Picks and Pans Review: Marvin Anderson's Nightmare

updated 02/02/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/02/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Court TV (Thurs., Jan. 29, 10 p.m. ET)

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The rape victim seemed so sure that Marvin Anderson was her attacker. "That face will haunt me as long as I live," she testified at his trial. Anderson did the time—15 years in a Virginia prison—but he didn't do the crime. DNA evidence gathered by a pro bono legal team called the Innocence Project eventually cleared him.

This worthwhile special, narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, is the first in an occasional series on the project's work. Exoneration makes for a happy ending, but you'll be disturbed by the depiction of police mistakes, inadequate defense counsel and judicial intransigence. Anderson's experience is described as "hellish," and that's not much of an exaggeration.


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