After receiving critical success with docuseries like “America to Me” and “Warriors of Liberty City,” Starz is continuing its prestige documentary push with “Leavenworth.”
Produced by Steven Soderbergh, along with Paul Pawlowski and David Check, the upcoming five-hour docuseries tells a controversial true-crime story that plays out in the military justice system.
The series is centered on Clint Lorance, who’s serving a 19-year sentence for murder at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, the former Army lieutenant ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them.
Lorance’s case made national headlines after a February 2015 story ran in The New York Times, and it recently came back into discussion when Don Brown, Lorance’s co-counsel and consultant during his appeal, published a book, “Travesty of Justice,” on the case this year.
Brown argues in the book that the Army restricted critical evidence from being revealed in Lorance’s trial.
A federal judge has placed the man at the center of documentary series “The Innocent Man” on the path to potential freedom.
U.S. District Judge James Payne has ruled there was reasonable doubt that Karl Fontenot should have been convicted in 1988 in the kidnapping and killing of Ada, Oklahoma convenience store clerk Denice Haraway in 1984.
Payne has given the state of Oklahoma 120 days to grant Fontenot a new trial or release him permanently.
Fontenot’s case was the focus of the 2006 John Grisham book “The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town” and a later the 2018 Netflix documentary series “The Innocent Man.”
Steven Soderbergh is executive producing a true-crime documentary series about the military justice system for Starz.
The Lionsgate-backed broadcaster has ordered “Leavenworth” from the “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Magic Mike” director as well as Paul Pawlowski and David Check.
Leavenworth tells the story of Lieutenant Clint Lorance, who is serving a 19-year sentence for murder at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.
While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, Lorance ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them and outraging some of his platoon.
In a first-hand account of a soldier navigating the U.S. Army’s legal system, Lorance seeks to overturn his conviction, provoking emotional debate between his supporters and detractors that rises to the national stage.
HBO has released a trailer for its upcoming two-part true crime documentary “Who Killed Garrett Phillips?”
Directed by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?), the film centers on the case of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips of Potsdam, New York who was strangled to death in October 2011 in the apartment he shared with his mother and a half-brother.
Police quickly focused their attention on an ex-boyfriend of Garrett’s mother, Oral “Nick” Hillary, a black man who served as soccer coach at Clarkson University in Potsdam.
No physical evidence linked Hillary to the crime, but he was indicted on a second-degree murder charge nonetheless. The documentary questions whether Hillary’s prosecution resulted from racial bias.
“Who Killed Garrett Phillips?” premieres July 23 on HBO.
Michelle Carter, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for her involvement in Conrad Roy’s 2014 suicide, is the subject of Erin Lee Carr’s latest documentary, “I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter.”
The film examines the Massachusetts’ trial, dubbed the “Texting Suicide Case,” about a teenage girl deemed responsible for sending texts that seemed to encourage her boyfriend to kill himself.
The case became a national news sensation and sparked a debate around digital technology, social media, and mental health.
“I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter” premieres on back-to-back nights on July 9 and July 10 on HBO.