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African Americans and the United States judicial system

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Title:
African Americans and the United States judicial system
Description:
In this clip, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz comments on the inability for Black Americans to receive fair treatment in the United States judicial system. Overall, the program is the first in a two-part series discussing the harsh sentencing of African Americans in the Massachusetts court system using the Paplo case, the Hakim Jamal case, and the Willie Saunders/Brighton rape case as studies in injustice. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with individuals involved with the cases, including Frank Neisser (Secretary to the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality), Mary Harris (mother of Edward Soares, one of the defendants in the Paplo case and member of Family and Friends of Prisoners and the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality ), Larry Gaines (Chairman of the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality), Professor Alan Dershowitz (with Harvard Law School), Saundra Carney (Coordinator for Brown, Johnson, Clinkscales Support Committee), and Undrey Sanders (brother of Willie Sanders, who was arrested for the rapes in Brighton, and representative for the Willie Sanders Defense Committee). Program includes interview footage with Dinizula Kamau (Efrid Brown, Jr.) and Abdullah Khalil Sabree (both convicted in the Hakim Jamal case) from Say Brother's visit to the Walpole correctional facility and viewer calls related to the cases. Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murray. Directed by Brian Clarke.
Director:
Clarke, Brian
Producer:
Barrow-Murray, Barbara
Creator:
Deare, Beth
Contributor:
Hill, Rebecca
Contributor:
Rivera, George
Contributor:
Pugliesi, Joe
Host:
Barrow-Murray, Barbara
Contributor:
Moore, Robert
Contributor:
Fairweather, Bill
Contributor:
McKenna, Jim
Contributor:
Brennan, Susan
Contributor:
Plausse, John
Contributor:
Lane, Frank
Contributor:
Davidson, Wendy
Contributor:
Mahard, Fran
Contributor:
Smith, Kathy
Contributor:
Gray, Randolph
Contributor:
Lewis, Webster
Contributor:
Fong, Diana
Contributor:
Mackles, Gene
Contributor:
Wong, Evelyn
Contributor:
Norton, Chas
Date:
June 29, 1979
Format:
Film/Video
Location:
WGBH
Collection (local):
WGBH Open Vault
Series:
Say Brother
Subjects:
Neisser, Frank
Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality
Harris, Mary
Willie Sanders Defense Committee
Dershowitz, Alan M.
Sabree, Abdullah Khalil (William Johnson)
Kamau, Dinizulu (Efrid Brown, Jr.)
Segregation
Civil rights
Gaines, Larry
Discrimination in criminal justice administration
African American prisoners--Attitudes
Sanders, Undrey
African American prisoners--Massachusetts
Carney, Saundra
Jamal, Hakim A., 1931-
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Publisher:
WGBH Educational Foundation
Identifier:
V_9505CAA825F0444382DD673438C672E8