Todd Akin Immortalized in “Law and Order: SVU” episode
Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock died (politically) last November, but their fifteen minutes of fame aren’t quite over yet. Last night’s episode of Law & Order: SVU featured an “expert” — and later discredited — defense witness in a rape trial who invoked the “legitimate rape” argument.
It was a very powerful episode. (Here are some links.)
This isn’t the first time a Law & Order: SVU episode has been based on a current political issue. A year or two ago they had an episode featuring an Iraq war contractor who had raped a female soldier.
Law & Order: SVU and CSI: New York both had episodes patterned after those two Pennsylvania “Kids For Cash” judges.
If you used to watch The Shield, you’ll recognize the rapist from last night’s Law & Order: SVU episode. I don’t remember the actor’s name; he was one of the detectives on The Shield but not a major character. He was a total sleazebag who ended up filing a phony workers’ comp claim and getting a generous retirement/disability package.
Either he’s an evil bastard in real life, or he’s a hell of an actor.
UPDATE: I finally found it. The rapist was played by David Marciano, who previously played Detective Steve Billings on The Shield.