Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Movie executive-cum-investigative journalist Dominick Dunne was both the host and the driving force of this cable-TV series, which asked the age-old question "Is there truly one law for the rich and one for the poor?" Apparently there was: Each of the series' 60-minute episodes detailed a high-profile murder case in which both perpetrator and victim were among the privileged and wealthy. Just as he did in his ongoing coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial for Vanity Fair, Dunne demonstrated that the wheels of justice sometimes move slowly, in reverse, or not at all when the criminals have the money and clout to circumvent the System. Happily, however, most of the cases presented herein ended with justice being served and proper punishment meted out to the deserving (though often years and years after the actual crime). Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice made its Court TV debut on June 19, 2002, a scant week or so after the murder conviction of Kennedy family member Michael Skakel, whose quarter-century evasion of justice had been the topic of Dunne's 1993 book A Season in Purgatory.
class-system, court-system, famous-cases, investigation, justice, trial [courtroom], wealth