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The Last Defense 

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Emotional, in-depth examinations of death row cases expose flaws in the US justice system. Season 1 investigates a housewife convicted for stabbing her sons, and an athlete convicted for shooting a father, as attorneys race for new trials.
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Series cast summary:
Julie Clark Julie Clark ...  Herself - Friend of Darlie Routier 4 episodes, 2018
J. Stephen Cooper J. Stephen Cooper ...  Himself - Darlie's Appellate Attorney 4 episodes, 2018
Kathy Cruz Kathy Cruz ...  Herself - Journalist and Author 4 episodes, 2018
Phillip-Charlie Daniell Phillip-Charlie Daniell ...  Juror 4 episodes, 2018
Greg Davis ...  Himself - Lead Trial Prosecutor 4 episodes, 2018
Violet Gotsis ...  Juror 4 episodes, 2018
Lloyd Harrell Lloyd Harrell ...  Himself - Defense Investigator 4 episodes, 2018
Skip Hollandsworth Skip Hollandsworth ...  Himself - Writer, Texas Monthly 4 episodes, 2018
Katusha Robert ...  Darlie Routier 4 episodes, 2018
Darin Routier Darin Routier ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2018
Darlie Routier ...  Herself 4 episodes, 2018
Toby Shook Toby Shook ...  Himself - Trial Prosecutor 4 episodes, 2018
Richard Smith Richard Smith ...  Himself - Darlie's Appellate Attorney 4 episodes, 2018
Dale Baich Dale Baich ...  Himself - Julius Jones' Attorney 3 episodes, 2018
Amanda Bass Amanda Bass ...  Herself - Julius Jones' Attorney 3 episodes, 2018
Billy Bock Billy Bock ...  Himself - Christopher Jordan's Attorney 3 episodes, 2018
Robin Bruno Robin Bruno ...  Herself - Assistant Public Defender, Oklahoma County / ... 3 episodes, 2018
Terrie Cooklin ...  Richard Mosty 3 episodes, 2018
Barbara Davis Barbara Davis ...  Herself - Author 3 episodes, 2018
Gregory Davis Gregory Davis ...  Himself - Medical Examiner & Professor, University of Kentucky College of Medicine 3 episodes, 2018
Dennis Dill Dennis Dill ...  Himself - Retired Edmond Police Detective 3 episodes, 2018
Royal Furgeson Royal Furgeson ...  Himself - Former Federal Judge 3 episodes, 2018
Meggie Jenny ...  Theresa Pfieffer 3 episodes, 2018
Anthony Jones Anthony Jones ...  Himself - Julius Jones' Father 3 episodes, 2018
Antoinette Jones Antoinette Jones ...  Herself - Julius Jones' Sister 3 episodes, 2018
Antonio Jones Antonio Jones ...  Himself - Julius' Brother 3 episodes, 2018
Julius Jones Julius Jones ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2018
Brenda McCray Brenda McCray ...  Herself - Investigator, Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office 3 episodes, 2018
Richard Mosty Richard Mosty ...  Himself - Trial Defense Attorney 3 episodes, 2018
Matthew Oakley ...  Chris Jordan 3 episodes, 2018
Kerri Parris Kerri Parris ...  Herself - Juror #8 3 episodes, 2018
Rebecca Postyeni Rebecca Postyeni ...  Herself - Fact Investigator, Julius Jones Case 3 episodes, 2018
Danelle Stahl Danelle Stahl ...  Herself - Darlie Routier's Sister 3 episodes, 2018
Kristine Bunch Kristine Bunch ...  Herself - Exoneree and Founder, JustIs 4 JustUs 2 episodes, 2018
Tom Chaney Tom Chaney ...  Himself - Reporter, Edmond Sun 1999-2000 2 episodes, 2018
Jodi Cotner Jodi Cotner ...  Herself - Former Baylor Hospital Nurse 2 episodes, 2018
Laurie Cummings ...  Sandra Elliott 2 episodes, 2018
Bruce Davis ...  Anthony Jones 2 episodes, 2018
Barton Epstein Barton Epstein ...  Himself - Forensic Scientist 2 episodes, 2018
Jody Fitts Jody Fitts ...  Himself - Former Baylor Hospital ER Nurse 2 episodes, 2018
David Hartman David Hartman ...  Himself - Reporter, Edmond Sun 2002-2007 2 episodes, 2018
Connie Johnson Connie Johnson ...  Herself - Oklahoma State Senator 2005-2015 2 episodes, 2018
Madeline Jones Madeline Jones ...  Herself - Julius Jones' Mother 2 episodes, 2018
Darlie Kee Darlie Kee ...  Herself - Darlie Routier's Mother 2 episodes, 2018
Terry Laber Terry Laber ...  Himself - Forensic Scientist 2 episodes, 2018
Jimmy Lawson Jimmy Lawson ...  Himself - Julius Jones' Best Friend 2 episodes, 2018
David Mckenzie David Mckenzie ...  Himself - Criminal Defense Attorney / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Doug Mulder Doug Mulder ...  Himself - Lead Trial Defense Attorney 2 episodes, 2018
Doug Parks Doug Parks ...  Himself - Defense Attorney 2 episodes, 2018
Dan Simon Dan Simon ...  Himself - Psychologist & Author, In Doubt: The Psychology of the Criminal Justice System 2 episodes, 2018
Nate Tarver Nate Tarver ...  Himself - Former OKC Police Department Spokesperson 2 episodes, 2018
John Thompson John Thompson ...  Himself - Julius Jones' High School Teacher 2 episodes, 2018
Jabee Williams Jabee Williams ...  Larry 2 episodes, 2018
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Flaws in the American justice system are explored and exposed through emotional, in-depth examinations of multiple death row cases. The series looks at cases from all angles, returning to the scene of the crime, re-interviewing witnesses, and delving beyond the details of the crime and court proceedings to take a deep look into the personal stories of the subjects, seeking to trace the path that led them to their place on death row. With incisive, compelling storytelling, The Last Defense gives voice to those who can no longer be heard. Season one investigates the cases of a Dallas housewife convicted of stabbing two of her sons to death, and a high school athlete convicted of shooting a father at point blank range in front of his daughters. Meanwhile, their attorneys race against the clock to get new trials before their execution dates are set. Both have been on death row for nearly two decades each. Both may be innocent. Written by The Last Defense

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12 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Excellent show
11 July 2018 | by matthijsalexanderSee all my reviews

Me and my GF have been watching this. Me Dutch, she Thai. We were in a constant roller-coaster of doubt: She did it, she didn't, she did it, she didn't.

Up till now (4 episodes in), with all the evidence presented we are still not sure.

What is clear, the American system has too many disadvantages, too many people end up behind bars because 'their peers' may or may not have made a mistake. Media influences outcomes too much in some instances.

Absolutely an interesting show, on all counts.


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