WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Criminal Justice Institute and Criminal Justice Society at Pace Law School will host a viewing of the HBO documentary film, “The Newburgh Sting” presented by the film’s director, David Heilbroner who will lead a follow-up discussion with the attorneys involved in the case on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.
The screening will be held in the Moot Court Room at Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains. The event is free and open to the public.
The film, which was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, tells the story of U.S. v. Cromitie, a 2013 terrorism case that arose out of Newburgh, and was tried in White Plains.
The defendants were young men who joined the efforts of an undercover FBI agent posing as a terrorist in his plan to bomb a synagogue in Riverdale. It has been said to involve the most outrageous government entrapment methods of any post-9/11 terrorism case.
Others contend it was a successful prosecution of young men willing to join the efforts of an apparently well-armed, well organized terrorist. The jury took eight days to render its verdict, rejecting the entrapment defense. The defendants were sentenced to 25-year prison sentences.
After the screening, the attorneys involved in the case will join the director for a panel discussion addressing the many provocative issues raised by the film.
Several of the attorneys taking part in the panel discussion are graduates of Pace Law School including Susanne Brody; Heather Bird; Gonul Aksoy and Giovanni Rosania.
The panel also includes two well respected and well-known criminal defense lawyers who were defense counsel in the case: Sam Braverman of Fasulo Braverman & Di Maggio, LLP, President of the Bronx County Bar Association and Kerry Lawrence of Calhoun & Lawrence, LLP, a former Assistant United States Attorney.