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Reckless Indifference examines the tragic chain of events that led to the murder of a Los Angeles teenager who was also the son of an LAPD officer. At the end of an heated and emotional ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Robert Derham ...
Himself - Appeals Attorney
Alan M. Dershowitz ...
Himself - Harvard University
Dick Detrich ...
Himself - Westlake United Methodist Church
Jim Farris Sr. ...
Himself - Father of Deceased
Judie Farris ...
Herself - Mother of Deceased
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Micah
William Genego ...
Himself - Brandon's Appeal Attorney
Tom Hayden ...
Himself - State Senator
Brandon Hein ...
Himself - Himself - Convicted for Murder
Gene Hein ...
Himself - Brandon's Dad
Janice Hein ...
Herself - Brandon's Stepmom
Jason Holland ...
Himself - Convicted for Murder (archive footage)
Micah Holland ...
Himself - Convicted of Murder (archive footage)
Sharry Holland ...
Herself - Defendant's Mom
Fran Kenton ...
Herself - High School Teacher
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Reckless Indifference examines the tragic chain of events that led to the murder of a Los Angeles teenager who was also the son of an LAPD officer. At the end of an heated and emotional trial, four teens are sent to prison for the rest of their lives despite the fact that only one of them wielded a weapon. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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29 August 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Reckless Indifference is a technically crude but matchless documentary about the inequities of the American criminal justice system. Similar in many respects to Joe Berlinger's outstanding Paradise Lost films, it takes a look at the death of James Farris Jr., the son of a retired LAPD officer and the 'bodyguard' of suburban teen drug dealer Mike McLoren. The circumstances behind his death are clouded, but the end result is that four young men are now serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. The film presents a strong case that the LA County Attorney's Office, smarting from failures in the O.J. Simpson and Menendez cases, railroaded at least three of the teenagers who will now spend the rest of their lives behind bars. The old saying about the truth setting one free has yet to prove true for either the West Memphis Three or for Brandon Hein, Tony Miliotti, and Jason Holland. This film, though produced in 2000, now includes a 2004 epilogue with further evidence of extra-legal fixing by the prosecution.


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