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The Staircase

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.

Duration: 49 min

Quality: HD

Release: 2004

IMDb: 8

Season 1 - The Staircase
2018-06-08
"Michael speaks to a reporter about the reasons behind his plea. Later, Kathleen's sister delivers a statement of defiance in court."
2018-06-08
"Their faith in the justice system forever shaken, Michael and his family discuss what they can hope to achieve by continuing the fight."
2018-06-08
"Following two and a half years of house arrest, Michael must decide whether to push for a plea or risk his freedom with a new trial."
2013-03-11
"After more experts testify about the questionable conclusions and claims of Duane Deaver, the judge rules on whether a new trial is necessary."
2013-03-04
"Eight years later, the possibility that a key witness for the prosecution may have misled the jury could prompt the need for a new trial."
2005-04-25
"Is Michael Peterson guilty or not guilty? The jury delivers its verdict regarding the mysterious death of his wife, Kathleen."
2005-04-25
"Kathleen's sisters pore over Michael's writings. Jurors visit the staircase at Michael's home. A vital piece of evidence reappears."
2005-04-18
"A witness brings surprising levity to the stand. The judge rules on an important matter, and Michael's alleged temper comes under scrutiny."
2005-04-18
"The prosecution presents its case while the defense strives to cast a reasonable doubt within the minds of the jury."
2005-04-11
"As the trial looms and media attention heats up, an autopsy report's wording ruffles the feathers of the defense team."
2005-04-11
"The death of another woman close to Peterson from 17 years earlier sparks a new investigation. She also died on a staircase, casting major doubts over the defense case."
2005-04-04
"As Michael's hidden life comes out into the open, defense experts debate if it will have a significant impact on the coming trial."
2005-04-04
"Following his wife's suspicious death, Michael Peterson speaks about his version of the events while lawyers and expert witnesses prepare for trial."