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Let’s talk about Outcry, a docuseries on Showtime examining the gripping story of high school football star Greg Kelley and a quest for truth and justice.
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Outcry on Showtime
Genre: True Crime
A five-part documentary series examining the gripping story of high school football star Greg Kelley and a quest for truth and justice. Few people experience Kelley’s momentum going into his senior year in Leander, Texas. That all changed when he was convicted of sexual assault of a four-year-old boy and sentenced to 25 years in prison with no possibility for parole. But a groundswell of support emerged for Kelley, calling into question the investigation, the prosecution’s tactics, and ultimately, the validity of the conviction.
I was hesitant to watch this docuseries. Based on the summary, I thought it would be another football documentary. I was very, very wrong. This Showtime docuseries dives deep into something that so many are terrified of — a teenager being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to rot in prison, stripping away any hopes and dreams they may have. I immediately invested in his story, constantly hoping that Greg Kelley is now a free man.
While I appreciated the directors featuring people with different opinions, one particular woman had absolutely no business being in that documentary. I wonder if she still believes the things she said about the case or if, after watching the entire documentary and the outcome of the appeal, she sees where she was wrong. It makes me concerned that she will one day be on a jury and may wrongfully convict someone because of her unwillingness to consider that sometimes, cases are handled incorrectly by law enforcement, and not everything is black and white.
At the end of the documentary, when they share where everyone is and what they are doing, I became even angrier at our justice system and wondered how many others, like Greg Kelley, are out there.
I give Outcry on Showtime 5 out of 5 stars.
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