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You already know where to look for a medical perspective on episodes of House, MD. Today I suggest you start following a similar blog, the website of a former prosecutor, Allison Leotta, where she reviews episodes of Law and Order: SVU, and tells you what they got right and what they got wrong :

First, detectives don’t respond to 911 calls. Patrol officers do. In real life, Olivia and Nick would have been ordering mocha Frappucinos while their uniformed colleague answered the little boy’s 911 call.

Second, anyone who’s ever called in a missing person knows the police won’t even write up a report – much less deploy the Patriot Act, FISA, and cell phone tracking – for someone who hasn’t been missing for a while. Different jurisdictions have different rules, but usually require at least 24 or 48 hours of being missing. Especially if circumstances indicate that the “missing” person is just off fooling around with her boyfriend.

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