Lupo and Bernard discover that a murdered member of a progressive community activist group may have been a conservative trying to expose the group's wrongdoings. Meanwhile, Van Buren gets bad news from former detective Rey Curtis.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Davis Webb
Courtney Owens
Jerry Gans
Keona Welch ...
Marissa Rumstead
Jesse Lenat ...
Linus Kepler
Arturo Ramirez


Detectives Lupo and Bernard investigate the murder of James Landy who had been going door to door registering people to vote. The following day, Landy was found on the hood of his car with "FED" written on his chest with a black magic marker. They arrest Jerry Gans, a right-wing anti-government activist on whose door Landy had knocked that night. Landy worked for the Rights Alliance but research shows he had a history of being conservative and he may have been planning some type of smear against them. They realize they may have been looking in the wrong direction when two married Rights Alliance employees, Courtney Owens and David Webb, are shown to have been having an affair. Meanwhile, Lt. Van Buren attends a funeral when a former colleague's wife dies. Written by garykmcd

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11 December 2009 (USA)  »

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Based on the case of Bill Sparkman, a part-time census worker found hanged in Kentucky, naked with the word FED scrawled on his chest. Sparkman was found to have faked his suicide to look like murder for purposes of insurance fraud. See more »

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23 August 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

S. Eptha Merkerson's health issues and a visit from a former cast member share this Law And Order episode with the regular story about a right wing journalist going undercover in a left wing activist organization. The plot is borrowed quite liberally from ACORN expose in real life.

The victim is found beaten to death and it's learned he was a member of the left wing organization doing voter registration. But an investigation by Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson reveals that he was in 2004 working for the re-election of George W. Bush. As the robot on Lost In Space used to say, 'that does not compute.

The deceased did not have any kind of come to Jesus moment. He was an Andrew Breitbart type looking for a story.

Two suspects develop. A right wing yahoo played by Boris McGiver and people in his own office who caught on. That could lead to the millionaire who founded this group called Rights Alliance.

A little continuity from the past is here as S. Eptha Merkersson attends the funeral of Benjamin Bratt's wife whom as we remember had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back then. The nostalgia talk was touching and special between Merkersson and Bratt. It also is the only reference to the late Jerry Orbach and his passing in the show.

That alone makes this worth watching.

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