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Week of 2.9.07

Digging Out of Debt

The average American owes an estimated $9,200 on credit cards. And while recent changes to the bankruptcy law may put smiles on the faces of some banks and credit card companies, they're making it hard for average Americans to dig themselves out of debt. This week NOW returns to Waterbury, Connecticut, where it first began reporting about these changes, and revisits some families directly affected by them.

We also review the case of Anthony Graves and explore whether the justice system is condemning innocent men and women to death. Graves was sentenced to Texas' death row in 1994 mainly on the testimony of a lone eyewitness who later recanted. After six appeals, Graves has finally been granted a new trial. But will justice kick in for Graves as quickly as it turned against him?

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Related Links:

» The Access Project: Medical Expenses and Credit Card Debt
» American Bankruptcy Institute
» Death Penalty Information Center
» The Innocence Project