The Trials of Cate McCall

Synopsis: In California, Cate McCall is an alcoholic lawyer who was on probation and rehab. She had an argument with a judge who made her take a breathalyzer test and put her on probation in a small office. Cate is also fighting to recover custody of her daughter who lives with her father, who is moving to Seattle. Cate is assigned to defend Lacey Stubbs, who has appealing against her wrongful conviction of murdering another woman on the basis of a since there was a trial error. Further, Lacey also tells that she was raped by a guard in the prison. Cate, who has never lost a case, investigates the case with her friend Bridges and they find evidence that might prove that Lacey is innocent and that her case had been fabricated. But is she really innocent?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Karen Moncrieff
Production: Vertical Entertainment
89 min


And the drinking?

I've been having a

hard time sleeping.

And my husband and I,

weren't doing well.

It was a really bad time.


I started having a few drinks to...

Knock myself out.

And when that didn't kill

it, I had pain meds.

Your husband said that you

were suspended from the bar.

- No, I wasn't suspended.

- Oh.

Okay, he mentioned...

I was put on probation.

One morning, I was late to court.

And the judge chastised me...

I just lost it.

I don't know what I said, but...

He ordered a

breathalyzer test and...

I was put on probation.

I wasn't suspended.

Must've been difficult for

you to tell me all that.

Will it get me my daughter back?

I need another case.

Preferably, one I can win.

Miss McCall, your work here

is considered restitution.

You don't get to pick and choose.

One part of my life I haven't completely

f***ed up is my record in court.

I'd like to keep it that way.

This is a goddamn Habeas case,

I'm a civil defense attorney.

It's essentially a civil action,

I'm sure you'll find the rules our

victim plead is discoverably familiar.

Come on, you must have people

who are better qualified.

We try to provide destitute women access

to the very best legal counsel available.

At the moment, the best counsel we

have to offer Lacey Stubbs is you.

She was just moved from

Valley State to CWCF.


She was moved after

being raped repeatedly.

By her guard.

So you're saying, I can't refuse?

Of course you can.

And I can refuse to recommend

you be taken off probation.

You're all set, have

a great flight.

When the cops first arrested

her, she said yeah...

She and her friend went over to the victim's

house with a rope and a butcher knife...

But only to frighten

her, and then...

Later, things got out of hands and whoops

she accidentally slit the girl's throat.

Hate when that happens.

Later, she changed the story

and says the boyfriend did it.

Look at her.

Does she like to play dress up?

It's a f***ing freak show.

The DA's got the best

friend saying Lacey did it.

The boyfriend saying Lacey did it, even the

victim said Lacey did it, right before she died.

- The mind is like...

- It's a loser.

Come on, Cate. You're doing

great, you really are.

I feel like sh*t.

You're all set.

- Thank you.

- You're welcome.

Feelings aren't facts.

Give me a hug.

Just call me, everyday. Okay?


Hold the other gate.

Hey Snow White.

Shut up.

Stubbs, you got a visitor.

You understand what a

Habeas Petition is?

I think so, after you lose all

your appeals, you go to the...

Essentially you're telling

a federal judge...

That you believe your imprisonment

was unconstitutional.

Because the state court that convicted

You made a legal or factual error.

I've been keeping list

of all the mistakes.

You have to persuade the judge that

there was significant trial error.

I didn't kill Jen.

Honestly, whether you're guilty

or innocent is beside the point.

She went out with my boyfriend

when I was pregnant.

I screamed at her, I said terrible

things to her, but I didn't kill her.

So, why did you tell

the cops that you did?

Because I didn't want to send my

baby's dad to the gas chamber.

And then when I found out he

lied to me about everything...

Including never loving me or the baby,

I had to tell the cops the truth.

Which is what?

Me and Dorrie just went

over there to scare her.

But Dorrie just lost it.

She was screaming in Jen's face

and pushed her really hard.

Jen hit her head.

And I tried to pull her off, but...

She was just gone.

She was straddling her and hacking

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Karen Moncrieff

Karen Moncrieff (born December 20, 1963 in Sacramento, California), is an American actress, director and screenwriter. Her directorial debut was Blue Car.Her directing credits are in both television and features and she acted in the soap operas Passions, Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara. In 1985, she was crowned Miss Illinois and competed in the Miss America 1986 pageant. Karen graduated from Rochester Adams High School in 1982, the same high school Madonna attended. more…

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