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Title U.S v. Narciso, Perez & the Press [Kanopy electronic resource]

Publication Info. [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file)
Playing Time Duration: 27 minutes
Note Title from title frames.
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Event Originally produced by Michigan State University Technologies in 2013.
Summary Using interviews, archival video and photos, and FBI documents obtained via FOIA, U.S. v. Narciso, Perez and the Press is a half-hour documentary thatreconstructs the trial of two Filipina nurses convicted of poisoning patients in the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI in the 1970s. During a six-week period in the summer of 1975, 27 patients experienced respiratory failure and 11 patients died at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor. In June 1976, after an intense FBI investigation, two Filipina nurses, Filipina Narciso and Leonora Perez, were charged with injecting the patients with the muscle relaxant Pavulon. The jury found the nurses guilty of conspiracy to poison three patients, and dropped the murder charge against Narciso. Interestingly, the Assistant U.S. Attorney General Richard Delonis called the evidence “highly circumstantial.” The case received international attention because it confronted political and racial tensions. In 1977, a federal judge ordered a new trial, citing prosecutorial misconduct that gave prosecutors a chance to retry the case. However, prosecutors decided not to do so. The decision left the guilty verdict standing, but without penalty. Authorities then released the nurses, who have not been exonerated.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Language In English
Indexed Term Law and Criminal Justice
Media Studies
North American Studies
Added Author Zeldes, Geri, filmmaker
Kanopy (Firm)
Music No. 1123771 Kanopy
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