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FRONTLINE; Requiem For Frank Lee Smith


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Requiem For Frank Lee Smith
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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In December 2000, after spending 14 years on Florida's Death Row, Frank Lee Smith was finally cleared of the rape and murder of eight- year-old Shandra Whitehead. Like nearly 100 prisoners before him, Smith's belated exoneration came as a result of sophisticated DNA testing that was unavailable when he was first convicted. But for Frank Lee Smith, the good news came too late: 10 months before he was proven innocent, Smith died of cancer in his jail cell, just steps away from Florida's electric chair. How did Frank Lee Smith up on Death Row for a crime he didn't commit? And why was he allowed to die there despite possible evidence of his innocence?



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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Requiem For Frank Lee Smith,” 04/11/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 20, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_99D175B035454626BF47E4157B6132D6.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Requiem For Frank Lee Smith.” 04/11/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 20, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_99D175B035454626BF47E4157B6132D6>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Requiem For Frank Lee Smith. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_99D175B035454626BF47E4157B6132D6
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