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FRONTLINE; Case for Innocence, The


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Case for Innocence, The
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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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The October 2000 rebroadcast includes an updated prologue and epilogue to convey these developments in the story: -In August 2000, a key figure in the story, Roy Criner was finally pardoned by Texas Gov. George W. Bush and released from prison. - In September 2000, Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore ordered further investigation of the evidence in the case of Earl Washington, now the only character in the story still incarcerated. -In June 2000, Clyde Charles' brother Marlo was arrested for the crime for which Clyde served 19 years. Original Program description: Fifteen years ago, DNA analysis was nonexistent. Today, more than 70 inmates accused of rape and murder have been freed because DNA tests proved their innocence in a way that evidence, courtroom testimony and eyewitness accounts never could. Why then are prosecutors, courts and even governors reluctant to use this scientific test? And when evidence has been tested and DNA does not match that of the accused, how can the law overlook the results? FRONTLINE examines the cases of those whose protestations of innocence could be confirmed by DNA testing, but who may remain imprisoned forever. Written, produced and directed by Ofra Bikel.

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Public Affairs
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