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American Justice: A Parents Nightmare DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2000

Go inside a controversial case where a father was convicted of murdering his daughter despite a lack of direct evidence.



There are some cases that illustrate the failings of the justice system as clearly as if they were devised for a legal textbook. This thought-provoking episode of AMERICAN JUSTICE® is a point-by-point analysis of one such incident.

A PARENT'S NIGHTMARE traces the events that started with a phone call to the police from David and Cynthia Dowaliby on September 9, 1998. The distraught parents reported their 7-year-old daughter missing. Five days later, her body was found, and the authorities soon suspected the parents in her death. Despite a lack of direct evidence linking them to the crime, the Dowalibys stood trial, but in the middle of the proceedings the judge granted Cynthia a directed verdict of acquittal, citing the lack of evidence. David's case, however, went to the jury, which found him guilty. Was this simple sexism? How could a case get so far without any direct evidence in the first place, when so many cases are held up for just the same reasons?

From the fateful phone call to David's release after an Appeals Court overturned the verdict to the lingering controversy surrounding the Dowaliby's and their daughter's death, this is a fascinating look at a difficult, divisive case.

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