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American Justice: A Son's Confession DVD

American Justice: A Son's Confession DVD

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  • Additional Details
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2002
See how this controversial case has had a poisonous impact on Connecticut law enforcement for more than a quarter century.

The murder was shocking in its ferocity The investigation was cursory and cruel. The Connecticut police would surely like to erase the case from their history.

In 1973, 51-year-old Barbara Gibbons was killed in a brutal attack, and the investigation focused immediately and virtually exclusively on her 18-year-old son, Peter Reilly. He was detained and interrogated, alone and without legal counsel, for over 25 hours, at the end of which he succumbed to the pressure and confessed to the crime. But immediately, and ever since, there were strong doubts about the validity of his confession.

With the help of legal experts and those close to the case, AMERICAN JUSTICE® examines what happened in the months and years following Peter's arrest. We'll see footage of the playwright Arthur Miller, who championed Peter's cause, find out why Peter never stood trial, and see how a call for DNA testing may finally bring closure to an ordeal that has festered for over a quarter century.

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