Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Charlie Monroe who was stabbed to death in his apartment. He had been seen with a young woman and there is every indication that she was in the apartment with him. Monroe was a hardworking African-American student, an upstanding young man whose only mark against him was a juvenile conviction when he was 12. A library book in his apartment leads them to Danielle Mason. She admits to having met Charlie at the library and then going to his apartment where he attacked and raped her. The evidence doesn't add up but when McCoy hesitates seeking an indictment, the case takes on racial overtones with Mason's lawyer arguing his client is being railroaded under pressure from the African-American community. Written by
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This episode inspired Law & Order: UK season 3, episode 6 "Masquerade". The facts are slightly different. Instead of being African-American, the victim is of Pakistani origin. See more
Jack McCoy says, "They filed a writ of mandamus to force us to indict." However, he mispronounces "mandamus" with the second "a" short instead of long. (Same pronunciation in both US and UK English.) Even a 20th century Assistant DA, before the widespread use of the internet, would have been familiar with this term. See more
Det. Rey Curtis
Hey, Lennie, look at this. "Mycenaean Amphorae, 1400-1375 BC."
Det. Lennie Briscoe
Yeah, I'm expecting my copy from the Book-of-the-Month Club.