State of Texas vs. Melissa

This plays like a horror movie for anyone who isn't a white, wealthy man.


The State of Texas vs. Melissa

Directed by Sabrina Van Tassel, THE STATE OF TEXAS V. MELISSA explores the life journey of Melissa Lucio, the first Hispanic woman to be sentenced to death in the state of Texas. For ten years she has been awaiting her fate, and now faces her last appeal. No one had ever seen Melissa be violent towards her children, yet she was blamed for the daily abuse and subsequent death of her two year-old daughter, who died from blunt head trauma. Set in the heart of the Latino community of South Texas, the film takes a look at Melissa’s broken childhood, her adulthood plagued by poverty and prejudice, and the miscarriage of justice Melissa faced, from the court appointed attorney who willingly set aside evidence, to the District attorney who used her case to help his re-election. This is the portrait of a woman’s fight against an entire system.
Not Rated
Documentary, Politics
Sabrina Van Tessel
Lorry Kitka, Film Threat

Death row is a place where no one wants to end up. Particularly if a person isn’t guilty. It’s not my place to say how often that happens, but in the case presented in The State of Texas Vs. Melissa, it did. Melissa Lucio was accused of murdering her youngest of 14 children, Mariah, in 2007. Over ...

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