You know that a book and movie deal will be along any day now. And somebody just has to be pitching a script for Law and Order. For all I know, they might have already done a Davis episode.
If I knew how to write in screenplay format, I'd do an L&O treatment myself. It's perfect for one of those 'ripped from the headlines' stories they specialize in. Of course, I'd have to change enough facts to get past the NBC legal department, so I'd make it about a Pakistani Consulate employee in New York City who shoots two muggers while doing close protection for some smarmy ISI types [doink-doink!].
There isn't much whodunit factor there, so this would be a story for the back half of the show, with lots of discussion of social issues. All about when self-defense is legitimate, how the public is outraged over diplomatic immunity, and what happens when political influence is brought to bear on the legal system [doink-doink!].
Tensions would build, diplomatic relations would be endangered, and there would be much maneuvering in New York, Washington, and Islamabad. The Manhattan South District Attorney would agonize over how to balance the interests of criminal law against U.S. national security interests in having continued Pakistani cooperation with drone strikes on al-Qaeda strongholds [doink-doink!].
Finally, right before a trial is to begin, the CIA and ISI would cut a deal. The District Attorney gets a phone call from the Riker's Island jail complex informing her that the defendant has been taken into U.S. Marshal's custody. She turns on the television and sees the defendant getting out of a Pakistani Consulate limo and being escorted into Kennedy Airport [doink-doink!].
Not a bad story, actually. Does anyone know of a good how-to book on screenplay format?