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Old 03-10-2023, 05:32 PM
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Jack McCoy | Sam Waterston {L&O} #1

A B O U T
Jack's father, an Irish immigrant, was a police officer for 31 years in Chicago, Illinois.

His father was also abusive, beating both Jack and his mother, secure in the knowledge that his badge would protect him from the consequences.

His father was also a racist, punching Jack for dating a Polish girl.

He eventually died from lung cancer due to his excessive smoking.

McCoy was raised Catholic and was educated by the Jesuits, but he has not been in practice for a long time. He allegedly lost his faith after the death of a childhood friend.

In his teenage years, Jack rebelled, protesting against Vietnam and Nixon's policies, but did not find much satisfaction in being on the losing side

Sometime around 1966, Jack discovered the law. His rebel streak never quite went away, however; he drives a Yamaha motorcycle and was a huge fan of punk rock bands such as The Clash.

Jack became a lawyer, apparently graduating from New York University in 1970.

In 1972, he published a piece in the New York University Law Review defending Catholic priests who refused to be enlisted due to religious objections to the Vietnam War. During that time, he worked for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Jack also appeared to have graduated with a degree from the University of Michigan School of Law.

McCoy currently holds the record for most police officers prosecuted under his tenure.

McCoy was married at one point to a woman named Ellen. They had at least one daughter together, but ended up getting a divorce. That daughter was seen in the Season 17 episode "Fallout", and in 2009, McCoy mentioned that she was pregnant.

McCoy has been divorced at least twice however, as he remarked that Alissa Goodwyn was his second ex-wife's divorce attorney.

McCoy has been held in contempt of court 80 times.

After the cancelation of Law & Order after its twentieth season, the thirteenth season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit had Michael Cutter mention that Manhattan had a new district attorney. However, through unknown means, in Season 19 of SVU, Jack McCoy is once again district attorney and continues on as such into the revival of Law & Order with its twenty-first season.



H I S T O R Y
McCoy served as an ADA and EADA for 24 years. During this time, he worked with three female ADAs and had relationships with all of them - something he was known for.

One of them, Ellen, became his wife and the mother of his only child, Rebecca. Another, Diana Hawthorne, later went to jail for asking an expert witness to change his testimony in one case so that McCoy would win and get a promotion, unbeknownst to him. The third assistant was Sally Bell, a defense attorney.

McCoy often bends—and sometimes breaks—trial rules to get convictions, finds tenuous rationales for charging defendants with crimes when the original charges fail to stick, and charges innocent people to frighten them into testifying against others.

McCoy is more than once found in contempt of court for such behavior, and his tactics occasionally incur negative publicity for the DA's office. His underlying motivation, however, is a sincere desire to see justice done.

McCoy has gone after defendants accused of perverting the justice system to arrange wrongful convictions with just as much determination as his more mundane cases.

Such aggressive actions in the courts have earned him the nickname "Hang 'em High McCoy". He has subsequently developed a reputation with both colleagues and rival attorneys, once being referred to as "the top of the legal food chain" by a rival attorney during a case.

He is also known for sleeping with his assistants.

In 1994, Executive ADA Benjamin Stone resigned from his post in the wake of a case in which the main witness had been murdered by the Russian Mafia, and DA Adam Schiff appointed McCoy as Stone's successor. McCoy began to work closely with ADA Claire Kincaid, and it was revealed that they were lovers until her death in a car accident.

McCoy felt extremely guilty about Kincaid's death due to the fact that a few weeks before it occurred, he had talked her out of quitting her job as an ADA.

After a short period of time during which McCoy worked alone, ADA Jamie Ross became his partner.

Although they had an amicable relationship, they never became lovers. In fact, McCoy never had an affair with any of his assistants after Kincaid's death and his love life was never mentioned again.

Ross, who had been a defense attorney before becoming a prosecutor, left to spend more time with her daughter and later became a defense attorney again, opposing McCoy on occasion. Abbie Carmichael later replaced her; she left to work for the U.S. Attorney's office.

She was replaced by Serena Southerlyn, who was fired for being too sympathetic towards the defendants. Next came Alexandra Borgia, who was kidnapped from her own apartment and found in the trunk of an abandoned car, bound, brutally beaten and dead of asphyxiation after choking on her own vomit because of her participation in a case.

McCoy arranged a sham prosecution to make sure her murderers went to prison for life, skirting legal ethics to the point that he almost faced disbarment and was replaced by a special prosecutor. Borgia's position was filled by Connie Rubirosa.

When Arthur Branch resigned as the District Attorney, McCoy was appointed to succeed Branch as the District Attorney for the Borough of Manhattan. McCoy appointed ADA Michael Cutter as his successor in the position of EADA with Rubirosa as his partner.

This is ironic since Branch told McCoy that he would never be DA. This is explained later: the New York Attorney General wanted ADA Josh Lethem appointed to the position, while Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted someone else. As a compromise, the governor appointed McCoy so everyone's hands are clean and McCoy doesn't have to satisfy anyone's political agenda.

Throughout the nineteenth season, McCoy is in a reelection battle with Joe Chappell, the handpicked candidate of Governor Donald Shalvoy, a former friend of McCoy who is revealed to be corrupt. Following a scandal involving Shalvoy's wife committing murder-for-hire, Shalvoy is forced to resign by Cutter and McCoy wins the election.

Despite winning the election, McCoy had left the DA's office by 2011, being replaced by an unnamed successor. Among the new DA's staffing changes were making Cutter a Bureau Chief ADA. Cutter, in turn, was replaced as EADA by David Haden. The new DA's career was one of several ended by the massive statewide scandal involving madam Delia Wilson and her sex trafficking ring.

McCoy returned to the DA's office sometime after this. After the death of Benjamin Stone, McCoy gave a eulogy at his funeral.

After Rafael Barba ended a brain-dead baby's life, McCoy appointed Ben's son, Peter Stone, as special prosecutor for this case, although McCoy admitted that he was sympathetic with Barba's actions and hoped that the jury would be too. Barba was ultimately acquitted, but the trauma of the recent events prompted him to resign.

McCoy told Barba that he didn't have to resign, but he understood why he was and he wished Barba the best. He then hired Peter to be take Barba's place as the SVU ADA.

Due to the departures of Cutter and Rubirosa, McCoy eventually hired EADA Nolan Price and ADA Samantha Maroun to assist the Manhattan North Homicide Squad.



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Old 03-10-2023, 09:34 PM
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I've liked his character from his appearances on SVU. For some reason I feel like he's appeared in that more than he has
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Old 04-20-2023, 07:48 AM
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I've posted on the OP decorating thread to claim this one but if anyone has anything they'd like to see added, please feel free to share!
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Old 04-21-2023, 06:13 AM
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I've liked his character from his appearances on SVU. For some reason I feel like he's appeared in that more than he has
Yeah, I'm with you. Maybe it's the interactions with the SVU ADAs, so it's a bit of a different look and feel on him.
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Old 04-21-2023, 08:56 AM
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Sam is an older actor so it's nice to see him on the newer L&O but I also feel he's a bit underused.
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Old 04-29-2023, 11:58 PM
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Maybe they have him there more to connect with the past?
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Old 04-30-2023, 07:09 AM
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That could be true, yes. His character is very direct and his scenes are a lot shorter.

Like he's there to give the practical/logical view on something.
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Old 05-01-2023, 12:45 AM
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That could be it. Why extend them if he can get to the point straight up? But also a waste of a good character & actor
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Old 05-02-2023, 07:58 AM
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But at least he's featured in a cameo than not at all.
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Old 05-03-2023, 01:19 AM
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Very true
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Old 05-14-2023, 07:54 AM
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Updated with the new OP!
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Old 05-15-2023, 12:51 AM
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Looks good
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Old 05-15-2023, 08:59 AM
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I was surprised how difficult it was to find good quality photos from early seasons.
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Old 05-16-2023, 02:43 AM
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That doesn't surprise me. Think about the struggles we have for some of the past show boards on here.
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