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In 1999, just hours before his scheduled execution, convicted killer Anthony Porter's life was saved by a journalism class from Northwestern University, led by renowned Innocence Project pioneer, Professor David Protess. Their re-investigation of the crime for which he was convicted-a double homicide in a Chicago park-led to the discovery of the real killer, Alstory Simon, whose confession exonerated Porter. If it all sounds too good to be true, it's because, as compellingly argued here, Porter actually is guilty, Simon is an innocent man and both are just pawns in a much larger plan.
Amid such murky, conflicting motives, Hale's Murder in the Park tries to draw a bright line of rectitude where any fair-minded filmmaker -- Errol Morris comes to mind -- would recognize that's an impossible task.
Rech and Kimber deserve great credit for crafting a searing courtroom presentation with impressive, convincing power, but their procedural coldness leaves the real victim of this travesty off on the sidelines.
Besides being a riveting true-crime story ... "A Murder in the Park" is a film that makes a powerful case that some cherished liberal beliefs aren't always congruent with the truth; in fact, sometimes they are the exact opposite.