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Legal Moments at the Movie House

January 2013

Bureau L.A. Collection/Sygma/Corbis

"To permit convictions to stand which have as their sole foundation appeals to racial prejudice is to commit a violation of the Constitution as heinous as the crimes for which the defendants were tried and convicted."

-Judge Haddon Lee Sarokin (played by Rod Steiger) sets aside the triple-murder convictions of former prize-fighter Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (Denzel Washington, pictured) and a codefendant in The Hurricane (1999).


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