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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:27 AM

Judge blocks NYC from Ken Burns film footage

Source: AP via Yahoo!

NEW YORK (AP) A federal judge on Tuesday blocked New York City from getting footage gathered by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in research for his movie about the five men exonerated in the Central Park jogger rape case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis said the city had failed to show him a concern so compelling to trump the "precious rights of freedom of speech and the press" when it last fall requested outtakes and other materials from the film "The Central Park Five."

The request was connected to a $250 million federal lawsuit filed by the men against the city nine years ago after their sentences were vacated. The attack on a 28-year-old investment banker occurred in April 1989, when she was found in the park after being beaten and raped while jogging. She was in a coma for 12 days and was left with permanent damage. The men were exonerated after a man already jailed for other crimes confessed, and DNA evidence supported his claim.

Ellis rejected arguments by the city that Florentine Films and filmmakers Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns were not independent journalists entitled to reporter's privilege.


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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:05 AM

1. Excellent. The city needs to settle. nt

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:25 AM

2. Good.

 

This could have put a chilling effect on reporters in the future by other cities doing the same thing.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:33 AM

3. Why New York just doesn't pay these guys out is a fucking mystery

They didn't do it. They didn't do it. They didn't do it.

How fucking hard is that?

No, NYC has to protect the prosecutors and detectives who both railroaded these guys and let the real rapist prowl the Upper East Side until he fucking KILLED somebody. So they invent wild nonsenses about these guys raping her and then Reyes shows up later, tra la la.

Fucking ridiculous. Settle the damn suit, and enough already! You fucking crucified these kids.

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