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I will be presenting a speech which provides my opinion on whether I believe Rubin Carter was guilty of committing a crime

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Good morning teachers and students today I will be presenting a speech which provides my opinion on whether I believe Rubin Carter was guilty of committing a crime for the triple murder on June 17, 1966 in the Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey. The information I have gathered to support my opinion are based on the movie "The Hurricane" starring Denzel Washington, and various websites such as Cal Deal's, "The other side of the story". In the movie there are many gaps and silences, whereas Cal Deal's website has no gaps and silences. For instance, the movie did not mention that two blacks served on the jury in Carter's second trial. ...read more.

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According to the movie, he had an unfair trial due to racial issues, the juries consisted of all white people, the police involved in the investigation were corrupt since they suppressed information, the court worked against Carter assuming that he was already guilty before even presenting evidence, and Carter claims he passed a lie detector test. But not everything portrayed in the movie is 100% true; parts of it were deliberately fictionalized in order to make the film more entertaining and more convincing towards Carter's innocence. For instance, Carter did not pass a lie detector test although he claimed he did. Apparently the authorities offered Carter, on the eve of the second trial, a chance to take a second test. ...read more.

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More importantly the filmmakers changed the name of the detective from Vincent DeSimone to Vincent Della Pesca. This character was significantly fictionalized for the movie. Apparently, Vincent DeSimone had never met Rubin Carter before the murders, and had therefore never hounded or harassed Rubin when he was a child, as depicted in the movie. Detective DeSimone also wasn't alive for the court hearing that set Carter free in 1985. He had died six years earlier. In conclusion, in no doubt is the power of the movie undeniable. I want to fully believe in the Hurricane, but unfortunately my research and the film's fabrications has left me uncertain. In my opinion it would be a shame if Rubin Carter is to be found guilty. ...read more.

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