Linus Roache: "These cases are about perception, not reality." Later: "I don't see a win here." "The new DA wants to drop the charges." "If we press a case we can't win, we convince the next victim to remain silent."
The victim in the case had a conviction for prostitution in the Sudan. The rape shield law has an exception if the complainant has a conviction in the last three years.
In the TV show, the foreign politician goes to trial, but the difference is split.
The demise of Detective Stabler is a subtheme in the show.
cross-reference: Franco Nero