant as result of the rape. As the case proceeds, the defense uses controversial tactics in its efforts to persuade the jury.
14-18: "Legitimate Rape" 2013.03.27
Posted Mar 29, 2013 @ 12:41 PM
Posted Mar 29, 2013 @ 2:15 PM
Posted Mar 29, 2013 @ 3:52 PM
MorbidPet, my knowledge of canon is spotty, but "working it out" isn't quite the right phrase. I believe her mother was an alcoholic who "always hated" or "could never love" Olivia (I forget the way she put it) because of her origins. So far, the victim here seems to have avoided that ... and being away might keep it that way. Of course, she'll have no child support, and possibly no family support and dim employment prospects (there's sure to be a bench warrant, yes?) ....
IRL, the ADA would have put a slew of real doctors on the stand to decimate the congressman's testimony. But I guess in the interest of time and plot we have to trust that Barba's takedown was enough and the holdout juror would have nullified no matter what.
Posted Mar 29, 2013 @ 4:27 PM
IRL, the ADA would have put a slew of real doctors on the stand to decimate the congressman's testimony
I agree. That made the ADA look sloppy and incompetent, IMO. That was a tough episode for me. It left me thinking about how many real victims there are who got totally screwed over by the justice system in one way or another. Sad indeed.
Posted Mar 29, 2013 @ 7:58 PM
I believe her mother was an alcoholic who "always hated" or "could never love" Olivia (I forget the way she put it) because of her origins.
And that's just bullshit. My memory of canon isn't spotty, and Elizabeth Ashley, who played Olivia's mother, loved Olivia. Sure, we only saw her in the first episode, but the love was there, and for many a year, Liv kept that picture of her and her mother, smiling, happy on her desk; she died offscreen in the second season, as a result of her being drunk.
Then in season four, as a plot contrivance, all of a sudden, her mother was this bitch from hell who hated Olivia.
I know what I saw on my screen. I believe that over what the plot monkeys wrote years later.
I'll never forget this line:
Olivia: "I hate him for what he did to you."
Liv's mom: I forget the first part, but she ended with "...I wouldn't have you." And both reached out to clasp each other's hand to squeeze and you feel the love they had for each other.
Posted Mar 30, 2013 @ 7:00 AM
Posted Mar 30, 2013 @ 2:30 PM
I was pleasantly surprised that they didn't rehash the story AGAIN. For once they trusted the audience.
Posted Apr 1, 2013 @ 11:57 AM
Posted Apr 1, 2013 @ 2:25 PM
The "legitimate rape" defense would never have been allowed in a real court, and not just because the science is quackery. In real life there would have been a hearing without the jury in which the judge determines whether this scientific theory is worth presenting to the jury at all. The prosecutor was repeatedly asking for such a hearing throughout the testimony, and when the judge denied it, that was grounds for appeal and invalidating the trial. The legal system does that precisely to avoid the situation presented in this episode. Like I said, I normally let these things slide. When the lawyers shout their objections and have arguments right in front of the jury or they present an insanity defense where it wouldn't really work or they ask an inflammatory question and then immediately say, "Withdrawn" I accept it as part of the drama. That a judge allowed the jury to hear about "legitimate rape" was way too much to swallow.
Also, I don't know much about family court law, but I'm pretty sure that if the father was convicted of stalking the mother (which can be a felony although they didn't specify in this case), the judge would have been well within her rights to deny any visitation to him. He was still convicted of something very creepy, and just because he's willing to pay child support doesn't mean he should be able to see his kid.