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The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'L&O: SVU'  

AdamEss
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VOTE: The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'
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Chauncey Zierko (Peter Riegert... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'L&O: SVU'
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Chauncey Zierko (Peter Riegert)
Oscar nominee Peter Riegert's Chauncey Zierko is as twisted and soulless as they come. A defender of Billy Tripley (Will Keenan), a creepy Michael Jackson-like figure who so obviously molests sick and vulnerable children from low income families, Zierko is quick to deny any public allegations, but can draw up a non-disclosure agreement faster than you can say 'hush money.'

NUMBER OF EPISODES: 6
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Jason Whitaker (Bradley Cooper... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'L&O: SVU'
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Jason Whitaker (Bradley Cooper)

Jason Whitaker's persona borders on the sociopathic given his penchant for spewing racial slurs at Mildred Quintana (Rita Moreno) before calmly flashing that signature dead-eyed grin at Casey Novak. As a shameless defender of the wealthy Eleanor Duvall (Angela Lansbury) and her idiot savant / murderer son (Alfred Molina) in S6 episode 'Night,' it is immediately clear that this guy will stop at nothing to maintain his perpetual cash cow. Fortunately for SVU detectives, he is too busy engaging in screaming matches with strangers to notice his client depositing a snotty tissue (DNA!!) right into the garbage can at police headquarters. No wonder this tool is only in one episode. 

NUMBER OF EPISODES: 1
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Donna Emmett (Viola Davis) is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'L&O: SVU'
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Donna Emmett (Viola Davis)
Fantastic actress, sure. But Viola Davis, who played opposite über-bitch Lorna Scarry (Mariette Hartley) in the S4 episode 'Doubt,' (Davis would go on to score an Academy Award nomination for her performance in another production entitled 'Doubt') can sure get under your skin, concocting one lame defense theory after another. In one episode, she represents a lunatic physician (Martin Mull) who refuses to acknowledge the existence of AIDS, instead encouraging his patients to take yogurt as a homeopathic cure for HIV symptoms (what?!?!). Only when presented with irrefutable evidence does Emmett agree to take a play deal. Davis hasn't returned to the SVU set since scoring her second Oscar nomination for 'The Help.' Here's hoping she'll come around soon.


NUMBER OF EPISODES: 7
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Lorna Scarry (Mariette Hartley... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Despicable Defense Attorneys on 'L&O: SVU'
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Lorna Scarry (Mariette Hartley)
As the evil and unscrupulous Lorna Scarry, Emmy-winner Mariette Hartley caused audible gasps from viewers when she accused Detective Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) of Casanova-ing around with a vulnerable female rape victim (Shannyn Sossamon) in S4 episode 'Doubt.' Amazingly, Elliot did NOT punch her in the mouth. An exceptionally malevolent force in the squad room, Scarry has even gone toe-to-toe with Captain Cragen (Dann Florek). I tried to avoid the obvious reference to her appropriate last name. Man, this bitch....


NUMBER OF EPISODES: 6

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