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Wrongful Conviction Podcast  WC shares the stories of men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit.

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Listen to our latest episode now! In the spring of 1992, Robert Jones was arrested for a series of attacks that occurred in the French Quarter of New Orleans, which included the murder of a British tourist, the kidnapping and rape of a woman, and the robbery of her fiancé and friend. He was arrested because the rape victim identified his photo, and she and her fiancé identified him in a lineup. Robert had been attending his son’s birthday party at the time of the rape, and the other victims of the crime spree had declined to identify him as their assailant, but despite his alibi and the lack of evidence linking him to any of the other crimes, he was charged with the rape and a role in the murder. Lester Jones (no relation) was later arrested and charged for the crime spree after police found him in possession of the gun used in the murder, stolen property from the other crimes, and the car used in all of the crimes. Robert, however, remained in jail after Lester’s arrest. At trial, the prosecutor argued that Robert and Lester were friends, without any evidence to connect them. Robert was sentenced to life in prison, and he accepted a plea deal, which additionally resulted in his unbeknownst confession to an unrelated robbery from February 1992. Robert requested DNA testing for his case, but all of the evidence was either lost or destroyed. In 2015, after 23 years behind bars @InnocenceProjectNewOrleans was able to get Robert released from Louisiana’s State Penitentiary, Angola on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct and missing evidence and he was completely exonerated on January 26th, 2017, his 44th birthday. In this episode, Robert is joined by the Director of IPNO, Emily Maw. #wrongfulconviction #innocenceproject

Have you heard our episode featuring @justice4jerome yet? In 1993, Jerome Morgan was only 17 when he was wrongfully convicted for the murder of Clarence Landry III, who had been shot to death at a sweet 16 party at the Howard Johnson Hotel in New Orleans. Mr. Morgan was in the ballroom when the police arrived. Despite clear evidence that he could not have been the gunman, he was prosecuted based upon the coerced testimony of two teenage witnesses, one of whom had previously told the police it was definitely not Jerome Morgan. @innocenceprojectneworleans investigated Mr. Morgan’s case for years, uncovering clear evidence in the police files that it was impossible for Mr. Morgan to have been the perpetrator. IPNO presented this evidence in court over a period of several years and got Jerome Morgan’s conviction thrown out because, as every judge agreed, the State should have turned over the exculpatory evidence to Mr. Morgan’s trial lawyer. Mr. Morgan was released from prison in 2014 and exonerated on May 27th, 2016. In this episode, he is joined by one of his attorneys at IPNO, Kristin Wenstrom. #wrongfulconviction

Learn more by listening to our latest episode with @anthonydipippo #wrongfulconviction #innocent

Listen to episode 3 with @anthonydipippo and @itsjasonflom now! In November 1995, a hunter found the remains of 12-year-old Josette Wright in a wooded area of Putnam County, New York. She was reported to have been hog-tied with her hands and feet tied together behind her back, and her underwear had been shoved down her throat. Her mother had reported her missing on October 4th, 1994, after she failed to return home the night before. Dominic Neglia, who was being investigated for drug charges, claimed that 18-year-old Anthony DiPippo and his friends were responsible for the rape and murder of Josette Wright. Three of the accused teenagers testified against Mr. DiPippo and Andrew Krivak, claiming that they were in Mr. DiPippo’s van when he and Krivak raped and strangled the victim. Mr. DiPippo denied his involvement with the crime, but in 1997 he was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. In 2011, Mr. DiPippo was ordered a new trial after it was discovered that his lawyer had also previously represented Howard Gombert, who a witness had reported seeing the victim get into a car driven by Gombert on the day she was last seen. Several other women came forward saying that they had also been sexually molested by Gombert in a similar fashion, with their limbs bound and with clothing stuffed in their mouths. These women were not allowed to testify in Mr. DiPippo’s new trial, nor was Joseph Santoro, who was incarcerated with Gombert and had heard him talk about raping Wright, along with another young girl. Anthony DiPippo was again convicted in 2012, even though two of the three teenagers who had testified against him had recanted their testimonies, claiming that detectives had threated to charge them with the murder if they didn’t implicate Mr. DiPippo and Mr. Krivak. In 2016, Mr. DiPippo was again ordered a new trial, and this time the testimonies of Santoro and the other women who had been assaulted by Gombert were admitted. Additionally, Dominic Neglia recanted his initial accusation against Mr. DiPippo. On October 11th, 2016, Anthony DiPippo was acquitted and released after serving 19 years in prison. #wrongfulconviction #innocent

Have you heard episode 2 with @itsjasonflom yet? Antione Day was starting his career as a musician when he was convicted of first-degree murder in 1992 and sentenced to 60 years. After serving a decade in prison, Mr. Day’s conviction was overturned with the help of his attorney, Howard Joseph. While some exonerees stand in the limelight upon release, Mr. Day quietly picked up the pieces of his life. He initially took employment in the construction field, and today he is the Outreach Coordinator of Prison Reentry at the Howard Area Employment Resource Center. In this position, Mr. Day mentors at-risk teens and parolees, implements job training and placement programs and runs neighborhood stabilization and anti-violence programs. He co-founded the Life After Justice organization with @jmauradams to help provide new exonerees with a place to live and a variety of services to help them successfully re-enter society, such as job training, computer skills, finance classes, mentoring, and more. In this episode, Mr. Day is joined by @professorcaldwell a former civil trial attorney who is now the director of @afterinnocence as well as a published author of 14 novels and one nonfiction book, Anatomy of Innocence. #wrongfulconviction #justice #freedom #innocent

LISTEN TO THE PREMIERE OF SEASON 3 NOW! Confess Or Die: Beating A False Confession Into Johnny Hincapie For The Murder Of A Hero @johnnyhincapie.72 was convicted as part of a gang that murdered 22-year-old tourist Brian Watkins, even though he himself was not charged with the act and neither the victim’s family nor the other attackers identified him as a perpetrator. In 1990, Brian Watkins and his family were attacked on a New York City subway platform by a group of 6 to 8 teenagers when they were in town for the U.S. Open, resulting in the death of Watkins as he tried to defend his parents. Mr. Hincapie was only 18 years old at the time, and he did not have a lawyer present during his interrogation. He falsely confessed to the crime, after being tortured by police who threatened to kill him. After spending 25 years in prison, Mr. Hincapie’s conviction was overturned based on the statements of several witnesses who testified that he was in fact not a part of the group of attackers. He was formally exonerated in January 2017. #wrongfulconviction #premiere #truecrime

As one of the West Memphis 3, @charles_jason_baldwin spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. After his release in 2011, he co-founded @proclaimjustice to order to help overturn and prevent wrongful convictions similar to his own. Listen to Episode 8 with @itsjasonflom and special guest, co-founder of @innocenceproject Barry Scheck to hear his incredible fight for justice now! #wrongfulconviction #justice #westmemphisthree

Listen to this week’s episode with @itsjasonflom and co-founder of @innocenceproject Barry Scheck: FROM PRISON TO PROCLAIMING JUSTICE: THE WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF JASON BALDWIN now! At 16 years old, @charles_jason_baldwin along with @damienechols and Jessie Misskelley – known as the West Memphis Three – was convicted of killing three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1994. There was no DNA evidence linking the WM3 to the crime, and the case gained national attention soon after the teenagers' arrests when word was leaked that the murders were committed as part of a satanic ritual. Testimony from an “occult expert," combined with testimony about the books Damien Echols read and some of his writings, plus evidence that he and Mr. Baldwin liked heavy-metal music and several black t-shirts were found in Mr. Baldwin's closet, helped to convict the two teenagers. Mr. Baldwin received life without parole; Mr. Echols was sentenced to death, and Mr. Misskelley was sentenced to 40 years. After serving more than 17 years in prison, all three of the WM3 took the Alford Plea, which meant that the state of Arkansas admitted no wrongdoing. After being released, Jason Baldwin co-founded @proclaimjustice to help other wrongfully convicted individuals. #wrongfulconviction #innocence #westmemphisthree

Kirk Bloodsworth, an honorably discharged former Marine, was the first person sentenced to death and subsequently exonerated by DNA testing. He was 22 years old in 1984 when he was arrested for the rape and murder of nine-year-old Dawn Hamilton and sentenced to death in Baltimore County, Maryland. Almost a decade later Mr. Bloodsworth learned about DNA testing and the opportunities it could provide to prove his innocence, and his lawyer found the DNA evidence that the authorities had told him was lost- it was in a bag in a box in a closet in the judge's chambers. Since his exoneration and full pardon in 1993, he has become a published author and was instrumental in Maryland’s abolishment of the death penalty. The introduction of the Innocence Protection Act of 2003 established the Kirk Bloodsworth Post-Conviction DNA Testing Program, a program which has provided funds for DNA tests that have led to dozens of exonerations. Oh, and he also makes beautiful jewelry! Check it out at www.bloodsstones.com and listen to this week’s episode with @itsjasonflom to hear more of Kirk's incredible story. #wrongfulconviction #kirkbloodsworth #dna

CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE: U.S. ARMY SARGEANT WRONGFULLY CONVICTED OF THREE RAPES is out now! On November 16, 1983, a 28-year-old woman was attacked and sexually assaulted by an unknown male as she was walking home from work in Lowell, MA. The following evening, a 23-year-old woman was attacked less than one hundred yards away from the site of the first assault. Even though no biological evidence could link him to any of the crimes, Dennis Maher, who was a sergeant in the United States Army at the time, was arrested and charged with both attacks, in addition to an unsolved rape from the previous summer. He was convicted based on eyewitness misidentifications made by the victims, all of whom identified him in photographic lineups. In 2001, evidence from the assaults was recovered and subjected to DNA testing, yielding a genetic profile that excluded Mr. Maher as a suspect. In 2003, results from DNA testing of evidence from the rape victim also excluded Mr. Maher as a suspect, and he was exonerated after spending 19 years fighting to prove his innocence from behind bars. Mr. Maher is joined by attorney Alex Spiro and New England Innocence Project Director of Communications Hannah Riley. #wrongfulconviction

Listen to Wrongful Conviction Behind Bars to hear more from Jon-Adrian Velazquez inside of Sing Sing Correctional Facility! #wrongfulconviction #freejonadrianvelazquez

Listen to Wrongful Conviction Behind Bars now! Recorded with @itsjasonflom and Jon-Adrian Velazquez inside of Sing Sing Correctional Facility #wrongfulconviction #freejonadrianvelazquez

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