While the show is a bit short and overly-padded -- it suffers from that FOX habit of previewing upcoming material and then reviewing things after commercial breaks -- I do find myself seeking it out.
One that stands out in my mind right now:
Debra Lynn Baker. The bookkeeper to the millionaire Texas plumber? She moved in with him and his wife, and became a sort of confidant to the missus. He expressed fear that the two women were trying to kill him, and soon enough he was dead. They found a lethal dose of arsenic in his system. Arsenic was found in Debra's room, as well as on the jar of cranberry juice that the guy drank from each morning. She was found guilty of murder.
Nothing WAY of the the ordinary, until the sentencing ... and some strange Texas-style justice. The sentence? 10 years.... of probation. Oh, and a $10,000 fine. Weird, wild stuff. Apparently the outcome was affected by a parade of character witnesses who testified that the deceased was an overbearing, foul-tempered, ornery pain-in-the-ass.
(Huh. Reminds me of that City Confidential about the town who collectively offed one of its pain-in-the-ass citizens. A real bully, this guy just consistently made life difficult for people in this town ... Anyway, someone shotgunned him in a parking lot and then everyone present at the scene claimed to have been 'under the table' in the nearby store. Mighty big table, that. The whole town managed to keep silent about what happened that day, despite the widow's complaints and the FBI investigating...)
Anyway it seems being a total jerk can result in a 'justifiable homicide' in the eyes of some.
Anyone else checking this show out?
Edited by Old_Abe, Aug 18, 2005 @ 2:03 PM.