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The Constitution Project will present its annual Constitutional Commentary Award to filmmaker Ken Burns and his colleagues for their documentary, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE. The documentary tells the story of five teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989, based largely on their false confessions. Conservative columnist George Will calls it "a meticulous narrative of a gross miscarriage of justice." Excerpts from the film will be shown.
Unfortunately, the case of the Central Park Five is not an anomaly -- false confessions are one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions in this country. The panel discussion will explore the phenomenon of innocent people confessing to crimes they did not commit, and look at policies that can be adopted by law enforcement agencies to help prevent false confessions and wrongful conviction.
Mr. Burns will be present to accept the award and participate in the panel discussion.
WHEN: 12:00 PM, September 17, 2013
Registration and light refreshments will be available beginning at 11:30 AM
-- Shawn Armbrust, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
-- Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker
-- Carrie Johnson, NPR (moderator)
-- Saul Kassin,Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
-- James Trainum, Retired Detective, Metropolitan Police Department of D.C.
WHERE: Arent Fox LLP - 1717 K Street, NW; Washington, DC 20036
WEBCAST: The event will be webcast.