Law & Order (1990–2010)
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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.


Arthur W. Forney


Dick Wolf (created by), Michael S. Chernuchin

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... 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


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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Release Date:

1 February 1995 (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?


Based on the Colin Ferguson case and the "black rage" defense. Ferguson used the affirmative defense as mitigation in the Long Island Railroad shootings of December 7, 1993 that resulted in the deaths of six people and wounding of nineteen others. During the course of the trial, Ferguson fired his counsel and undertook a pro se defense. Upon the jury's rejection of the "black rage" assertion, Ferguson was sentenced to 315 years, 8 months on combined multiple counts of murder and attempted murder. See more »

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A Complex Tale That Smartly Explores All Sides of The Issue
21 May 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This is a fantastic episode that deals, as many great L&O episodes do, with race relations. Viewers who watch this episode focusing exclusively on Jack McCoy's arguments - which mostly correlate with the kind of conservative personal responsibility doctrine preached by his predecessor in the role, Ben Stone - are not paying attention to the multiple perspectives voiced by the other characters.

The script by Michael Chernuchin is fantastic and gives voice to pretty much all sides of the central plot, which involves a black stockbroker accused of killing his white superior at a powerful NY investment bank. It does, in fact, address the issue of institutional racism, and the final 30 seconds leave almost no doubt about the fact that the show wants you to keep asking questions; you're not meant to just take what Jack McCoy is selling hook, line, and sinker.

With all that said, the guest performances are all great: Courtney B. Vance rules as the complex Bud Greer, who is at the center of the story; he's represented at different points by Richard Libertini and then Wendell Pierce as a civil rights attorney who McCoy knows from his "equal protection arguments in front of the Supreme Court" which he notes as being "classic."

This episode shows how good L&O could be in its early years. It's one I'll happily rewatch in the future.

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