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Exclusive: Pernel Media examines “20 Years on Death Row”

Paris-based indie Pernel Media has acquired an exclusive access agreement to produce a true crime docuseries featuring California death row inmate Keith Doolin. 20 Years on Death Row examines the case ...
November 15, 2016

Paris-based indie Pernel Media has acquired an exclusive access agreement to produce a true crime docuseries featuring California death row inmate Keith Doolin.

20 Years on Death Row examines the case of the former long distance truck driver (pictured) who was convicted in the 1995 slayings of two women. Incarcerated on death row for more than 20 years in San Quentin State Prison, 20 miles north of San Francisco, Doolin has maintained his innocence.

His conviction followed a “bizarre series of twists” in which his original attorney – later disbarred – led a flawed defense of Doolin while gambling away his defense funds in Las Vegas casinos, as well as a witness – who has since committed suicide – who revealed crucial information that points to Doolin’s innocence.

An execution date has never been set, and more than two decades after being convicted, Doolin is still in limbo, going through California’s capital appeals system.

Doolin’s attorney’s claim to have uncovered credible key evidence slated to exonerate the convicted killer and set him free within months. On Nov. 8, however, state voters elected to speed up the death penalty process, hastening judgments on whether the newly discovered evidence can be used in court.

Pernel Media secured access to the case via Doolin’s defense attorney Robert R. Bryan, a specialist in human-rights litigation with an emphasis on defending people facing the death penalty.

“The case of Keith Doolin is a story like no other, pointing to a major miscarriage of justice where the stakes for him could not be higher,” said Pernel Media president Samuel Kissous in a statement. “The new evidence that has come to light could change everything. Keith’s appeal process and detailed investigation of the case will make a gripping documentary series.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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