Film Series

True Believer: Screening and Conversation

October 24, 2007

James Woods and Robert Downey Jr. are featured in this riveting look at the corruptions of the legal process in which a young Korean man is serving 25 years for the murder of a Chinatown gang leader.

Editor, David Margolick, and attorney, Ronald L. Kuby, joined FOLCS for a screening and discussion of True Believer.

David Margolick

David Margolick is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where he has worked since 1996. He covers culture and politics, and his recent subjects have included the retired generals who called for Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation; profiles of both Jack Abramoff and Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the Valerie Plame case; and an examination of Hamas in Gaza. Prior to coming to Vanity Fair, he was the national Legal Affairs editor at the New York Times, where he wrote the weekly “At the Bar” column and covered the trials of O.J. Simpson, Lorena Bobbitt, and William Kennedy Smith.

Mr. Margolick, a graduate of the University of Michigan and Stanford Law School, is the author, most recently of Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and A World on the Brink, published by Knopf in 2005.

Ronald L. Kuby

Ronald L. Kuby was a longtime associate of radical lawyer William M. Kunstler. Mr. Kuby won a $43 million judgment against subway gunman Bernhard Goetz. He was defense counsel to, among others, black rage gunman Colin Ferguson, the blind Muslim cleric Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, Six Degrees of Separation imposter David Hampton, and former head of the Latin Kings Antonio Fernandez. Kuby successfully defended photographer Spencer Tunick when the Giuliani administration arrested him on several occasions to prevent him from taking pictures of naked participants in photo-shoots on the streets of the City of New York. Tunick went on to have two HBO movies made about his work and has become an internationally known and respected artist.

Mr. Kuby has represented dozens of defendants charged with leftist political violence, from Puerto Rican independence fighters to members of American communist groups. He has successfully sued the City of New York in numerous civil rights cases involving police misconduct, including winning a half million dollars for the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club.

He has appeared on Nightline, Dateline, 20/20, and other major television and radio programs. He has authored numerous law review articles and op-ed pieces in the New York Times and New York Daily News. He is co-host of the WABC morning show Curtis & Kuby, and guest-anchor on Court TV.