A white Jew faces trial for the shooting death of a prominent African American leader, but was the assassination actually an inside job?

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Detectives Cerreta and Logan investigate a shooting where Marcus Tate is killed at a town hall meeting of the African-American Congress. The suspected shooter is described as a white male but no one seems to have seen anything more. The investigation leads them to Mitchell Koblin, who is married though separated from his African-American wife, Sandra Koblin, who works for the ACA. The bullet that killed Tate is of no forensic value but one of his bodyguards was definitely shot by Koblin's gun. The ACA is a radical organization though Tate was moderating his message against whites and Jews. That Koblin is Jewish creates a tense atmosphere in the communities and ADA Stone needs to act quickly to prevent violence in the streets. Written by garykmcd

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In this episode, Phil Cerreta (Paul Sorvino) and Mike Logan (Chris Noth) investigate the assassination of the leader of the African-American Congress. In Law & Order: Entrapment (1997), Lennie Briscoe (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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Adam Schiff: Blame it on the CIA. They haven't been fingered in years.
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Another Fine Law and Order Episode
24 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Conspiracy" is another excellent Law and Order episode that features solid acting and a gripping storyline.

In this episode, a Jewish schoolteacher named Mitchell Koblin is accused of assassinating Marcus Tate, a radical African American political figure. The case goes to trial, but the outcome is not what Executive DA Ben Stone expects. In a final twist, Stone and ADA Paul Robinette investigate the possibility of a murder conspiracy from within Tate's close-knit organization. In investigating this conspiracy, Robinette has to face (and not for the first time on the show) his painful position as an African American in a (mostly) white DA's office.

For myself, the most haunting scene in this episode occurs in the courtroom when the verdict is read on Koblin's charges. The aftermath reminded me of the 1992 Rodney King trial in Los Angeles, in which four white police officers were acquitted of beating Mr. King. As usual with the Law and Order series, "Conspiracy" grapples with troubling questions and not-so-simple (or predictable) answers. And as the death of Trayvon Martin has recently demonstrated, the "race question" has not completely disappeared from the American legal system.

In sum, "Conspiracy" is another well done episode in the venerable Law and Order series.


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