|Law & Order character|
|Portrayed by||Annie Parisse|
|Time on show||2005–2006|
|Credited appearances||33 episodes (total)|
|Preceded by||Serena Southerlyn|
|Succeeded by||Connie Rubirosa|
Alexandra Borgia is a fictional character, played by Annie Parisse, who appeared on the long-running NBC drama series Law & Order from 2005 to 2006. Appearing in only 33 episodes, she is the shortest serving ADA in the series' history.
Fictional character biography
Borgia first appears in the episode "Fluency", having been appointed by DA Arthur Branch (Fred Thompson) as a replacement for Serena Southerlyn (Elisabeth Röhm). She principally assists Jack McCoy, but she also conducts detailed investigations, arraignments and hearings independent of McCoy and Branch. Prior to her last appointment, Borgia was engaged in trying many drug cases, which resulted in frequent kudos from police officers and fellow attorneys. She was also respected among her colleagues for her intelligence and adroit manner in preparing a case for prosecution. When asked by Detective Joe Fontana if her name was Italian, she answered that it was from Italy, France and Spain and that she still had relatives in Venice. She was a Christian and regularly attended Church.
Unlike her predecessor, Borgia often agrees with the decisions of her superiors and follows their directions regardless of her own views. She shares many parallels with Abbie Carmichael (Angie Harmon), including the latter's conservatism and cooperation with the police in developing cases. Borgia also had a penchant for investigative work, a trait shared by Paul Robinette, whom she opposes in a case in the Season 16 episode "Birthright".
The character has a professional manner, balancing compassion for victims with adherence to legal rules and procedure. This is evident in her dealings with the mother of a victim of faulty influenza vaccine in her premiere episode, "Fluency." During the episode, the prosecution decides to drop the case among the numerous charges against the defendant, as it is too weak to use. Borgia impulsively promises the mother that the defendant would be severely punished in compensation. Although McCoy fulfilled that promise by arranging multiple consecutive life sentences, he asks Borgia to never again make similar promises. This compassion also helps her to get close to victims' families, as demonstrated in "Obsession", when the victim's son says that one of his hobbies was going fishing with his late father; Borgia says that she has similar experiences with her own father growing up. She is also highly respectful and polite in her dealings with colleagues. Simultaneously, she is never afraid to engage in heated byplay with defendants and convicts alike to ensure a successful prosecution. In the episode "In God We Trust," Borgia indicates her devout Catholicism as a factor in her belief in the religious transformation of a defendant and in arguing with her superiors, she also highlights her belief in a Christian ideal of forgiveness. Her Catholic background also had influence on her stand over torture.
Borgia was the shortest appearing Assistant District Attorney in Law & Order history, seen only in 33 episodes (though Kim Greylek had a much shorter run on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). In her final episode, while investigating a family's murder, the DA's office focuses on the husband, Frank Andreas, who is supplying killers with fake DEA badges which they use to commit home invasion robberies. Borgia presses Andreas to give up his accomplices, and is later kidnapped from her own apartment. Her body is subsequently found in the trunk of an abandoned car, bound, brutally beaten and dead of asphyxiation after choking on her own vomit. Outraged, McCoy arranges a sham prosecution to make sure her murderers go to prison for life, skirting legal ethics to the point that he almost faced disbarment and was replaced by a special prosecutor. Borgia's position is filled by Connie Rubirosa (Alana de la Garza).
- Law & Order episode "Fluency", originally aired January 19, 2005.
- Law & Order episode "In God We Trust", originally aired May 11, 2005.