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This harrowing documentary chronicles the decade long trials and emotional traumas incurred by a gay Michigan man, Stephen Matthews, and his straight father, Melvin Matthews, who were wrongfully accused by Stephen's ex-girlfriend and her homophobic boyfriend of molesting Stephen's son. Despite the fact that there was no physical evidence (although accusations included the torturous use of a machete), both Stephen and Melvin Matthews were sentenced to 35 years in jail. A chlamydia test which swayed the jury, was later revealed to give false positive results and lacks forensic value for use in sexual abuse cases. Eventually released from incarceration on this fact, both men went into the world to find that the prosecution wanted to put them on trial again.
The film didn't prove they were innocent. It just proved the police were incompetent at there job. I don't know if they are guilty are innocent, but I do know if police or the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alfalfa
I sincerely hope that the young man has had a chance to get some distance from his mother and stepfather. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Strangebird
I have strong feelings about homosexuality but never to the extent that a father should be taken away from his son. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brando
My stomach is in knots after watching this movie. The miscarriage of justice this family, especially Mel and Steven, suffered is beyond words!!! Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Dana Whatley