Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Did the son of an assassinated African-American leader attempt to murder his father's successor, or is he the victim of an elaborate FBI frame-up?


Matthew Penn


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Carey Lowell ... Jamie Ross
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Michelle Hurd ... Angela Roney
Ron Cephas Jones ... Roland Books
Chris McKinney ... Huey Tate
Samuel E. Wright ... Dubois
Michael Gaston ... Ron Fletcher
Robert Hogan ... Agent Carlin
Gloria Foster ... Satima Tate
Angela Bullock ... Miss Watkins
Jesse Doran Jesse Doran ... Robert Falco


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate what appears to be an assassination attempt on Roland Brooks, the leader of the Africa-America Congress. Brooks himself had become the head of the AAC after the assassination of his predecessor, Marcus Tate. The initial investigation focuses on building contractors who were under AAC pressure to increase minority hiring. Their focus however soon turns to Huey Tate, Brooks' predecessor as head of the AAC. They seem to have an open and shut case when Tate's friend, Angela Roney provides a tape recorded conversation with Tate where he admits he's going to kills Brooks. When it's revealed Roney was once a paid informant for the FBI, the case quickly falls apart. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

8 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Law & Order: Conspiracy (1992), Phil Cerreta (Paul Sorvino) and Mike Logan (Chris Noth) investigate the assassination of the leader of the African-American Congress. In this episode, Lennie Brisco (Jerry Orbach) and Ray Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) investigate the attempted murder of the new AAC leader, and Lennie notes that Logan investigated the former leader's murder. Joe Morton portrayed Roland Books in the first episode, Ron Cephas Jones portrays him in the second, while other actors reprise their roles. See more »


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Det. Rey Curtis: Hey, didn't you learn anything from Mister Rogers? A policeman is your best friend.
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Alternate Versions

The WE TV/Oxygen cable TV airings censor the cleavage scene where one of the suspects is found in bed with two escorts. See more »


References Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »

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In the strictest sense of the word
8 February 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back in the day when Law And Order prime had a whole different set of regulars except for Steven Hill one of the episodes involved the assassination of the head of African American Congress. Now Adam Schiff has been handed a case. Now the guy who succeeded the assassinated predecessor has been shot and wounded and a bodyguard killed. The number one suspect is the son of the predecessor.

The suspect Chris McKinney has delved heavily into some radical politics courtesy of his girlfriend Michelle Hurd. But what he doesn't know about her and neither does Sam Waterston is that she's a professional informant for the FBI. And in saying informant I mean in the strictest sense of the word, she's making good money at it.

A murder has been committed and Waterston does what he has to do to see it through. But his ideas of justice don't coincide with Ron Jones the intended victim who was wounded. In fact the deeper the DA's office digs the odor becomes more and more intense. Mostly from Michelle Hurd's direction.

Everybody looks bad here.

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