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American Justice: Its Not My Fault Strange Defenses DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2002

Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz examines three cases that illustrate the bizarre extremes and potential traps of unconventional legal strategies.



It is the attorney's job to create a defense strategy for their client; it is the judge's place to decide whether or not it is a worthy argument. Over the years, some truly unusual defenses have been put forth by innovative lawyers; some have carried the day.

Alan Dershowitz, famed trial attorney and author of Abuse Excuses, leads us through three cases that illustrate the bizarre extremes and potential traps of STRANGE DEFENSES. See how the infamous "Twinkie Defense" secured a reduced sentence for Dan White, accused of murdering San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Other strategies have not been as successful--lawyers for Scott Falater were unable to convince the jury that he was sleepwalking when he killed his wife (stabbing her 44 times), cleaned up, bandaged himself and changed his clothes, despite the claims of expert witnesses that this was possible. And finally, there is the case of Kathy Willets and her husband, accused of prostitution. Attorney Ellis Rubin outlines the defense he never got the chance to deploy in court--that their actions were "sexual therapy" for Ms. Willets, who had become a nymphomaniac as a result of her dependence on Prozac!

In a court of law, anything can happen. AMERICAN JUSTICE® proves that beyond a reasonable doubt.

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