TULIA, TEXAS: SCENES FROM THE DRUG WAR
"It's well executed and clear, and you'll be completely infuriated by film's end." Julianne Shepherd, The Portland Mercury. Read the full review.
"The program highlights included Konrad Aderer's "Life or Liberty," following a group of Middle Eastern Americans detained and deported after September 11, and Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler's "Tulia Texas, Scenes from the Drug War," which investigates the arrest and imprisonment of 10 percent of the black population in Tulia, Texas by a corrupt police officer." Joshua Sanchez, indieWIRE. Read the full review.
"Exploring dusty Tulia, Texas, sisters Emily and Sarah Kunstler uncover both abiding racism and the surge in political activism sparked by one shady white cop, whose unsubstantiated claims marked 10 percent of the town's blacks as drug dealers. Talking heads—complacent cracker jurors, woeful victims—rarely sound this damning." Nick Rutigliano, The Village Voice. Read the full review.
"In the tiny town of Tulia, Texas two years ago, 43 suspects were arrested on charges of selling small amounts of cocaine, in the biggest drug sting in local history...We turn now to a documentary created by the Emily and Sarah Kunstler for the William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice." Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! WBAI 99.5. Listen to the radio broadcast.
A PATTERN OF EXCLUSION: THE TRIAL OF THOMAS MILLER-EL
"We now turn to a documentary on the case of Thomas Miller-El. It's called "A Pattern of Exclusion: The Trial of Thomas Miller El." It was produced and directed by Emily and Sarah Kunstler." Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! WBAI 99.5. Listen to the radio broadcast.
"NPR's Nina Totenberg reports on oral arguments in a Texas death-row inmate's appeal before the Supreme Court today. The convict, Thomas Miller-El, maintains that prosecutors improperly dismissed jurors from his murder trial because they were black. The Supreme Court will decide whether Miller-El can challenge his conviction by introducing historic evidence showing a pattern of discrimination by prosecutors over many years." Listen to the radio broadcast.
In Dallas, Dismissal of Black Jurors Leads to Appeal by Death Row Inmate "Carol Boggess says she was "eager and willing to serve" on the jury in the 1986 capital murder trial of Thomas Miller-El in Dallas. When questioned by prosecutors, Ms. Boggess, an occupational therapist, said she strongly supported capital punishment and "had no doubt at all" that she could sentence a person to death." By Sara Rimer, The New York Times, February 13, 2002. Read the full article.