Ken Burns blocked has become a trending topic across several major search engines this week as CS Monitor reported this Wednesday, Feb. 20, that a federal judge blocked attempts from New York City officials to get footage from documentary movie-maker Ken Burns. Burns conducted in-depth research to make a documentary film about the five men who were proven innocent in the jogger rape case in Central Park.
A U.S. judge said that New York City was unable to build substantial a claim enough to overcome the “rights of freedom of speech and the press” when it asked to gain footage in “The Central Park Five” movie.
The report adds that the original request came from a $250M lawsuit that the men filed against New York City almost nine years ago after they were cleared of the rape charges against them. A 28-year-old woman was attacked and raped while jogging in early 1989, and it was only after a jailed man confessed to the crime — the DNA-related evidence in the case backed up his confession — that the five men were acquitted.
The Ken Burns blocked news comes as a result of the judge rejecting city claims that the filmmakers were not “independent journalists … entitled to the privilege of reports.” He added that the New York City officials hadn’t found enough evidence to address the need that the interview footage was exclusive and not somehow available from other resources.
A city attorney added that New York City lawyers are “disappointed,” but “reviewing [their] options.”