Monday, October 8, 2012

Ken Burns' THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE Footage Subpoened

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From The Guardian by Andrew Pulver

Renowned US film-maker Ken Burns has refused to comply with a subpoena served on him by New York City in connection with his film The Central Park Five, about a notorious miscarriage of justice.

Lawyers for New York are demanding to examine footage and notes that Burns and his team compiled during the making of their film as the city seeks to defend the actions of its officials in the aftermath of the horrific rape in 1989 of a jogger in Central Park.
Five black teenagers were convicted in 1990 for the attack, but they were cleared in 2002 after convicted murderer Matias Reyes confessed to the crime. The five subsequently launched legal action against the city for malicious prosecution, but the city has refused so far to settle.

Burns's documentary about the case, which premiered at the Cannes film festival earlier this year, alleges that the teenagers' confessions were forcibly extracted and that racism played a significant part in the police's decision to arrest them.

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