The jury pronounces Beau Maestas' sentence on the same day that jury selection is to begin for his sister Monique's trial. As she works on the most troubling case of her career, Special Public Defender Alzora Jackson counsels Monique as she would one of her own daughters. A plea bargain will save the young woman from life without the possibility of parole, but the conditions demanded by District Attorney Roger may be more than Monique is willing to accept.
A young Asian American, Wei Liu, was killed in a parking lot outside a Las Vegas strip club. Jesus 'Zeus' Vega turned himself in as the shooter and was charged with murder. However, he asserts that he fired in self-defence.
As police budgets come under threat, this hard-hitting series reveals what police officers really think about being on the frontline of 21st-century Britain. With access to police forces across the country the series captures the reality of the job: from the riot police who face serious public disorder on the streets, to the seasoned custody sergeants who've seen it all, from the staff facing time-wasters calling 999 to emergency response teams racing to the scene only to find themselves acting as social workers or marriage counsellors.
On the night of January 27, 2006, a distraught 71-year-old man named De Rac Hanley phoned 911 to report that he had murdered someone in his apartment. Though Hanley remembered little at the time, it emerged that the victim was one of Hanley's elderly neighbours, Earl Spangenberg. Hanley's attorneys, public defenders Curtis Brown and Andrea Luem, quickly realise they have their work cut out for them with this particular client, a colourful Irish-American drifter with a troubled past, a prodigious drinking habit and an often tenuous grasp on reality.
talhotblond is the true story (and screen name) of a beautiful teenage vixen who uses Internet game rooms to lure men into her cyberspace web. When she discovers she's been double crossed and lied to by one of her victims, she wants revenge, and unleashes a fantasy online that escalates into real life murder. Drawing from exclusive access to Internet messages, secret notes and letters, as well as police evidence files and exclusive prison interviews, talhotblond details the horrific results of what can happen when people lie online.
Kemp looks at the horrific conditions migrants face in Libya trying to escape to Europe. Even before they set out in flimsy and overcrowded rubber dinghies, the trip across the desert is even more deadly than the sea itself.
Murderers, rapists, gangsters and paedophiles are serving time at Aylesbury. So serious are some of their offences, that one in five is serving life or an indeterminate sentence to protect the public. What's frightening is that the oldest prisoners are just 21. Officers engage in a daily battle of wits, to ensure they keep control. They must also try to help rebuild the fractured lives of these young men.
On Trial is a groundbreaking, five part documentary series featuring unprecedented access to major criminal trials in Australian courts. For the first time cameras have been granted full access to the Supreme Court of Western Australian and the District Court of NSW where criminal cases are dealt with before judge and jury. The series features a murder trial, a major assault, and a robbery and assault trial.
Each year in Britain, 2,000 school-age children are locked up. Vinney Green Secure Unit locks up some of the youngest and the most troubled; the kids no-one else can manage, whether they are a danger to each other, or a danger to themselves. Filmed over one year with unprecedented access to the unit, the children and the staff who care for them, this extraordinary series tells their stories and finds out what's being done to set the kids straight.
Internationally renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog embarks on a dialogue with death-row prisoners and lets them express their views on life and death. For a time, the youngest man on Death Row, Herzog interviews Blaine Milam and others about the brutal 2008 killing of his girlfriend's 13 month old daughter.
Follow Australian Jew Manny Waks, as he witnesses the dramatic hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, before he travels to the US and confronts one of the two men he claims abused him.
Code Of Silence, a one-hour Compass special, follows the parallel journeys of a fervently Orthodox father and his now-secular son, after the son breaks the code of silence in Melbourne's Orthodox community and goes public with his story of being sexually abused as a student
For the first time retired commissioner Ron Woodham shares his intimate knowledge of prison life with broadcaster Ray Hadley in this exclusive two-part series, and gives him unprecedented and extraordinary access to gaols housing some of Australia's worst criminals.
When the State starts presenting a strong case against DeRac Hanley at trial, he isn't happy with how his public defenders are handling his case. When the devil is in the detail and their client's recollections are murky, it is tough to mount a successful defence case. They decide to go for self- defence and their hope lies in the testimonies of a neuropsychologist and DeRac's drinking buddies.
Australia's busiest remand centre goes into lockdown when inmates charged with terrorism offences are brought down from the cells. In Torres Strait, Border Force officers intercept a vessel approaching Australian waters.
In the Middle East, an RAAF strike fighter pilot flies into battle against ISIS, while in Tasmania a mum visits drug court with her son, and in Sydney, Border Force's counter-terrorism unit allows cameras in for the first time.
We've never been so wary of politicians, but there was a time when things were different. This biography takes a revelatory look at the times and leadership that made Bob Hawke a prime minister we'd never forget.
In this episode, Bill Clinton wins the 1996 election in a landslide, pulling off one of the greatest turnarounds in political history. But events have been set in motion that will soon divide the country and nearly destroy Clinton's presidency.
Tonight profiles Frank Hardy, the most well-known Communist in Australia. A larrikin, gambler and author of Power Without Glory. Hardy's file depicts a man's struggle with misplaced faith. His story is presented by his son, Alan Hardy, also a person of interest, and granddaughter Marieke Hardy.
Barack Obama set out to end George Bush's wars in the Middle East and reset relations with the rest of the world. In Syria, when shocking evidence shows the use of chemical weapons, Obama decides to bomb. This episode also explores how Obama scored a big win when he negotiated a secret deal to end the nuclear threat from Iran, behind the backs of his closest allies. Secretary of state John Kerry tells how he worked through the night (with President Obama on the phone) to secure the outlines of the deal.
Who is Donald Trump? From his early childhood in Queens, where his father taught him to be 'a killer', to his triumphs and failures as a flamboyant real estate baron, casino owner and reality television star, Trump developed the character and personality that he would put before voters as an unorthodox presidential candidate. With new reporting and interviews combined with sections of the acclaimed film, The Choice 2016, this film reveals the man who will now bring those qualities to the White House.
Nothing much happens in Canberra, never has. That's what most people think. ABC presenter Annabel Crabb is set to change your mind in Canberra Confidential, a revealing and whimsical rummage through a century of secrets in our nation's capital. While Canberra celebrates its centenary in March, there's no better time to lay bare its past scandals and secrets.
Russell Brand's 2012 BBC documentary, From Addiction to Recovery, concluded with him giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee. Drawing on his own experience of drug taking and recovery, he advocated treating addiction as a health issue rather than a criminal problem and underlined his own belief that abstinence is the best way to help addicts. Since then the Committee has reported its findings, concluding that the British drugs laws were failing and that it was a 'now or never' moment to reform them. But British Prime Minister, David Cameron didn't agree, insisting that the drugs policy is working in Britain and that we should 'stick at it'.
The second episode chronicles the tumultuous first two years of the Clinton presidency, years that see the beginning of the Whitewater scandal, the shocking death of Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster and the humiliating defeat of Hillary's healthcare bill.
This two-part documentary goes inside the bitter clash between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Amid the violence in the Middle East, this gripping series traces Netanyahu's rise to power and his high-stakes fight with the president over Iran's nuclear program.
This compelling documentary investigates the website that has given rise to one of the greatest controversies of the last decade. WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret and classified media from anonymous sources and news leaks. In late 2010, the website courted controversy by publishing hundreds of thousands of classified US diplomatic and military documents.
Heritier Lumumba, formerly known as Harry O'Brien, was in the middle of his best season of AFL when his club president, Eddie McGuire, made a racist on-air comment, suggesting that Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes could be used to promote a King Kong musical. As a man of colour and strong supporter of equality, Lumumba chose to speak out against his high-profile boss. What followed was a media storm and an on-air showdown with McGuire which painted Lumumba as an overly PC, hyper-sensitive villain. Through exclusive access to Lumumba, his friends and family, AFL legends Mick Malthouse, former Collingwood Captain Nick Maxwell and sports journalists, this program uncovers the personal and professional journey of a man who, at the top of his game, dared to hold a mirror to a nation that didn't like what it saw.
The Old Bailey is one of the most feared criminal courts in the land. For hundreds of years, it has stood as a symbol of British justice. Some of the most notorious criminals have been sentenced here, and some have been sent to their deaths from here. But the Old Bailey has also witnessed devastating miscarriages of justice.
This revealing documentary examines the rich history of the home of British democracy and known around the world as a symbol of the British nation: the Palace of Westminster - also known as the Houses of Parliament. Within its walls laws are made, and crucial decisions that shape the country are debated. For hundreds of years, Parliament has witnessed shocking scandals, weathered conspiracy and betrayal, and even been a target for terrorists.
On April 27, 1994, millions of first-time voters cast their ballots in South Africa's first free elections, ushering in the presidency of Mandela. Learn about the enormous change from those who lived it.