Prejudice has no place when pursuing justice. Billy Bob Thornton gives a powerful performance as a conflicted sheriff in rural Louisiana in "The Badge" (2002). When a transsexual is found murdered in the small town he watches over, it stirs up controversyand the citizens clamor to let sleeping dogs lie. After Thornton meets the victim's wife, played by Patricia Arquette, he refuses to let the case go unsolved and begins digging deeper and deeper, even if it means losing his job and possibly his life. Sela Ward also stars.