“Do you frame everything?” veteran defense attorney Eugene Murphy asks his younger, but nationally known, colleague Thomas Russo – referring to the framed articles, pictures, and awards that cover the walls of Russo’s office and waiting room. So begins Framed’s clash between Murphy and Russo over how best to represent murder defendant Jennifer Creighton.
A virtual mountain of forensic evidence proves Creighton’s guilt: blood evidence, fiber evidence, gunshot residue, cellphone records, and ultimately ballistic evidence. Murphy, refusing to gamble with the life of his client, declares the case unwinnable and wants to make a plea deal with the prosecutor. Russo, a flamboyant and audacious media hound, will entertain no thoughts of defeat. Great legal careers require stunning victories. If a mountain of evidence exists, it can only mean that a mountain of evidence was deliberately planted to incriminate the rich young defendant. In short, Jennifer Creighton must have been framed!
But has Russo’s judgment been clouded by the image of invincibility he’s long created for himself? Is he embarking on this high-risk strategy because it serves Jennifer’s interests, or because pursuing a headline-grabbing defense serves his own? What’s really going on here? And has Russo made a dangerous assumption when offering to take Jennifer’s case?