Film: Just Cause

A Harvard professor is lured back into the courtroom after 25 years to take the case of a young black man condemned to death for the horrific murder of a child.

Tropes:

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Bobby Ferguson was was castrated in jail by the other inmates for the rape and brutal murder of a young girl.
  • False Confession: Blair Sullivan claims credits for Bobby Ferguson's crime.
  • Groin Attack: Bobby Fergson was castrated in jail.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Bobby Earl is convicted on false evidence, a confession extracted through torture and prejudice. He's still guilty.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Blair Sullivan has Bobby Ferguson kill his parents, in return for taking credit for the crime Bobby Ferguson commited.
  • Tragic Villain: It's implied that Bobby Earl wasn't actually responsible for the crime that got him castrated in prison; it's also implied that it was a combination of being castrated and denied any future after being kicked out of university is what made him snap.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Bobby Fergson commited the rape and brutal murder of a young girl, and when let out tries to young daughter of the law professor who helped him out of jail and his wife who prosecuted him.