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MT Innocence Project Wrongful Convictions Film Series to start Jan. 16

Monday, January 8, 2018  
Posted by: Joe Menden
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The Montana Innocence Project has scheduled screenings of three movies in its Wrongful Convictions Film Series, which will begin in January.

All the films will be shown in the Missoula Public Library's large meeting room. The programs will run from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., with a panel discussion after each film. The scheduled films are:

  • "David and Me," Tuesday, Jan. 16: When troubled teen Ray Klonsky began writing letters to prison inmate David McCallum, both of their lives changed forever. Hundreds of letters later, Ray graduated from university determined to set his wrongly convicted friend free.
  • "The Child Cases," Tuesday, Feb. 20: When a child dies under suspicious circumstances, abuse is often suspected. That’s what happened in the case of six-month-old Isis Vas, whose death was deemed “a clear-cut and classic” case of child abuse, sending a man named Ernie Lopez to prison for 60 years. But now a Texas judge has moved to overturn Lopez’s conviction, and new questions are being asked about the quality of expert testimony in this and many other similar cases.
  • "The Fear of 13," Tuesday, March 20: After more than 20 years on death row, a convicted murderer petitions the court asking to be executed. But as he tells his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems.

Two CLE credits are available for each screening.