Houston, TX (PRWEB) June 10, 2010
Diogenes' Lantern Productions today announced the launch of the webumentary, Ungagged.net, The Other Side of the Enron Story. The website, http://www.ungagged.net documents prosecutorially-abusive tactics used by the prosecutors and FBI agents who worked on the Enron-related cases. The tactics are exposed in order to educate viewers about the potential threat of prosecutorial abuse on a broader level.
Ungagged.net is comprised of short modules of documentary-style content, organized into two main categories: "What It Was Like to Be on The Other Side of the Enron Story" and "Behind the Scenes of The Other Side of the Enron Story." Users can watch the 400+ modules in any order. The webumentary currently features 11 relatives of defendants, attorneys, former Enron executives and employees telling their stories about what they witnessed, or experienced personally at the hands of the Enron Task Force. Additionally, six subject matter experts in economics, political science, finance, UK law, and civil liberties explain why these stories are important to all Americans and, potentially, to all Brits (since the UK is considering the adoption of the U.S. plea bargaining system).
"The Federal Criminal Justice System has become a crude conviction machine, rather than an instrument of justice and I thought then, as I think now, that the Enron case is a good example of that phenomenon," said Harvey Silverglate, renowned civil liberties attorney and author of the book Three Felonies a Day - How the Feds Target the Innocent. "There is something really rotten about the Enron prosecution scheme. People should understand that if you look at the Enron cases and you see people who were put in prison for doing things that are not clearly illegal, or may not be illegal at all, then you have to worry that it is going to happen to you tomorrow."
"People do not understand what actually goes on in court and how bad it can get, in particular, how bad the plea bargain system can get," said Mike Ramsey, an eminent criminal defense attorney who represented Enron CEO Kenneth Lay, and who is featured prominently on the site. "Everybody wants to believe that the United States' system of justice is fair. And that's a shame. We need more light."
The webumentary was produced by Diogenes' Lantern Productions (DLP). DLP's mission is to shine a light in injustice, in the hope of generating reforms of the justice system. DLP founder Beth Stier, a former Enron vendor who, herself, was treated aggressively by the Enron Task Force, is the sole funding source for Ungagged.net - The Other Side of the Enron Story. No one who appears on the website and none of the defendants or attorneys related to the Enron-related trials contributed to funding the webumentary. "After watching what the Enron Task Force did to former Enron employees and their families, I felt disillusioned by the U.S. Justice System; it is not keeping its promise to the citizens of America. Our rights may be diminishing, but we still have the right to voice objections and educate one another. That's the purpose of this webumentary - to generate discussion, so that we can begin to fix the system."