A documentary coinciding with the bicentennial of Indiana’s federal courts will premiere at a special event next month ahead of its debut airing on public television.
“And Justice for All: Indiana’s Federal Courts” will be screened at a premiere event June 14 at 4 p.m. at the Indiana War Memorial. The documentary will be broadcast for the first time the following day at 9 p.m. on the Indianapolis Public Broadcasting Service affiliate, WFYI-Channel 20. A trailer for the film may be viewed here.
The documentary was developed and scripted by Doria Lynch, special projects manager for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Its production was aided by grants and donations from the Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Documentarians, Indiana historians and members of the local federal bar participated in filming that began last summer.
Information about registration for the premiere event will be posted soon on the Southern District’s website, Lynch said, and continuing legal education credit has been requested for the event. She said the premiere is being geared toward members of the court historical society, and as a way to increase membership in that group.
The documentary focuses on three landmark cases heard in Indiana’s federal court: the Civil War era case Ex parte Milligan, which established that military tribunals have no constitutional authority over civilians while civil courts continue to function; a 1912 dynamite conspiracy case in which dozens of ironworkers were convicted of conspiracy for the bombing of the Los Angeles Times office; and the 1970s Indianapolis school desegregation case.
Sponsors include the Indiana Historical Society; Heritage Support Grants made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc.; The R.B. Annis Educational Foundation; and
The Indiana Bar Foundation.