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Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)

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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.

Cast

Courtney B. Vance
as Clarence Brandley
Eamonn Walker
as Jew Don Boney
Gil Bellows
as Mike De Geurin
Joseph Ziegler
as James Keeshan DA
Chuck Shamata
as Don Brown
Doug Lennox
as Percy Foreman
Richard Eden
as Peter Speers
Terry Harford
as Judge John Martin
Lawrence King
as John Sessum
Ron White
as Jimmy McCloskey
Derek McGrath
as Icky Peace
Phillip Jarrett
as Rev. Jerry Jones
Beau Starr
as Ranger Stylos
Joe Bostick
as Wayne Johnson
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins
as Minna Brandley
Chris Collins
as Danny Taylor
Rufus Crawford
as Dennis Brandley
Melinda Dahl
as Jeanelle
Heath Lamberts
as Judge Perry Pickett
Kathryn Haggis
as Brenda Medina
Ken Kramer
as Jim Mattox
Ted Atherton
as James Robinson
Jennifer Irwin
as Mary Johnson
Bruce McFee
as Sheriff Garrity
Scott McCord
as Gary Acreman
Kristen Kieferle
as Peggy Stevens
Paul Brian Anderson
as W.B. Etheridge
Mark Taylor
as Ozell Brandley
Barry Stillwell
as Judge Coker
Gary Brennan
as Courthouse Reporter
Lloyd White
as Mr. Jenkins
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