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The New York courts have ruled in favor of documentary filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon and their film "The Central Park Five," after the city attempted to subpoena outtakes. The searing documentary examines the racially charged 1989 case of a Central Park jogger's rape and brutal assault. Five young men were originally sentenced in the case, with convictions based almost solely on confessions following 16 hours of interrogation without legal representation. They are now suing the city of New York for the case's mishandling and their 15 years spent in prison. In the face of the law suit, the city wanted all research gathered by the filmmakers. But the court has found that documentarians qualify as journalists with the benefit of Journalistic Privilege, and that their right to "uncover new information, advocate action and initiate public debate where none has previously existed" is protected. Attorney Andrew Cielli and doc »

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