Law and Order
Law and Order
L&O, Episode 12.10
Production number: E2213
First aired: 12 December 2001
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Written By
Jill Goldsmith

Directed By
Ed Sherin


A couple stumbles upon the dead body of an African American businessman. Detectives Green and Briscoe investigate and are soon led to a racist whose defense claims his prejudice towards African Americans meets the criteria for a delusional mental disorder that drove him to kill.


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Burrows: You know what I read that crystallized it for me?
Dr. Skoda: Why don't you tell me?
Burrows: An account by a guy who went around shooting MRCs.
Dr. Skoda: MRCs?
Burrows: Mixed racial couples. See, the key is, he always had to shoot the black guy first if he was going to shoot them both.
Dr. Skoda: Why is that, Ray?
Burrows: Well, because if he shot the white woman first then the black man would just run away, but if he shot him first then the white woman would stay to help. Then the shooter could get them both.

Background information and notes[]

  • McCoy mentions a previous case where a black man had used the "black rage" defense in court. This is a reference to the episode "Rage" from the fifth season, which was based on the Colin Ferguson case.

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