Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Coverage of American Violet premier

Speaking of informants, the feature film American Violet - which fictionally portrays a Texas case involving false allegations by an unreliable, unstable informant and the effects on an innocent accused - premiered last night in Hearne before opening nationwide in April. See coverage from:
I'm sorry I couldn't make it to Hearne for the premier; I'd have liked to see Graham Boyd, the ACLU attorney who spearheaded the case and who was in town for a Q&A after the screening. Hi Graham! Hope everything went well.

Along with the Tulia case, the informant scandal in Hearne led directly to legislation in Texas passed in 2001 requiring corroboration for informants in undercover drug stings. See the movie poster below:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Scott! I wish you had been there to receive the recognition and thanks you deserve for helping fix Texas informant laws and get rid of the task forces. Thanks, too, for the blog coverage. It's a great movie, and I hope everyone will go see it.