Canterbury's Law


A criminal defense attorney risks career and reputation in her quest to provide clients with the representation they deserve, despite popular prejudices against the unsavory characters she frequently defends.
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Apr 18, 2008

Season 1
Episode 6

Elizabeth's pledge to defend a former client who has confessed to raping Jennifer Wallace fifteen years ago is coming under fire from law professor and talk show host Gabriel Waggett. Though Molly is uncomfortable with defending an admitted rapist, Gil Newhall's willingness to accept the consequences has Elizabeth feeling confident that AAG Peter Upton and Judge Sydney Hanlon will agree to probation and a short prison term. However, with Waggett inflaming public opinion and Jennifer demanding justice, Hanlon insists on a trial. Meanwhile, his own father's past prompts Chester to represent Nora Monteiros, a six-year-old girl who was disfigured by a rat bite in a building owned by slumlord Victor Robb. But when Robb's lawyer reveals that Nora's parents have a history of filing bogus lawsuits, Chester regrets turning down a $50,000 settlement offer. While Louisa Newhall wants her to do whatever it takes to keep Gil from going to jail for the rest of his life, Elizabeth's refusal to attack Jennifer on the stand leaves her legal team struggling to make a case. While dividing up their possessions, Elizabeth gets Matt to help devise a legal strategy that sets Molly and Russell to investigate Waggett's part in Jennifer's decision to testify, as well as the suspended sentence given Kevin Spencer, a fraternity brother who originally confessed to the rape. However, as he conceals how his family connections kept him out of jail, Spencer harshly criticizes Gil for dredging up the matter again. Though Waggett claims that he only helped her to stand up for what's right, his testimony exposes his role in Jennifer's demand for harsh sentence. Once the final arguments have been made and the jury is out, the promise of prison time leads to an agreement that could spare Gil decades behind bars. Yet, despite having Upton and Jennifer on board, Elizabeth cannot keep Judge Hanlon from imposing anything less than a five year sentence. Finally, as Molly learns the results of her bar exam, bringing a live rat into the courtroom and then taking the jury to see Robb's rundown tenement helps Chester win more than $600,000 for the Monteiros. © 2008 Sony Pictures Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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