American Justice Season 1994
S1994 E01Jan 5, 1994
Mass Murder: An American Tragedy Jan 5, 1994 Studying random acts of violence. Cases include Charles Whitman, who shot and killed 16 people at the University of Texas; Patrick Sherrill, an Oklahoma letter carrier who gunned down 14 co-workers.
S1994 E02Jan 12, 1994
Hostage Takers Jan 12, 1994 Examining the psyche of "The Hostage Takers." Included: a segment on the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro; comments from hostage negotiators. Also: the media's role in hostage situations.
S1994 E03Jan 19, 1994
The Wrong Man Jan 19, 1994 Examining cases of unjust imprisonment, including that of boxer Rubin Carter, whose life sentence for murder was overturned in 1985; and a Missouri woman falsely convicted of killing her son, who actually died of a rare blood disease.
S1994 E04Jan 26, 1994
Great Brinks Heist Jan 26, 1994 The 1950 "Great Brinks Heist" in Boston, a $2.7 million robbery that "caught the fancy of the American public" and the attention of Hollywood filmmakers. Also: how law officials are coping with bank thefts in Los Angeles.
S1994 E05Feb 2, 1994
Fugitives Feb 2, 1994 Efforts by law officials to capture fugitives from justice. Cases include John List, who was on the run for 18 years after the murder of his family, and was caught in 1989.
S1994 E06Feb 9, 1994
Death Penalty Feb 9, 1994 A study of issues surrounding the death penalty recalls the case of Caryl Chessman, who spent 12 years on death row until his 1960 execution; and Gary Gilmore, shot by a Utah firing squad in 1977. Included: comments from Sister Helen Prejean, who ministers to death-row inmates.
S1994 E07Feb 23, 1994
Juvenile Justice Feb 23, 1994 Examining case studies of juveniles who have committed violent crimes. Included: a look at why increases in youth crime are “pushing the system to its limits.”
S1994 E08Mar 2, 1994
Mob Rats Mar 2, 1994 Examining “the unique contributions” of mob informants to prosecutors. Included: Salvatore (“Sammy the Bull”) Gravano, whose testimony was crucial to John Gotti's 1992 conviction.
S1994 E09Mar 30, 1994
War Crimes Mar 30, 1994 Examining war-crime trials. Included: the Nuremberg trials; the trials resulting from the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam; and the Demjanjuk case. Interviewed: lawyers involved in the My Lai cases, including F. Lee Bailey.
S1994 E10Apr 6, 1994
Satan: Rituals and Abuse Apr 6, 1994 A report on ritual abuse of children focuses on a case involving an Austin, Texas, day-care facility, whose owners were convicted of sexual molestation. Included: how such cases are prosecuted; the role of the interviewer in drawing out a child's testimony.
S1994 E11Apr 13, 1994
Lorena Bobbitt: Women and Violence Apr 13, 1994 “Was Lorena Bobbitt a violent criminal or was she a desperate woman driven to violence?” Host Bill Kurtis poses the question in a report on women's uses of self-defense pleas. Included: Lorena and John Bobbitt's trials; battered-woman syndrome.
S1994 E12May 4, 1994
Pleading Insane May 4, 1994 An examination of the insanity plea looks at the cases of John Hinckley Jr.; and David Berkowitz, New York City's "Son of Sam." Included: interviews with attorneys who represented Hinckley and Berkowitz. Also: a history of the insanity defense, dating back to 19th-century England.
S1994 E13May 18, 1994
Cops on Trial May 18, 1994 A report on police corruption focuses on how officers are treated after they are convicted. Cases studied include the New York City probe chronicled in the 1973 film "Serpico."
S1994 E14Jun 1, 1994
Fighting Words: The First Amendment Jun 1, 1994 Considering the freedom of speech, as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Among the cases: an American Nazi parade in Illinois that was chronicled in the 1981 TV-movie "Skokie." Also: legal troubles faced by comics, including Lenny Bruce.
S1994 E15Jun 15, 1994
Jim Bakker: Crime in the Name of God Jun 15, 1994 Examining how the justice system deals with cases involving religious groups. Included: Jim Bakker's conviction for fraud; a Christian Scientist couple whose son died of a curable illness because their beliefs forbade treatment.
S1994 E16Jul 13, 1994
Reginald Denny: Jury Under Siege Jul 13, 1994 An examination of pressures placed upon juries focuses on the trial of the men accused of beating Reginald Denny during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Also: jury responsibilities in death-penalty cases.
S1994 E17Aug 3, 1994
Attack at Waco Aug 3, 1994 Recapitulating the 1993 standoff between the Branch Davidians and Federal agents in Waco, Texas, and the 1994 trial of Davidian survivors. Also: video footage of David Koresh, and comments by his mother, Bonnie Haldeman.
S1994 E18Aug 17, 1994
Sex, Lies and Harassment Aug 17, 1994 The legal aspects of sexual harassment in the workplace. Included: a review of the Hill-Thomas confrontation; interviews with essayist Camille Paglia and law professor Catharine MacKinnon, and author David Brock ("The Real Anita Hill").
S1994 E19Sep 7, 1994
Gangbusters Sep 7, 1994 Law-enforcement efforts to halt gang-related crimes. The hour focuses on Daryl Whiting, former leader of Boston's "New York Boys," who's now serving a life sentence for drug offenses; and the Iowa gang the Vice Lords, three of whose members were convicted in 1994 of killing a teenage girl.
S1994 E20Sep 14, 1994
The Attica Riot: Chaos Behind Bars Sep 14, 1994 A report on the 1971 riot at Attica Correctional Facility in New York focuses on the state's handling of the crisis, called "one of the most infamous massacres in American history." Included: comments from mediators and former inmates; footage of the rebellion and its aftermath.
S1994 E21Sep 21, 1994
Private Eyes Sep 21, 1994 “The Private Eyes” examines the growing number of private security companies, and what can happen when “rogue” guards are on patrol. Interviewed: a New York security-company executive; and Hubert Williams of the Police Foundation, who says of the often-underpaid guards: “You get what you pay for.”
S1994 E22Oct 19, 1994
Prostitution, Sex and the Law Oct 19, 1994 Examining attitudes toward prostitution, and its effect on practitioners and society. Interviewed: one-time "Mayflower Madam" Sydney Biddle Barrows; Norma Jean Almodovar, the author of Cop to Call Girl; and Stanford University legal historian Lawrence Friedman.
S1994 E23Nov 23, 1994
The Sting Nov 23, 1994 The use of sting operations, "one of the most effective and disputed methods of law enforcement." Cases include the 1990 arrest of Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry; a 1993 animal-smuggling operation that involved an agent posing as a gorilla.
S1994 E24Nov 30, 1994
Riots: The Chicago Conspiracy Trial Nov 30, 1994 The riots surrounding the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, and the "chaotic" conspiracy trial that followed. "It was an episode of American justice gone mad," says series host Bill Kurtis. Interviewed: defendant Tom Hayden, prosecutor Tom Foran, defense lawyer William Kunstler and author John Schultz ("The Chicago Conspiracy Trial"), who notes: "The police bestialized the protesters and the protesters bestialized the police."
S1994 E25Dec 14, 1994
Divorce Wars Dec 14, 1994 Examining divorces among celebrities, including Donald and Ivana Trump; and Peter and Roxanne Pulitzer, whose case resulted in Roxanne losing custody of her children in 1982; and the landmark palimony suit between Lee Marvin and Michelle Triola Marvin.