Trial 4 episode 7 recap – “Black Irish” The DA election.

November 11, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
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Summary

“Black Irish” is drawing the series nearer to the end; it shows Sean and his lawyer preparing for the fourth trial and the challenges of retrieving new evidence while Boston is choosing a new DA.

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Summary

“Black Irish” is drawing the series nearer to the end; it shows Sean and his lawyer preparing for the fourth trial and the challenges of retrieving new evidence while Boston is choosing a new DA.

This recap of Netflix limited series Trial 4 episode 7, “Black Irish” contains information on the chapter.

We recapped every episode — check out the archive.


The opening

“Black Irish” opens up with a former employee of Walgreens who found John Mulligan in his car murdered. Lawyer Rosemary Scapicchio questions whether the shooter killed the cop outside the car based on the angle from the partially opened window. The chapter gets juicy with Rosemary bringing in a reenactment team with the same car. The evidence is not consistent with the prosecution.

A political change

The Suffolk County DA Dan Conley decided not to go for re-election so there will be a new DA. This changes everything for the case as Dan always dug his heels in when it came to Sean Ellis. Lawyer Rosemary Scapicchio was hopeful of having a conversation with the new DA; she believes things haven’t changed politically with it still being the “Old Boys Network”.

It doesn’t sit easily that politics determines the outcome of how the judicial system behaves.

The timeline of events

Lawyer Rosemary Scapicchio goes through the timeline of events with Sean Ellis regarding that fateful night with John Mulligan. She’s looking for inconsistencies in the timeline — she believes it was all formed around Rosa Sanchez’s witness statement. She wants the jury to see that the detectives were just trying to close this case.

Campaigns

“Black Irish” shows the campaigns ran by DA candidates. It’s an important vote for the county. It shows footage of the candidates taking part in debates and trying to win votes. It’s insightful how elected officials can change the course of how judicial systems work in favor of the citizens or not. It begs the question — shouldn’t it always be to work for the citizens of the county?

There are many questions facing the potential DAs; will they make police officers accountable? Will they take into consideration minority communities? These are pressing issues that are still relevant in 2020 today.

Who paid the witnesses with reward money?

Lawyer Rosemary Scapicchio is still waiting on information on the reward money — for example, who paid for the witness i.e. Rosa Sanchez? They need to figure out who paid them as no-one is holding that responsibility. It’s evident that this case has a lack of accountability and Rosemary is ripping it apart with ease.

The offer of a plea

There was an offer for Sean for a deal before the fourth trial as long as he says he is guilty — Sean said no immediately as he isn’t pleading guilty to something that he didn’t do — he tells the viewers that he isn’t a nineteen-year-old boy anymore and he knows how the system works. It’s also revealed that Patterson’s conviction had been overturned after the fingerprint evidence was not “conclusive at all” in the scientific community. As part of Patterson’s plea deal, he had to say Sean Ellis was the shooter in a statement. This is an incredible case that has so many twists and turns.

Even at the fourth trial, Sean and his defense team are still battling for items from discovery that they should have had years ago.

The ending

The current DA Dan Conley endorses Greg Henning, but the other campaigns still gained momentum. A lot of the debates discussed racial lines and how the DA will make cops accountable while looking after the black communities. Rachael Rollins, a DA candidate that was an underdog and based her campaign on supporting minority communities and reforming the criminal justice system, wins the position of DA — the current system didn’t endorse her. This is a big moment, a historic moment.

One of the first questions aimed at Rachael is the case of Sean Ellis — she explains how she will look at it once her authority is official. She had the power to dismiss the case.

Trial 4 Episode 7 is drawing the series nearer to the end; it shows Sean and his lawyer preparing for the fourth trial and the challenges of retrieving new evidence while Boston is choosing a new DA. There’s a lot of political weight added to this chapter and it shows how it can change the course of the judicial system and also Sean’s fortunes.


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