Monday, April 7, 2008

Exonerated Kiwi: NZ Gov't Funds True Crime TV

The New Zealand government is ponying up $1.35 million to shoot a film about one of the worst cases of wrongful conviction in the country's history.

Until Proven Innocent will tell the story of David Dougherty, a young man convicted of the abduction and rape of an 11-year-old girl back in 1992.

The quick and the dirty of it all: three professionals, journalist Donna Chisholm, lawyer Murray Gibson, and scientist Arie Geursen, looked into Dougherty's case and believed he was wrongfully imprisoned. They were able to prove his innocence, however, it took a number of years before his actual release from prison. It took even longer for the court of public opinion to side with him, even after being released, when another man was arrested in 2002.

For a more detailed look at Dougherty's fascinating ordeal please visit here. Discussion of his case begins halfway down the page.

Until Proven Innocent is scheduled to air on New Zealand's Television One on Sunday Theatre in the first half of 2009.

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