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Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)
"Un coupable idéal" (original title)

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Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

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French documentary about the trial of a black American teenager accused of robbing and murdering an elderly white tourist at a Florida hotel. The film follows the teen's defense team as they build a case that shows ineptitude and prejudice on the part of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Written by Anonymous

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Good Triumphs over Stupidity
21 July 2003 | by (Hardwick, Vermont) – See all my reviews

Hollywood could not have written this story. Thank God for

documentaries! This story is the frightening tale of a young, unassmuing

black teenager who is wrongfully accused the murder of an elderly white

female tourist. The police are arrogant, corrupt and shameless. The prosecutor seemed

almost non-chalant in her pursuit of the facts and the husband of the

victim was a victim of his own grief and bias. The heroes are the family of the accused and the defense attorney. The

filmmaker was so priveledged to be allowed into the home and church of

the young man's family. The warmth of scenes in the family's church were

well juxtaposed with the sterile wood paneled cortroom. This film should

be required viewing at every police academy in the

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