Sometime during the recent academic year, a student handed me a film being promoted at an public relations agency where he was working. After I watched it and was left almost paralyzed by rage at a justice system completely out of control, I promptly forgot to tell anyone about it.
But I just saw that Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern’s The Trials of Darryl Hunt is now available from Netflix and wanted you to know about it.
Nobody quarrels anymore with the fact that innocent people are wrongly convicted. Prosecutors know it. Defense lawyers definitely know it. And hundreds of prisoners exonerated by The Inncocence Project stand as the ultimate proof of persistent and pervasive injustice.
Having said that, I’m not sure I have ever seen a more egregious example of gross prosecutorial misconduct than the case of Darryl Hunt.
And while I am not one who believes that suffering is necessarily redemptive or ennobling, it is nothing less than thrilling to watch the young Darryl Hunt evolve into a truly great man, a hero who will not be deterred in his quest for truth and justice.
There are so many horrifying twists and turns that I will resist telling you any more. But if you are intrigued by the thought of a true, living nightmare rendered brilliantly in a documentary film — a Non-CSI take on what happens when race collides with astoundingly ruthless prosecutors — you must see The Trials of Darryl Hunt.