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Season 8, Episode 19 Race to Execution

First Aired: March 27, 2007

Rachel Lyon's film “Race to Execution” examines the potential influence of race in deciding capital punishment for convicted felons. The documentary follows the cases of executed black inmate Robert Tarver of Alabama and Madison Hobley---also black---who was on death row for murder when he was pardoned on the basis of innocence by Illinois governor George Ryan in 2003. Harvard law professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. narrates.

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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