• Publication date: May 6, 2010

Law, Romance, and more Young Prosecutors who show promise

Conviction is a new legal crime-drama from Dick Wolf (�Law & Order�-brand series), which focuses on young assistant district attorneys in New York as they struggle with a demanding case load that challenges their lack of experience. Although this is not a spin-off of any "Law & Order" show, this show still takes place in that universe, proven by Stephanie March returning as ADA Bureau Chief Cabot from "Law & Order: SVU"

Conviction is a new legal crime-drama from Dick Wolf (�Law & Order�-brand series), which focuses on young assistant district attorneys in New York as they struggle with a demanding case load that challenges their lack of experience. Although this is not a spin-off of any "Law & Order" show, this show still takes place in that universe, proven by Stephanie March returning as ADA Bureau Chief Cabot from "Law & Order: SVU"

The cast of the series includes:

Stephanie March as Alexandra Cabot

Since her time as an ADA with SVU (2000-2003), Alex's ideals and the way she does her job have changed, becoming more of a "politician" � something that often angers her staff, particularly Jessica Rossi. It was for a while unknown why Cabot was able to leave the Witness Protection Program which she joined in 2003 after her life was threatened by a criminal she was prosecuting. However, in a 2009 episode of SVU ("Lead"), in which March guest starred as Alexandra Cabot, it was revealed that the man who had threatened her life was extradited to his native Ireland, and that she had been active back in the Manhattan D.A.'s office for the past three years

Anson Mount as Jim Steele

Jim Steele is a Deputy District Attorney whose best friend, Mike Randolph, is murdered by drug dealers in the pilot episode of Conviction. Jim is strong-willed and determined to avenge his friend's death. He is shown to have an adversarial relationship with Cabot after she decides to plead out his friend's murderer. Jim is tough on his subordinates, but he is secretly proud of them. He is having an affair with Jessica Rossi, which was private until the media exploited it in an attempt by a woman on trial to detract from Steele's credibility and portray him in a negative light.

Eric Balfour as Brian Peluso

Brian Peluso is a laid-back and irresponsible ADA that seems to be heavily into partying but is very invested in his clients. He has sex with a number of different women that he does not seem to care about, something that is seen as a defense mechanism because when he does open up to women, they often let him down. Peluso confesses to being in love with Finn in "Hostage". There are subtle references to a potential substance abuse problem, and he has a problem with gambling. He is often seen drinking Red Bull

J. August Richards as Billy Desmon

Billy Desmond is smart, politically motivated, and hasn't lost a case during his three years at the DA's office. Initially, he appears to care more about winning cases and his political stature, but over the course of the first season, it become evident that Billy will not compromise the law or the DA's office for either his track record or his aspirations. Billy appears to be closest to Finn and Peluso, who he is seen to go out with after hours, but he also has hit a club or two with new co-worker, Potter.