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A smug African American stock broker who resents other people of his own race is accused of murder. However, he hires a high-profile civil rights attorney, who presents a "black rage" defense.

Director:

Arthur W. Forney

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Michael S. Chernuchin
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... A.D.A. Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Richard Libertini ... David Solomon
Wendell Pierce ... Jerome Bryant
Keith Charles Keith Charles ... William E. Cooke
Olivia Birkelund Olivia Birkelund ... Joan Stillman
Bernie McInerney Bernie McInerney ... Judge Michael Callahan
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Courtney B. Vance ... Benjamin 'Bud' Greer
Armand Schultz ... Dr. Kenneth Price
Judith Moreland ... Dr. Bettina Osgood
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A successful white stockbroker is found dead of rifle wound to the head. Although it initially looks like a suicide, the medical examiner reports that he was murdered. His coworkers immediately point the finger at "golden boy" Bud Greer -- a young, black junior trader. Bud tells Logan and Briscoe that success isn't about money, it's about power and with his major competitor dead, Bud now has the power. When Bud pleads insanity due to "black rage" the ADAs don't buy it for a second. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Scott Whitehurst (Melman) also played the role of Lester Metcalf in episode 8.13, Law & Order: Castoff (1998). See more »

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White Entitlement & Institutional Racism Personified
28 October 2017 | by HallowLooyuhSee all my reviews

as a Caucasian male in my 50's, I found this episode to be regrettable in its underlying point of view that pooh-poohs white racism and institutional entitlement.

the writing tries to go back and forth, giving points of view from both whites and blacks, but the bottom line, the line it always returns to, here in the personages of the Sam Waterston character and his colleagues, is not about law and order, right vs. wrong, it's about a glaring, open, unattended wound called racism that continues to be squeezed, and of the viral racism that persists, as if inbred, in the hearts, minds and souls of so many white people in this country, whether they're lawyers, judges, taxicab drivers or anything else.

in this episode, the writers didn't have, and clearly don't have, any credible point to make on institutional racism in this country. so they should not have bothered touching on it here. it ended up being a game of smoke and mirrors, window dressing, for the murder case that was the point of the show.

this episode and the points of view, particularly of the Sam Waterston character, were an insult to me. the writers and producers deserve condemnation not only because they didn't shed any credible light on the realities of institutional racism in white America, but also because they used the accompanying vitriol simply to stoke the fires of emotion on both sides.


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