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Indy firm presents film about civil rights lawyer

IL Staff
February 16, 2010
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An Indianapolis law firm will be among the hosts of a documentary screening about a controversial civil rights attorney, with a question-and-answer session with the firm's attorneys to follow.

Waples & Hanger, along with the Indianapolis International Film Festival and Indianapolis Museum of Art, will show "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Toby Theater at the museum. The documentary is about Kunstler, the late attorney who represented Martin Luther King Jr., the inmates in the Attica prison rebellion, and John Gotti, among others, as seen through his children's perspective. Filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler examine their father's life and transformation from a middle-class family man to a movement lawyer to the most hated lawyer in America.

An informal pre-screening conversation will be in the IMA lobby. Following the film, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis visiting professor Fran Quigley will moderate a question-and-answer session with Indianapolis attorneys Richard Waples and JauNae Hanger, who work in constitutional litigation, civil rights, and public policy reform.

Tickets may be purchased at the IMA ticket desk, online at http://www.imamuseum.org, or by calling (317) 955-2339. Visit http://www.disturbingtheuniverse.com/ for more information about the film.

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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