Proven Innocent is an American legal drama television series created by David Elliot following the employees of a wrongful conviction law firm(Wikipedia).
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In episode “The Burden of Truth,” Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre) and company continue their quest to free the wrongly imprisoned and ensure justice is served.
This week the accused is a woman named Tamara Folsom, (Tyla Abercrumbie) jailed for a murder she swears she didn’t commit. She did slash Jeff Skadden (Michael Graziadei), a man who attempted to rape her. It seems Tamara had a rough life. She was raped when she was younger by one of her mother’s boyfriends and vowed she’d never let it happen again or be a victim.
But Tamara’s case isn’t the only one occupying Madeline’s mind. Levi (Riley Smith) is in trouble again and misses a court appearance resulting in a bench warrant being served. Madeline finds her brother at a homeless encampment and after telling him about the warrant, confronts him for lying about his relationship with Rosemary. If Levi lied about being involved with Rosemary…what else did he lie about? This thought plagues Madeline as doubts about her brother’s innocence clouds her mind.
However freeing Tamara has to be her focus. Thanks to Brodie (Vincent Karthieser), who posed as a travel agent, Madeline is able to get the subpoena she needed served to Jeff under the guise of him winning a vacation to Hawaii.
So, Jeff has to testify. He gets on the stand swearing he didn’t try to rape Tamara. The major evidence against Tamara is the murder weapon: The knife she used to defend herself against Jeff turned out to be the same one used to kill Tim Manning, the crime in which Tamara has been jailed for the last sixteen years.
Team Free the Wrongly Convicted manages to get Tamara’s conviction overturned with the state deciding against a retrial. The guilty party was a man named David, the husband of Celeste who became a prostitute for Tim.
“The Burden of Truth” showed the ingenuity of Easy (Russell Hornsby) and Madeline’s firm in uncovering the truth to free their client. From getting the subpoena served to finding the real killer, this team implores out-of-the-box thinking. It also touched on a serious issue in the legal system which is how women are usually not believed. Tamara’s own public defendant doubted her innocence based on her past history. Having someone like Madeline Scott represent a wrongly convicted individual guarantees she will look past the circumstantial evidence to get to the truth.
A side story showed the toll working on Madeline’s case and now with her has taken on Easy’s personal life. His wife resented all the time he spent proving Madeline’s innocent (a white woman) when there are so many wrongly accused blacks in prison. I like that Proven Innocent wasn’t afraid to touch on this with their script.
In the final scene of the episode, Madeline visited Rosemary’s grave and vowed to find her friend’s killer…no matter who it turned out to be. Does Madeline now believe Levi was guilty after all? And the question is, will she turn against of brother? Smart money says Madeline will be torn. Despite Levi’s possible guilt, Madeline is on a path for justice and she’ll follow that road no matter where it leads.
Each episode of Proven Innocent is better than the last building upon the characters.
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