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Law & Order's bias?

I'm a big fan of Law & Order, both original and Criminal Intent (though not nearly so much Special Victims' Unit),
and have watched these plus innumerable reruns of them since 1992.

The following applies mainly to the original and SVU versions, since those feature the judicial system in action.

There is no question that L&O shows a distinct bias against people who kill or severely harm others.

But one thing that makes me love L&O so much is that it deals in shades of gray -- all the time.

And despite little or no discussion of alternative justice systems -- and frequently long prison terms or worse -- I have to consider L & O to be a force for the liberal viewpoint.

This is because it often highlights people's living situations, sometimes quite downtrodden, situations that are often beyond the control of those living them.

And the prosecutors aim for -- and often achieve -- what might be called true justice (or something quite close). That is, taking into consideration the circumstances under which a crime was committed.

(On the other hand, it's true that Jack McCoy has often displayed a purely rules-bound viewpoint.)


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