The Devil’s Advocate
What is justice, if it’s not for everyone?
In The Devil’s Advocate, we get to know the defense lawyers of three terror defendants in the United States: the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, who is accused of trying to blow up a passenger plane, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who is accused of planning attacks on Americans with his father-in-law Osama bin Laden, and Guantanamo detainee Ghaleb al-Bahani, who is accused of fighting for Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
The film provides a nuanced and humane look at the front line in the fight for the fundamental right to a fair trial. Why do lawyers choose to take on these controversial cases, and what personal sacrifices do they have to make when taking on the role of “the devil’s advocate”?