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.

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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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Courtney B Vance would later go on to play series regular A.D.A. Ron Carver on Law & Order Criminal Intent. See more »

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The Smartest Guy Around
24 July 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This particular episode of Law And Order must have caught someone's attention because five years later Courtney B. Vance was cast in the spin off Criminal Intent as a good guy Assistant District Attorney, But here in Rage, Vance plays an up and coming young stockbroker who gets caught in a nasty scam by his boss and said boss winds up dead.

Vance has a great way with cool and controlled characters be they on either side of the law. It works when he played ADA Ron Carver in Criminal Intent and it works well here as Bud Greer a man who hit upon a really great scam and got caught at it. His attitude of smugness and assumption he's the smartest guy around make Jerry Orbach, Chris Noth and even S. Eptha Merkersen just want to smack him.

Vance's defense is that of black rage, tried most unsuccessfully by Colin Ferguson the perpetrator of the massacre on the Long Island Railroad.

This one is for fans of Courtney B. Vance.


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