On Saturday, February 7, Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin of Management Resources LTD of NY will be attending the 2015 NYU News and Doc Film Festival. Director and journalist Yamiche Alcindor interviewed the pair for THE TROUBLE WITH INNOCENCE, her film account of the wrongful conviction and exoneration of Jonathan Fleming.
A breaking news reporter for USA Today, Alcindor also covers social issues affecting the lives of people across the country. In her film THE TROUBLE WITH INNOCENCE she relates the conditions and deprivation of Jonathan Fleming, who was wrongly convicted of murder and serving a 25 years to life sentence before his April 2014 exoneration. Fleming was set free with only $93 to rebuild his life. She speaks with Fleming about his experience, his exoneration, the long term affects his conviction had on his family, his current situation, and his plans for the future.
Also interviewed for the film is Kings County District Attorney, Kenneth Thompson whose office inherited over 100 cases of questionable convictions being reviewed by the Conviction Review Unit which was implemented when he took office in January 2014.
“The C.R.U. represents Thompson’s attempt to correct systemic flaws in Brooklyn’s criminal-justice apparatus, which have included poor oversight, inadequate independent review, and a lack of prosecutorial and police transparency—and which have enabled problems ranging from mistakes in judgment to deliberate misconduct.” The New Yorker
THE TROUBLE WITH INNOCENCE:
Bob Rahn & Kim Anklin, Investigators in the Jonathan Fleming case
The exoneration of Jonathan Fleming has become the career changing case for investigators Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin who spent a full year uncovering the evidence put into motion that lead freeing him of over 24 years of wrongful incarceration.
While the case has many compelling aspects, two exceptionally important events affected its outcome. First, Kim and Bob were successful in obtaining a sworn affidavit from a new witness that was the impetus behind the Kings County District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit reopening its case and agreeing to work with them. Secondly, they located a witness and obtained a recorded statement and signed affidavit in which he identified as the true shooter and confirmed that Mr. Fleming was innocent.
Kim and Bob have received high honors amongst their peers for their painstaking work to free Jonathan. Today, they continue to work closely with him and his family as he reintegrates back into everyday life.
Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.
Yamiche Alcindor, Director of The Trouble With Innocence
Yamiche Alcindor is a USA TODAY national breaking news reporter based in New York City who has traveled across the country to cover stories including the protests in Ferguson, Mo. and the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. A Miami native, she is the daughter of Haitian immigrants and tells stories that follow the footsteps of civil rights journalists who came before her. She is deeply interested in documentaries and social justice issues such as wrongful convictions, gun violence and poverty.
News & Documentary is a Master’s-level broadcast and documentary journalism track, at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Graduates work around the world for top media organizations and on award-winning films.
All screenings are free to attend and will be followed by a Q&A with the directors. View full schedule and the film trailers: newsdocfilmfest
NYU Documentary Film Festival Features Jonathan Fleming, Bob Rahn & Kim Anklin in The Trouble with Innocence