Proven Innocent is an American legal drama television series created by David Elliot following the employees of a wrongful conviction law firm(Wikipedia).
This review contains spoilers, if you haven’t seen the episode “A Minor Confession” please do not continue reading.
In episode “A Minor Confession,” Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre) and company continue their quest to free the wrongly imprisoned and ensure justice is served.
This week the accused is William Hurston (Jason Woods), a young man who at the age of fourteen was wrongly convicted for the murder of Wan Lee Kim. William’s height and appearance made the police look upon him as older, so he was tried as an adult. Additionally, information points to the fact that his confession had been coerced by the police. William was interrogated by the police for twenty hours. We see a flashback of what teen Madeline (Claire O’ Connor) went through when interrogated by Gore Bellows (Kelsey Grammer). A tired and scared William thought he was helping them by providing the gun used in the killing, given to him by someone known on the street as Rabbit. The fact that William confessed to the crime made it difficult to get his conviction overturned. However, there was reasonable doubt in the case as although the trial lasted only one day, it took four days for the jury to return with a conviction as there appeared to be an unsure juror member. Fortunately, Violet’s date with a man named Radcliffe who worked with the jury at the time gives Team Madeline the information they need on the juror and gains a new trial for William.
Both Easy (Russell Hornsby) and Madeline take William’s case personally. Madeline is reminded of her own trial and conviction ordeal as she went through the same thing as William as a teen. And because Easy himself has a fourteen year old son and he as a teen who got into trouble, he reminds his son that being a black boy in Chicago is dangerous and can turn out badly.
The search is on to find Rabbit. This is where Brodie (Vincent Kartheiser) comes in. He manages to track down a man who thinks is Rabbit but after a high spirited chase learns it is in fact Rabbit’s brother and the real Rabbit is dead. No big because Brodie has a “special contact” at the police department who provides him with Rabbit’s arrest record which reveals one of the arresting officers was the detective on William’s case.
On the witness stand, Bellows accuses William of being a liar and even produces drawings William did of a man holding a gun. Gore thinks this is further William’s admission of guilt. But William insists on his innocence and how he thought he was helping the police by telling them what they wanted to hear. In cross examination, Madeline says the drawings were William’s way of trying to make sense of what happened as the murder is what’s been occupying his mind the last five years while incarcerated. And later in the trial, Violet is able to obtain an alibi for William for the time of the murder: A photo of the teen with the owner of a comic book store. We learn that Detective Folino knew about Rabbit but instead deciding to pursue the case against William because of the coerced confession. In the end, Easy and Madeline are able to get William’s conviction overturned.
Elsewhere in “A Minor Confession,” we saw Madeline continuing to question Levi’s (Rider Smith) innocent in Rosemary’s murder and Gore Bellows getting a bill passed for victims in honor of Rosemary.
I liked that “A Minor Confession” showed the parallels between Easy, Madeline and William and how false perceptions can have serious ramifications. William’s physical appearance lead to him being tried as an adult and jailed in an adult prison. Madeline’s reputation as a drinker and a party girl contributed to her prison circumstance. I hope Proven Innocent will explore more of Madeline’s life behind bars. The episode also further developed the characters and their working together as a cohesive legal machine.
On Friday, March 8, 2019 at 9/8c Proven Innocent airs episode four “The Shame Game.” Here is a sneak peek:
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