Continuing the “30 for 30” short series, the online companion piece to the feature-length “30 for 30” documentaries, ESPN debuted “Judging Jewell” by Adam Hootnick (“Unsettled”) yesterday on Grantland.
The short documents the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, when security guard Richard Jewell was accused of planting a bomb that killed two and injured 111. To add insult to injury, Jewell had actually discovered the bag holding the bomb and helped clear the area. Though his name was eventually cleared, Jewell was hounded by the media, and upon his death in 2007 the stigma still hadn’t cleared. Take a look at the film below: