Carlos De Luna case back in the news

Fans of our Oscar-shortlisted 2008 documentary At The Death House Door will never forget the case of Carlos De Luna, the wrongly-executed man at the center of the film's study of the death penalty. The case is back in the news again this week thanks to Los Tacayos Carlos, a comprehensive new book and online report from Columbia Law School, which picks up where our film left off in arguing that De Luna was innocent.


The study has been picked up by The Atlantic, Guardian, Slate, Huffington Post and more, and has caught fire on social media (look for hashtags #DeLuna #WrongCarlos and #deathpenalty in particular).


We're glad to see the case of Carlos De Luna is again bringing attention to the issue of the death penalty in the United States, and hope that those interested in the issue will seek out At The Death House Door, co-directed by Steve James and Peter Gilbert.


Some reality: "At the Death House Door" Can Rev. Carroll Pickett be trusted?" and Why would any knowledgeable person accept this latest James Liebman study, without fully fact checking it, based upon Liebman's last opus, "A Broken System? What happened when folks took the time to fact check that report? Take a look. "A Broken Study: A Review of 'A Broken System" Did no one consider that this latest tome is an anti death penalty hit piece, where new and old witnesses were highly influenced, if not pressured by the investigators, with no cross examination? This is the perfect storm for anti death penalty folks. Both the "innocent" and "guilty" parties are both dead and you have an always eager press to play defense mouthpiece for an anti death penalty report. Possibly, at some point, this report will be fact checked, as these were: "The Innocent Executed: Deception & Death Penalty Opponents" Am I saying that this newest Liebman report is total BS, just another anti death penalty tome whereby the conclusions can either be easily rebutted or that stronger positions can be made for guilt, with a thorough review, as was the case with many prior such cases? No. But anyone would be a fool not to consider it. and "Those closest to Carlos DeLuna case say Columbia Human Rights study doesn't raise new questions", "Report questioning execution doesn't sway lawyers", MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press, May 16, 2012