Documenting a Past Nightmare: A Filmmaker’s Perspective on Wrongful Convictions

Joshua Riehl

A wise attorney knows that a license to practice law is both a great privilege and an enormous responsibility. But the exercise of our incredible power can sometimes become mundane; after issuing dozens of subpoenas, one no longer perceives that power as significant. To help us reflect on the responsibility that we bear, TYL offers the perspective of an outsider to our profession— a documentary filmmaker—on the most egregious circumstances of failure by the entire justice system: when an innocent person is convicted and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.

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