This show delves into the US judicial system from the viewpoint of the prosecutors who work the cases.
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A Question of Sanity
A shoot-out in a church in northern virginia leads authorities to the home of an ex-fbi agent out for revenge. When an unwitting accomplice comes forward, investigators begin to understand the scope and complexity of the man’s scheme to get back at his estranged wife. In the ensuing investigation, police uncover numerous packages containing explosives throughout the northern virginia area. It will be up to prosecutors james willett and paul ebert to convince a jury that these were not the acts of an undercover agent driven to insanity, but the work of a devious criminal bent on murdering the wife who scorned him.
On the morning of january 23, 1994, a slumber party in alvin, texas becomes the scene of a terrible tragedy when 2 ½-year-old renee goode is discovered dead. The mother of the child accuses her estranged husband, but when the medical examiner rules the death undetermined, the investigation draws to a close. The girl’s vigilant mother and grandmother mount an investigation of their own and are soon joined by a detective and brazoria county assistant district attorney jeri yenne. It will be up to them to find the cause of the young girl’s death and bring to justice the man responsible, michael shane goode, her own father.
On september 18, 1985, the life of a small-town bank president is shattered when he receives a call from an unknown man who has kidnapped his wife. The kidnapper demands a ransom for her safe return. When local police respond to the home, they find the woman dead, shot seven times. The fbi is called in and an intense investigation ensues. The case is broken when a man comes forward with the murder weapon, leading to two arrests. With the testimony of one of the co-conspirators and a mountain of circumstantial evidence, it would be up to assistant district attorneys sam ponder and charlie strauss to prove that lesley lee gosch was the mastermind of the extortion plot, and a remorseless murderer.
Pride and Joy
Pride and joy focuses on eric napoletano who brutally murdered his victims, including his wife myra. Protected by a mother, who worked for the new york city police department, napoletano eluded the law from new york to albuquerque, new mexico before he was finally arrested on march 27, 1991. A new jersey prosecutor coordinated a multi-jurisdictional investigation and secured two murder convictions and two consecutive life terms in prison for the killer, who is currently in the new jersey state prison in trenton. This episode recounts the cooperative efforts of law enforcement agencies to catch this serial killer and the challenges the clifton, new jersey prosecutors faced when seeking to put him away for life.