Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Dick Wolf, the TV producer responsible for the seemingly endless Law & Order and its numerous spin-offs, entered the realm of "reality" television with his weekly 60-minute NBC series Crime & Punishment. Co-created by Wolf and David Kanter, the series followed a number of criminal cases, from arrest to final verdict, brought to trial by the D.A.'s office of San Diego, CA. Though the cases, lawyers, police, perpetrators, and witnesses were real, and the episodes were unscripted and unrehearsed, the series was edited in the manner of a "fictional" crime show, replete with mini-climaxes just before each and every commercial break. The opening episode of Crime & Punishment, originally aired June 16, 2002, dealt with the first-degree murder trial of James Dailey, a security guard accused of murdering his wife.