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In this 2003 advocacy video, Thomas Sullivan, who cochaired Governor George Ryan's commission on capital punishment, draws a useful distinction between moral and practical objections to the death penalty. Only the latter are likely to convert anyone, and in the video's first half, producer-directors John Lyon and Jackie Rivet-River paint a damning portrait of a state justice system so corrupt that it's sent at least 13 innocent men to death row in the last three decades. Unfortunately the video makers can't stay off the moral high ground, and this eventually turns to reflections from family members of murder victims on the need to forgive the killers. It's powerful stuff, but the exonerated don't need anyone's forgiveness. 57 min.

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