“Guilty Until Proven Guilty” Criminal Justice Doc Coming May 14 from First Run

On May 14, First Run Features will release Guilty Until Proven Guilty (DVD: $19.95), which explores Louisiana’s criminal justice system. Spotlighted is the story of Tim Conerly, a young African American man who was arrested in the wake of an armed robbery in New Orleans and waited 28 months for a trial for a crime he says he did not commit. After more than two years in the Orleans Parish Jail, Conerly must choose between accepting a plea bargain of seven years or risking a sentence of 49½  to 198 years if he is convicted at trial. Director Harry Moses examines the ins and outs of a choice that no human being should have to make…one that someone with more resources could almost certainly avoid.