The Ghost of Spoon River (2000)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Courtroom Drama  |   MPAA Rating - R
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High-powered big city lawyer Emma (Lauren Sinclair) is called from her office in a Chicago skyscraper back to her rural hometown to defend Jesse Henson (Brian McNamara), a mild mannered farmer -- and Jesse's former lover -- accused of the murder of the town's game warden, who was shot at night in the local cemetery. To make matters worse, since the game warden was African-American, the local TV news reporter and a politician running a dead-end race have decided to turn the case into a racial event in order to draw attention to themselves. And that's fine for the region's hard-charging, narrow-minded FBI agent (Richard Portnow), who wants to close a high-profile case. Then someone shows up with a video of the night the game warden was shot -- can those be Civil War ghosts rising from their graves?

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cemetery, hometown, lawyer, murder-trial, politician, reporter, race-relations, FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)