Best ADA of SVU: Casey Novak or Alex cabot

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  1. Casey Novak

    525 points

    Casey Novak is a fictional character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, portrayed by Diane Neal. She

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    is the only female Assistant District Attorney (ADA) to have appeared in five complete seasons in any Law & Order series and the longest-running ADA in the entire franchise.

    Casey Novak is a young and focused senior-assistant district attorney who's been with the Manhattan DA's office since 2001. While sometimes deeply affected by the horrific crimes she deals with on the job, does not often reveal her emotions. Although she quickly loses her innocence when dealing with sex crimes, she still shows uneasiness when dealing with the gray areas of human involvement, preferring the letter of the law to the messiness of each individual reality. Nonetheless, Novak has a 71 percent success rate in the cases she prosecutes, whereas the average for prosecutors is 44 percent.[3]
    It is revealed that in her final year of law school, Novak was engaged to a man, Charlie, who suffered from schizophrenia.[4] She ended the relationship when his symptoms became so severe she felt she could no longer be intimate with him. In 2002 Charlie attacked her in her home during a psychotic episode.[5] She convinced the police not to press charges, but ended the relationship. He eventually became homeless, and was found dead as a "John Doe" in the spring of 2007. She developed a deep compassion for the mentally ill afterward, and still feels guilty for not being able to help him. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) tries to comfort her over it by pointing out that she had to save herself, but Novak believes that that ultimately left no one to save him.
    In the season 6 episode "Goliath", Novak states that she is a big supporter of the U.S military. She explains that her father was an M60 Door gunner on a Huey during the Vietnam War. His helicopter crashed three times and he received a Purple Heart.[6]
    ADA Novak lives in an apartment in the Upper West Side of New York City. She is Catholic.[3] She used to work serving at tables in order to pay for her college tuition.[7] Sometimes, she rides her bicycle to work.[8]
    Novak is a redhead, although she had her hair dyed strawberry blonde and blonde for some of her appearances. She is also an avid softball player and a batter, for which she received a framed plate with the saying "Thank you, Casey Novak!", which she had on display at her office. She plays for a software team called the "Sex Crimes." In the episode "Mean", while cross-examining one of the teens, she reveals that her birthstone is sapphire, making her month of birth September.
    [edit]SVU prosecutor (2003–08)

    Novak prosecuted white collar crimes before being assigned full-time to the 16th Precinct in October 2003, after Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March), thought to be dead, transfers into the Witness Protection Program. During her first case, Novak has a hard time dealing with it as it deals with children, but ultimately helps solve the crime herself, coming along in the search for the victim to see if she could handle it, helping to figure out where the perpetrator went and finding and rescuing the young girl herself. Following her first case, Novak asks District Attorney Arthur Branch (Fred Thompson) to reassign her because she feels she could not handle the intensity of prosecuting sex crimes, especially those committed against children. Branch refuses, saying that he had been eying her for the job for some time, and thought that she was a perfect choice for the position. He said her first case was the ultimate test, and she passed with flying colors. Even though the acts of sexual abuse she sees daily still repulse her, she has become more at ease with her work.
    Novak arrives on the scene with guns blazing, intent on leaving her mark on the bureau, and immediately antagonizes detectives Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Olivia Benson by taking a hands-on approach, second-guessing their detective work and interfering with their interrogation of a suspect. Her intuition led to the rescue of a child locked in a cooler on her very first case, and won the temporary respect of the squad. It takes a few months and a candid conversation with Capt. Don Cragen (Dann Florek) to understand the necessity of working as a team, as she had previously worked with different cops in each case. Not until spring of 2004 does Novak connect on a personal/professional level with the detectives. By September 2004, her relationship with Stabler in particular develops into a level of professional respect and friendship. This is further shown when Stabler is especially enraged when she was attacked,[9] and risks his career by threatening the man he believed to have done it.
    Novak has a somewhat adversarial relationship with her former supervisor and mentor, Elizabeth Donnelly (Judith Light) Novak often finds herself at odds with Donnelly, sometimes they have a common friendship with each other. And in one case,[10] Novak forces her (acting upon a directive from Branch) to recuse herself from a case. Occasionally, she finds herself opposing attorneys with whom she has worked before.
    In the Season 9 episode "Blinded," she deliberately sabotages a competency hearing for a schizophrenic child rapist to avoid him being extradited to Louisiana where he would face the death penalty. Manhattan's new DA Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) calls Novak into his office and threatens to fire her and have her disbarred if she abuses the authority of the DA's office again. It is implied Novak sabotaged the hearing because of the her sympathy for schizophrenics since her former fiance also suffered from the illness.

    Towards the end of the ninth season, it was announced that Diane Neal was departing the cast. Days later, it was rumored that she had been fired from the series; Neal noting that she "did talk to the crew" about her departure, however she declined to say whether she fired. "Rumors are rumors [...] I love the crew. The crew loves me. We've really gotten along and bonded over these past five years. And they're always looking out for me and watching my back."[11]
    "I've lasted longer by several years than almost any other ADA [in the Law & Order universe]. So every year I've been like, 'Is this going to be the one when I leave?' Dick Wolf is known for replacing his cast regularly. And the truth is, I'm really looking forward to the future." – Neal on her departure from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in April 2008.[11]
    In the Season 9 finale "Cold", Novak violates due process by violating the Brady rules while prosecuting a corrupt police officer who raped two 14-year-old illegal immigrants, killing one. She is called to Judge Donnelly's chambers and informed that the DA had declined to refile charges against the defendant because of her actions. Donnelly informs Novak that she is facing a minimum of a year's censure or suspension by the Bar.[12]
    In the second episode of Season 10, it is asserted by ADA Kim Greylek that Novak was disbarred for the violation.[13]
    [edit]Return to SVU (2011–12)

    Novak returns to SVU in the Season 12 episode "Reparations", and reveals she was not disbarred but rather simply censured - having her license suspended for three years. In her first case after being re-hired by the District Attorney's office, she finds herself at odds with Law & Order: Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Joe Dekker, who is the defendant's lawyer as well as his cousin. Dekker cites Novak's previous misconduct several times throughout the episode. When the case goes to trial, the presiding judge is Lena Petrovsky, whom Novak lied to in the Season 9 finale. When Dekker's cousin goes against the deal in place at the allocution hearing and says he only broke into the woman's house and did not rape her, Petrovsky asks Novak if she is trying to railroad another defendant into custody; a shocked Novak replies that both the defendant and his attorney agreed to the deal. In the end, Novak and Stabler realize that the accuser made the rape story up because her grandfather told her to and Novak subsequently makes a deal with Dekker for his cousin's breaking and entering charge.[14]
    Novak, along with ADA Alex Cabot, returned to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for its 13th season.[2] She is first seen in the season's third episode "Blood Brothers", in which the SVU squad is investigating the teenage son of a high profile political couple. She gets into a heated argument with Benson after she tells her that she is "off," to which Benson replies that Novak and her office have "lost their nerve."[15] She was last seen as the lead prosecutor in "Valentine's Day", in which she goes up against Defense Attorney Marvin Exley, who is defending a woman who seems to have fabricated her own abduction.
    Novak has been credited in 113 episodes of the Law & Order franchise (112 episodes in SVU and one in Law & Order: Trial By Jury), making her the longest-serving ADA in the franchise.[16]

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  2. Alexandra Cabot

    120 points

    Alexandra "Alex" Cabot is a fictional character within the Law & Order universe portrayed by Stephanie

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    March. She is a primary character in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Conviction.

    Cabot first appears in the SVU episode "Wrong Is Right," when she is hired to work with SVU as their permanent ADA overseeing the legality of its arrests, following a rotating mix of ADAs (among them Abbie Carmichael of the original Law & Order). It is revealed in the episode "Hell" that she is a graduate of Harvard Law School. While Cabot empathizes with the sexual assault victims she deals with, her strict code of legal ethics often forces her to make harsh decisions and judgments that go against her personal feelings.
    She does occasionally bend the rules to suit her own notions of justice, however, often with unpleasant results. In the episode "Guilt," for example, she lies to detectives about having a search warrant to convict a serial child molester, and aggressively pressures one of the molester's victims to testify against him. The victim later attempts suicide, leaving him with severe brain damage. She only lied about the warrant after he attempted suicide, because he could no longer testify within the time frame demanded by the court. She is let off with a one-month suspension, but never truly forgives herself.
    While Cabot had only been seen dating defense attorney Trevor Langan (Peter Hermann), executive producer and head writer Neal Baer has said that there is an unaddressed sexual tension between Cabot and Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). Baer admits saying: "We read the fan sites. We know that people are into the Alex-Olivia thing. All the codes are in there."[1]
    Cabot has appeared in 96 episodes,[2] making her the third-longest ADA in the Law & Order franchise history, surpassed by her successor, Casey Novak, and by Law & Order: Criminal Intent's Ron Carver.
    [edit]Departure from SVU

    After three seasons, Cabot makes her departure from SVU in the Season 5 episode "Loss," in which she is prosecuting a rapist named Rafael Zapata Gaviria, who worked for the notorious drug lord Cesar Velez. Zapata had brutally raped and murdered an undercover NYPD officer who was working with the DEA. Cabot receives a threat on her life, as well as that of her mother. Despite warnings from the rest of the SVU squad, Cabot continues to prosecute the case, unwilling to let Zapata scare her. Timothy Donovan, a key witness and DEA special agent, is murdered in a car bombing right before Cabot's eyes. Cabot initially wants to try Zapata, even with no witness and her own life on the line, but after pressuring from the SVU detectives and District Attorney Arthur Branch (Fred Thompson), she drops the charges. However, Zapata is immediately arrested by Federal Agents for the witness' murder.
    At the conclusion of the episode, she is apparently killed in a drive-by shooting while saying goodnight to Benson and Stabler. In the following scene, a cold, quiet SVU squad-room is shown with Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) reading a newspaper proclaiming her death. Benson and Stabler are called to a deserted area by Federal Agents where Cabot emerges from the car. She tells the stunned detectives that she insisted on telling them the truth before she disappears into the Witness Protection Program. She is replaced in the following episode by ADA Casey Novak (Diane Neal).
    [edit]First reappearance on SVU

    Detectives Benson and Stabler are still the only ones in the precinct who know the truth about Cabot's "death" until one year and four months later (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Ghost"), when she emerges from hiding to be a witness in a case against Liam Connors, the assassin who tried to kill her. It is revealed in this episode that Cabot was living in Wisconsin under the name "Emily" under the Witness Protection Program; Emily is from Tulsa and she works for an insurance company in Wisconsin. It is also mentioned that Cabot's mother died during her time in witness protection, and that she was unable to attend the funeral. She wants to see Connors brought to justice, but does not want him to be convicted of a murder that he didn't actually commit, which forces her to leave witness protection and face him in the courtroom. Connors goes to prison, having been found guilty under two counts of attempted murder (Cabot and an eight-year-old boy), plus five counts of murder. Upon winning the case, the SVU squad goes to Novak's office to celebrate, awaiting Cabot to join them. She does not show up, as the Federal Agent informs them that she has moved under a new identity and she asked him to say goodbye.
    [edit]In Conviction

    About a year after her reappearance on SVU, Cabot returns to New York and resumes her work at the District Attorney's office as the Homicide Bureau Chief (replacing Tracey Kibre from Law & Order: Trial By Jury) in the Law & Order spinoff, Conviction. She plays a tough, but understanding supervisor to a young group of ADAs. Her attitude and personality in this role was much different than that of the young ADA that prosecuted cases in SVU. Cabot's departure from witness protection and return to New York as a Bureau Chief was not explained during the show's airing, as she was a last-minute addition to the cast and most of the early episodes had already been written before she was added. There were plans in later episodes to explain Cabot's return to New York, plus a greater exploration of her personal life and past, but the cancellation of Conviction made this a moot point.[3]
    [edit]Second reappearance on SVU

    The explanation of Cabot's return from Witness Protection to the DA's office in Conviction was finally revealed in the SVU Season 10 episode, "Lead", where she reveals to the SVU detectives that she has been asked by DA Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) to step in for ADA Kim Greylek (Michaela McManus), when Greylek was called back to the Justice Department. At that point, she had not told her former colleagues of her return; it is implied, and later confirmed, that she is still traumatized by her attempted murder. The detectives learn she had left Witness Protection after Velez was murdered in prison and Connors was extradited to Ireland. Sometime between 2006 and 2007, she stepped down from the position of Homicide Bureau Chief and is replaced by Christine Danielson (Gloria Reuben). Cabot begins work in the Appeals Bureau until her return to SVU. She remains at SVU for the remainder of the season, in which she appears in six episodes in what Cabot calls a "temporary" role. She replaces Greylek.
    In the Season 11 premiere, it is revealed that Cabot is training in Albany, and will eventually work back to the Appeals Bureau. McCoy asks Executive ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) to assume Cabot's role ("Unstable"). In the fourth episode of Season 11, Paxton shows up drunk to trial; it is revealed that she is an alcoholic. She is ordered to go through court-mandated rehabilitation and has to leave her role at SVU. Cabot returns in the fifth episode, commenting that she had "clawed her way" out of Appeals to return to SVU, to prosecute a man running a pedophile advocacy group. In this episode, Stephanie March is added to the Season 11 opening credits as a series regular (though only in episodes in which she appears). In the eighth episode, Detectives Benson and Stabler are informed that Cabot had been accused of withholding evidence and is being investigated by Liam Black, a member of the State bar association. In that same episode, Paxton returns to give Cabot some "much needed advice".
    In "Witness," Cabot tries a rape case with an illegal immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo as her star witness. The witness was a rape victim in the Congo herself, and Cabot works to help her get asylum, as well as trying the rape case, which then becomes a murder case after the victim dies from an infection caused by a large cut sustained during the rape. Cabot succeeds in getting the rapist convicted and gets the witness a visa that would allow her to remain in the United States without fear of being deported. However, the case affects both the witness and Cabot; the witness decides to return to the Congo to help rape victims there, while Cabot decides to take a leave of absence and joins the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Court, which prosecutes sex crimes and other human rights abuses in areas such as the Congo. She is replaced by ADA Jo Marlowe (Sharon Stone) in the 21st episode "Torch".
    [edit]Third reappearance on SVU

    ADA's Alexandra Cabot and Casey Novak both returned to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for the show's 13th season.[4] In the season premiere "Scorched Earth", Cabot makes her first appearance in the squad room since Season 11. She is the lead prosecutor in a rape case against a man who is the favorite to become Italy's next prime minister. When the accuser, a hotel maid, is caught on tape admitting she could make money off her alleged rapist, Cabot's new boss, SVU's Bureau Chief ADA Michael Cutter (Linus Roache), says that they are dropping the charges. Cabot fights Cutter, however, and the case does make it to trial, with mixed results; the jury finds the defendant guilty of unlawful imprisonment, but are deadlocked on the rape charge.
    In the episode "Spiraling Down," Cabot is convinced by the detectives to set up a sting operation to catch johns after they rescue an underage prostitute. They arrest former pro quarterback Jake Stanton and both Cabot and Benson seek to make an example out of him, but Cabot is unexpectedly forced to face off with defense attorney Bayard Ellis at trial, after Benson tells Stanton's wife to call him. After the case takes a turn for the worse, Cabot berates Benson after court when Benson defends Stanton. Cabot implies she knows Benson had something to do with Ellis defending Stanton. Cabot ultimately loses the case after the jury finds Stanton not guilty due to mental instability caused by the numerous concussions he suffered during his career.
    Cabot is the prosecutor in seven episodes of Season 13, sharing the ADA duties with Novak and Cutter. Cabot's last episode of Season 13 was "Learning Curve" in which she is aiding in the investigation of a school molestation scandal. She is currently not scheduled to appear in Season 14

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    • Frank Hogan has commented

      Alex Cabot is The ULTIMATE SVU ADA. She should be reunited with Liv

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