Crime television is all around us. Almost every network dives into the flavor of the week in an attempt to capitalize on crimes past and present and draw in viewers with their offerings.
In Defense Of is doing something different.
Where most shows focus solely on the criminals, the cases, the law enforcement, or the prosecution of the case, In Defense Of is bringing to light what it takes to ensure all of those protected by the U.S. Constitution receive what they are due: the right to counsel as guaranteed in the Sixth Amendment.
The attorneys who defend what can often be the ugliest and most evil of us don't always find themselves hailed by the media, but In Defense Of is a limited series on Oxygen showcasing their success with particular cases, their challenges with the same, and much more.
I had the opportunity to sit with some of the participants, as well as producer, Jane Lipsitz, and moderator Beth Karas, during a panel held at NBC earlier this week. It was an honor to listen to them speak and shake a few hands.
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Their stories are incredible and knowing I was sitting with people who were so integral in making history was stunning to me. Their jobs may not be easy, but they have prevailed through some difficult times and risen to the top of their field.
The limited series will visit the following:
Monday, June 25, Timothy McVeigh: In Defense Of -- Defense attorneys, Chris Tritico and Stephen Jones, detail their time representing Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in his capital murder trial and their efforts to spare him the death penalty.
Monday, July, 2, Waco: Clive Doyle: In Defense Of -- Defense attorney, Dan Cogdell, recounts the Waco Siege, and the trial the federal government launched against his client, Clive Doyle, and the other surviving members of the controversial Branch Davidians.
Monday, July 9, Jodi Arias: In Defense Of -- Court-ordered to represent Jodi Arias in her sensationalized capital murder trial, Kirk Nurmi recounts his six-year ordeal to defend her, and how it irrevocably altered the course of his life.
Sunday, July 15, Ted Bundy: In Defense Of -- Sought out by serial killer, Ted Bundy, in the 1970s, Criminal Defense Attorney, John Henry Browne delves into his personal and professional journey to defend one of the most notorious killers in history.
In attendance at the panel were attorneys Chris Tritico, Dan Cogdell, and John Henry Browne. After all their years in the spotlight, it was apparent they knew each other well, and if Tritico, who was approached first, had not signed onto the series, the others might not have followed.
Each attorney had different relationships with their clients. Tritico, for example, considered Timothy McVeigh a friend. “I liked Tim McVeigh,” he said. “He was friendly, nice, funny, and extremely intelligent.”
He laughed and continued, “He wasn’t going to ever come to my house for Thanksgiving,..