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.