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Burden of Proof Review

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Successful lawyer Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, comes home from a business trip to find that Clara, his wife of 30 years, has committed suicide.

★★★★★

A mini-series adapted from Scott Turow's best-selling sequel to Presumed Innocent, this is a three hour haul — suffering from seeming to be a mystery at the outset as hispanic superlawyer Hector Elizondo (picking up the Raul Julia role) discovers that his wife has committed suicide in mysterious circumstances just as the government is about to drag his jovially crooked brother-in-law (Brian Dennehy) into court — but in fact turning out to be a legal soap opera-cum-character study as Elizondo is bounced around the female supporting cast (Stefanie Powers, Victoria Principal and thirtysomething's Mel Harris} and comes to terms with his failings as a husband.

Enjoyably complicated in its unearthing of seedy doings — insider dealing, a herpes epidemic, mucho adultery, legal shenanigans — in the upper-crust, this is still filmed with that plodding US "TV look.