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Crime and prejudice; Murder On A Sunday Morning Saturday, Ch4, 10.00pm.

SCREENED for the first time on British television, this Oscar- winning documentary feature is a meticulous, powerful and moving account of the trial of a 15- year-old black man from Florida accused of murder.

What emerges during the course of the trial poses questions not just about the legitimacy of the case, but about prejudice and the criminal justice system in the US.

In Jacksonville, Florida, one Sunday morning in May 2000, Mary Ann Stephens was shot dead outside the Ramada Inn. Her husband, James Stephens, informed police that the murderer was a tall, skinny black man.

Within hours, they had picked up Brenton Butler, a 15-year-old, for no other reason than the colour of his skin.

When Brenton readily agreed to help officers with their enquiries, he had no idea it would change the course of his life.

On the basis of a positive identification by a bereaved husband just hours after the event, he found himself charged with murder.
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Date:Jul 5, 2003
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