View Full Version : DeLay angered by 'Law & Order' mention

May 27th, 2005, 09:56 AM

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay reacted angrily Thursday to this week's episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" for what he called a "manipulation of my name" in the show.

The show's executive producer responded by accusing DeLay of trying to change "the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show."

The controversy centers around Wednesday's episode in which a police officer investigating a murder of a federal judge suggested putting out an all points bulletin for "somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt."

"This manipulation of my name and trivialization of the sensitive issue of judicial security represents a reckless disregard for the suffering initiated by recent tragedies and a great disservice to public discourse," DeLay wrote in a letter to NBC President Jeff Zucker.

"I can only assume last night's slur was in response to comments I have made in the past about the need for Congress to closely monitor the federal judiciary, as prescribed in our constitutional system of checks and balances."

DeLay has been an outspoken critic of what he calls "activist judges," recently saying Congress must take steps to rein in an "out-of-control judiciary."

Responding to DeLay's attack on "Law & Order," Dick Wolf, the show's executive producer and creator, made no apologies.

"Every week, approximately 100 million people see an episode of the branded 'Law & Order' series. Up until today, it was my impression that all of our viewers understood that these shows are works of fiction as is stated in each episode.

"But I do congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show."

Kevin Reilly, president of NBC Entertainment, which broadcasts "Law & Order," said the line in question "involved an exasperated detective bedeviled by a lack of clues, making a sarcastic comment about the futility of looking for a suspect when no specific description existed."

"This isolated piece of gritty 'cop talk' was neither a political comment nor an accusation. It's not unusual for L & O to mention real names in its fictional stories. We're confident in our viewers' ability to distinguish between the two."

DeLay has been at the center of a controversy over allegations he went on overseas trips that were improperly paid for by lobbyists. In addition, the House Ethics Committee admonished the majority leader three times in 2004 on separate issues.

On Thursday, a Texas judge found that the treasurer of a political committee founded by DeLay violated state campaign laws, although DeLay was not accused of wrongdoing in the ruling. (Full story)

DeLay did not mention specific examples in his letter. However, there have been two high-profile cases involving judicial security this year.

On Feb. 28, the mother and husband of federal Judge Joan Lefkow were slain by a disturbed person who once appeared in her courtroom. Lefkow has been pushing for more congressional funding to protect federal judges.

On March 11, a judge was killed at an Atlanta courthouse.

There was a storm of criticism against DeLay when he announced the need for Congress to more closely oversee the judiciary.

DeLay made angry comments March 31, the day Terri Schiavo, a severely brain-damaged woman, died -- two weeks after a court ordered her feeding tube removed at the request of her husband. The congressman argued that federal courts should have intervened to save her.

At the time, DeLay said, "We will look at an arrogant, out-of-control, unaccountable judiciary that thumbed their nose at Congress and the president."

Rem 311 JHF
June 3rd, 2005, 12:27 PM
Law and Order has Done Many Episodes that Were Based on Actual Real Life Cases Such as The Following: The Tawana Brawley Rape Case(Back in 1987),The Crown Heights Case w. The Driver That Hit The Little Boy Named Gavin Cato,Guardian Angels leader and Talk Show Host Curtis Sliwa,The Michael Jackson Case(From L & O:SVU),The LES Actress Murder (From L & O:CI) and Many Others as Well>I Wouldn't be a Bit Surprised If Dick Wolf and Company Have a New Episode set up for The Fall About The Recent Hit & Run Driving Deaths here in The NY City Area!!

Rem 311 JHF
June 6th, 2005, 03:13 PM
That Scene from That Episode was Filmed in The Inwood Section up on Dyckman about a Block from Broadway.
One Morning I Stopped over There at A Bank to Make A Deposit at The ATM and a Crew Member Came into The Bank Behind Me and She was wearing a "Law and Order" Crew Members ID Badge,So I Asked Her About What They Were Preparing for and She was telling me that Dennis Farina and Jesse L. Martin were gonna be in The Area in The Next Hour or so and She Asked Me If I Wanted to Wait Around and See Them and I Told Her that I Wished I Could But I Do Have to go to Work,But She Kindly Invited Me to Come Back later That Afternoon Because She Said that The Crew was Gonna be in The Area all Day Filming So I'd Told her That I'd Try to Make It Back Over There,But I Never Did Make It Back and Then a Few Weeks Later.I Caught The Episode When they showed it on NBC!!.

It Would've been Cool If I Had of Hung Out There and Waited for These Guys for Autographs from The 2 Of Them (Farina & Martin)!!

June 9th, 2005, 09:26 AM
311, you may have something to say here, but the mere fact that you bolded everything like it was somehow more important for Glacaumic BBS readers to be able to see your post from across the room made me skip everything you said.

As for the "Delay-d Reaction", I think he is blowing smoke.


Maybe Clinton should teach him how to do it right!!! ;)

Rem 311 JHF
June 16th, 2005, 01:17 PM
Zippy already Got In My A-- About This Earlier in The Week!!

TLOZ Link5
June 16th, 2005, 03:27 PM
Of course you know, Chancellor Palpatine won't stop until he has control of the courts in addition to the Senate.

Whoops, wrong political nightmare.

But you get the picture.

June 16th, 2005, 04:17 PM
Zippy already Got In My A-- About This Earlier in The Week!!

You may also want to try two more things to make your posts more easily read by most on here.

First, turn off center justifcation. It is kind of irritating to read something marquis-style.

Second, try putting a bit of space between your sentances/paragraphs. You have a tendency to run on and on and make it hard to follow what you are saying.

You can do whatever you want here, really, but if you want people to read what you are saying, it helps to make it so that it is not painful to do so... ;)

Yeah, well DeLay is looking a bit pekid. I think he needs a new assistant.