It's the mid 1970s. Moving back home with her mother Virginia in Tennessee, Marie Ragghianti was able to leave an abusive marriage to eke out a better life for herself and her three young children - the youngest, Ricky, for who she would have to deal with his major health issues - by waiting tables, all the while being able to complete the degree requirements at Vanderbilt to obtain a B.A. in English and Psychology. She is unapologetic in asking a college acquaintance, Eddie Sisk, for a job, he who has just been appointed legal counsel for just elected Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton. In what he considers a win-win situation, Eddie offers Marie a job as the Extradition Officer for the state, a job offer which she accepts. From there, Marie quickly moves up the chain of command, first to become the liaison to the Governor via Eddie on Parole Board recommendations - the role which is meant to be a two way street, where there is an understood quid pro quo in recommendations from the Board... Written by
Criminals went free. Officials were bribed. Witnesses were threatened. The F.B.I. couldn't stop it. One woman did. She challenged the State of Tennessee and put criminal justice on trial.
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Did You Know?
The film's closing epilogue states: "After Marie won her lawsuit, the FBI reopened the investigation. In 1981 Eddie Sisk and Bill Thompson went to prison for selling clemencies. Governor Blanton was ousted from office for clemency abuses before the end of his term. In 1983 he went to prison on related corruption charges. Marie now lectures and writes on the criminal justice system". See more
Always on My Mind
Written by Johnny Christopher
(uncredited), Wayne Carson Thompson
(uncredited) and Francis Zambon
Performed by Brenda Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc. See more