‘Law& Order’ writer is back on case — for real

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 4, 2011

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When she was writing episodes of “Law & Order,’’ it was easy for Pam Wechsler to put the bad guys behind bars. Now, though, as the newest assistant DA in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, she’s got to do it for real. “I just indicted someone for armed robbery this morning,’’ Wechsler told us yesterday, “and I sent someone away for 7 to 10 [years] for drugs and guns.’’ Wechsler has only been in the job for about a week, after eight years in Tinseltown writing scripts for crime dramas, including “Law & Order,’’ “Conviction,’’ and “Canterbury’s Law.’’ “I love writing and doing something creative,’’ she said. “But I also missed dealing with real people and real consequences.’’ A graduate of Tufts and BU School of Law, Wechsler is not exactly a newcomer to the courtroom. Before heading to Hollywood, she was an ADA in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office for 10 years and, later, an assistant AG. Her work as a prosecutor paid off when she started writing for TV. “The first episode I wrote for ‘Law & Order’ was a ripped-from-the-headlines case based on the Louise Woodward case,’’ she said, referring to the English au pair who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter of an eight-month-old child in her care. The episode was called “Baby Boom.’’