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With Malice Aforethought


A victim of the prejudice of the times, an African American cop is tried for the murder of an allegedly unarmed Caucasian during a drug bust. Believing in his innocence, his colleagues and friends work to get him a pardon.



Air Dates

  • First Run - December 1, 1975
  • Repeat - May 11, 1976





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9 Responses to Episode 0388

This episode is a cop story. In the beginning of the episode the police are conducting a drug raid. They surround a house and charge it. As they go into the house, one of the officers sees a suspect point a pistol at him so he fires his gun at him. When the smoke clears, a young man of 19 years of age is dead, the police are unable to find any drugs, or the gun that the officer saw pointed at him. The situation is further exacerbated by the fact that the dead youth is white and the police officer is black. I like cop stories but it's my opinion that generally CBSRMT cop stories are some of the weaker episodes. Having said that, I would have to say that this is one of the better ones from the cop genre.


A black cop is held to account after he shoots a young white man during a raid on a known drug distribution center in the suburbs. When no drugs are found, and the suspect’s gun is not found, the cop’s credibility is destroyed and he is suspended pending trial. His colleagues work to put the case to rest.

Sir Alfred

Another good one! Solved in "typical" 50's ending fashion. I enjoyed it though!

Emmy Deterala

Interesting cop story from '70s. Great sound and voices to keep you listening.

Scott D

I agree with Scott that most cop stories on CBSRMT are usually weaker (those that focus only on the police), but this one was pretty good. The shooting was also interesting as reflected in the current events of today, even if they are different situations.


You need to add Robert Maxwell for this episode.


Although Sgt. Gil Robey swears his victim pulled a gun first, investigators cannot find the weapon or any drugs at the scene of the raid. After his indictment, Robey and his pregnant wife are subjected to a series of threatening phone calls. One caller, who claims he can clear Robey of the murder charge, asks the policeman to meet him secretly. But instead of new evidence, he offers Robey $50,000 and a one-way trip to Mexico in his private plane.


What cop in his right mind would go out to meet some stranger who calls up on the phone at 3 AM? Is he crazy? Also, he might know that he would be given a phony address and end up in a deserted parking lot, the oldest trick in the crook book. Then to top it off, he gets his wife involved and puts her in danger. As a cop he should know better! He's just too stupid to be believable.


A man killed his wife while they were playing croquet. He was found guilty of murder with mallets aforethought.


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