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The Mule: An Evening with Chris Graveline

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Join us on Tuesday, January 22 for a showing of The Mule in The War Memorial’s Patriot Theater. Following the film, stay for a discussion led by US District Attorney Christopher Graveline, the prosecutor who investigated the “real life” mule, who served as the inspiration for Clint Eastwood’s latest movie. A Q&A will follow the discussion.


About The Mule

Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well — so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.

About Christopher Graveline

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Chris Graveline was the prosecutor who handled the investigation and prosecution of Leo Sharp, "the mule" whose story forms the basis of Clint Eastwood's latest movie. In addition to this case, Chris is an attorney with a career that includes numerous cases of international, national, and local import.  Starting his career as a US Army JAG, Chris was involved with the prosecution of the soldiers responsible for the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.  After leaving the Army, he worked for the Department of Justice in Washington DC as a human rights prosecutor where he tried the son of the Liberian dictator, Charles Taylor, for torturing people to keep his father's regime in power.  Most recently, Chris has served as a federal prosecutor here in Detroit and leader of the violent and organized crime unit of the US Attorney's Office until he left that office to run as an independent candidate for Michigan Attorney General - the first time an independent qualified for the statewide ballot in 30 years in this state.  Chris, his wife, Colleen, and their five children live in Berkley.

Earlier Event: January 15
Beach Blanket Bingo
Later Event: February 7
Breakfast at Tiffany's