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Ex-Prosecutor Sues Ava DuVernay and Netflix Over Portrayal in 'When They See Us'

Netflix and Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” miniseries has had a major impact on our social atmosphere and altered the way society as a whole views our criminal justice system. However, for others, its impact included calling their careers and credibility into question. One of whom happened to be Linda Fairstein, the former prosecutor responsible for the convictions of the Exonerated Five. Fairstein is now taking legal action against Netflix and Ava DuVernay after making claims that the miniseries “defamed” her. Released in May 2019, the four-part miniseries chronicled the true events of the arrests, trials, convictions, and exonerations of five teenagers of color — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise — who became known as the Exonerated Five. In the miniseries, Fairstein was portrayed as a power-hungry prosecutor directing officers to coerce false confessions out of the five then-teenagers, while detectives held them in questioning for...

Njera Perkins

Mar 19, 2020

'When They See Us' Has Been Netflix's Most-Watched Show In The U.S. Since Its Premiere

Ava DuVernay’s new miniseries, “When They See Us,” detailing the events surrounding the wrongful convictions of the “Central Park Five” has been the most watched show on Netflix since it dropped earlier this month. Netflix made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday. When They See Us has been the most-watched series on Netflix in the US every day since it premiered on May 31 — Netflix (@netflix) June 12, 2019 Since the show dropped, there’ve been a number of people who’ve said that the story of the five young men would be too hard to watch , since it hits so close to home for people who have been impacted by America’s flawed criminal justice system, but that hasn’t impacted viewing totals for the streaming giant. Since its release the show has sparked fiery conversations on Twitter and reignited many of the same debates around the criminal justice system that were at the forefront during the Central Park Five Case in the late eighties. The case’s...

Arriana McLymore

Jun 13, 2019