- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 2002
See how a confession--whether coerced or not--can overrule almost all the other facts in a criminal case.
Criminal suspects would do well to heed the lesson of James Harry Reyos. In 1982, Reyos confessed to killing a Catholic priest during a homosexual tryst in a West Texas motel. But almost every piece of evidence in the case argued against the confession: Reyos was 200 miles away at the priest's time of death and had extensive documentation to prove it (including a speeding ticket). But the victim was a beloved figure, his death shocked the community, and allegations that he had solicited young men for sex made it all the worse.
AMERICAN JUSTICE® examines the crime, confession and trial that followed and speaks with legal experts to see why Reyos was convicted despite the strong evidence suggesting that he could not be the killer. And, in a jailhouse interview, we'll hear from Reyos as he maintains his innocence and campaigns for a full pardon from his 38-year sentence.
For criminal suspects, words confessed to a police officer, whether true or false, can become shackles.