Matt Kelly blogs on Criminal Justice. his blog, of a film I know little about, and look forward to catching this next week. I kept on hearing about it, missing it, and look forward to seeing it. So here is a review for you by another lawyer who says it is compelling:
"I recently saw the film “Forgiven,” Paul Fitzgerald’s moving and thoughtful directorial debut, which ponders the injustice of a wrongful conviction, the healing and redemption possible in the aftermath, and the politics that can get in the way. It became available (streaming and DVD) on Netflix this week, and it’s well worth moving to the top of your queue.
The well-crafted (though sometimes meandering) indie flick explores the fallout of a wrongful death sentence and the inherent dangers in society’s thirst for tough-on-crime policy. Fitzgerald plays a conservative young district attorney making a bid for the U.S. Senate. His commitment to conviction may have been too strong, however, and an exoneration threatens to overwhelm his political ambitions. The movie has plenty of twists and turns and I won’t spoil it here.
“Forgiven” raises several sensitive and critical issues around wrongful convictions and criminal justice policy. The injustices dealt by our court system are very real, and they won't end soon. For countless reasons, we can't continue to turn a blind eye to the suffering of our fellow citizens imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit. This film makes this reality painfully clear."
On this Christmas Day, I pay tribute to all those in the criminal justice system, working daily to work out the kinks which make our justice system unjust.
I applaud those working to make things fairer for everyone, whether you do so wearing a badge or by writing from a blog; whether you wear a robe or a hospital gown. If you get up in the morning and can fight doing things as usual, avoid the apathy which can invade our lives, and stand for what is right, bucking the tide, swimming against the stream, I applaud you, your energy, your vision.
May you find a song in your heart and a smile on your lips.