Jimmy McNulty and Conflicting Moralities
Heather Sullivan
From "All Prologue," 2.06 The Wire.
“McNulty, I hold you in contempt!” Judge
“Who doesn't?” Jimmy McNulty (1.10)
hen first introduced in The Wire, Jimmy
McNulty seems definitive in his moral
compass. He is sitting in on a hearing for a
case in which he is not even involved, he knows all
about the Barksdale crew, and when he sees yet
another one of its members get away with murder, he
is not quiet about it. He openly and honestly expresses
his concerns to Judge Phelan, and a detail is started
on the Barksdale case, assigned to Lieutenant Daniels
and his crew, including McNulty (1.01). McNulty wants
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