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The Staircase 

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American novelist Michael Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his wife in 2003, is granted a new trial in 2017.
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...  Himself 8 episodes, 2004
...  Himself 8 episodes, 2004
...  Himself 8 episodes, 2004
...  Himself - Defense Attorney 8 episodes, 2004
...  Himself 8 episodes, 2004
...  Herself 7 episodes, 2004
...  Himself 7 episodes, 2004
...  Himself 7 episodes, 2004
...  Himself 7 episodes, 2004
...  Herself 7 episodes, 2004
...  Herself 7 episodes, 2004
...  Himself 6 episodes, 2004
...  Herself 6 episodes, 2004
...  Herself 6 episodes, 2004
Bettye Blackwell ...  Herself - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
...  Herself - Kathleen Peterson's Sister 5 episodes, 2004
...  Herself - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
...  Herself - Jury Expert 5 episodes, 2004
Shirley Ferrell ...  Herself - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Charlene Gill ...  Herself - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
...  Himself - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Paul Harrison ...  Himself - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
...  Himself 5 episodes, 2004
Kristen Lyon Jones ...  Herself - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Ann Pennington ...  Herself - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Tonia Rogers ...  Herself - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 2004
Richard Sarratt ...  Himself - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
...  Herself / ... 5 episodes, 2004
...  Herself 5 episodes, 2004
...  Himself 4 episodes, 2004
...  Herself 4 episodes, 2004
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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In 2001, author Michael Peterson was arraigned for the murder of his wife Kathleen, whose body was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the stairway of their home. Granted unusual access to Peterson's lawyers, home and immediate family, de Lestrade's cameras capture the defense team as it considers its strategic options. "The staircase" is an engrossing look at contemporary American justice that features more twists than a legal bestseller. Written by Julie Pouillon

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Film editor Sophie Brunet had a 15-year relationship with the subject Michael Peterson, lasting from 2002 until May 2017. Jean-Xavier de Lestrade claims her involvement never influenced her editing. See more »

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Referenced in Forensic Files: A Novel Idea (2006) See more »

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Way too long.
10 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

The case is interesting but this was WAY too long and it was clearly Michael Peterson's attempt to sway people to his side and to try to come off as a victim while making a villian of his former sister in law.

The kids barely expressed any sadness about the death of their mother. I don't think I will ever understand that.

As someone who believes the original guilty verdict was correct, I am sad that I gave Michael Peterson air time and that he's basically trying to profit off of his wrongdoings and the death of his wife.


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