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False Witness

False Witness

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50 min.
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A & E Entertainment
It is one of the most extraordinary cases in the annals of AMERICAN JUSTICE where a man convicted of rape was kept in jail even after the woman who had accused him publicly recanted her testimony. The judge and, ultimately, even the governor believed that she was lying when she changed her story! Is their own public image more important than true justice to America's law enforcement agencies? FALSE WITNESS raises disturbing questions in this unflinching investigation of the case of Gary Dotson. In a remarkable interview, Illinois Governor Jim Thompson reveals why he did not believe the changed story yet ended up releasing Dotson anyway. Ultimately, Dotson had DNA tests run on the physical evidence, which proved that he did not commit the rape. The charge was purged from his record, but the seven years he served can never be reclaimed. With testimony from the recantation hearing prosecutor, detectives, reporters and legal experts, FALSE WITNESS exposes the ordeal of Gary Dotson and raises difficult issues for AMERICAN JUSTICE.

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