William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe examines the life of this radical attorney from a surprising angle. Kunstler's two daughters from his second marriage grew up lionizing a man already famous for his historic civil rights and anti-war cases. Then, in their teens, they began to be disillusioned by a stubborn man who continued representing some of the most reviled defendants in America — this time accused rapists and terrorists. In this intimate biography, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler seek to recover the real story of what made their late father one of the most beloved, and hated, lawyers in America.
This episode of The Open Mind features host, historian and Rutgers University professor, Richard D. Heffner, in conversation with attorney William Kunstler, the subject of William Kunstler, Disturbing the Universe, in 1994.
Kunstler talks about what he sees as the "terrible myth" of organized society and the justice system, which he believes governments throughout history have used to put people to death with an "aura of legality."
Forty years ago the prisoners at New York's Attica Correctional Facility seized control of the prison. They took hostages and demanded better living conditions. See what happened in this clip from William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe.
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve society? This eye-opening film reveals a justice system that routinely condemns young Americans to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida.
In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of Dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she's ever known — the United States.