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Possible the BEST documentary on the death penalty you will ever see!!!
This is one of those amazing documentaries that looks like it'd be
deadly dull 'on paper' and then manages to completely blow your mind as
it comes off the big screen. In an amazing turn of events a pharmacist
turned politician decides to look deeper than the statistics, and
investigate the cases of every person currently on death row in
Illinois. His reason for doing so is mainly due to the efforts of some
students in a journalism class who began to re-stage cases histories as
part of a school project and found out that many of the death row
convicts were innocent beyond the shadow of a doubt. Is the justice
system biased against the poor? Or people of color?? OR is it merely
inadequate due to the tremendous pressures placed on prosecutors to
resolve high profile case??? In any event, what the Governor of
Illinois attempts to do as he completes his term of office is the most
amazingly humane investigation ever undertaken. If every governor in
the USA would re-evaluate the death row penal system the way Illinois'
George Ryan did, we wouldn't need a Supreme Court to decide these types
of issues at all. This is a MUST-SEE documentary that at this time has
no USA distributor. (go figure?) Governor Ryan's decision is the
perfect ending to a perfectly made documentary, here's hoping everyone
gets to see this film (someday).
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