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Two young middle school boys are accused of the rape of a woman.


Constantine Makris


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Illeana Douglas ... Gina Bernardo
Becky Ann Baker ... Mrs. Brice
Shane Lyons Shane Lyons ... Jeremy Brice (as Shane E. Lyons)
Connor Paolo ... Zachary Connor
Jonathan Walker ... Dr. Hayman
Richard Topol ... Mr. Connor
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner
Judith Light ... Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly


A drug raid on an apartment building turns into a murder investigation, when the intended suspect is found brutally stabbed; there is evidence she had been raped. The detectives' investigation eventually leads to two junior high-aged boys, 12-year-old Zachary Connors and 14-year-old Jeremy Brice. Zachary is tried in juvenile court, but a dilemma arises when the district attorney wants Jeremy tried as an adult, even though it is apparent Jeremy is mentally "slow" and despite evidence showing he may not have known the seriousness of his actions. In court, Jeremy is severely grilled and betrayed by Zachary (he insists that Jeremy was fully responsible and fully carried out the crimes). Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

22 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Normally a murder committed during the commission of rape in the first degree would elevate the homicide charge to murder in the first degree. However since minors under a certain age cannot be charged with a capital crime, which is why the charge of murder in the second degree is being used. See more »


After the first interview, the captain reaches out, almost off screen near a window frame, and acts like he is turning a knob on the side of a box to turn a speaker off. As the camera pans out, you can see that the speaker box is at least another six inches away from where he reached, and the knobs are on the front of the box, not on the side. See more »


John Munch: [while searching a locker] I find any dead animals in here, I'm going to deputize you for this.
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You have to have the lines drawn somewhere
21 June 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It's a powerful performance from Shane E. Lyons that highlights this SVU episode about a 12 year old and a 14 year old who commit a murder, robbery, and rape of a terminally ill cancer patient. Lyons plays a poor pathetic kid who gets caught in a frightening jackpot.

Society and the criminal justice system establishes arbitrary ages where you deal with criminals and victims as adults and juveniles. You have to draw the lines drawn somewhere. But there are always exceptions.

12 year old Connor Paolo is ahead of his normal development. He's the leader and a budding sociopath. It takes the SVU squad sometime before they realize he's the leader.

And he's leading poor 14 year old Lyons into this horrible system. You look at him and how backward he is and you want to scream at the television just look at this kid.

Yet it's Paolo who is ticketed to juvenile court and Lyons tried as an adult. Stephanie March wants to plead him out, but her boss the Bureau Chief Judith Light is inexplicably hardnosed on the issue. It's the weakness of the episode, why is she not seeing what everyone else is?

Some real bad choices by Lyons's mother and the mandatory sentence laws put this kid in a frightening jackpot. This is a haunting episode from SVU.

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