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played District Attorney Arthur Branch [S13-S17] in Law & Order

Branch graduated from Yale University and later was a professor at Yale Law School. He and his wife, Lillian, have lived in New York City since the early 1980s from the state of Georgia. They have at least one child, a son named Bobby. They also have a grandson and a granddaughter. He speaks with a slight southern accent and commonly uses colorful metaphors.

Branch is elected the Manhattan District Attorney, replacing Nora Lewin; this would make him the first Republican to hold the position in 60 years. His administration is a sharp contrast to that of Lewin, as he has little difficulty in accepting capital punishment in certain cases and does not believe in the existence of a Constitutional right to privacy. He had written a book on the justice system and represented the Chinese government when he worked in private practice.

This often puts him in conflict with Jack McCoy, a relatively liberal centrist, as well as his previous assistant Serena Southerlyn, a liberal idealist and feminist. He has few quarrels with Alexandra Borgia, who is more conservative in her viewpoints than Southerlyn, in the mold of Southerlyn's predecessor, Abbie Carmichael. He is portrayed as having an amicable working relationship with the current Junior ADA, Connie Rubirosa. He also works closely with ADA Tracey Kibre and ADA Kelly Gaffney.

While his legal philosophy is decidedly conservative, he is not blindly partisan; he ascribes cynical, political motives to drug prohibition, refers to the National Guard as "the Dan Quayle Brigade", and is not averse to seeking alternatives to the death penalty when he thinks it appropriate.

Although he is personally pro-life, he orders Olivia Benson and Casey Novak to arrest a doctor who deliberately misleads a young pregnant woman to ensure her pregnancy would develop past the legal time limit for the procedure, thus prompting her to desperately ask her boyfriend to assault her to induce a still birth.

He fires Southerlyn because he feels she is inappropriately sympathetic towards the defendant she is prosecuting. Despite her parting fears, Branch says he is not firing her because she's a lesbian.

Upon Branch's departure, McCoy was chosen to serve out the remainder of Branch's term of office, but no reason for Branch's departure has been given.
 
 
played District Attorney Arthur Branch [S05E06-S05E07] in Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Branch graduated from Yale University and later was a professor at Yale Law School. He and his wife, Lillian, have lived in New York City since the early 1980s from the state of Georgia. They have at least one child, a son named Bobby. They also have a grandson and a granddaughter. He speaks with a slight southern accent and commonly uses colorful metaphors.

Branch is elected the Manhattan District Attorney, replacing Nora Lewin; this would make him the first Republican to hold the position in 60 years. His administration is a sharp contrast to that of Lewin, as he has little difficulty in accepting capital punishment in certain cases and does not believe in the existence of a Constitutional right to privacy. He had written a book on the justice system and represented the Chinese government when he worked in private practice.

This often puts him in conflict with Jack McCoy, a relatively liberal centrist, as well as his previous assistant Serena Southerlyn, a liberal idealist and feminist. He has few quarrels with Alexandra Borgia, who is more conservative in her viewpoints than Southerlyn, in the mold of Southerlyn's predecessor, Abbie Carmichael. He is portrayed as having an amicable working relationship with the current Junior ADA, Connie Rubirosa. He also works closely with ADA Tracey Kibre and ADA Kelly Gaffney.

While his legal philosophy is decidedly conservative, he is not blindly partisan; he ascribes cynical, political motives to drug prohibition, refers to the National Guard as "the Dan Quayle Brigade", and is not averse to seeking alternatives to the death penalty when he thinks it appropriate.

Although he is personally pro-life, he orders Olivia Benson and Casey Novak to arrest a doctor who deliberately misleads a young pregnant woman to ensure her pregnancy would develop past the legal time limit for the procedure, thus prompting her to desperately ask her boyfriend to assault her to induce a still birth.

He fires Southerlyn because he feels she is inappropriately sympathetic towards the defendant she is prosecuting. Despite her parting fears, Branch says he is not firing her because she's a lesbian.

Upon Branch's departure, McCoy was chosen to serve out the remainder of Branch's term of office, but no reason for Branch's departure has been given.
 
 
played District Attorney Arthur Branch [S04E21-S07E16] in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Branch graduated from Yale University and later was a professor at Yale Law School. He and his wife, Lillian, have lived in New York City since the early 1980s from the state of Georgia. They have at least one child, a son named Bobby. They also have a grandson and a granddaughter. He speaks with a slight southern accent and commonly uses colorful metaphors.

Branch is elected the Manhattan District Attorney, replacing Nora Lewin; this would make him the first Republican to hold the position in 60 years. His administration is a sharp contrast to that of Lewin, as he has little difficulty in accepting capital punishment in certain cases and does not believe in the existence of a Constitutional right to privacy. He had written a book on the justice system and represented the Chinese government when he worked in private practice.

This often puts him in conflict with Jack McCoy, a relatively liberal centrist, as well as his previous assistant Serena Southerlyn, a liberal idealist and feminist. He has few quarrels with Alexandra Borgia, who is more conservative in her viewpoints than Southerlyn, in the mold of Southerlyn's predecessor, Abbie Carmichael. He is portrayed as having an amicable working relationship with the current Junior ADA, Connie Rubirosa. He also works closely with ADA Tracey Kibre and ADA Kelly Gaffney.

While his legal philosophy is decidedly conservative, he is not blindly partisan; he ascribes cynical, political motives to drug prohibition, refers to the National Guard as "the Dan Quayle Brigade", and is not averse to seeking alternatives to the death penalty when he thinks it appropriate.

Although he is personally pro-life, he orders Olivia Benson and Casey Novak to arrest a doctor who deliberately misleads a young pregnant woman to ensure her pregnancy would develop past the legal time limit for the procedure, thus prompting her to desperately ask her boyfriend to assault her to induce a still birth.

He fires Southerlyn because he feels she is inappropriately sympathetic towards the defendant she is prosecuting. Despite her parting fears, Branch says he is not firing her because she's a lesbian.

Upon Branch's departure, McCoy was chosen to serve out the remainder of Branch's term of office, but no reason for Branch's departure has been given.
 
 
played District Attorney Arthur Branch in Law & Order: Trial by Jury

Branch graduated from Yale University and later was a professor at Yale Law School. He and his wife, Lillian, have lived in New York City since the early 1980s from the state of Georgia. They have at least one child, a son named Bobby. They also have a grandson and a granddaughter. He speaks with a slight southern accent and commonly uses colorful metaphors.

Branch is elected the Manhattan District Attorney, replacing Nora Lewin; this would make him the first Republican to hold the position in 60 years. His administration is a sharp contrast to that of Lewin, as he has little difficulty in accepting capital punishment in certain cases and does not believe in the existence of a Constitutional right to privacy. He had written a book on the justice system and represented the Chinese government when he worked in private practice.

This often puts him in conflict with Jack McCoy, a relatively liberal centrist, as well as his previous assistant Serena Southerlyn, a liberal idealist and feminist. He has few quarrels with Alexandra Borgia, who is more conservative in her viewpoints than Southerlyn, in the mold of Southerlyn's predecessor, Abbie Carmichael. He is portrayed as having an amicable working relationship with the current Junior ADA, Connie Rubirosa. He also works closely with ADA Tracey Kibre and ADA Kelly Gaffney.

While his legal philosophy is decidedly conservative, he is not blindly partisan; he ascribes cynical, political motives to drug prohibition, refers to the National Guard as "the Dan Quayle Brigade", and is not averse to seeking alternatives to the death penalty when he thinks it appropriate.

Although he is personally pro-life, he orders Olivia Benson and Casey Novak to arrest a doctor who deliberately misleads a young pregnant woman to ensure her pregnancy would develop past the legal time limit for the procedure, thus prompting her to desperately ask her boyfriend to assault her to induce a still birth.

He fires Southerlyn because he feels she is inappropriately sympathetic towards the defendant she is prosecuting. Despite her parting fears, Branch says he is not firing her because she's a lesbian.

Upon Branch's departure, McCoy was chosen to serve out the remainder of Branch's term of office, but no reason for Branch's departure has been given.
 
 
played District Attorney Arthur Branch [S01E01] in Conviction (US)

Branch graduated from Yale University and later was a professor at Yale Law School. He and his wife, Lillian, have lived in New York City since the early 1980s from the state of Georgia. They have at least one child, a son named Bobby. They also have a grandson and a granddaughter. He speaks with a slight southern accent and commonly uses colorful metaphors.

Branch is elected the Manhattan District Attorney, replacing Nora Lewin; this would make him the first Republican to hold the position in 60 years. His administration is a sharp contrast to that of Lewin, as he has little difficulty in accepting capital punishment in certain cases and does not believe in the existence of a Constitutional right to privacy. He had written a book on the justice system and represented the Chinese government when he worked in private practice.

This often puts him in conflict with Jack McCoy, a relatively liberal centrist, as well as his previous assistant Serena Southerlyn, a liberal idealist and feminist. He has few quarrels with Alexandra Borgia, who is more conservative in her viewpoints than Southerlyn, in the mold of Southerlyn's predecessor, Abbie Carmichael. He is portrayed as having an amicable working relationship with the current Junior ADA, Connie Rubirosa. He also works closely with ADA Tracey Kibre and ADA Kelly Gaffney.

While his legal philosophy is decidedly conservative, he is not blindly partisan; he ascribes cynical, political motives to drug prohibition, refers to the National Guard as "the Dan Quayle Brigade", and is not averse to seeking alternatives to the death penalty when he thinks it appropriate.

Although he is personally pro-life, he orders Olivia Benson and Casey Novak to arrest a doctor who deliberately misleads a young pregnant woman to ensure her pregnancy would develop past the legal time limit for the procedure, thus prompting her to desperately ask her boyfriend to assault her to induce a still birth.

He fires Southerlyn because he feels she is inappropriately sympathetic towards the defendant she is prosecuting. Despite her parting fears, Branch says he is not firing her because she's a lesbian.

Upon Branch's departure, McCoy was chosen to serve out the remainder of Branch's term of office, but no reason for Branch's departure has been given.
 
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