Each episode of DEATH ROW STORIES unravels a different capital murder case with twists and turns worthy of a crime thriller. All of these stories are true, and call into question the myriad of beliefs about the death penalty and the American justice system itself. Susan Sarandon, whose Oscar honor was awarded for her powerfully moving portrayal of the Louisiana-based Catholic nun Sister Helen Prejean, who ministers to death row inmates and advocates for the abolition of capital punishment, will narrate each episode in the series.
Actor/director Robert Redford (who has won two Academy Awards® and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award this year for his mesmerizing performance in ALL IS LOST) said, on the occasion of the announcement: “This series is about the search for justice and truth, we are pleased to be working with Alex Gibney to tell these important stories and give a voice to these cases.”
Director Alex Gibney said, “The series provides stark examples of the struggle between the powerful and the powerless. The stakes – life or death – couldn’t be higher.”
This Sunday, April 6th's, episode:
EPISODE FIVE: “ROUGH JUSTICE IN THE BIG EASY”
In December 1984, a prominent New Orleans businessman was killed outside of his apartment, and police arrested a small-time drug dealer named John Thompson. The office of District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr., sent Thompson to death row.
A powerful law firm from the Northeast was brought in for Thompson’s appeals, only to discover they are out of their league in The Big Easy. The firm hires Elisa Abolafia, a local private investigator, who knows “where the bodies are buried in this town.” Three weeks before Thompson is to be put to death, Abolafia surreptitiously discovers evidence that was covered up by New Orleans officials to give Thompson a fighting chance, and eventually, his day before the U.S. Supreme Court. “Rough Justice in the Big Easy” is produced and directed by Kenneth Levis.