Ossining, NY (PRWEB) February 22, 2011
The Law as Seen Through Film Series continues on February 24, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ossining Public Library with the award winning documentary “After Innocence (2005).” Following the free movie in an open forum, Alexandra Lehmann encourages audience participation in a discussion about DNA evidence.
Last month Dallas’ “Conviction Integrity Unit” released an innocent man who spent thirty years in prison for a crime he did not commit. According to the Innocence Project, a legal center specializing in helping to free those wrongfully imprisoned, New York, Texas and Illinois lead the nation in DNA exonerations. With the emergence of this kind of evidence, the criminal justice system is seeing a wave of reversed convictions.
“After Innocence” is compelling, says Alexandra Lehmann, because it shows through interviews of men who have been set free that anger at the system is not the right form of revenge. In a particularly moving scene, a just released prisoner bravely forgives one of the prosecutors who falsely accused him.
“Chilling” writes Stephen Holden of The New York Times. “Leaves you feeling that a new civil rights movement is urgently needed.”
“The Law as Seen Through Film Series” raises awareness about legal rights and remedies through great films, past and present. After watching a well-selected movie about a relevant legal issue or rule of law, a moderator opens a discussion on how it pertains to our lives today. The audience is encouraged to ask questions and voice their opinions. At the end of the evening, a poll is conducted as to how people fall on a particular legal question. The purpose of the event is to incite and inspire the community to think more closely about civil and criminal law.
On March 17, 2011, the series continues with “Erin Brockovich” and a conversation about the legal implications of the BP oil spill. Into the third season, please visit http://www.developlawpractice.com for more information on past movies and their corresponding legal discussions.
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