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Episode 9: Bob Doesn’t Make Good Decisions
Dick Deguerin begins the opening statement in the defense of Robert Durst against the charge that he murdered Susan Berman. DeGuerin’s opening in many ways telegraphs a reprise of his three-pronged strategy in defense of Durst the charge of murdering Morris Black in Galveston, Texas: 1) make the jury feel empathy for Durst with what he once called a “Poor Little Rich Boy” narrative; 2) blame the Media (in this instance the makers of The Jinx) and an aggressive prosecutor (in this case, Deputy DA John Lewin) for demonizing Durst; and 3) have Durst present a plausible narrative that he shot Black in self-defense in the course of a struggle of a gun — DeGuerin tells the jury that Durst will testify on his own behalf. That strategy got Durst acquitted of the murder charges against him. But will that strategy work on a Los Angeles jury, and are DeGuerin’s legendary skills as a litigator at the same level that they were nearly two decades ago?
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Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst
The story of billionaire Robert Durst and his possible involvement in the deaths of three people became world-famous because of the popular HBO series, The Jinx. Hear the story of the Durst trial for the murder of Susan Berman as it happens, with unique access to evidence and testimony from pre-trial proceedings, courtroom recaps, expert commentary, witness testimony and interviews with individuals who have special knowledge related to the homicide trial. This groundbreaking real-time true crime series is created, hosted and produced by Oscar and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Kary Antholis.
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