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Presented by FranCar Productions
Tuesday, May 08 6:30PM - 8:37PM
in Seattle, WA at AMC Pacific Place 11 $9.00 General
The Event Program
- Movie presentation of Incendiary
In 1991, Cameron Todd Willingham’s three daughters died in a Corsicana, Texas house fire. Tried and convicted for their arson murders, Willingham was executed in February 2004 despite overwhelming expert criticism of the prosecution’s arson evidence. Today, Willingham's name has become a call for reform in the field of forensics and a rallying cry for the anti-death penalty movement; yet he remains an indisputable "monster" in the eyes of Texas Governor Rick Perry, who ignored the science that could have saved Willingham’s life. Equal parts murder mystery, forensic investigation and political drama, INCENDIARY documents the haunted legacy of a prosecution built on “folklore.”
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The screening will benefit the Innocence Project Northwest, a clinical program at the University of Washington School of Law.
The Innocence Project Northwest represents indigent people in Washington who are serving long prison terms, who claim their innocence and who no longer have a right to court-appointed counsel. Its objectives are to free the innocent through DNA testing and other means, to advocate for reform to decrease errors in our judicial system and to train students to become thoughtful and reflective practitioners skilled in legal and policy analysis.
The Innocence Project Northwest grew out of a volunteer effort co-founded by Prof. Jackie McMurtrie in 1997, aimed at freeing inmates who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes. Each month the IPNW Clinic receives 30-50 new requests for assistance. Recent IPNW successes include the exoneration of Ted Bradford of Yakima, Larry Davis and Alan Northrop of Vancouver and James Anderson of California, who served a combined total of 47 years in Washington corrections institutions for crimes they did not commit.