Proven Innocent: S01.E12. “In Defense of Madeline Scott Part 1”

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Screen Capture: Rachelle Lefevre as Madeline Scott in the Jennifer Phang directed Proven innocent episode “In Denense of Madeline Scott Part 1.”
Screen Capture: Rachelle Lefevre as Madeline Scott in the Jennifer Phang directed Proven innocent episode “In Denense of Madeline Scott Part 1.”



Did you catch the latest episode of Proven innocent? The David Elliot created series is not an average courtroom drama. With the directed Jennifer PhangIn Defense of Madeline Scott Part 1,” the series ramps of the drama intensity significantly.

Brief Episode Synopsis: “In Defense of Madeline Scott Part 1

Ezekiel ‘Easy’ Boudreau (Russell Hornsby) takes on an immigration case to help a young DREAMer, Hector Costa (Josue Aguirre), who was convicted of murder. Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre), Bodie Quick (Vincent Kartheiser), Wren (Candice Coke) and Violet Bell (Nikki M. James) double down on their investigation into who killed Rosemary Lynch (Casey Tutton). Meanwhile, the showdown between Madeline and Gore Bellows (Kelsey Grammer) begins.

"Proven Innocent" promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb.
“Proven Innocent” promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb.

SPOILERS ALERT: If you have yet to watch this episode, please feel free to stop reading at this point in the article. Continue reading after you watch the episode.

Screen Capture: Josue Aguirre as Hector Costa in the Jennifer Phang directed Proven innocent episode “In Denense of Madeline Scott Part 1.”
Screen Capture: Josue Aguirre as Hector Costa in the Jennifer Phang directed Proven innocent episode “In Denense of Madeline Scott Part 1.”

ICE agents are waiting for Hector to exit the courtroom before taking him into custody. Does this tactic sound familiar? It should because it has been occurring in real life. With ASA Gerald Warren’s (Patrick Mulvey) assistance, Easy is able to get Judge Samuel Gomez (José Antonio García) to grant a stay of removal.

Bodie, believing the husband is the real killer, follows a line of investigation which takes him to various gas stations. He finds a gas station attendant that remembers the husband pumping gas. Even though many people have pumped gas at that gas station, the individual in question apparently tried to drive away from the station with the gas nozzle still attached to the gas tank on his car.

Instead of sitting second chair in the biggest trail of the year, Isabel Sanchez (Catherine Lidstone) finds herself without a job. Bellows determines having her by his side would be a detriment to his case against Madeline. He offered the young attorney second chair as a manipulation tactic. Now that he has what he wants, Isabel is a liability.

The team has three days to find conclusive evidence to bring before the judge in a pretrial hearing. Bellows is clearly orchestrating a legally questionable prosecution.

Real Life Court Case Reference: Holtzman v. Hellenbrand

In court, Easy references the 1983 case pertaining to the admissibility of a prior statement given by a person who later refuses to testify. Even though Easy correctly observes the courts holding was in his favour, Judge Cohen (Jennifer Estlin) denies the defendant’s motion to allow prior testimony of a key witness no longer available to testy.

The Tail End of the Episode

Bellows will do anything to get a conviction. Breaking the law does not seem to bother Bellows because he believes his cause is just. Consequently, Madeline Scott is the whale to Bellows’ Captain Ahab.

In the closing scenes, Bellows reveals he has Levi Scott (Riley Smith) testifying against Madeline. For testifying against Madeline, Levi has been granted immunity.

Is there a trailer?

Final Thoughts

Proven Innocent is an example of a drama that presents compelling narratives that directly addresses may issues people in these United States face daily. Social commentary forms the basis for many storylines the series features.

Screen Capture: Jacob Perez, Russell Hornsby and Patrick Mulvey as Leonardo, Ezekiel 'Easy' Boudreau and ASA Gerald Warren, respectively, in the Jennifer Phang directed Proven innocent episode “In Denense of Madeline Scott Part 1.”
Screen Capture: Jacob Perez, Russell Hornsby and Patrick Mulvey as Leonardo, Ezekiel ‘Easy’ Boudreau and ASA Gerald Warren, respectively, in the Jennifer Phang directed Proven innocent episode “In Denense of Madeline Scott Part 1.”

The courtroom scene where a young child is asked whether he has spoken with an immigration lawyer reflects reality. The separation of children from the parents is well documented in newspaper publications, radio and television news.