Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–…): Season 14, Episode 12 - Criminal Hatred - full transcript

SVU and the DA's office struggle with finding the right strategy in a case dealing with a gay man who is picking up and then attacking closeted gay married men.

In the criminal justice system,

Sexually based offenses are
considered especially heinous.

In new york city,
the dedicated detectives

Who investigate
these vicious felonies

Are members
of an elite squad

Known as
the special victims unit.

These are their stories.

- Hey, come on, nick,
you gotta neaten it up, man.

You can't be all messy
cruising a gay bar.

- Hey, we can't all
look like al sharpton.

- Dude, in there,
i'm an aberzombie fashioniste.

- They make a cute couple.

- You think this will work?

- The suspect
is a fit-Looking male.

White, between 25 and 40,
with blonde hair,

Hitting on other men.

- That narrows it down
to half of chelsea.

- Well, cop instincts.

I guess fin and amaro will
just have to sort through them.

- He has to meet you
on a friday night?

- Honey, it's an acquisition.

He can't be seen talking
to the other side's lawyer.

- Well, tell him
to come to connecticut.

My mother will
bake him muffins.

- Melissa. I'll take
an early train, i promise.

- I just don't like
driving at night.

- Hey, hunter
will be your co-Pilot.

Won't you, buddy?
- Yeah.

If i can sit in the front seat.
- Deal.

You be good for your mom,
all right?

- Okay.
- Come here.

You want a drink?

- Why not?

- How do you like it?
I can get you some ice.

- Straight, like you.

If i were straight,
we wouldn't be here.

But i'm glad we are.

You have nice eyes.

- I've got some
other nice parts too.

You want to see them?

- The hotel only has cameras
in the front.

Charles murphy
checked in alone,

So his company must have used
a side door.

You know, i think
i saw him last night.

He walked right by us.
- His bad luck.

Whoever picked him up
did his usual number.

- Tied him up.
Rear entry. Stole his wallet.

- Looks like.

Plus he beat him up
pretty badly.

Our perp is escalating.

He's got five missed calls,

And i'm guessing he was
supposed to be with them.

Cragen's at one p.P.

They would like to know
how this could have happened

When we were on the scene.

- Maybe because there's
four of us and 400 gay bars?

- And none of the previous vics
want to talk about it.

Armstrong, he says he doesn't
remember anything else,

And absolutely, positively
do not come down to his office.

- Jackson's on
a cruise to nowhere

With his wife and daughters.

- Closeted gay men.

This perp sure knows
how to pick a victim.

- And if there are four
that we know about,

I mean, there could be 20
that never reported it.

- Yeah, okay, thank you.

Charles murphy just woke up.

- Mrs. Murphy?
We're detectives.

- Just look at him.

Have you found the man
who attacked my husband?

- Melissa, please.
- We're working on it.

- Why did he
have to hurt him?

Charles would have
just given him his wallet.

- His wallet?

- Do you know
who you're looking for?

Has he mugged other people?

- Mrs. Murphy,
could we get a list

Of the credit cards
that were in his wallet?

- There's one at home
in my desk.

- I'm not leaving you now.
- Oh, it would be a huge help.

- Honey, please.
It's okay. It's fine.

- I'll be quick.

- Thank you.

- A mugger?
- What was i supposed to say?

We've been married for 16 years.
We have three kids.

- Well, can you at least
tell us what happened?

- Look, i won't
be able to testify.

- You can decide that later.
First just help us get this guy.

- Look, i don't
remember very much.

I had had a lot to drink.

- Mr. Murphy, he's done this
four times that we know of,

Hurting them worse
as he goes along.

- He targets people
just like you.

People in places
they're not supposed to be.

I get these urges.

I try to fight them.
I try to push them down.

- Nobody's judging you.
- Maybe you're not.

But my firm
is not gay-Friendly.

And my wife...

If i lose my wife,
if i lose my family,

I lose everything.

- We have no desire
to hurt your family.

- Then leave us alone.
- Mr. Murphy--

- I'm sorry, okay?

I can't help you.

- Everything here is legal,
and having cops around

Is not good
for my business.

- Defensive much?
- Oh, sorry.

Were you here
to buy a double-Bubbler?

- No, we're here
about charles murphy.

He bought a $200 water pipe,
charged it on his amex

Last night at 2:00 am.

- Okay, is there a problem?

- That wasn't charles murphy,
that was the guy

Who stole his credit card.

- A black card,
you don't i.D.?

- The customers
aren't big fans of that.

There wasn't
a stop on the card.

- Yeah, he hadn't
reported it yet.

He was tied up.

- You got any surveillance video
in here?


Customers aren't big fans
of that either, huh?

- You remember the guy?

- 5'10". Blonde hair.
Gay face.

- Gay face?

Okay, you're gonna come down
to the station with us

And help us
make a sketch.

- I can't just close my store.

- No, that's fine.

We'll just hang out here
and keep you company

Until closing time.

- Hey, come on, jace.
- I'm looking, i'm looking.

Keep your voices down.

- So you don't want
your customers to know

There's a violent predator
out there?

- Kind of dampens
the party mood.

- Yeah, well, when he ties
them up and rapes them,

That's kind
of a downer too.

Some of these mussys, that'd
just be another thrill.

- Whatever happened to safe sex?
- So last century.

Anyways, we don't get
the bucks county

Antiquing crowd in here.

- Oh, so they'd
rather get assaulted?

- Than buy that
perfect sideboard?

Risk adds thrill to life.

Don't you ever get bored?

- Well, meeting people like you
certainly keeps it fresh.

- Anyway, i don't know him.

- Fin, guy in a grey suit,
red scarf, stepping out.

- Hey, hold up a second.
- Yeah.

- What?

- Hey, you saw us.
You saw the picture.

You took off pretty fast.

- I'm late for a dinner.
- With who? Your wife?

- Look, i didn't
do anything wrong.

I don't know anything.
- So what's the rush?

- Maybe we should
call your wife,

Tell her you're
gonna be late.

- All right.
I saw him earlier.

I just--I didn't
want to get involved.

- Well, you're involved.

- He tried to pick me up.
He wanted to go to a hotel room.

I got a bad feeling.

- Where is he now?

- He moved on
to somebody else.

Dark suit, red tie.
They left together.

They went that way,
i think.

- Couple new hotels off 7th.

- Fin and amaro struck out
at the hollister,

They're trying the duchess.
- Okay.

So maybe it's our
single guy in a suit.

Harry dunleavy.
No baggage.

- Here we go.

Mr. Dunleavy?
Maid service.

Mr. Dunleavy?

- Damn.

- His company split.
How is he?

- Not breathing.
- Svu portable.

We need a bus
to the rixton hotel.

- He's gone.

- I came from
the medical examiner

And they said i should
talk to you about harry.

- We're so sorry,
mrs. Dunleavy.

- They say he died
of a heart attack,

But there were precipitating

- Why don't you
have a seat.

- Um, he suffered
from a heart condition,

But it was under control.

I mean, what
precipitating circumstances?

- Mrs. Dunleavy,
your--Your husband

Was a victim of a crime.

- What kind of crime?
Where was he?

- In a hotel in chelsea.

- A crime in a hotel?

- He was apparently assaulted.

- I always told him
he should be careful

With those boys
he picked up.

- So you knew
about his...activities?

- Of course.

I was his wife.
12 years.

Our anniversary is tomorrow.

- Well, not all men
would tell their wives.

- Harry just liked
to blow off steam sometimes.

But he was considerate.

He knew it would hurt me
if he cheated on me.

- Ifhe cheated on you?

- With women.

I don't expect you
to understand.

Every marriage is different.

Ours was just
a little more different

Than others.

But we loved each other.

"Love you madly."

That's what
he always said to me.

"Love you madly."

- Detectives, i don't know
what else to tell you.

- Well, we just have
a few more questions.

- I told you,
i don't remember--

- You better start remembering

Because he did it again,
mr. Murphy.

Only this time...

He killed someone.

- Good god.

- Yeah, so we're
really losing interest

In covering for you
with your wife.

- He killed someone.

- Beat him into a heart attack.
That's murder.

Look, you all said that
you didn't want to hurt me.

- We did and we're sorry,

But this is going
to make the news

And your name
will come out.

- I met him at a bar.

I think it was called
new york junk.

He said his name was dirk.

- Dirk.
Any last name?

- I don't know, maybe
it was just a stage name.

I recognized him from a, um...

From a strip club.

It was--It was hunk night.

- Gotta serve the market,
you know what i'm saying?

It's not all
horny straight guys.

I mean, we already
got the stage.

Why not bring in the gays

And some horny ladies
once a week?

- That's very enlightened
of you.

- No. It's business.

I'd do a naked dog show
if dogs had money

And they weren't
already naked.

- I'm confused about this
naked fashion show.

I mean, if they don't
have any clothes on--

- No, no, no--
- Okay, that's great.

This is who
we're interested in.

Goes by the name of dirk.

- Yeah, that's
not his real name.

- We figured that.
- Jeremy jones.

I had to let him go.

He didn't show up
half the time he was booked.

He was a real attitude case.
What did he do?

- His attitude's out of control.
You got an address on him?

- Anything for the nypd.

- Detective tutuola.
- Ingrid. What's up?

- Hi.
I like the new haircut.

- Yeah, thank you.
Good seeing you.

Take care.

An acquaintance
from my undercover days.

- Jones's address.

- Really? Your undercover name
was "detective tutuola"?

- Police! Search warrant!

- What?

- Jeremy jones?
- You could have knocked first.

- You know what?
- What are you--

- Get down. Get down!

- Get down!

- You too.
- Why?

- Possession of stolen property.

Come on, let's go.

- Jeremy, what's going on?
- Do worry, mason.

- How come i don't
see more gay cops?

- You know, that's not
what we're here to talk about.

- I don't know what
you're here to talk about.

- You've been identified,

Yeah, we know you've
been picking up guys

And messing them up.

- You know,
i do see some gay cops,

Usually the big, macho ones.

- Okay, you know what?
If you were smart,

You would try
to do yourself some good here.

- Right.

Why don't i start
by getting a lawyer?

- Well, this one
will be a slice.

- We have two of his victims
coming in to view the lineup,

Armstrong and murphy.

The rest of them made it
a point of not being available.

- Neither is the man he killed.
What do we have on that?

- A witness who saw jones
leaving the bar with the victim.

- Anyone at the hotel
see jones?

Forensics? Dna?

- Look, wears a condom,

And he cleans up after himself
really well.

- Mr. Murphy is here.

- Here we go.

Mr. Murphy,
thank you for coming in.

- I'm rafael barba,
lead prosecutor on the case.

- Yeah, you know,
i'm not sure that

I'll be able
to recognize anyone, so...

- You know at the hotel,
before he attacked you--

Did you kiss him?

- Then you got a good look
at his face, didn't you?

- We're looking for
a killer, mr. Murphy.

You have a civic duty.

- You do know this
is the end of my life?

- You're lucky
you're alive at all.

- We're gonna be with you
in a few moments.

Why don't you have a seat
over here.

"Did you kiss him?"
Nick, he's a victim.

- He's a victim
in search of a crime.

Look, if he'd have
gotten into that mercedes

With his family
and driven to connecticut--

- You mean like
he was supposed to?

- All i'm saying
is he would have been fine.

- Just tell us
if you recognize anyone.

- No prompting, detective.

- That's not prompting.

- Mr. Murphy, just go ahead.

- It's number three.

- What about him?

- He's the one
who attacked me.

- Thank you, sir.
Thank you very much.

- Okay, there was
a presupposition

That the perpetrator
was in that lineup.

- An issue the supreme court
decided about 100 years ago.

I'm sorry, where did
mr. Jones find you exactly?

- I hand out my cards
at the village halloween parade.

- Admirable.
So you know the protocol.

Now you get to go in there

And give your client
the good news.

- The other victim,
armstrong, is on his way.

So is the witness
who saw jones

Leaving the bar
with dunleavy.

- Good enough for the assaults,
it's not enough for the murder.

Is there anything
in jones's apartment?

- No, but we picked up jones
with his live-In boyfriend.

- A mason clark.

He's on parole
for narcotics possession.

We found stolen meds
in his underwear drawer.

They were monogrammed.

Enough to revoke his parole.

If he lives with jones,

He probably knows something
we can use.

- You burst into our home.

You shackled jeremy
like an animal.

- Well, jeremy didn't
give us much choice.

He's been doing
some bad stuff.

- I don't know
what you mean.

- Look, here's the thing,

We don't think you
had anything to do with it,

So it seems a shame
to send you to prison.

- Why me?
- The hash in the pipe.

The pills.

You're looking at
a couple of years.

- I can't go back to prison.
- And we can help you with that.

Look, jeremy doesn't
deserve your protection.

- Jeremy is good to me.

- So you don't mind
he has sex with other men?

- You have an open relationship?

- He doesn't do that.
- But he brings home money.

Where do you think
he gets it?

- He sleeps with women, okay?

They pay him.
They give him gifts.


Like this watch. See?

He gives them to me.

It's only women.
That's not stepping out.

- Mason, jeremy wasn't
with a woman on friday night.

He was with him.

- No, he was with a woman.
That's what he told me.

- And that water pipe
he brought home,

The charge slip.

That woman, her name
is charles murphy.

- That can't be right.
- No?

And jeremy was out
saturday night, wasn't he?

- Yeah, he was
with the same woman, okay?

He said the husband
was away or something.

- What time
did he get home?

- Late.
After midnight.

He came home.
He was all hyped up.

I asked him what was wrong.

He said something bad
had happened.

- Well, this is
what happened to him, mason.

Oh, my god.

- Okay.

No, you've got to move.
You can stop now, detectives.

- Excuse me, counselor,
we're in the middle

Of an interrogation.

- Mr. Jones has asked me
to represent mr. Clark as well.

- Well, he's already made
a voluntary statement.

- Did he?

Well if it concerns anything
mr. Jones said to him,

You can't use it.

- Why not?
He didn't ask for a lawyer.

- It doesn't matter.

One spouse can't testify
to what the other spouse

Told him in confidence.

Mr. Clark isn't
mr. Jones's boyfriend.

He's his husband.

- It's called
spousal privilege.

The idea is to protect
and strengthen

The sacred bond
of marriage,

Assuming these two
are legally married.

What do we know?

- Well, they were
married in provincetown.

- All right.
By whom? How long ago?

They use their legal names?

Maybe there's a loophole or two
i can crawl through.

This makes you uncomfortable?

- No. I want to get
this guy as much as you do.

I'm just wondering,
would you challenge

A straight marriage like this?

- If i thought the husband
was good for a murder,

I'd cross-Examine
the priest.

- Ms. Efron,
are you ready to proceed?

- Mr. Barba's motion
is clearly ridiculous.

- That's your argument?
Okay. Your honor--

- Ms. Efron, could you
be a little more specific?

- The spousal privilege
clearly applies.

Mr. Jones and mr. Clark
are married.

- Not in new york,
which is where we happen to be.

- New york recognizes
all marriages

Performed in other states.

- It does now, but at the time
mr. Jones and mr. Clark

Were married,
there was no such thing

As same-Sex marriage
in new york.

- Retroactive recognition
clearly applied.

- Recognition of what?

The defendant's so-Called
wedding in massachusetts

Was performed by
an underage bartender.

- Irrelevant. The bartender
is an ordained minister.

- Mail-Order from the church
of happy skies.

Plus, we have affidavits
from witnesses

That both celebrants
were inebriated.

- Please! If being drunk
invalidates a marriage,

Then half the couples
in manhattan are living in sin.

Your honor, i have the
bartender's clergy certificate

And my clients'
marriage license.

- Assuming
these are valid...

I'm gonna side here
with the rights of man and man.

The spousal privilege

- Thank you, your honor.
Thank you very much.

- She's better than you thought,
isn't she?

- I charge
very reasonable rates, too.

Now that we've established that
the law applies to everyone.

Even my client.
You don't have much of a case.

You don't have anything
on the murder--

- I've got the three men
he assaulted.

Murphy, armstrong,

And jackson is back
from his cruise.

- Those closet cases
think i attacked them?

What'd i do, kidnap them?
- Okay. Okay. Can it, jeremy.

But as he's saying,
your three so-Called victims

All went to hotels
with mr. Jones

At their own suggestion.

I'll find a dozen other men
they had sex with

And half a dozen
who tied them up just for fun.

I'll take three counts
of misdemeanor assault

And you should thank me.

- You've got
to be kidding me.

You're dropping
the murder charge?

- My best evidence is
what jones's husband told you,

And we can't use it.

- But you still
have the assaults.

- Iffy.

I'll pile the charges on.

Rape, robbery,
unlawful imprisonment.

But he didn't
prey on altar boys.

The jury is going to think
those men were asking for it.

- Only thing worse
than he-Said, she-Said

Is he-Said, he-Said.

- Hold on.

You can't use mason's testimony
in court, right?

But you can use it
to investigate.

- That's legal.

- Mason said that jones
was some kind of gigolo

And that women
gave him gifts.

Now, does anybody
believe that?

- Gifts? This guy would steal
acorns from a blind squirrel.

- Thank you.

- We're worried that
all the jury will see here

Is gay sex games.

Uh, find me
some female victims.

- Back to hunk night.

- Firemen are
more popular than cops?

- Oh, yeah!
Yeah, these women go nuts.

I need more security
for the boy dancers

Than the girl dancers.

Bachelorette parties,
i call in the national guard.

- Okay, our friend jones.

He have any ladies
going nuts over him?

- Yeah, sure,
if they were drunk enough.

- Does he ever
take any of them home?

- Jones? He's as gay
as a herd of unicorns.

- What if money
was involved?

- Let me tell you
a little story.

One night, i saw this lady
waiting for him outside.

She practically begged him
to take her home.

He just put her
in a cab.

She was so smashed,
she left her purse

Sitting on the sidewalk.

- What, he took it or what?

- No, he handed it
to the bouncer

Like it had female cooties.

- Thank you, man.


- Hello.

How did you find me?
- Well, i'm a trained detective.

Plus i could smell the scotch.

No luck on the female victims.
- Mm-Hm.

- We tracked down
a woman who basically

Invited jones to steal from her,
and he declined.

- You say that
like it's bad news.

- Uh, you were looking
for other charges

To bump up the sentence,

- Mm-Hm. I think you
just brought me one.

Sit. Drink. Smile.

- Cabernet, please.


- Jones walked away from
a woman he could have robbed.

- Yeah.

- That means he only
goes after gay men.

- We kind of figured that,
didn't we?

- Yeah, but now we know it.

Now we can prove it.

That makes everything
he's done a hate crime.

- What?

- I use the hate crime

All the penalties
get bumped up.

I can put jones away
for extra years.

- You're gonna argue
that a gay man

Married to another gay man
hates gays?

- Watch me.

- The people will show that
the defendant not only committed

Brutal physical assaults
against three individuals,

But in doing so, committed
a second crime against a group.

A group that has long
suffered persecution and hatred.

The defendant
is himself a homosexual,

So it may seem counterintuitive
that he hates gays.

But there have been jews
in the american nazi party.

There have been
dark-Skinned blacks

Who reviled their
lighter-Skinned cousins.

I can't say
why the accused

Chose to target men

Who share his
sexual orientation,

But he did,

And that is all you need
to know to convict him

Of his crimes.

- What am i thinking
right now?

That i wish i'd had
a second cup of coffee

Before court this morning,

Or that mr. Barba's
prosecution is so wrong

That he should
be taken out and shot?

You can't tell, can you?

And what does it matter?

Do i deserve to be punished
for something

That's only
inside my head?

- Objection.
Ms. Efron is arguing the wisdom

Of the law and not
making an opening statement.

- Ms. Efron, watch yourself.
- I'm sorry, your honor.

I don't know
what i was thinking.

I'm not going to tell you
that jeremy jones is an angel,

But he is not guilty of
the crimes he is charged with.

Neither those
against individuals,

Nor the supposedly
worse crime

Of thinking bad thoughts.

- Mr. Murphy, where
did you meet the defendant?

- At a bar
called new york junk.

- What kind of bar
is that?

- It's a gay bar.

- What were you doing there?

- I was looking
for companionship

For the evening.

- What kind
of companionship?

- Sexual companionship.

- Did the defendant
approach you, mr. Armstrong,

Or did you approach him?

- He approached me.

- And what happened then?

- We talked for a while,
then decided to go to a hotel.

- And what happened there?

- We began to have relations.

- And were you willing,
mr. Jackson?

- At first.

- But only at first?
- Yes.

He wanted me to do things
i wasn't comfortable with.

- Did you object?
- Yes. Very much.

I tried to leave.
- And why didn't you?

- He had tied me down.
I couldn't even move.

- He tied me to the bed.

Forced himself into me.

He was calling me names,
beating me.

- He was vicious.
Out of control.

- The more it hurt me,
the happier he was.

- He left me tied up.
He took my wallet.

- And he kept saying,
"how does it feel to...

Be the fag?"

- That was brave.
- Yeah. Really.

Now the whole world knows.

- Melissa.
- Don't.

Do you know what
it was like for me

Sitting in there
listening to that?

- Maybe you shouldn't have come.
- Oh, that would be perfect.

So the whole world knows,
but i don't.

Just like before, right?

- 16 years.
- Mr. Murphy--

- Don't even try.

- I'm a gay man.

I like to go out
and i like to meet people.

- You like to meet
people for sex.

- I enjoy sex.
It makes me feel alive.

I never do it
to hurt anyone.

- Jeremy, that's not
what we're hearing

From the witnesses
against you.

- I know. But charles
and curtis and ethan--

When they met me, they wanted
to spend time with me.

- They tried
to pick you up?

- Yes.

And they're all
in the closet, i guess,

And now they're embarrassed,

And i think
that's why they're lying.

- Move to strike.

We're not here to listen
to the defendant's

Psychological theories.

- Sustained.
The jury will disregard.

- Jeremy, did you force
any of those men

To do anything
they didn't want to do?

- No. They came on to me.

They suggested
going to hotels.

Charles started
buying me drinks.

He told me
i had beautiful eyes.

He was really nice.

- Well, some
of your activities--

The sexual ones,

Are a little unconventional.

- Sex games.

Men like that--
When they let loose,

They can get
a little kinky.

They've very bottled up.

I was even surprised
by some of the things

That they wanted.

- The things
they say you took?

- Gifts.

I'm unemployed
and they're all rich.

I was embarrassed
to take anything,

But i couldn't
afford to say no.

I only wish that i had.

- Thank you.

Oh, one more thing.

Jeremy, do you hate gays?

Of course not.

That's who i am.

- Right.

- So, mr. Jones,
you don't hate gays?

- Of course not.

- But your gay sex partners

Get tied up,
beaten, and robbed?

- Objection.

What's the question?

- Sustained.

- Your sexual behavior does
include violence, doesn't it?

- No.

When i'm with my husband,
we take things easy.

Slow and easy.

- But when you cruise,
you only find partners

Who like things
hard and fast.

What are the odds?

- Well, it's like i said.

Men like that,
they like to play rough.

- "Men like that."

What do you mean?

- You saw them.
They're trying to look straight.

- You have
a problem with that?

- Only that it's not honest.
Look, i don't hide what i am.

I'm glad that i'm gay.
I'm proud to be gay.

- As much as times have changed,

It still takes courage
to come out, doesn't it?

- You're damn right.

- So those men,
they're gay when it's fun,

And then they go back
and hide in the closet.

Does that seem fair to you?
- Does it seem fair to you?

- Hm.

Do you ever think your life
would be easier

If you could
pass for straight?

- Well, i wouldn't want to.
I am what i am.

- But those men--The ones
who can pass for straight.

The ones
who aren't effeminate.

You find them attractive,
don't you?

- No. Not especially.

- They're the ones you service,
aren't they?

- No. No, i don't.
- You take them to hotels.

What do they ask you to do
once you get there?

- That doesn't matter.
- Why not?

Because you take charge?

Okay, i don't get down
on my knees for them,

If that's what--

- Is that what
they ask you to do?

- It doesn't matter.
- Why?

They're the ones
who are successful.

They're the ones
with the money.

The ones who
move between worlds.

- Yeah, is that supposed
to impress me or something?

- I don't know, you tell me.

Considering you're--What?

A part-Time unemployed
male stripper.

What do they say to you?
What do they ask you to do?

- It doesn't matter!

Okay, you know,
they may have their fake wives

And their show-Kids
and family christmas cards.

You know, buying the "wifey"
anniversary presents.

When they're with me,
their lives--

Their lives are lies!

The lies are over!

I am just as much
a man as they are.


- Your honor,
could we speak in chambers?

- We all just heard
mr. Barba disprove his case.

- Excuse me?

- You got jones
to let his guard down.

It was brilliant.

You got him to really
tell you how he feels.

- Exactly.

He hates the people he attacked
because of who they are.

He basically confessed
to committing a hate crime.

- That's not what i heard.

I heard a clear display
of animus,

Not against gay men,
but against a subset--

Closeted gay men
who can pass as straight.

- A distinction
without a difference.

- Ooh, it's
a crucial difference.

If i go out and beat up jews,
that's a hate crime.

If i beat up left-Handed jews,
that's assault.

I move for dismissal
of the hate crime charge.

- She's splitting hairs
that couldn't be seen

With an electron microscope.

- I'm not so sure,
mr. Barba.

It does seem like
a bit of an overreach.

- The statute is clear.

- But your case isn't.

I know that you both agree

How important
the hate crime statute is.

It would really pain me
to see it trivialized

By indiscriminate use.

- All due respect,
isn't it up to the jury

To decide if it applies?

- Hold on, dennis.

The jury decides the facts--

And the judge can set aside
a verdict as a matter of law.

And that never looks good
for a prosecutor, does it?

- Judge gave me a choice.

Drop the hate crime charges
or she'd do it for me.

- We always knew
that was a stretch.

- But the rapes,
the robberies.

I mean, those look
pretty damn clear.

- Maybe to you.

The jury's been
deliberating for three days.

And they keep popping out
to say that they're deadlocked.

Ah. Here they come again.

- Still no progress,
your honor,

And things are getting
a little antagonistic

In the jury room.

None of us feel there's
any point in continuing.

- Are there any charges
in which you have been able

To agree?

- Yes. On the counts
of unlawful imprisonment,

We find the defendant guilty.

- Very well.

- On the other charges,
i declare a mistrial.

A date for sentencing
will be set on the convictions.

- Your honor,
i request a hearing on bail,

Pending sentencing,
since the only convictions

Are relatively minor,
removing any incentive to flee.

- So ordered.

- You want me
to testify again?

- For unlawful imprisonment,
jones will get a year at most.

I can retry him
on the robberies and rapes

And we stand
a pretty good chance if you--

- No.

I don't know what
the other guys are gonna do,

But i'm not
testifying again.

- I know this
has been difficult--

- Difficult?

I'm living in a hotel.

My 12-Year-Old son
is getting bullied in school.

The younger kids,
they don't know what's going on.

They just--They just
see their mother crying.

- Mr. Murphy,
you did the right thing.

- For who?
For what?

- Jeremy jones
is a murderer.

- Well, then why don't you
get him for murder?

- Not an entirely
unreasonable question.

- He's right.
Let's get him for murder.

- That would be delightful.

Have you conjured up
some evidence?

- We know that jones
stole from his victims

And he gave some
of what he got to his husband,

Like the watch
that mason was wearing.

- You checked that out.

It didn't belong
to any known victim.

- Slow down, counselor.

On the stand, jones
talked about the men he hates

Buying anniversary gifts
for their fake wives.

It's a funny idea
to pop into his head.

- Laurel dunleavy told us
that her husband died

A few days
before their anniversary.

- So if he bought her something
and he had it with him

When jones killed him--

- Jones took it.

There was nothing
in that hotel room.

And that should tie him
to the murder victim.

- Run dunleavy's
credit cards.

See if he did any
anniversary shopping

On the day
he was killed.

- I know my rights, okay?

I don't have
to talk to any of you.

- That's why we appreciate
your voluntary cooperation.

- Yeah, you said
if i didn't come,

You'd arrest me again.

- I misspoke.
Your witness.

- Come with us, mason,
this won't take long.

- I don't want
to do this anymore, okay?

My whole life
is upside down.

- I just have
one simple question.

You told us that jeremy
gives you jewelry sometimes,

Like the watch
that you showed us.

Did he give you
a platinum bracelet, too?

- No.

- Did he give it to you
the night dunleavy was murdered?

The night you said
jeremy came home all upset.

- I'm not talking
about this anymore.

I can't testify anyway.
I can't tell you what he said.

- But you can tell us
where the bracelet is.

- What bracelet?

- Look, here's
the bill of sale, all right?

Dunleavy bought it
for his wife that afternoon,

For their anniversary.

Now, he didn't take it home
and it wasn't with his body.

- An i.D. Bracelet?
You see those anywhere.

- Yeah, look what it says.
This one was engraved.

"Love you madly."

- That can't be right.

- Well, it's right there, mason.
It's black and white.

- He told you that he bought it
for you, didn't he?

He didn't tell you
that he took it

From a man that he killed.

That inscription
wasn't for you, mason.

It was for
that man's wife.

- I want to go right now.

- Not yet.

- Mason,
this is mrs. Dunleavy,

Mr. Dunleavy's widow.

- Mrs. Dunleavy,
i'm so sorry.

- Your husband
raped my husband.

It's such an odd thing to say,
isn't it?

They were cheating,
weren't they?

They were cheating on us--

You and me.

But he didn't
have to kill him.

Why did he kill him?

- Where's the bracelet,

- I suggest nominal bail,
pending sentencing,

Of, say, $5,000.

- Mr. Barba?

- Fine with me, judge.

- Really?

- In that case,
bail is set at 5,000,

Cash or bond.

- No hard feelings, detectives.
I'll see you on eighth avenue.

- Well, we're gonna have
to postpone that for a while.

You're under arrest
for murder, mr. Jones.

Sore losers, are we?

- The bracelet dunleavy
bought the day he died.

- His blood.
Your fingerprints.

- Mason, what did you do?
- Jeremy, i'm so sorry.

- You scared little faggot!

- All right, take--Jeremy.
Take it easy, jeremy.

- Take it easy?
Oh, i see.

You're in on this too,
aren't you?

You backstabbing bitch!
- What?

- You're my lawyer, not his.
You think you can sell me out?

I will take
you down so fast--

- Hey, hey!
Back up, mr. Jones!

- You okay, counselor?
- Yeah.

Yeah, i've had worse.

You were wrong about him.
He doesn't just hate gays.

- He hates everyone.

- No. He hates himself.