Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Central Park Five

The Central Park Five, for those of us who live in the law, represent the most egregious of injustices, young men subjected to interrogation that produced false confessions, guilty pleas, then years in prison despite their actual innocence.

Ken Burns has produced a new documentary about this case:
The Central Park Five – a film by Ken Burns & David McMahon and Sarah Burns 2012) – In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling them a "wolfpack." The five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth about what really happened became clear. With THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, this story of injustice finally gets the attention it deserves. Based on Sarah Burns’ riveting book and codirected by her husband David McMahon and father, the acclaimed docfilmmaker Ken Burns, this incendiary film tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated for a heinous crime, and serves as a mirror for our times.
UMKC Film and the Law Series will screen this film June 10, 2015, at Screenland Armour Theatres during a day-long CLE: "This film and the law seminar will present a discussion on statements and interrogations made in wrongful conviction cases and interrogation methods that have no bearing on the truth, but are intended to mousetrap detainees into making incriminating statements. A solid, non-suggestive investigative interview will be demonstrated with an explanation of what a good interview should look like. Screening for innocence in non-DNA cases and racially biased policing will also be addressed."

Details and registration here.

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