The Devil’s Advocate: How to Win Fiends and Influence Despots, Now TV
Jim Sheridan, a six-time Oscar-nommed writer-director, has a fresh project. Giovanni Di Stefano represented a collection of the world’s worst dictators and kingpins, before being jailed for masquerading as a lawyer. It transpired he had no formal legal qualifications, yet Di Stefano’s cast of clients was impressive: Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein, Tariq Aziz, ‘Chemical Ali’, Slobodan Milosevic, Arkan the warlord, Charles Manson, plus gangsters Charlie Richardson and Brink’s-Mat bandit John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer. After the ‘lawyer’ served eight years in jail, he was released in 2021 and Sheridan's team followed his next moves. With exclusive access to Di Stefano’s family, long-term assistant and personal lawyer, The Devil's Advocate traces the highlights and lowlights of his career – from owning Dundee Football Club to representing Hussein – and discovers what’s next for him.