Tommy Cafferty is a newly minted doctor, working the graveyard shift at an L.A. Hospital, when a young patient, Katherine Allen, is drugged and raped in her hospital bed.
All the evidence is pointing to Cafferty. He is arrested, tried, convicted and sent to prison. Years later, the former janitor at the hospital dies and when police go through his apartment, they uncover evidence pointing to the janitor as the rapist.
Cafferty asks for a new trial and is represented by twin brothers, former hippies, who by their dress and manor, think the 60s are still alive. They operate a legal clinic called "The Open Cell Project", which specializes in freeing individuals who have been wrongfully convicted.
However, Katherine Allen, the girl who was raped years earlier in the hospital, is now an L.A. Assistant District Attorney, and thus there is much push back from her office.
Despite that, Cafferty is freed when the twins uncover withheld evidence that had been preserved by a now-retired police detective. The former doctor is now a free man but has few prospects. He doesn't want to go back to medicine because he had been a doctor for only a few months and that didn't work out so well.
The twins ask Cafferty to come work for them as an investigator. His medical training could come in handy, but his time behind bars will be invaluable in helping him determine the guilt or innocence of those asking for the law clinic's help.
He reluctantly agrees to try it for a time and the first case he is given is a request for a new trial by his former prison cellmate with whom he had become friends. Not a trained investigator, he seeks help wherever he can find it, including asking for some inside help from D.A. Katherine Allen, the woman he was once accused of raping.
This will be a most uneasy start to a personal and professional relationship that will build throughout the series.
Pilot script available.