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Her story takes an unexpected turn two decades later when two rookie attorneys, with no background in criminal law, step forward to take her case. Through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and takes on profound urgency when Debbie is diagnosed with cancer. Filming in and out of prison for over five years, filmmaker Yoav Potash methodically documented this story as it unfolded. With exclusive access to Debbie Peagler and her attorneys, CRIME AFTER CRIME tells an unforgettable story of a relentless quest for justice.
"Harrowing, moving and inspiring." --The Washington Post
"Magnificent" --The New York Times
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"Crime After Crime" (2011 release; 93 min.) brings the case of Debbie Peagler, an African-American woman convicted in 1983 of murdering her abusive boyfriend. She was sentenced to 25 years-to-life. As the movie starts, we meet two lawyers who take her case pro-bono almost 20 years later to re-examine the facts of the case. Pretty soon it is clear that Peagler was the victim of "women battered syndrome" and should never have been prosecuted for murder, and furthermore that the Los Angeles District Attorney's office made some horrendous mistakes and probably (likely) violated her rights as a defender by withholding evidence. When presented with those facts by the pro-bono lawyers, the DA sends a letter to the attorneys, offering to reduce the crime to voluntary manslaughter (which carries a 6 year prison term), effectively freeing Peagler when the deal is sealed. At that point we are just half-way into the movie, so what more can be told for the second half of the movie? To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Several comments: this movie was shot, produced and directed over a 5+ year period by Yoav Potash and his crew, and what a labor of love and endurance it became. I must admit that during the first 45 min. of the movie, this looked to be a very "TV-like" 20/20 story, but the second half of the movie is just riveting and will equally enrage and move you. Kudos to the two California pro-bono lawyers who spent countless hours, days, months and years taking up Peagler's case.Read more ›
He begin pimping her out before she was 18 years old and she could not believe that he would betray her like that. Eventually she became tired of the life and especially the abuse so she received some help from two gang members. After telling the gang members about the abuse that she had been living and how she had been treated the ride began when her pimp was killed.
Crime After Crime takes you on a journey into the judicial system and it shows you how the system works and how its not always fair. Enter two attorneys, Joshua Safran and Nadia Costa who themselves were familiar with abuse in their childhood they began setting on a quest to get Debbie release from prison after serving for over 15 years; of which she should have over served about six years for the crime.
Debbie does turn her life around but is it enough? Joshua and Nadia uncovers new, hidden and contradicting evidence but is it enough? Debbie is later diagnosed with lung cancer and told that she has a limited time to live. Will she finally be released or will she be left to die in prison?
This is a must see and highly recommended movie.
The pro bono attorneys are also quite gracious in that they never mention that Deborah probably had inadequate representation at the trial level. Discovery is supposed to be conducted as part of an original investigation, not 25 years after the alleged offense was committed.Read more ›
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Best documentary ever! Glad I got to watch it and the movie also expose some bitter parts of criminal justice system to people and why it needs to be fixed.Published 2 months ago by Sandeep
I advise anybody to go buy this documentary!!!!!! This can happen to any women , don't matter what age you are, where you from ,how much money you got ,this can happen to any... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are so many women like Deborah Peagler and the reason why they start in situations like this is because they feel like they can't get away and they system is not trying to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Snookie
Great movie about how our criminal justice system does not work at times.Published 3 months ago by Randy S. Pollock
Over kill is what I say, officials overstepping their authority, ignoring the human rights of a battered woman. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Juanita Randall
Very brave woman to have been through so much. What a role model. She's in heaven now !!!Published 7 months ago by Phyllis Birks