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Willie Francis Must Die Again (2006)

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The true story of Willie Francis, a sixteen year-old African American with no prior record who was sentenced to the electric chair in 1946... and survived. For two years after he became ... See full summary »

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The true story of Willie Francis, a sixteen year-old African American with no prior record who was sentenced to the electric chair in 1946... and survived. For two years after he became national news and his case forced the nation to take a hard look at its views on capital punishment. Ultimately, the Supreme Court ruled against Willie, and he went to the electric chair again in 1948. Written by Anonymous

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Willie Francis Must Die Again is a fine documentary of a Louisiana teen's initial failed execution
1 July 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this on the DVR having recorded it there four years ago. It's the account of a 16-year-old black man named Willie Francis who had confessed to killing the brother of a police chief but since he was a stutterer, that might have been made under duress and there was no real evidence against him and his defense team did nothing to help him. Lots of interesting back and forth between the national Supreme Court and that of Louisiana is accounted here. There is also some nice commentary from one Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book "Dead Man Walking" which was later made into a movie starring Susan Sarandon who won the Oscar playing her, and I also appreciated some footage of then-Gov. Jimmie Davis singing his signature song, "You Are My Sunshine", during legislation. That song was long my late dad's favorite as he was always singing it when alive. Anyway, Willie Francis Must Die Again is worthy viewing for anyone interested in these historical documents of social injustice. Oh, and as a Louisianan, I have to acknowledge the contribution of one Glen Pitre, a producer here, who also made Belizaire the Cajun, The Scoundrel's Wife, and Hurricane on the Bayou previously, all of which I reviewed on this site.


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