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Burns’ ‘Central Park 5’ tells true story of wrongful conviction

Film to be shown Friday as part of Writers Institute

Accused rapist Yusef Salaam is escorted by police during the trial of The Central Park Five in New York City on Aug. 18, 1990. A documentary on the subject by Ken and Sarah Burns and David McMahon will be screened at the University at Albany on Friday. Sarah Burns and McMahon will also be at the event, which is part of the New York State Writers Institute. (photo: IFC Entertainment)
Accused rapist Yusef Salaam is escorted by police during the trial of The Central Park Five in New York City on Aug. 18, 1990. A documentary on the subject by Ken and Sarah Burns and David McMahon will be screened at the University at Albany on Friday. Sarah Burns and McMahon will also be at the event, which is part of the New York State Writers Institute. (photo: IFC Entertainment)
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The new Ken Burns documentary “The Central Park Five” got its start as a book written by his daughter, Sarah Burns. The younger Burns was just a child when the violent 1989 Central Park jogger case made national news and raised the frightening specter of teenagers roaming through the park and attacking bicyclists and pedestrians. Sarah Burns learned about the case in 2003 while working as an intern for Jonathan Moore, one of the attorneys ...


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