Criminal Justice Program and Criminal Law Roundtable host screening of ‘The Central Park Five’ on Tuesday, Oct. 21

Wake Forest Law’s Criminal Justice Program and the Criminal Law Roundtable will present a screening of the documentary “The Central Park Five” by award-winning director and producer Ken Burns from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in the Worrell Professional Center. Professors Kami Chavis Simmons and Mark Rabil will lead a discussion following the screening.

The film focuses on the Central Park Jogger case, in which a woman was raped and beaten while running in New York City’s Central Park in 1989, and what happened when five Harlem teenagers were wrongly accused of committing the crime.

After the men were convicted and served their sentences, DNA results revealed that they had never been to blame. The wrongly convicted men later filed a lawsuit against New York City.

Burns’ documentary highlights the larger issues of the Central Park Jogger case. All five men convicted served their entire sentences before the truth was revealed, and even though the real rapist was eventually condemned, these men still suffered a terrible injustice. The film also addresses racial issues present at the time of the case.

The screening will take place in Room 1302 of the Worrell Professional Center. Dinner will be served.  Law students can register for this event on the law school calendar.

View a trailer for the film on the PBS website.


The Central Park Five