The testimony of one of the key witnesses in Peterson's trial, forensic investigator Duane Deaver, has come into question. And as a result, in December of 2011, Peterson is released on parole. But he...
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
A difficult series to watch, a difficult man to feel sympathy for...
Michael Peterson has a problem - well two problems actually. His wife is dead, he says from falling down the stairs and repeatedly hitting her head. Amazingly, the couple's best friend had also died in remarkably similar circumstances several years previously, with Michael and Kathy bringing up the victim's two young girls after the tragedy.
In what is almost a painfully long series (it's well made, but not exactly a thrill ride) Michael's character is put under the microscope, as is the honesty and expertise of the prosecution's expert witnesses. Michael is a difficult, outwardly unemotional character that is difficult to like or have sympathy for, but his treatment during this case by law enforcement officials, lawyers and even his own family members is deeply questionable.
Fascinating but overlong, this is a serious indictment if the US Justice system and its practises.
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