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English Movie Night: Presumed Innocent

We are inviting law students and young lawyers to watch the movie and join the discussion after the screening. The discussion will be facilitated by Peter Jarosz, (US Embassy).

Peter M. Jarosz currently serves as the United States Department of Justice Legal Advisor in Ukraine. In Ukraine, he works with prosecutors and anti-corruption law enforcement agencies to reform the Ukrainian legal system and strengthen the rule of law. Prior to coming to Ukraine, Mr. Jarosz served as a Legal Advisor in Kosovo where he provided advice on the revisions to the Kosovo Criminal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure.

Prior to working overseas, Mr. Jarosz worked in the United States Attorney’s Office in both the Western District of Wisconsin and District of Arizona. In Arizona, he also served as the Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes Section and Chief of the Criminal Division. He was also appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Oklahoma to assist in the investigation of the bombing of the Alfred K. Murrah building.

Since graduating from law school in 1982, he has also worked in private practice at Gray, Plant Mooty Mooty and Bennet and Gallagher and Kennedy where he litigated highway design and product liability cases. He has been the lead counsel in over 100 jury trials and has briefed and argued over 50 appeals ranging from the Arizona Supreme Court to the 9th, 7th and 8th Circuits. He has also served as a Judge Pro Tem and a prosecutor in local and state prosecution offices where he prosecuted political corruption and organized crime cases.

Jarosz has a BA and JD from the University of Arizona and is completing course work for a LLM from the University of London in International Law.


Carolyn Polhemus, an up-and-comer in the Kindle County D.A.'s Office, is found viciously murdered in her home. Immediately her boss, D.A. Raymond Horgan and his chief deputy, Rusty Sabich start an investigation. Horgan, however, is in the middle of a campaign to keep his job, which he ultimately loses to former subordinate Nico Della Guardia. Della Guardia and his new deputy, Tommy Molto, decide to prosecute Sabich for Carolyn's murder when it is revealed that Sabich was a former lover of Polhemus. Horgan also turns against his former subordinate, and Rusty soon realizes he has few friends left - except for Sandy Stern, whom he has often faced on the other side of the courtroom, and who will become his new defense lawyer when he is put on trial for murder. Investigation by Stern and his team leads them to think that Rusty was framed for murder - by Molto, who wanted Sabich's job and was trying to punish him for backing Horgan. Is Rusty Sabich innocent...or is he a murderer?

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rating: R for language and some sexuality

Runtime: 127 min

Remember to bring your passport or driver's license.

Earlier Event: October 19
English for Beginners
Later Event: October 20
American Lit Club: Kate Chopin
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