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Crime After Crime

Shot over seven years, this video documentary considers the case of Deborah Peagler, who served more than 25 years in prison for murder but may have been the victim of prosecutorial overreach in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Witnesses claim that Peagler suffered years of domestic abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, though this wasn't considered when she pleaded guilty in 1983 to having lured him to a public park where he was murdered by two gang members. Director Yoav Potash chronicles the efforts of two lawyers to get Peagler's case retried, and his video draws much-needed attention to issues that are under-reported by mainstream news outlets (like the shocking number of domestic abuse victims currently incarcerated in the United States). As a documentary, however, this deeply flawed, perpetuating some of the worst tropes of the Michael Moore era (syrupy music, smug narration, scenes of the director antagonizing public figures who've refused him interviews).

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  • Yoav Potash

Producer:

  • Yoav Potash

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