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There were a few crimes committed in the 2009 film Beyond a Reasonable Doubt; however the murder of a 23 year old prostitute is the main crime which sparked the ongoing theme for this movie. The prostitute was stabbed four times by what was determined to be a switchblade knife in the abdominal. A witness walking his Jack Russell terrier claimed to have seen a man in a black ski mask, dressed in a sweat suit struggling with the victim. This witness’ dog attacked the man, biting him on the left calf. After Law Enforcement Officers arrived a shoeprint was found at the scene, unfolding a 1980’s Montalvo shoe which was no longer produced. When CJ Nicholas started to investigate District Attorney Mark Hunter’s recent convictions, Nicholas took his story to his editor to pitch a fraud story on DA Hunter. Nicholas argued with his editor that most of Hunter’s high profile cases were false convictions. In the case before the murder of the prostitute, Nicholas tries to prove that a cigarette butt is the only thing linking the accused murdered to this crime. No shoeprints, no DNA, no weapon. Just a cigarette butt, Nicholas argued, why if anything, would the accused murderer leave no trace in evidence but overlook his cigarette. The editor denied the story, informing Nicholas and his partner Corey Finley that their investigation series is shutting down due to low ratings. Within the crime of the prostitute murder, the main characters Nicholas and Finley did not truly manipulate the evidence, whereas Nicholas and Finley decided to document and video tape this certain murder to prove that Hunter is falsely convicting innocent people. Nicholas and Finley started by buying the weapon, the two proceeding to walk into a gun store while Finley was secretly filming, Nicholas bought a white handle switchblade. In order to prove that the purchase did occur after the murder, Nicholas would hold up the newspaper with every item they bought. Each item that was put into evidence, Nicholas and Finley bought and filmed. The two bought the rare 1980’s Montalvo shoes that are no longer produced, purchased a sweat suit and ski mask before rescuing a Jack Russell terrier from a shelter. Once again after every purchase, Nicholas holds up the newspaper while Finley films it. Since Nicholas and Finley have all the items, it is time to carry out the bite mark from the Jack Russell terrier, while Nicholas takes the dog and the sweat pants to carry out the deed, Nicholas lets out a loud yell. Nicholas claims to his partner Finley that the terrier bit him on the left calf just as declared in the police reports. Now after Nicholas and Finley have the video documentation complete, it is finally time to put all of their hard work into action. Nicholas puts on the Montalvos shoes, heads out in his car to find the police. When Nicholas sees his target, he soaks himself with liquor and drives frantically through town in order to get himself arrested. Finley bails Nicholas out; however Detective Nickerson notices his Montalvo shoes, just as Nicholas wanted. Detective Nickerson provides a search warrant to Nicholas finds the evidence that Nicholas has planted, although before Detective Nickerson can make the arrest, Lieutenant Merchant who works for District Attorney Mark Hunter takes over the search. During the trial there are only two people, Nicholas and Finley who know the truth about District Attorney Mark Hunter and whom are just waiting for opportune moment to provide the court with the video document they filmed. Nicholas and Finley; however do not get this moment because when District Attorney Mark Hunter provides the false evidence, Lieutenant Merchant chases Finley, causes Finley to wreck then blows his car up with gasoline and a cigarette butt. After Nicholas is sentenced to the death penalty, Assistant District Attorney Ella Crystal who is involved with Nicholas on a romantic level tries to uncover the truth. Crystal retrieves the crime scene photo from the first murder and revealed the cigarette butt was in fact inserted into the photo. Lieutenant Merchant tries to murder Crystal as well but fails when Detective Nickerson was following Merchant whom was following Crystal. Detective Nickerson shot Lieutenant Merchant and informed Crystal of corruption, it was then Crystal informed Nickerson that Hunter of corruption. Throughout the entire movie, the “bad guy” obviously looks to be Hunter and Merchant; however right at the very end, there is an interesting twist that I truly enjoyed. In the beginning the death of the prostitute happened too soon after Nicholas said about a video documentation, and the bite mark on Nicholas’s left calf was too fresh and happened too soon after Nicholas took the dog into the next room to be alone. In the end of the movie Crystal confronts Nicholas about homeless woman who was the main character in a video documentation that Nicholas won an award for. The video documentation was completely false, the homeless woman never existed, and the prostitute was paid by Nicholas in order pose for his video. This woman followed him to Shreveport where she was blackmailing him; however, murdering her was well-worth it Nicholas proposed. Although it does not show Nicholas being arrested again, it does show Crystal walking out of Nicholas’s apartment with the police behind her. This surprise twist was amazing and it made the story even better. If Beyond a Reasonable Doubt were to end with Hunter and Merchant just framing innocent people in order to build up their creditable than this movie would have been dull. But with Nicholas truly being guilty and Crystal linking all of the pieces of the puzzle together, this made for an interesting movie. I really enjoyed.…...

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