Release date:May 6, 2005
Studio:Freestyle Releasing/Innovation Film Group
Screenwriters:Tony Clarke, Kristina Hamilton, Philippe Martinez, Frank Rehwaldt
Starring:Armand Assante, Jerry Springer, Roy Scheider, Raffaello Degruttola, Gideon Emery, Adrian Galley, Brett Goldin, Langley Kirkwood, Justine Mitchell, Brendan Pollecutt, Dorette Potgieter, Paul Burton Wilson
Marty Rockman, the notorious producer of the hit reality-TV show "So Sue Me," has a brand new concept: "Citizen Verdict". Each week a real criminal case will be tried before the American people, but this time they're also the jury. If the defendant is voted guilty in a death penalty case, Rockman will televise the execution. An escalation in violent crime and terrorism has hit the state of Florida hard. Governor Tyler, desperate to be seen as a tough-oncrime Republican leader in the upcoming Presidential race, decides to give Rockman his chance and "Citizen Verdict" goes into production in Tampa. Sam Patterson is a well-respected liberal law professor trying to survive an expensive divorce when Rockman offers him a huge signing bonus to become the show's defense attorney. Convincing himself that the show has a valid purpose, Sam joins the team. Working as his assistant is the beautiful and brilliant prosecuting attorney, Jessica Landers, who is an ambitious law student. Now all Rockman needs is the first case for the viewing public to judge. Selected by phone-in vote, Sam's first client is Ricky Carr: accused of the rape and murder of popular celebrity-chef Dolly Hamilton, the case is a surefire ratings winner. But when Sam starts to investigate, he finds evidence that Ricky may be innocent of murder.