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''Conviction'' is a legal drama on Creator/{{ABC}}, starring Creator/HayleyAtwell.

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''Conviction'' is was a legal drama on Creator/{{ABC}}, starring Creator/HayleyAtwell.


* AcquittedTooLate: In "A Different Kind of Death", [[spoiler: Earl Slavitt]] is proven innocent only after he's been put to death. This was mostly due to the real killer's interference.

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* AcquittedTooLate: In "A Different Kind of Death", [[spoiler: Earl [[spoiler:Earl Slavitt]] is proven innocent only after he's been put to death. This was mostly due to the real killer's interference.



* TheAtoner: Tess, who is adamant over the unreliability of eyewitness testimony... because her own eyewitness testimony sent an innocent man to prison. She's also quietly slipped extra money to the guy without his knowledge for several years to help him maintain his food truck.

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* TheAtoner: Tess, who Tess is adamant over the unreliability of eyewitness testimony... because her own eyewitness testimony sent an innocent man to prison. She's also quietly slipped extra money to the guy without his knowledge for several years to help him maintain his food truck.



* CessationOfExistence: Hayes says this happens when you die, telling one death row prisoner he will be "worm food". [[spoiler: She regrets this after he's executed, although she had wished he would go to {{Heaven}} like he wanted beforehand.]]

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* CessationOfExistence: Hayes says this happens when you die, telling one death row prisoner he will be "worm food". [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She regrets this after he's executed, although she had wished he would go to {{Heaven}} like he wanted beforehand.]]



** [[spoiler: "A Different Kind of Death". Earl Slavitt isn't only innocent of ordering a hit on Tom Simon, he's innocent of the crime he was initially convicted of that supposedly caused him to order the hit in revenge. They find proof too late to stop Slavitt's execution.]]

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** [[spoiler: In "A Different Kind of Death". Earl Death", [[spoiler:Earl Slavitt isn't only innocent of ordering a hit on Tom Simon, he's innocent of the crime he was initially convicted of that supposedly caused him to order the hit in revenge. They find proof too late to stop Slavitt's execution.]]



** [[spoiler: Earl Slavitt in "A Different Kind of Death" was framed not only for murder, but the original crime he supposedly committed it in revenge for.]]

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** [[spoiler: Earl [[spoiler:Earl Slavitt in "A Different Kind of Death" was framed not only for murder, but the original crime he supposedly committed it in revenge for.]]



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In-universe, Tess went to work for the Innocence Project and later for the [=CIU=] out of guilt because when she'd been a child her identification of a suspect had sent him to prison, while later DNA evidence had exonerated him.



* OldShame: In-universe, Tess went to work for the Innocence Project and later for the [=CIU=] out of guilt because when she'd been a child her identification of a suspect had sent him to prison, while later DNA evidence had exonerated him.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: You can hear a little [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Peggy Carter]] in Morrison's voice every so often.

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* OldShame: In-universe, Tess went to work for the Innocence Project and later for the [=CIU=] out of guilt because when she'd been a child her identification of a suspect had sent him to prison, while later DNA evidence had exonerated him.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: You can hear a little [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse [[Series/AgentCarter Peggy Carter]] in Morrison's voice every so often.



* TwoferTokenMinority: Frankie Cruz is Latino and [[spoiler:gay]].

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* TwoferTokenMinority: Frankie Cruz is Latino and [[spoiler:gay]].gay.

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* RunningGag: Hayes repeatedly offers to let people see or touch her breasts in exchange for their cooperation. She claims it's [[NoodleIncident worked before]], but nobody takes her up on it in the show.


* RightBehindYou: Hayes rather nonchalantly proclaims that the team can get "another good-looking black prison boy" to exonerate if they can't do a quick one with the convict's case before CIU. Unfortunately, his mother walked in and overheard everything. She's revealed to have been standing behind Hayes.

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* RightBehindYou: Hayes rather nonchalantly proclaims that the team can get "another good-looking black prison poster boy" to exonerate if they can't do a quick one with the convict's case before CIU. Unfortunately, his mother walked in and overheard everything. She's revealed to have been standing behind Hayes.

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It premiered on October 3, 2016. On November 8, 2016, ABC announced there would be no back-order for more than the thirteen contracted episodes, and the remaining episodes of the season aired until its conclusion on January 29, 2017. ABC canceled the series on May 11, 2017.

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* NotStayingForBreakfast: In the last episode, Hayes is shown taking off after having had sex with a man the night before. He tries to arrange a future meeting, but she brushes it off and drives away in a cab.


* HollywoodLaw: Part of Tess's backstory (mistakenly saying that an innocent man murdered her aunt) makes no legal sense. She had identified him in a line up and testified against him, yet somehow he doesn't know her name or face, so she's able to come up and buy food from him each day for months before finally revealing it? Defendants have the right to confront (i.e. face) witnesses against them, so he would have been sitting in court when she testified. Only in a few cases can a witness be allowed to not face the defendant-mostly sex offenses, which doesn't apply here, and he would still know her name.
** Tess implies she may have been a minor at the time of the crime and subsequent trial, which may affect whether her identity was protected.

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* HollywoodLaw: Part of Tess's backstory (mistakenly saying that an innocent man murdered her aunt) makes no legal sense. She had identified him in a line up and testified against him, yet somehow he doesn't know her name or face, so she's able to come up and buy food from him each day for months before finally revealing it? Defendants have the right to confront (i.e. face) witnesses against them, so he would have been sitting in court when she testified. Only in a few cases can a witness be allowed to not face the defendant-mostly sex offenses, which doesn't apply here, and he would still know her name. \n** Tess implies she may have been a minor at the time of the crime and subsequent trial, which may affect whether her identity was protected.

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** Tess implies she may have been a minor at the time of the crime and subsequent trial, which may affect whether her identity was protected.


* AcquittedTooLate: In "A Different Kind of Death", [[spoiler: Earl Slavitt]] is exonerated only after he's been put to death. This was mostly due to the real killer's interference.

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* AcquittedTooLate: In "A Different Kind of Death", [[spoiler: Earl Slavitt]] is exonerated proven innocent only after he's been put to death. This was mostly due to the real killer's interference.


* AcquittedTooLate: In "A Different Kind of Death", [[spoiler: Earl Slavitt]] is exonerated only after he's been put to death. This was mostly due to the real killer's interference.



* FrameUp: [[spoiler:The wife of a victim in "Dropping Bombs" murdered him for having an affair by using a bomb a militant Islamophobe designed, implicating him in the process.]]

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* FrameUp: FrameUp:
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[[spoiler:The wife of a victim in "Dropping Bombs" murdered him for having an affair by using a bomb a militant Islamophobe designed, implicating him in the process.]]
** [[spoiler: Earl Slavitt in "A Different Kind of Death" was framed not only for murder, but the original crime he supposedly committed it in revenge for.
]]



* {{Jerkass}}: Hayes introduces herself to her new staff by openly admitting that she expects them to do all the hard work for her, and repeatedly debates whether or not Sam Spencer is a moron ''while he's standing right there.''

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* {{Jerkass}}: Hayes introduces herself to her new staff by openly admitting that she expects them to do all the hard work for her, and repeatedly debates whether or not Sam Spencer is a moron ''while he's standing right there.'''' [[CharacterDevelopment Over time]] she gets more involved and nicer to people.


** Her mother is a former First Lady running for Senator of New York. She's a well-connected blonde with a legal background. Prior to the re-naming of Hayley Atwell's character (from Carter to Morrisson, to avoid confusion with Atwell's most famous role) she would have been "Harper Carter", or "HC".

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** Her mother is a former First Lady running for Senator of New York. She's a well-connected blonde with a legal background. Prior to the re-naming of Hayley Atwell's character (from Carter to Morrisson, Morrison, to avoid confusion with Atwell's most famous role) she would have been "Harper Carter", or "HC".


* HollywoodLaw: Part of Tess's backstory, mistakenly saying that an innocent man murdered her aunt, makes no legal sense. She had identified him in a line up and testified against him, yet somehow he doesn't know her name or face, so she's able to come up and buy food from him each day for months before finally revealing it? Defendants have the right to confront (i.e. face) witnesses against them, so he would have been sitting in court when she testified. Only in a few cases can a witness be allowed to not face the defendant-mostly sex offenses, which doesn't apply here, and he would still know her name.

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* HollywoodLaw: Part of Tess's backstory, mistakenly backstory (mistakenly saying that an innocent man murdered her aunt, aunt) makes no legal sense. She had identified him in a line up and testified against him, yet somehow he doesn't know her name or face, so she's able to come up and buy food from him each day for months before finally revealing it? Defendants have the right to confront (i.e. face) witnesses against them, so he would have been sitting in court when she testified. Only in a few cases can a witness be allowed to not face the defendant-mostly sex offenses, which doesn't apply here, and he would still know her name.

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* HollywoodLaw: Part of Tess's backstory, mistakenly saying that an innocent man murdered her aunt, makes no legal sense. She had identified him in a line up and testified against him, yet somehow he doesn't know her name or face, so she's able to come up and buy food from him each day for months before finally revealing it? Defendants have the right to confront (i.e. face) witnesses against them, so he would have been sitting in court when she testified. Only in a few cases can a witness be allowed to not face the defendant-mostly sex offenses, which doesn't apply here, and he would still know her name.


* DrowningMySorrows: Sam gets hammered when he realizes he realizes he prosecuted an innocent man.

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* DrowningMySorrows: Sam gets hammered when he realizes he realizes he prosecuted an innocent man.


* FamedInStory: Assorted people immediately recognize Hayes as the tabloid-fodder former First Daughter.

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* FamedInStory: Assorted people immediately recognize Hayes as the tabloid-fodder former First Daughter. As the series progresses, she starts becoming recognized for the CIU's work.



* RefugeInAudacity: After struggling to pretend to be sorry about getting caught with coke in her purse, Hayes finally throws out all pretense and point-blank admits that in a more sane world, she'd be in jail, and the fact that she isn't is proof of how screwed up the criminal justice system really is.

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* RefugeInAudacity: After struggling to pretend to be sorry about getting caught with coke in her purse, Hayes finally throws out all pretense and point-blank admits that in a more sane world, world she'd be in jail, and the fact that she isn't is proof of how screwed up the criminal justice system really is.is. It works. Her public approval goes through the roof as a result of her honesty and she comes out being more highly regarded than she would have with the insincere apology.

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