Jonathan Oberman, a professor who trains public defenders at Cardozo Law School, also scoffs at Vance’s reasoning. “There are conflicting stories from a witness?” he says. “Okay — then just apply the same standard to poor and low-income people and let them derive the same benefit.”
In early February, two filmmakers visited Cardozo to interview Professor Richard Weisberg about recent projects.
Semyon Pinkhasov is developing a documentary based on Weisberg's 2014 book In Praise of Intransigence. His previous work centered on Portuguese diplomat Sousa Mendes, who saved thousands of Jews from Vichy France. Pinkhasov's latest documentary, about Soviet violinist Leonid Kogan, premiered in NYC at the Met and shortly after that in Moscow. The new project is tentatively entitled You Can Say No to Evil.
Weisberg was also interviewed by photojournalist Kate Schoenbach for the documentary And Then There Was Silence, being produced by Susan Hynes. The subject dealt with his recent appearance at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in a matter titled Rukoro v Fed. Republic of Germany. This is a case about the early 20th century genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama indigenous peoples in what is now Namibia. Schoenbach's earlier work on this subject can be found here.