"A Different Kind of Death", stylized "a different kind of death", is the ninth episode of Conviction. It was written by Lynne E. Litt and directed by Andrew McCarthy. It aired on December 5, 2016.
Wallace brings the case of a death-row inmate, Earl Slavitt, to the CIU. Earl was convicted of murdering federal prosecutor Tom Simon, one of Wallace's best friends. Simon did not believe in the death penalty, and Wallace, along with Simon's widow, want to ensure that Earl did in fact commit the crime. With only days left before the execution, the CIU team shifts into high gear, looking for possible errors in the case. Instead, they uncover cracks in Simon's reputation. Hayes and Wallace are challenged both professionally and personally, as the case draws to a stunning conclusion.
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Wallace gives the CIU the case of Earl Slavitt (Richard Thomas), a death-row inmate who was convicted of the murder of Tom Simon, a federal prosecutor and Wallace's friend. Earl was originally prosecuted by Tom for embezzling money from his job. After he was released from prison he made threats against Tom. Wallace asks Hayes to review the case, as Tom was against the death penalty and Earl is to be executed in five days. While the CIU reviews the case in New York, Hayes and Wallace go to Indiana to try and stop Earl's execution. They have to deal with Bill Newton, the Assistant U.S. Attorney who was on the prosecution's side for both cases and who gets in their way. The team finds that an ex-con was hired to kill Tom, and that Earl's boss was the actual embezzler. Someone in the U.S. Attorney's office was taking bribes. Hayes, after talking to Earl's former co-worker, Nina, learns that Bill ordered the hit on Tom to cover his tracks. Hayes tries to contact Wallace to stop the execution but is too late. After hearing the news, Sam catches Maxine taking pain-killers.
- Matthew Bennett as AUSA Bill Newton
- Kevin Hanchard as Jack Braemer
- Richard Thomas as Earl Slavitt
- You Don't Get Me High Anymore - Phantogram
- Heal - Tom Odell
| "Pilot" • "Bridge and Tunnel Vision" • "Dropping Bombs" • "Mother's Little Burden" • "The 1% Solution" • "#StayWoke" •|
"A Simple Man" • "Bad Deals" • "A Different Kind of Death" • "Not Okay" • "Black Orchid" • "Enemy Combatant" • "Past, Prologue & What's to Come"
- "A Different Kind of Death" at IMDb