‘Law and Order’ and its many spin offs have been addictive TV’up until now. All shows feature great tough cops and plots with unexpected twists.

But just as anti-American remarks by the president of Pepsi Cola left a bitter taste in my mouth, this year’s ‘Law and Order’ shows are about to cure me of my addiction to L & O.   

Recent episodes on the various L & O spin offs: the Pentagon drugging soldiers and Religious Right crazoids interfering with the prosecution of a born-again (in a way they wouldn’t in real life).

But the most recent “L & O: Criminal Intent” went too far when a law enforcement official, in hot pursuit of judge-murdering white supremacists, said,”[M]aybe we should put out an APB for somebody in a Tom DeLay t-shirt.”

Even if you thought (as I did) that Mr. DeLay’s recent remarks about the judiciary were all wrong, this is unfair.  Quite rightly, DeLay is steamed

‘In a letter to NBC Universal Television Group President Jeff Zucker, DeLay wrote: ‘This manipulation of my name and trivialization of the sensitive issue of judicial security represents a reckless disregard for the suffering initiated by recent tragedies and a great disservice to public discourse.'”

NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly dismissed DeLay’s complaint, saying that the ‘script line involved an exasperated detective bedeviled by a lack of clues, making a sarcastic comment about the futility of looking for a suspect when no specific description existed.’

Get real, Mr. Reilly.