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A Crime on the Bayou tells the story of Gary Duncan, a Black teen who was charged with assault for simply touching a white teenager. His case was taken up by a white lawyer, Richard Sobel. The resulting landmark Supreme Court decision, Duncan v. Louisiana, 391 U.S. 145 (1968), led to the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial being applied to the states.
Please join the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute for an in-person screening of the film, preceded with remarks from Professor Pamela Karlan on the legal context of the case followed by a special Q&A with Mr. Duncan, who will be joining virtually. This event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for Racial Justice, African and African American Studies, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Stanford Department of Art & Art History, and the Stanford Criminal Justice Center.
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