California Lawyers to Discuss "Crime After Crime" Film

Crime After CrimeNadia Costa and Joshua Safran, California lawyers who are featured in the documentary, “Crime After Crime”, will lead an open discussion following a showing of an abridged version of the film at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the UNM School of Law. This event is free and open to the public.

Costa and Safran are land-use lawyers who took on the first-degree murder case of Debra Peagler, pro bono, which lasted more than six years. “Crime After Crime” tells the dramatic story of the effort to free Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence. Through her legal case, a grassroots campaign to secure her release and media coverage of her saga, Peagler’s journey shines a light on a population that has largely been ostracized and denied justice by American prisons and courts.

The film exposes widespread problems in prosecution and sentencing, demonstrates the grounds for the release of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence and advocates for the correction of unfair criminal justice practices.

Crime After CrimeThe backdrop of “Crime After Crime” deals with habeas legislation passed only in California. That law allows incarcerated victims of violent crime abuse, who were denied a chance to give evidence of their abuse at trial, a new chance to offer evidence to the courts and parole board, if the abuse is directly related to the crime they are in prison for. The film’s showing at the UNM School of Law brings this issue up for discussion as to whether this type of law would be beneficial for New Mexico.

The film’s showing and visit by Costa and Safran are sponsored by the Women’s Law Caucus, McGinn Carpenter Montoya & Love, the Committee to Elect Judge Alisa Hadfield and the Second Judicial District Pro Bono Committee. The Jewish Law Students Association is also contributing to the event.

Go to for a trailer of the film and related information to the Peagler case.

For more information on the UNM School of Law event, please contact Una Campbell at

October 21, 2011