Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story


1h 48m 2002

Brief Synopsis

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 afte

Film Details

Also Known As
White Lies
Release Date
2002

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
White Lies
Release Date
2002

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 2003 Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special by the NAACP.

Aired in United States April 21, 2002

Previous title: "White Lies."