Thursday, November 12, 2009

Convicting Innocents

Here is a link to Sean Penn's documentary Witch Hunt (2008). The description from Emanuel Levy:

"Witch Hunt" chronicles the unraveling of a small town's justice system. The main characters in this new non-fiction film are working class parents, moms and dads, who were all wrongly convicted of child molestation in the early 1980s in the town of Bakersfield, California. Each of these falsely convicted people was recklessly pursued by the same Kern County District Attorney who remains in office today. "Witch Hunt" is a true crime drama, where the real criminals were the authorities, themselves.

PLEASE watch the film and tell me the system is not corrupt.

There is dire need for judicial reform. Although this episode happened over 20 years ago the abusive practices continue in ever more sophisticated fashion.

Check Sosen's site on the sidebar of this blog and the many comments on topic during the previous 9 months at Emanuel Levy.

There's a book I read a few years ago I thought was called cynically titled Presumed Innocent, not to be confused with Turow's of the same title. The one I read is about the Bakersfield travesty. I am having a hard time tracking it down. If anybody sees this and can help please do so.

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