Greg Taylor spent 6,149 days in North Carolina prisons for a murder he did not commit. Gregís story is one of excess, wrong turns, bad luck and a loving supportive family that never stopped believing in him. Itís also the story of the courageous people who have worked tirelessly to reform North Carolinaís criminal justice system and make it one of the most progressive in the country. What happened to Greg on the day he was arrested could have happened to anyone.
In Pursuit of Justice - our feature-length documentary - tells the story of Greg Taylor's exoneration through the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission process. The NCIIC is the only state-funded body charged with examining post-conviction claims of innocence in the entire country.
We began documenting Greg's story in January, 2010 - one month before Greg gained his freedom. Since then, we have conducted over 45 interviews with Greg's attorneys, his family, friends and others. We have also recorded over 30 hours of court hearings germain to Greg's case.
We expect to have the documentary completed in the end of 2016.
Our most recent addition to Greg's story is a documentary short we call "Greg Taylor - Ghost." The footage comes primarily from three interviews we recorded with Greg January, 2010 at Johnston County Correctional Institution. The last was recorded just 23 days before he was freed. In the interviews he reflects on his years in prison: from the astonishment he and his family felt at his conviction to the anguish he felt when he missed his daughter's wedding. Here's the trailer:
This clip "Passion" is part of an interview with Christine Mumma, Greg's attorney. She is also the Executive Director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence. www.nccai.org/. Chris is a compelling spokesperson for criminal justice reform in North Carolina and across the country.
Greg and his attorneys proved his innocence during a hearing before a three-judge panel that concluded on February 17, 2010. One of the key revelations during the hearing was that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) had a policy that, at best, misled how blood evidence was reported. In Greg's case, the SBI report said that substance found on the fender of his truck gave "chemical indications for the presence of blood." This implied that the blood was from Jacquetta Thomas, the victim in the case. The reality was that while the first tests did indicate the presence of blood, a second test PROVED that the substance was NOT human blood.
Over the years we have been inspired by the work that Chris Mumma, Executive Director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, has done, not only to free the wrongfully incarcerated such as Greg, but to help institute major reforms in North Carolina's Criminal Justice System. Our goal is to use these documentaries to educate citizens across the country about the reforms that set North Carolina's criminal justice system apart from every other state in the union. And, through that education, spread these reforms across the country.
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Free Greg Taylor is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. Contributions in support of Free Greg Taylor are paybable to the IDA and are tax deductible as allowed by law.
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