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Moore outraged over juror dismissal

Donna Gianell, 54, had been selected to take part in a trial which has seen Citigroup banking bosses accused of committing fraud by over-estimating the value of British record label EMI when it was sold to private equity company Terra Firma for $6.4 billion in 2007.

Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed Gianell when he found out she had received a credit in Moore’s documentary, which was fiercely critical of the banking industry. She was interviewed for the movie, but her scene was cut from the final edit.

After the film’s credits were played to the Manhattan courtroom, the judge called the film a “one-sided, scurrilous appeal to anti-bank passion,” adding, “In the 1950s, a movie like this would be subject to criminal prosecution. I wonder if we are not engaging here in guilt by association, which is another of the faults of the 1950s.”

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And Moore admits he’s furious with the judge’s decision, telling the New York Daily News, “It seems like the person that should be dismissed from the case is the judge. He clearly seems to have a bias against anyone that might be critical of our Wall Street banks.”

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