In Justice

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In Justice
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Intertitle
Format Drama
Created by Michelle King
Robert King
Starring Jason O'Mara
Kyle MacLachlan
Marisol Nichols
Constance Zimmer
Daniel Cosgrove
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Running time 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run January 1, 2006 (2006-01-01) – March 31, 2006 (2006-03-31)

In Justice is an American television police procedural created by Michelle King and Robert King. The series began airing on Sunday, January 1, 2006 on ABC as a midseason replacement and assumed its regular night and time on Friday, January 6, 2006 at 9 p.m. EST. It was cancelled after its 13-episode run on March 31, 2006. The series was simulcast in Canada on CTV. In the UK In Justice was shown on UKTV Gold beginning September 17, 2006 and was later repeated on ABC1 in 2007.

Premise[edit]

In Justice focuses on freeing wrongly convicted criminals. Kyle MacLachlan (of Twin Peaks) stars as David Swain, a wealthy and successful lawyer who heads a high-profile organization called the National Justice Project (commonly abbreviated as "NJP") in the San Francisco Bay Area, along with his lead investigator, ex-police detective Charles Conti (portrayed by Jason O'Mara). Members of the National Justice Project work pro-bono to overturn wrongful convictions, liberate the falsely accused and discover the identity of those who are really to blame. Although the NJP is fictional, there are organizations which examine cases involving people who may have been wrongly convicted (e.g. the Innocence Project).

Each new episode starts out with "what the jury believed", usually a scene in which the person who was wrongly convicted acts out the crime. Throughout the show, David and Charles unravel many clues to how and why the person they are trying to exonerate was convicted in the first place.

Each episode revolves around separate cases and addresses the various reasons for miscarriage of justice. The progress in the show relies less on the famous but largely fictitious forensic procedures used in the CSI franchise and other procedural shows. In a few episodes "CSI-fiction" is mentioned as a description of theatre and inaccuracy, and sometimes forgery of forensics technology.

The series deals with a few subplots. The most prominent is Conti's remorse from his time as a police officer, when he caused an innocent suspect's suicide by coercing him to confess to the murder of his family, and how it makes him obsessed with clearing the wrongfully convicted. Other subplots deals with Swain's uneasy relationship with judicial colleagues and the district attorney's attempts to discredit him, Sonya's personal motivations for clearing the wrongfully convicted - her brother being one of them, and Brianna's reservations and doubts about some of the cases.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Jason O'Mara Charles Conti
Kyle MacLachlan David Swain
Constance Zimmer Brianna
Marisol Nichols Sonya Quintano
Daniel Cosgrove Jon Lemonick
Tim Guinee Richard Rocca

Episodes[edit]

The show's "sneak-peek" episode aired on January 1, 2006, while the original series pilot was aired on January 6, 2006. According to Variety, the program won its timeslot in the January 1 sneak airing and finished second in its January 6 timeslot, the latter just slightly behind CBS's Close to Home.[1] The eighth episode, "The Public Burning", came in second to NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics.[2]

# Title Directed by Written by Viewers
(millions)
Original
air date
Production
code
1 "Brothers and Sisters" James Frawley Tom Szentgyorgyi 10.50[3] January 1, 2006 (2006-01-01) 103
2 "Pilot" Mick Jackson Jeff Melvoin, Robert King & Michelle King 9.20[4] January 6, 2006 (2006-01-06) 101
3 "Golden Boy" Paul Holahan Robert King & Michelle King 8.70[5] January 13, 2006 (2006-01-13) 102
4 "Confessions" Stephen DePaul Terri Kopp 8.90[6] January 20, 2006 (2006-01-20) 105
5 "Another Country" John Contner Jeff Melvoin 7.60[7] January 27, 2006 (2006-01-27) 104
6 "The Ten Percenter" David Straiton Henry Robles 8.80[8] February 3, 2006 (2006-02-03) 107
7 "Cost of Freedom" Paul Holahan Barry M. Schkolnick 8.41[9] February 10, 2006 (2006-02-10) 106
8 "The Public Burning" Marita Grabiak Michael Oates Palmer 8.33[10] February 17, 2006 (2006-02-17) 108
9 "Victims" Kevin Bray Courtney Kemp 6.60[11] March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03) 109
10 "Badge of Honor" Peter Medak Marc Guggenheim 5.09[12] March 10, 2006 (2006-03-10) 110
11 "Lovers" J. Miller Tobin Terri Kopp & Karen Campbell 6.51[13] March 17, 2006 (2006-03-17) 111
12 "Side Man" Paul Holahan Michael Oates Palmer & Barry M. Schkolnick 6.72[14] March 24, 2006 (2006-03-24) 112
13 "Crossing the Line" Paul Holahan Henry Robles 5.52[15] March 31, 2006 (2006-03-31) 113

The team succeeds in clearing a convicted person in each episode, except in "The public burning", where justice fails and a mild mentally challenged man is executed just minutes before truth is revealed (though it is unclear if the team were able to expose the killer, since Conti confronts the murderer in his house)

International airdates[edit]

Country TV network(s) Series premiere Weekly schedule Alternate title
United States United States ABC January 1, 2006 Friday 9:00 PM
Australia Australia Seven Network
7Two
December 5, 2006
November 4, 2009
  • Tuesday 9:30 PM (Dec-Jan 2007)
  • Tuesday 11:00 PM (Apr 2007)
  • Mon-Fri 1:00 PM
Canada Canada CTV January 1, 2006 Friday 9:00 PM
Croatia Croatia HRT January 11, 2007 Thursday 10:35 PM CET
Czech Republic Czech Republic TV NOVA July 11, 2007 Wednesday at 11:00 PM Po právu
France France TF1 June 25, 2006[16] Dernier recours
Hungary Hungary Viasat 3 April 6, 2006 Thursday 9:00 PM A törvény jogán
Az igazság harcosai
Italy Italy Rai Tre December 6, 2007 Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 PM
Norway Norway TV 2 and TV 2 Zebra
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
and Arab World
Showtime Arabia, TV Land (Subtitled) January 18, 2007 Thursday at 8:00 PM
United Kingdom United Kingdom UKTV Gold
ABC1
September 17, 2006
2007

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "PRIMETIME RATINGS REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 5, 2006". thefutoncritic.com. February 7, 2006. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
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  10. ^ "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 02/13/06 THROUGH 02/19/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. February 22, 2006. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
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  14. ^ "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 03/20/06 THROUGH 03/26/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. March 28, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 03/27/06 THROUGH 04/02/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. April 4, 2006. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Dernier recours GUIDE DES SAISONS" (in French). Retrieved 30 March 2010. 

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