Plot of Tonight's Law & Order Inspired by Schiavo Case
In a promo aired Tuesday night on NBC, the announcer plugged, "On Law and Order: A comatose woman." Then the video jumped to a man addressing protesters with signs: "The feeding tube will remain in place." Finally, over video of a car exploding, the announcer asserted: "In a case that rocked a nation." The show plot, as listed on NBC's Web page for the show, follows.
From NBC's page for the 10pm EDT/PDT and 9pm CDT/MDT Law & Order:
"BEFORE DISCONNECTING WIFE'S FEEDING TUBE, HUSBAND IS KILLED BY CAR BOMB WHICH IGNITES SENSATIONAL MEDIA ATTENTION -- A car bomb kills the husband of an incapacitated woman shortly before the victim planned to disconnect her feeding tube, and when Detectives Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) wade into the politically charged case, they find the bombmaker who points them to suspects that include the woman's angry family and clergy. As national media arrive, A.D.A.s McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Borgia (Annie Parisse) engage in a frustrating shell game where each suspect seems to have a mutually bulletproof alibi."