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Rowdy Smith, an irreverent second-rate lawyer, and Samantha Blizzard, a classy go-getter Assistant D.A., are forced to work together when a case they're supposed to be on opposite sides, turns out to be rife with corrupt public officials and mobsters. The danger in the case creates an unforeseen intimacy between them.
1999- Rowdy Smith, 8 and an orphan, is fighting and scaring off
potential parents. Twenty years later, Rowdy’s a lawyer in a cheap suit
provoking a mistrial in a packed courtroom. Samantha “Sam” Blizzard, a
no nonsense ADA, is incensed by his tactics and asks Judge Adams to hold
Rowdy in contempt.
Rowdy didn’t go to law school, rather he apprenticed under Marmaduke
Snowden, a less than reputable attorney. Adams sides with Rowdy and
declares a mistrial.
Entering his office, with cash payment in hand, Rowdy hears an
argument between his mentor and Sam's boyfriend, Jason. Jason leaves.
Rowdy gives Snowden, the cash. Snowden stows the money in the safe and
shows Rowdy a small thumb drive, calling it “honesty insurance” and
hides it in his desk.
Later, Rowdy is pushing for a mistrial for Ray Fractus, a hairball
trying to pass for human. Furious, Sam promises to have Rowdy arrested.
At lunch, Rowdy asks Snowden if there isn’t a better way to get their
client’s off. But, Snowden, dismisses the question as irrelevant.
In court, Sam and Rowdy go head to head. Rowdy returns to his office to
find Snowden dead, safe open and money gone. He checks for the thumb
drive. It’s gone.
The murder garners a mistrial. Rowdy’s jailed on suspicion of murder. In
jail, Rowdy meets an old black inmate who’s been lost in the system
for thirty years. Sam, meets with Rowdy and they strike a deal. She'll
look into Ollie’s situation and Rowdy will give her inside information
on Merrimack. She requests change of venue. The DA, Mark McNeal,
berates Sam over her request because a change in venue would reflect
poorly on Adams. Sam continues the investigation in secret and gets
Ollie released. "Iron Pipe" Wells, an inmate approaches Rowdy and wants
him to help other inmates. Rowdy agrees and turns to Sam for help. She
reveals that the DA is going to prosecute him for Snowden’s murder.
Rowdy tells her about the argument between Jason and Snowden.
Sam, having second thoughts about her boss, her boyfriend and the
justice system arranges for Rowdy’s release and gets him assigned to the
public defenders office.
Sam plants a hidden camera in her apartment to test Jason. The hidden
camera catches Jason photographing her Merrimack documents. Sam realizes
that McNeal, Adams and Jason are involved in something nefarious.
At trial, Rowdy uses information provided by Sam, to free a client.
McNeal berates Sam for “screwing the team out of a conviction” she hints
that she has evidence linking Jason, Adams and Merrimack Industries to
Snowden's murder and offers to resign. Instead, McNeal fires her. Adams
orders McNeal “to get rid of” Rowdy and Sam.
But, Rowdy and Sam, growing closer in mind and spirit, agree that Rowdy
should take the case McNeal has filed against Sam. Rowdy calls a hacker
in order to find out who stole the files but they have to enter the
building where Sam worked. They recover the thumb drive but are
interrupted by Adams, McNeal, Jason and a couple of Mafiosi. Sam passes
the drive to Danny who secrets it under his collar. Rowdy and Sam
escape into the hands of the police and the story breaks.