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Nov 15 2018

Attorney David Rudolf of hit Netflix series The Staircase

'The Staircase has given me a platform to talk about issues I care about'

Fans of the gripping Netflix courtroom documentary, The Staircase, are in for a treat when defence attorney David Rudolf comes to the Town Hall Theatre this month to discuss the case and issues arising from it.

The series focuses on the trial of novelist Michael Peterson for the suspected murder of his wife, Kathleen, at their home in Durham, North Carolina. First screened in 2004, and ending with Peterson’s conviction, further episodes were filmed after he was granted a retrial and the complete series was shown earlier this year on Netflix. Ahead of his Galway visit, David Rudolf spoke with me about the series and its impact.

A New Yorker, Rudolf has been a practising lawyer for more than 40 years with an abiding passion for fighting for the individual against the power of government. Before talking about The Staircase, I asked David for his thoughts on the current state of the American justice system which has been embroiled in controversy lately over issues like Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court and the anti-immigrant policies of Donald Trump.

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