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 “The Struggle for Stonewall” please do not continue reading
In the episode “The Struggle for Stonewall,” Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre) and the Injustice Defense Group continue their quest to free the wrongly imprisoned and ensure justice is served.
The episode is a call out to the Stonewall riots that happened between gay rights activists and police officers that occurred at the Stonewall Inn a gay bar in Greenwich Village in NYC in the wee hours on June 28, 1969.
This week the accused is Cindy Whitman (Jazzmun), a transgender woman who was convicted of murdering another transgender. Proven Innocent showed the discrimination transgender people face even from those in the gay and lesbian communities. People in those communicates often feel that transgenders undermine who they are. Cindy had it worse as she faced discrimination because she was black and transgender. Easy (Russell Hornsby) stated it perfectly when he said “”You can hide who you are but you can’t hide the color of your skin.” And later in the episode we see an altercation between Easy and a white police officer after Brodie (Vincent Kartheiser) suffers a minor injury as he, Easy and Madeline leave a gay club as part of their investigation.
Discrimination has negative effects for those who experience it. Violet (Nikki M. James) said it well in her podcast “Sometimes it’s terrifying but if we keep our true identities a secret it’s a disease that mutates and ends up hurting those around us.” Cindy face a life of discrimination. From gays and lesbians in prison. From the judge who even questioned that Cindy’s male name was what was on the original prison records. I wondered whether Cindy was viewed as male or female when she was in prison.
Cindy felt it was better to stay in prison than be out in the real world but being with held hormone treatments was a basically violation of rights. Madeline tried to convince Cindy that the bottom line was her innocence and she deserved her freedom because of it. The Injustice Defense Group was able to get Cindy’s conviction overturned. Sadly though she spent 37 years of her life in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. I wonder how many real life transgenders are facing similar circumstances.
In other news, Noah Weiss (Adam Busch) discussed with Gore Bellows (Kelsey Grammer) the chances Bellows winning the election would increase if he had new evidence against Madeline Scott that would ensure he could recharge her with Rosemary Lynch’s murder. Isabel Sanchez (Catherine Lindstone) may have provided him with just that. In her scheme to befriend Levi (Riley Smith) he told her that when Rosemary went missing, everyone but Madeline (Clare O’ Connor) went to search for her. Isabel reasoned that Madeline wasn’t concerned with looking for Rosemary because she knew Rosemary was already dead as she’d killed her. Isabel shares this with Bellows who comes up with a new strategy: Charge Madeline but have Levi Scott as their star witness.
Proven Innocent continues to push the envelope with the cases they depict. “The Struggle for Stonewall” was a perfect example as it showed the discrimination face and the legal ramifications that can come from it.
Proven Innocent episode “The Struggle for Stonewall” was a powerful script written and directed by executive producer Danny Strong. It was powerful script showing discrimination faced by transgenders.
On Friday, April 12, 2019 at 9/8c Proven Innocent airs episode eight “Acceptable Losses.”
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