Trial 4 episode 4 recap – “Badge Of Shame”

November 11, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
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Summary

“Badge Of Shame” tells a story of corrupt police officers; it runs deep into the conspiracy by a few detectives and intrinsically links it to Sean’s trial.

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Summary

“Badge Of Shame” tells a story of corrupt police officers; it runs deep into the conspiracy by a few detectives and intrinsically links it to Sean’s trial.

This recap of Netflix limited series Trial 4 episode 4, “Badge Of Shame” contains information on the chapter.

We recapped every episode — check out the archive.


The opening

“Badge Of Shame” opens up with Sean Ellis reliving his arrest with Detective Robinson and Acerra dragging him out of the van. Jose Del La Rosa, co-founder & CEO of Guardian Healthcare, is discussing this with Sean in the present day; it’s an incredible conversation about how the police force was so obviously corrupt, and the city turned a blind eye.

The detectives

Jose Del La Rosa relives a time when Detective Robinson pointed a gun at him and asked him questions when he was younger. They tied him up and checked out his apartment. Jose had no idea what Robinson was looking for.

The Boston Globe looked into Detectives Acerra, Brazil, and Robinson, who had a high volume of drug busts with search warrants — they relied on a single informant for all of their search warrants. Only 21% of the time was money found with the drug busts — this was highly suspicious.

Stolen money from Jose

Jose continues with his story; he was put in a jail cell and threatened with 15 years for cocaine trafficking. He was appointed a lawyer, and his girlfriend bailed him out. When Jose returned home, he realized his house was missing $2,300 — the detectives took it. There’s a claim in this documentary series that detectives were targeting people who had no link to criminal activity — it was a “keep the cash, your case is dismissed” type of scenario. The detectives were charged with conspiracy, theft, intimidation of witnesses, and falsifying informants.

“Badge Of Shame” shows how relieved Jose was after the detectives were arrested — it’s difficult to watch his emotions; he could have been arrested for no reason.

Request for a new trial

“Badge Of Shame” shows how police indictments placed doubt on Sean Ellis’s case. This helped Sean’s lawyer request for a new trial. The Netflix series is highlighting a symptom of problems, and Sean was in the center of this conspiracy. The judge denied the evidentiary hearing.

The ending

In 2003, Sean realized he was capable of doing post-conviction relief, but he would have to say that his current attorneys were not competent in his case, which was difficult as he had a good relationship with them. Sean saw his new lawyer Rosemary Scapicchio, who had helped out on another post-conviction case, on television. Sean had to wait for Rosemary for 18 months as she finished her cases — Episode 4 shows incredible resilience and patience from Sean. In October 2004, Sean’s patience paid off — Rosemary takes on his case.

Rosemary believed the detectives wanted this case to be over quickly and efficiently so that they weren’t exposed to indictments.

Trial 4 Episode 4 tells a story of corrupt police officers; it runs deep into the conspiracy by a few detectives and intrinsically links it to Sean’s trial. The Netflix series is a damning statement to the justice system and how it can easily be manipulated.


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