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Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
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Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Clarence Brandley, a black man wrongly accused in 1980 of the murder of a 16-year-old white high school girl named Cheryl Ferguson. Brandley worked at Conroe High School, where Ferguson was visiting as a member of the Belleville High School volleyball team. Three days after her body was discovered, Brandley was arrested as the murderer. Jew Don Boney, a popular activist and Houston city council member, leads the fight to uncover the truth about the Ferguson murder. Mike DeGeurin, a Texas attorney, is brought in to act as the head defense attorney for Brandley, and is joined by a former minister, Jim McCloskey. The lawyers discover that not only is there a complete lack of evidence against Brandley, but the District Attorney, James Keeshan, has been strategizing with the presiding judge. After nine years in prison, three trials and a stay of execution that saved Brandley's life, justice finally prevails as Brandley is granted his freedom.
Style: disturbing, emotional, realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious
Plot: prison, fighting the system, false accusation, confined, courtroom drama, uncover truth, legal action, racism, life is a bitch, prison life, legal, society, law enforcement, dishonesty, courtroom, death row, crimes, rivalry, political conspiracy, dedicated lawyer, wrongfully committed, power relations, wrongful conviction, crime
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa

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