“Worst Case Scenario” is a bittersweet ending; we witness the big day in Sean Ellis’s life, but the politics surrounding his freedom and the fight for justice reform continues.
This recap of Netflix limited series Trial 4 episode 8, “Worst Case Scenario” — the ending explained — contains information on the chapter.
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With Rachael Rollins incoming as the new DA, lawyer Rosemary Scapicchio is feeling more confident about Sean Ellis’s case, but obviously, nothing is guaranteed when it comes to political decisions. Rachael still needs to adjust, and she has a few months before she officially takes the role. Rosemary is trying to find witnesses and to see who got paid — she’s confident for the trial and briefs Sean and his family.
The hush-hush press conference
The interim DA is prepping for a conference on big cases before Rachael Rollins is official. It’s a strange situation that the interim DA is keeping hush about. Rosemary Scapicchio is fuming regarding the secrecy and the lack of professionalism from the DA’s office. There’s a lot of stress, and the embargoes are not helping. Episode 8 shows the anxiety rising.
Finally, there’s freedom
But it’s good news…
Five minutes before the press conference, Rosemary Scapicchio tells Sean that the DA’s office is dismissing the case — he’s a free man. The emotions are exhilarating. It’s a goosebump moment — a tearjerker. Rosemary rings each member of the family at once.
The press conference reveals that they are dismissing the case, but they don’t put Sean Ellis in a good light — they do reference the corrupt officers; however, the interim DA does not believe there was corruption specifically on Sean’s case — the interim DA states they are dropping the case because the defense will be using the corrupt officers as a motive. The DA’s office did not want to pass this on to DA elect Rachael Rollins. They end the conference saying Sean was culpable and guilty.
It’s a bit of a kick in the teeth that the authorities did that, despite the fact the case is dismissed. Rosemary Scapicchio and Sean Ellis carry out their own press conference afterward.
The removal of the GPS
“Worst Case Scenario” shows the process where they remove the GPS from Sean Ellis’s ankle. There are celebrations as it happens — the last process of his new freedom. As the celebrations continue, Rosemary Scapicchio tells the press that Rachael Rollins would not have agreed with the DA’s case against Sean.
What’s a huge shame is that the question still lingers on who killed John Mulligan. A former detective who supervised the case is confident that Sean did it.
Rachael Rollins is now in
In January 2019, Rachael Rollins was sworn into office. She takes questions about Sean Ellis in an interview on TV. She’s asked if she agrees with Rosemary Scapicchio and she gives a diplomatic answer — she’s trying to shy away from the former DA’s decision.
Sean Ellis now strives to help with social justice reform. That’s what he focuses his anger on. Rosemary tells the audience that there are many Sean Ellis’s in prison right now.
Sean Ellis attends a charity dinner and gives a speech; he talks about the power of women as they were a huge factor in helping him gain freedom.
Sean talked about how when the DA dismissed his case; it was bittersweet because of how they criminalized him in the press conference. To date, there are no new suspects in the John Mulligan case.
Trial 4 Episode 8 is a bittersweet ending; we witness the big day in Sean Ellis’s life, but the politics surrounding his freedom and the fight for justice reform continues. The Netflix series is a strong case study into the epidemic of wrongful convictions in the USA today.