In 2005, 20-year-old Ryan Ferguson was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, causing his father, Bill, to embark on a 10-year campaign to prove Ryan's innocence.


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Credited cast:
Kevin Crane ... Self - State Prosecutor (archive footage)
Chuck Erickson ... Self (as Charles Erickson)
Bill Ferguson ... Self - Ryan's Father
Leslie Ferguson ... Self - Ryan's Mother
Ryan Ferguson ... Self
Kent Heitholt ... Self - Victim (archive footage)
Dallas Mallory ... Self - Witness (archive footage)
Cynthia Martin ... Self - Judge
Erin Moriarty ... Self - 48 Hours, CBS
Shawna Ornt ... Self - Tribune Janitor (archive footage)
Charlie Rogers ... Self - Ryan's Defense Attorney (archive footage)
Ellen Roper ... Self - Judge
Jerry Trump ... Self - Tribune Janitor (archive footage)
Kathleen Zellner ... Self - Ryan's Attorney


Bill Ferguson, an army man born and raised in Missouri, has never been one to back away from a challenge: traveling across the world pretending to be a welder, teaching at an aboriginal school in Australia, and spending an inordinate amount of time with his two kids, Kelly and Ryan. But after Ryan is charged and convicted for a murder based on somebody else's dream, Bill takes on a challenger that he never could have anticipated: the American judicial system.

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Flaws in the American judicial system
5 January 2020 | by kswiss89See all my reviews

As an American we live in a system of fairness, against our fellow man and against the government itself, but do we really?

Justice costs more than the normal person can afford, mostly along such a lengthy trial such as the one shown in this film, and at the end of the day if you encounter a prosecutor trying to make a name for himself in a certain case that works for the state, he doesn't have to worry about the how much it will ultimately cost. More documentaries need to come out about stuff like this allowing huge miscarriages of injustice to exist and expose those like the prosecutor, now judge, of this film

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