With a strong cast charged with bringing a Scott Turow legal thriller to life, this miniseries should be a winner. But it left me wishing for a retrial.
Part 1 establishes a film noirish atmosphere and launches the complex plot, as a lonely corporate lawyer (William H. Macy) reluctantly handles the pro bono appeal of a death-row prisoner (Glenn Plummer) who was convicted of a triple slaying in 1996 through the efforts of a police detective (Tom Selleck) and the cop's former flame, an ambitious prosecutor (Monica Potter). When the case comes back to court, James Rebhorn gives an Emmy-caliber performance as a dying inmate whose testimony puts the murders in a dramatically different light.
Unfortunately, much of Part 2 is devoted to Selleck's unquenched desire for Potter and Macy's growing love for a disgraced ex-judge (Felicity Huffman, Macy's real-life wife). Selleck and Potter don't generate enough heat, and Huffman's character—key to the plot—isn't developed convincingly. I admire Reversible Errors for eschewing a conventionally neat wrap-up, but I'd be perjuring myself if I said the ending wasn't a little frustrating.