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Dirty Deals | Documentary Idea

by Karen Breen
(San Francisco, CA)

A friend of mine and her husband were sent to jail several years ago for a crime which they did not commit. The entire ordeal was conspiratorial in a small town in Indiana, and ruined their lives. They have survived public humiliation, jail-time, and exorbitant fines, but seek vindication which will never be found.


I would like to see a documentary made about the abuse of power and absolute corruption that occurs in these small-town "pieces of Americana." Innocent people can have their lives turned upside down at the whim of a greedy town or county government, and have no recourse.

I know that this is much more rampant than just the case of my friend, and should be exposed, making the public aware of how fragile their rights and privacy are, and how easily they can be robbed of their lives.

My friend has the entire ordeal well-documented, and just now, 12 years later, is ready to talk about this to an interested party in order to raise public awareness of the absolute injustice that can exist in seemingly benign little communities.

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Jul 07, 2014
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More Info Please
by: Anonymous

Karen,

Could you provide more info? What town in Indiana and who is your friend? Was this a highly publicized event? Was there a trial?

Thanks

Feb 23, 2015
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I'm interested in it
by: Maria

Hi, I'm a film maker, live in Canada. I'm wondering if you have already produced your doc or not? Thank you.
Best,
Maria

Mar 25, 2015
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Interesting Project
by: CW

There are a lot of people who have suffered this same fate.
Look on the Federal level and you will find this rampant abuse.
I would love to participate in this project.

Mar 06, 2016
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Dirty Deals and corruption of power
by: Anonymous

I committed a crime and went through the legal process in WA State. Having been a victim of the financial crisis and collapse of the secondary mortgage market, I found myself in a dark place and committed a crime out of shear stupidity. I spent 12 months in solitary confinement awaiting my "speedy trail" and found myself both physically and mentally abused by the guards at the county jail;during the period of time where the constitution guarantees that one is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court of law.Throughout this period I watched case after case railroad people. Not to say that some people get what they deserve. My court appointed Lawyer couldn't argue herself out of a wet-torn paper bag. Incompetent doesn't begin to describe her work.Typically, the majority of cases in the U.S. Judicial System are adjudicated and a defendant rarely gets to confront their accusers or to be judged by a jury of their peers, The prosecutors have all the power.The call the shots and frequently disreguard people's rights. I have even watched in horror as a judge on the bench slept during a trial. Justice is a sham for the poor. There is justice for those that can afford it.Someone do some real research and expose this...please! Unfortunately, the real issue on any topic is public apathy. No one gives a crap until it happens to them. The politicians of today are reminiscent of those of Rome. "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Julius Caesar.

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