Burden of Truth (2018) s02e07 Episode Script

Never Face the Hangman

1 We're going to meet with a potential investor tonight to discuss taking the firm international.
I want you there.
Not that one.
Shane, the statement that you gave the police, it doesn't line up with Taylor's.
You saw the girl who was staying at the motel? Yeah, but not Taylor.
It was another girl that was staying there.
- Meet your new cellmate.
- You got the top bunk.
I know, it's a lot to process.
Tim wants to get Shane's testimony as soon as possible.
Shane's not well.
- Nice out here, huh? - Sorry? Don't you think it's beautiful? I suppose if you can get over the creepy.
I guess I don't see it as creepy.
Remember when we came here for Halloween? That was creepy though.
We're here.
I, uh I found this while I was walking the dog.
I thought you might want to see it.
- You just happened to pass by? - Yeah, after a quick database search.
Looks like the Hanleys have been here a while.
My grandparents.
I was working with my dad on the Oswalt Power and Coal Harbour Energy merger in Toronto.
He didn't even come to the funeral.
He just bought this.
"Survived by their loving son David Richard Hanley.
" Of course he'd put his name on their grave.
- In a really big font.
- Yeah.
- Uh, it's nice here.
- [GENTLE MUSIC] Not a bad place to be buried.
Yeah, it is.
It's far too nice for him.
Let me get to the point.
Is a settlement out of the question? We had offered the defense a more than generous settlement, which, I'm sure you can remember, they decided to turn into a public stunt, consequently - wasting the court's time.
- I'm sure Mr.
Bennett would agree that forcing an innocent young woman to four years of prison hardly qualifies as a settlement offer and perhaps alternatively, a threat.
Save it for trial, Ms.
Has anything else magically materialized since then? We'd be willing to entertain a settlement if it included a full withdrawal of charges.
I bet you would.
A simple "no" would have sufficed.
Alright, are we in agreement that we are trying the murder of David Richard Hanley? - Yes, Your Honour.
- Ms.
Chan, are we in agreement that the victim was murdered? Uh, yes, Your Honour.
We won't be pursuing a strategy of self-defense.
And that the murder weapon was the bottle found at the crime scene? And that the cause of death was the blow to the anterior base of the skull? Yes? Alright, are there any other witnesses to add to the slate? I'd like to do that now.
No surprises.
- Not from us, Your Honour.
- No, Your Honour.
I expect you both to be efficient, respectful and to play by the rules.
If there's anything else either of you wants to say, now is the time.
Good luck, Counsellors.
There's no turning back now.
[THEME MUSIC] You know, I was thinking - while I was pissing.
Beer? - No.
Maybe they tracked me when I was on the bus.
I mean, I paid cash, but all those buses have cameras now.
You know that, right? Shane I gotta get to work for a bit, so you lay off the beer.
Thank you, bro.
It fits the pattern.
[INDISTINCT CHATTER] Hey! Hey! You're in my seat.
Oh, uh, sorry.
Don't worry about it, cupcake.
- Hey.
I picked up the mail.
- Thanks.
- It looks like it's mostly junk.
So the pretrial conference went as expected.
Thanks for that.
Would have been great to know what's going on with Shane's testimony.
Shane's not an option.
But if what Owen said about the hair sample's true, we can move on evidence tampering.
That's true.
Look, if this is, uh If this is about the kiss, then I am I didn't mean to force you.
- I am sorry.
- Don't.
Don't apologize.
It's not I just have to focus on the case.
Then we're running out of time.
Shane's testimony is our strongest move.
Joanna, Shane's testimony is no longer in play.
Billy, what is going on? [CELL PHONE RINGING] Hey.
Slow down.
Just I hear you, but I left you five minutes ago.
It's not No, OK, fine.
I'll be right there.
I'll be back.
- Who sent you? Who sent you?! - Easy, Shane! Who sent you?! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Whoa, hey! That's Joanna.
You know Joanna.
She shouldn't be here.
You should not be here.
Why didn't you tell me? I guess I was just hoping for it to be anything else.
I am so sorry, Billy.
What's happening with Shane is brutal, I can't even imagine but Luna is on trial now, and she could go to prison for the rest of her life.
You're right.
From here on out, I'll be honest.
Joanna, I need you to be honest with yourself.
This isn't just Luna's trial; this is the trial - for the murder of your father.
- Don't.
You're strong, but pretending to be fine with this is crazy.
I need to know you're good and not just pretending to be; - otherwise it could jeopardize - I'm good.
What if you suddenly realize you're not good right in the middle of the trial? No.
I said, "I'm good," which means I'm good.
Joanna, his ashes are still in the trunk of your car.
- Joanna.
- [CAR DOOR OPENING AND CLOSING] [TIRES SCREECHING] [ANGRY SOB] [SOB] [GASPING] [CRYING] You know, I hadn't cried in years before I came back here, and now it's like my eyes are permanently leaking.
Millwood does have that effect.
Although in fairness, this last bout might have been the benzene.
Back where it all started.
He was so horrible, to so many people.
And for most of my life, he was my hero.
Doesn't that make me horrible? No.
He was your father.
I miss him, Billy.
And it sucks.
- It does suck.
- I can't even put him to rest because the person on trial for killing him didn't do it.
- - [SIGHING] We're out of options.
We can still win this.
We have to give the jury someone better than Luna.
We can't change strategies this close to trial, - that's suicide.
- You have seen their case we're going to lose.
The only way left to clear Luna, whether I like or not, is to get justice for my father.
They know that we are out of time, and I know it's a shot in the dark, but it is our only shot.
Luna's only real shot.
Where are you going? Let's go find your girl with the American ID.
So you did test the DNA, and the hair was a non-match to the accused? Refresh my memory, who did you give the results to? - That's what I thought.
- [HANGING UP PHONE] You're riding with me today, Boone.
- Yeah, but I'm - Let's go.
[INDISTINCT CONVERSATION] Crime scene photos, eyewitness statements - We've already seen all this.
- We were looking for evidence of police negligence, procedural loopholes, we were looking for why Luna wasn't there; - now we look for who was.
- [CELL PHONE RINGING] Alright, we know all the main suspects that had something against your father.
Throw that list out.
This wasn't premeditated.
Whoever did this used the bottle that he brought into the room.
It was it was improvised.
They were surprised.
- Caught in the act? - Caught in the act of what? [PHONE CHIME] - Is everything OK? - Yeah.
It's not important right now.
OK, so your father walked in on them.
They would have heard his key in the door and hid, and the only place to hide is the bathroom.
He had time enough to put the bottle down, but not enough time to pour himself a drink.
- And the fight didn't happen in the bathroom.
- Wait.
No, no fight.
The strike happened at the anterior base of the skull.
- He was hit from behind.
- Right.
So he walks into the room, puts down the bottle, and then he has to turn to see He sees something that tips him off.
- His computer.
- What about it? In corporate law, confidentiality is king; when my father went to go buy his Scotch, he wouldn't have left his computer out on the table, let alone open, which means someone else did.
He knew someone was in the room 'cause his computer wasn't where he left it.
He had a secure login key.
so the only way to access his files was through his computer.
Whoever it was wanted this.
OK, so if it's that secure, we're gonna need an expert.
And Millwood's fresh out of those, so we'll have to go to Winnipeg.
- I think you should stay here.
- No way.
This isn't a "I need to do this on my own" thing.
Shane needs help.
Billy, trust me, don't wait until it's too late.
It's the 11th hour, all hands on deck.
I know a guy.
I will be fine.
Go help Shane.
- Good luck.
- You too.
I need to talk to you.
- [DOOR CLOSING] - I'm sorry.
I haven't always been the best brother.
You needed more help, more than I was willing to give.
You're a good brother.
- Trust me, I'm not.
- Well, you are the only one I have, so only and best.
Come with me to see Dr.
- I'm fine, thank you.
- Shane, look around, - this isn't fine.
- What? What isn't fine? What isn't fine?! - Calm down.
- Don't tell me to calm down man.
I'm working through all of this shit, all of it, so I can save your life! - Hey, I'm just trying to help.
- Listen to me.
- I'm listening.
- No, you're listening, but you're not understanding everything - that's going on! - OK! OK! OK! OK, what?! OK, I believe you.
We're in trouble.
What do you want to do? OK, there's a campsite outside Selkirk.
We go there, we lay low.
- Shane, I can't do that.
- Why not? I have a client.
He's "connected.
" Let me try to set up a face-to-face, see if I could broker some kind of peace.
He's "connected"? And you think he would do that? Dude, I would never say anything about what I know.
If if they know that I can be trusted - Yeah.
- I would never say - anything, you know that, right? - I know, Shane, I know.
- [FINGER SNAPPING] - Yes, Billy boy.
Yes, yes, yes! Do it.
Do it, let's do it.
That's great.
[WOMAN CRYING SOFTLY] What the hell is wrong with you?! I just I'm not supposed to be in here.
Oh, well, get used to it.
And don't ever let anyone see you cry.
But I didn't do it.
No one cares if you're guilty or not.
You're in here now, so just deal with it! Why are you yelling at me? Stop crying, OK? Good.
Wait here.
I'll, uh, I'll make sure it's safe.
Careful, man.
Billy thank you.
I know you're sticking your neck out for me.
Of course.
You're my brother.
Well, Billy, I'm hesitant to make a remote diagnosis, but it sounds like schizophrenia.
He thinks he's completely fine.
You know, that's anosognosia, they They believe their delusions are real.
There's a few in-patient units I found in Winnipeg.
They said he wouldn't have to stay there long term, just 'til he got it under control.
It's not that simple, you need more than a diagnosis to get in.
There's only enough beds for the emergencies, so unless he's a danger to himself or a danger to other people, then we're gonna have to find other ways to treat him.
- Alright, like what? - Weekly sessions, medication.
- You don't understand.
- He's completely lost touch.
I know, Billy, just Take it one step at a time.
You go get Shane, and we'll see what we can do.
Shane? [BUZZING] Whoa! Hehe, Joanna, 'sup? What's up with the secret bunker? - She shouldn't be here.
- But she needs our help.
She wouldn't help us when we needed her last time.
Yeah, well, we owe her a couple.
No, you don't owe me anything, but I do need your help.
This is a mistake.
[MAN SIGHING] Is that about the security inquiry? I don't know.
She needs to blow off some steam.
- How can I help you? - Um I need you to hack into this and tell me if anything was taken.
Uh, yeah, that kind of goes against my whole privacy thing.
It was my father's.
I think it's connected.
I have no idea how, but my gut says it has something to do with what's in this computer.
I don't have time [SIGHING] I'm out of options, Noah.
I get it, and I know this is my sister, but we're talking about justice.
How can you call yourself a soldier for good if you stand by and watch an innocent person go to jail - for the rest of her life? - It's also against the law.
Yeah, well, sometimes, justice and the law aren't the same thing.
Watch the Bombers' game last night? - Highlights.
- Shame.
- Real shame.
- Mm-hmm.
Out with it, Beckbie.
I was looking in the evidence locker, and something was missing.
The hair sample from the Hanley murder.
I know you received the test results.
I know it was a non-match.
Non-match doesn't mean anything.
I think you brought it to Mercer, and he told you to bury it.
And why would he do that? Might not prove anything, but it also doesn't fit his narrative, so best to keep it out of the minds of the jury.
But, Jason I know you're a good guy, good cop, but if you keep toeing the party line Careful what you accuse of.
I'm just trying to get to the truth.
- I'm not gonna rat out another cop.
- Maybe you should think about why you became a cop in the first place.
And maybe you should think about toeing the party line, for once.
I am sick and tired of your holier-than-thou shtick.
You ever think we could do more good if we were all rolling in the same direction? Get in the car.
Get in the car! You need to see something.
Beckbie, I - [KID]: Pass here! - [CHILDREN CHATTERING] - Hey, Owen! - Hi! [KIDS LAUGHING] Hey, it's alright.
Hockey sticks! Alright, who wants a basketball? You want a basketball? Soccer ball? Soccer ball? - Here you go.
- [KIDS CHATTERING] You got this.
There you go.
- [GIRL]: Thanks! - [OWEN]: Now, go play.
[CHILDREN TALKING INDISTINCTLY] I actually grew up in this neighbourhood.
[CHUCKLING]: We used to come running when the cops would come.
They'd give us food, candy, toys sometimes, and they looked strong, kind.
It's one of the reasons why I wanted to become a cop.
And now, I gotta hide my badge just to come around here.
So, uh keep toeing the party line, Jason we'll see where it gets you.
- You are hovering.
- I know.
Look, it's even gonna take me a while to - Got something.
- [DING!] Last document was exported at 10 p.
The night he was killed.
What's the document? Looks like a contract from a real estate company called "Caron Property Group.
" Oh! This can't be right.
What is it? It's a contract between Caron Property Group and Lovand.
[JOANNA SIGHING] Are you saying that my father's murder could be linked to the Lovand case? Contract says Lovand is moving their facial recognition software into security cameras at two of the highest-traffic malls in Toronto.
And there are addendums mentioning other contracts.
A university, a couple of private schools.
It's all very hush-hush.
Every third word is NDA.
I mean, they would do practically anything to keep this quiet.
It'd ruin them.
Keep what quiet? Uh, we actually found a contract on Joanna's dad's computer.
He was working on a deal with Lovand.
You got what you wanted, now leave us alone! - I'm not finished yet.
- She's putting us in danger! I am seeing this through.
End of story! Just relax for a minute.
The good news is whoever is hacking in didn't have a chance to cover their tracks.
The security system has a login menu that takes a picture of whoever's trying to access the profile.
The hacker must have been interrupted - before they saw that.
- Bad news? Bad news is the security system's a lot harder to get into than the computer.
Software is just gonna take a while.
Look, Joanna, I'm sorry, OK, I should have known that they would have done this.
No, don't apologize.
You may have given me the evidence I need to free my sister.
[CELL PHONE RINGING] NO! Wait! Do not answer that.
- Please? - OK, I won't.
- What's up, Billy? Yeah.
Sorry, uh, you think you can keep an eye out for my truck? Why? Did you lose it? - Something like that.
- Look, if your truck got stolen, you need to call it in.
Yeah I need you to keep this quiet.
Something I should know about, Billy? No, not yet.
I'll let you know.
[KIDS CHATTERING] [KID LAUGHING] Here, it's yours, you can take it.
- [BOY]: I got a Frisbee! - [GIRL]: Nice! Let's get out of here.
Even if what you think might have happened did, there'd be no way to prove it.
But if I were you, I'd look into Neil Bellegarde.
Thank you, Jason.
Ah, this explains the new office space.
We were gonna call.
But I told you I wasn't your lawyer anymore.
Look, you said that they would strike again, and they did.
They used their ties with the government to make an example out of me.
And once the Feds make up their mind You know I couldn't help you evade the federal authorities.
- I told you she's a problem.
- I am not the problem.
You're part of the system, so you play by their rules.
The system is rigged, and their rules are rigged.
Joanna, do what you gotta do.
You've already lost enough.
Keep working on the security system.
I'll find what the Feds have on you.
If they have made a single misstep, I will find it.
- I can't ask you to do that.
- No, this is my choice.
But I'm going to have to make some calls.
[INDISTINCT CHATTER] Hey, put that away.
You can't be doing that kind of thing.
If you do what I say, then you'll be OK, - you'll survive.
- Thanks, but I don't want to be like you.
I know you think that you're one of the good ones and maybe you used to be, but I don't want to be hard.
I'm not tough, and I sure as hell don't ever want to be OK with this place.
I'm just trying to help you.
I appreciate it, I do, but I don't need that kind of help.
Someone spotted your truck.
Called it into the station.
- Where? - Up by the Allison farm at the end of Templon.
Thank you.
[FOOTSTEPS] OK, scrambled.
They'll think you're calling from Cambodia.
- That was quick.
- Yeah, well just get the charges dropped and then leave.
I will do my best.
No, you have to do better than that.
The only way he's gonna survive is if you get the charges dropped.
- Anything can happen at trial.
- You don't get it; he's not going to trial.
Mara, what are you saying? [WHISPERING]: He's been weirdly calm through all this.
So I asked him about it, and he said he'd die before he stepped foot in a courtroom again.
[VEHICLES HONKING] Joanna, you can't go dark like that.
I'm sorry.
Just, uh, funeral stuff.
We are about to open an office in Singapore, and you're supposed to be the managing partner, so let me ask you, Joanna, are you ready to plant the Steadman-Lavery flag in Asia? Joanna, I asked you a question.
Of course.
Thank you.
- Has Noah checked in? - Not here.
You? - No.
- I know you know that if you don't disclose his whereabouts, that you could lose your license - or worse.
- I know.
- It would reflect very poorly on us.
- I got it.
I'll keep you in the loop.
- It's going to be fine! - No, it's definitely not fine! What are you talking about?! I'm leaving.
[MARA]: Whoa, where are you going? - Get out of my way! I'm leaving! - OK, wait! Noah, did you find something? I don't have time for this.
- [ALARM BEEPING] - [NOAH]: Already.
- [POLICEMEN TALKING INDISTINCTLY] - Oh, shit! - They found us.
- [NOAH]: We gotta leave now! [END OF BEEPING] No.
No! No! - We should split up.
- Noah! Wait! Run! [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC] [SIRENS BLARING] [PANTING] What the hell was that? How did they find us? - It was you! - No, I didn't.
I swear.
We were fine until you showed up.
Everything was fine until you came into our lives.
I didn't do this, Mara! I am trying to find out who murdered my father, you know that's true.
Why would I call the cops on the one person who can help me? - [JOANNA PANTING] - [DISTANT SIRENS BLARING] Thanks for grabbing that.
Yeah, right.
I could help you with that.
- [DISTANT SIRENS BLARING] - With? Your father's computer, I could help you get into it.
Yeah, that'd be great, but shouldn't we find Noah? There's no way to trace him.
- Track the phone.
- You think after all this time, he'd have a phone we could track? No.
Track my phone.
It's in his bag.
You know Bellegarde's death was ruled accidental? Look at this.
They barely investigated.
Don't feel sorry for yourself.
- You don't know what it feels like.
- You're right.
And I never will, but we can't keep having the same conversation about the Millwood Police force.
WHAT am I supposed to do? It's a cop's word against a dead man! You're not gonna solve it with rage.
You need proof.
How would you do it? I know, but if you were that kind of cop, - how would you do it? - I don't know.
Come on, try.
- What would you do? - [OWEN SIGHING] I would have followed him, I guess.
Waited for some kind of violation.
- Or a - Or? I would have seen if he had any outstanding warrants against him.
Can you check if they searched for anything? They log all the searches at the station.
- You're the best.
- I know.
[SATISFIED SIGH] What are these? You're right, I can't help you be tough, and I can't help you deal with this place because I am barely keeping my own head above water, but this is what I can do.
Criminal liability consists of two parts: the act and the intent.
Your public defender is gonna try and cop a deal as soon as he can, and then you'll be stuck here.
So if you want to get out of this place before it changes you because it will then it's up to you.
Who taught you all this? My sister.
[SOFT, REGULAR BEEPING] Don't worry, we'll find him.
[DIFFERENT KINDS OF BEEPING] He's headed to the airport.
[TAPPING ON KEYBOARD] [FOOTSTEPS] [TAPPING ON KEYBOARD] Volunteering for the night shift? Yeah.
Couldn't sleep.
Nothing puts me out faster than paperwork.
Tell me about it.
[TAPPING ON KEYBOARD] One ticket to anywhere leaving now.
There! Noah.
Noah I don't get it, it says he's still here! [CAR DOOR OPENING AND CLOSING] I'll sip a couple of Millbrews.
Yo! Billy? What's up? Billy boy what's up? You know I love you, right? Uh-huh.
Which is why I've been covering your ass - your entire life.
- What? Hell, I've been trying to protect you, but it's clear it's not helping.
So I'm gonna tell you something once, and I need you to hear me.
Dad had a daughter he could be proud of.
He had me.
We were good kids.
But not you.
You embarrassed him.
- That's not true.
- You embarrassed him, and it is pathetic watching you follow him around - trying to get his approval.
- Shut up.
- Ugh! - No, you listen.
You listen to me, alright? He left 'cause you were too much to handle.
- Shut your mouth.
- And you want to know why I won't forgive him? Huh? Because he's stuck me with you! What are you doing, man?! I don't know what you're doing! Hey, look at me! Look at me! I've never agreed with Dad about anything, except you.
- You're weak.
- No, I'm not.
- Yeah? Prove it.
- No, I'm not! - Yeah? Come on, prove it! - Stop it! Prove it! Prove it! - Ah! - Ugh! [CRICKETS CHIRPING] You want some peas? - [BAG IMPACTING GROUND] - Yo, I, uh You didn't mean any of that, right? I just took it too far? I need you to know that I love you, Shane.
I do, man.
I do and I'm sorry.
I'll, uh I'll be better.
I'll be a better brother.
I know you're just mad 'cause of the truck.
[VEHICLE DOOR OPENING] - Becks? - [VEHICLE DOOR CLOSING] What's he doing here? What are you doing? Are you sure about this? Sure about what? What's going on? Whoa, whoa, whoa! Becks, Becks, what are you doing, man? What are you doing?! Billy? - Billy, what's going on, man? - Let's go.
- Billy? - Let's go.
You must be pretty torn up.
The movement's bigger than us.
I guess so.
I can get started on your computer now.
Unless you have another computer expert in mind.
No, uh, I appreciate it, I just didn't think you liked me much.
What's that got to do with anything? OK.
Well, thank you.
I mean it.
You're helping an innocent woman.
[CELL PHONE RINGING] Ah, it's my boss.
It's OK.
They were after Noah, and your phone's still scrambled.
I'm gonna go to the basement and get some tools.
- Joanna, I'm proud of you.
- Excuse me? For calling the Feds on Noah.
He's gone, he's fled the country, but you cleared us.
I never called the Feds.
Well, I was notified that the call came from your phone.
They want to speak to you.
They probably want to give you a medal or something.
Joanna? Joanna, can you hear me? - [OMINOUS MUSIC] - I'm telling you I never called the Feds, I only called you.
OK, well, that's weird.
Well, who Did someone else have your phone? - The only other person was - Who? Joanna, who? This whole contract thing is pretty strange, don't you think? Who would go that far to get the contract off of his computer? Lovand.
But they would have their own copies, so why would they want these ones? Maybe they were just tying up loose ends.
Hey, uh, what were you and Noah arguing about? When the cops showed up, I forgot to ask.
Just about the cops.
But that was before they showed up.
I mean about the whole situation.
That makes sense.
You would have done anything for him.
For the movement.
Of course.
Of course, you would have done anything for the movement.
- Are you alright? - You find anything? This is gonna take some time.
Umm I need to get back to the office.
Maybe I'll grab the computer when I get back later.
I thought you said you were out of time.
Yes, I am.
So I'll keep working on it and then we'll get it done faster.
Of course.
I will call you when I'm done.
- Fine.
Billy, pick up.