Power, Privilege and Justice

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Dominick Dunne and John Henry Kurtz, published by CourtTV in 2004 - English narration

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This popular Court TV series explores the corruption, greed, and scandal hidden beneath the wealth and prestige of America's upper class. Who better than bestselling author and Vanity Fair columnist Dominick Dunne to expose the sordid secrets of America's rich and famous? Already an established Hollywood producer in the late 70s, Dunne left the world of Los Angeles to live a simpler kind of life and work on his writing. A personal tragedy soon gave Dunne a clear purpose: to draw attention to those members of high society who believe their wealth and privilege exempt them from legal repercussions. Eager to hold these parties accountable for their mistakes, Dunne has dedicated his time to exploring the seedy underbelly of fame and celebrity ever since.

No one knows the dark side of the rich and famous better than Dominick Dunne. He's the consummate insider, renowned for getting the stories no one else can. Now this best-selling author and celebrated columnist for Vanity Fair magazine brings his singular perspective to television with a selection of notorious cases. From the Hamptons to Palm Beach, Texas to California - Dunne infiltrates the enclaves of the powerful, and chronicles shocking stories where arrogance leads the rich to believe they are above the law, and celebrity collides with justice. Dunne, a prolific author and well-known as a social diarist, takes viewers behind estate walls and country club gates to reveal the often not-so-glamorous side of high society. Dominick Dunne: Power, Privilege & Justice will rivet you with a selection of notorious cases that uncover the lowest depths of High Society.

Movie executive-cum-investigative journalist Dominick Dunne was both the host and the driving force of this cable-TV series, which asked the age-old question "Is there truly one law for the rich and one for the poor?" Apparently there was: Each of the series' 60-minute episodes detailed a high-profile murder case in which both perpetrator and victim were among the privileged and wealthy. Dunne demonstrated that the wheels of justice sometimes move slowly, in reverse, or not at all when the criminals have the money and clout to circumvent the System. Happily, however, most of the cases presented herein ended with justice being served and proper punishment meted out to the deserving (though often years and years after the actual crime). Triggered by his 22 year old actress daughter Dominique's murder, Dominick Dunne's career as controversial commentator for Vanity Fair began as he championed the rights of high profile murder victims. Dunne covered such cases as the William Kennedy Smith rape trial in 1991 and the trial of Erik and Lyle Menendez, accused of murdering their millionaire parents, in 1993. He became a familiar face to millions during the heavily televised O.J. Simpson trial in 1994 and also covered the Princess Diana inquest. Featured in this final series are the stories of some of the most fascinating and high profile cases. Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice made its Court TV debut on June 19, 2002, a scant week or so after the murder conviction of Kennedy family member Michael Skakel, whose quarter-century evasion of justice had been the topic of Dunne's 1993 book A Season in Purgatory.

[edit] A Deadly Campaign - The Senate Campaign Hits

Ruthann Aron, 54, of Potomac, Maryland, knew exactly what she wanted and she wasn't going to let anyone get in the way of her achieving her goals. Aron, a feisty, self-made millionaire, makes an unsuccessful bid for Maryland's US Senate seat in 1994. She then orders a hit on a rival attorney and her husband in return for $20,000 cash. When investigators are tipped off by a local garbage hauler, Ruthann is arrested while playing in a charity golf tournament. Why would a once promising politician risk everything for a murder-for-hire scheme?

[edit] Marriage of Inconvenience - Palm Beach Divorce Murder

The murder of an Atlanta socialite goes unsolved for 13 years until one of the hit men confesses that the woman's husband was responsible. Millionaire James Sullivan is accused of hiring a hit man to murder his wife in 1985, but vanishes after a warrant is issued for his arrest 13 years later.

[edit] Blood Money - The Tobacco Heiress Explosion

The murder of tobacco heiress Margaret Benson and her son Scott, along with the injury of her daughter Carol, as a result of a car bomb planted by her third child, Steven Benson. On 22nd August 1985 Benson, a 33-year-old Florida businessman, was arrested and charged with the murder of his mother, his nephew and the attempted murder of his sister.

[edit] Run from Justice - The Darien Rape Chase

An examination of the Alex Kelly case. Kelly, a wealthy high-school senior from Connecticut, was accused in 1986 of two rapes but reportedly thought money could buy his freedom. On the eve of his trial, he fled the country and spent the next eight years living in Europe.

[edit] Tailspin - The Fresno Inheritance Murders

Murdering your family for money? That is the case involving the Ewell's. A millionaire, his wife and their daughter were killed at their California home after returning from a long weekend. Detectives conducted a full investigation until the son, the only surviving heir to the estate, was arrested 2 years later for masterminding the murders.

[edit] Waitress and the Millionaire - The Beard Murder Scandal

A wealthy 70-year old TV executive Steven Beard is murdered, and his 32-year-old wife, former Country Club Waitress Celeste Beard is arrested two years later, accused with her female lover of conspiracy. The widow is sent to prison for life after the female lover turned on her.

[edit] Oil, Money and Mystery - Texas Big Money Murders

Multimillionaire T. Cullen Davis is accused to murder the lover of his estranged wife, Priscilla, and her daughter. In 1976, a mysterious "man in black" entered his Texas mansion home and killed his 12-year-old daughter, and Davis' wife's lover. Davis in turn, became the richest man ever on trial for murder in the US.

[edit] Mystery in the Hamptons - A Market Crash Murder

A true story of the brutal murder of Diane Pikul. Married to a fascinating Wall Street wizard, with two wonderful children and a successful career, Diane Pikul had it all until her "ideal" husband ended their marriage with a bloody bang. Joe and Diane Pikul became millionaires during the 1980's and were rolling in success until the stock market crashed. Four days after Diane is killed in her Hamptons summer home and Joe is charged with her murder.

[edit] Extra - Dominick Dunne Interview

In these interview clips Dominick Dunne is giving insight to his downfall as a producer, his daughter's murder case, highly public O.J. Simpson trial, his views about Criminal defense lawyers and how they are trying to protect their clients from Justice.

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 2250 kbps
Video Resolution: 624x472
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.322:1
Frames Per Second: 29.970
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 448kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 5
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 42:05.048
Number Of Parts: 8
Part Size: 815 MB
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