This show delves into the US judicial system from the viewpoint of the prosecutors who work the cases.
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Like Father Like Son
This is the story of two young men whose paths tragically crossed on september 29, 1998 in houston, texas. One was a sheriff's deputy while the other, like his father, stayed on the wrong side of the law. The deputy made a routine traffic stop one night that ended with him being brutally shot to death by the other young man, michael lopez. Prosecutors argued that 17-year-old lopez deserved to die, but would the jury agree?
The Green Widow
The green widow focuses on mary ellen samuels, a woman whose lust for money and drugs led her to arrange for the 1988 murder of her husband, a successful hollywood cameraman. Worried that authorities were catching up to her, she also arranged for the murder of the hit man. Meanwhile, as investigators continued to gather evidence against her, she went on a yearlong, $500,000 shopping spree with the insurance money from her husband’s death. She bought a brand new porsche and a condo in cancun, mexico. With the hit man dead, little forensic evidence, and no eyewitnesses, prosecutors faced an uphill battle in their attempts to secure a double murder conviction against her.
In the early ‘80s in southern florida, a major war was declared on illegal drugs. One of the champions of that war was assistant state attorney gene berry, whose tough and unbending indictments of drug traffickers made him respected by prosecutors, and feared by criminals. One of those criminals was steven vance taylor, who was in line to be prosecuted by berry on narcotics charges. On a saturday evening in january of 1982, taylor’s girlfriend, bonnie kelly, knocked on the door of the berry’s residence. When gene came to the door, kelly shot and killed him. Deadly revenge is the story of state attorney joe d’allesandro’s quest to identify, capture, and prosecute the murderer of a fellow prosecutor.
The Missing Heiress
In february of 1977, helen vorhees brach walked out of the famed mayo clinic in minnesota, and into the pages of chicago folklore. The wealthy widowed heiress of the brach candy fortune was never seen again. Early investigations yielded no answers, and in 1984, helen was declared legally dead. It wasn’t until 1989, when successful chicago attorney steven miller was shown a case involving the fraudulent selling of horses, that connections were made between conman richard bailey and helen brach. The missing heiress is the story of assistant us attorney steven miller and how his investigative team waded through the seedy underworld of the equestrian industry and gained 36 indictments and the conviction of the man who had caused the death of helen brach.