Documentaries on Wrongful Convictions

Alejandra de la Fuente — July 28, 2009 @ 10:20 AM — Comments (2)

Over the past week, a couple of blogs have brought attention to documentaries about wrongful convictions.

“Juan Melendez – 6446” is a film about a man who spent 17 years, 8 months and 1 day (6,446 days) on death row for a Florida murder that he didn’t commit. It was discovered that several crucial pieces of evidence that would have proved his innocence, including a taped confession to the murder from another man, were excluded at trial. In 2002, he was the 99th death row inmate to be exonerated in the U.S. The documentary will be featured at the New York International Latino Film Festival this week. Watch the trailer here.

“A Death in the Family” is a documentary from CBC news about William Mullins-Johnson, a Canadian man convicted of murdering his four-year-old niece. He spent 12 years in jail because of the testimonies of several pathologists – no forensic evidence actually linked him to the crime. He was finally released in 2005 when experts decided she was not murdered but actually died of natural causes. The full documentary can be seen here.

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  2. Here’s two more good documentaries:

    Paradise lost: Murder at Robin Hood Hills – About 3 teenagers convicted of the murders of 3 younger boys. There was no evidence linking the teens to the murders. They were convicted based solely on the coerced confession of one of the teens and suspicion of being involved in a satanic cult.

    Murder on a Sunday Morning – About another teenage boy accused of murdering a female tourist in Florida. He was ultimately acquitted but the police had initially beaten a confession out of him. He was identified by the only witness to the crime, the victims husband, when he happened to be walking near the scene of the crime and he voluntarily agreed to answer questions for the police.

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