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Tommy Zeigler has been on death row for 42 years and for more than half that time, he’s been trying to convince the state of Florida to allow for DNA tests that might help exonerate him. But the state continually refuses. About 20 other men are in a similar situation, imprisoned in Florida since the 1970s or ’80s and arguing that it’s inherently unfair to deny them access to 21st century science. Leonora LaPeter Anton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, and photographer Cherie Diez have followed the case for years. In 2018, they traveled around Florida and into Georgia to interview dozens of people, some involved in the police work or prosecution, others who believe in Zeigler’s innocence. 

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Tommy Zeigler has been on death row for 42 years and for more than half that time, he’s been trying to convince the state of Florida to allow for DNA tests that might help exonerate him. But the state continually refuses. About 20 other men are in a similar situation, imprisoned in Florida since the 1970s or ’80s and arguing that it’s inherently unfair to deny them access to 21st century science. Leonora LaPeter Anton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, and photographer Cherie Diez have followed the case for years. In 2018, they traveled around Florida and into Georgia to interview dozens of people, some involved in the police work or prosecution, others who believe in Zeigler’s innocence. 

    Chapter 10: Another Chance

    Chapter 10: Another Chance

    Tommy Zeigler waited on Florida’s death row last year with hope that there would be another chance to test the evidence in his case. Listen to what happened.
     
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    • 31 min
    Coming soon: Chapter 10

    Coming soon: Chapter 10

    Will prosecutors give Tommy Zeigler another chance at DNA testing?
     
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    • 28 sec
    Chapter nine: A Q&A

    Chapter nine: A Q&A

    Listen to Pulitzer Prize winner Leonora LaPeter Anton talk about what didn’t make it into this series, what’s happening with the Tommy Zeigler case and thoughts about his guilt or innocence.


     
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    • 56 min
    Chapter eight: Finality versus fairness

    Chapter eight: Finality versus fairness

    Florida’s judicial system is designed to support a jury’s verdict, whether it was right or wrong.


     
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    • 35 min
    Chapter seven: On the row

    Chapter seven: On the row

    Tommy Zeigler has spent more than four decades living in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell and trying not to get angry.


     
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    • 33 min
    Chapter six: Poking holes in the case

    Chapter six: Poking holes in the case

    Tommy Zeigler's supporters have spent years chasing clues and re-investigating the murders. Listen to what they've uncovered.


     
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
193 Ratings

193 Ratings

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Love the story and all of the hard work you’ve put into this case. I’ve read a couple other reviews that mentioned the audio/speech. I am not a communications expert, but I do know that I listen to podcasts and sometimes the information/topic is very interesting, but I can’t listen for long because of the audio/speech/voice. I know I couldn’t do it well either, but at times the speech of the caster is hard to get past.

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Proud donor/advocate for the innocence project

GOD SPEED!! Not for the innocent man (men) on Floridas death row but for the American justice system to right their many wrongs!

Margcita ,

On the Narrators Voice

Many have commented on the narrator's voice and personally I find it very pleasant. That said, she does need to take a sip of water now and then. I think what contributes to listeners' annoyance is that she must be aware of it, but doesn't do anything about it.

Also, I found her and the speaker in the Q&A's ability to pronounce Spanish words unimpressive. C'mon, there are only about half-dozen words you'll need to say; you can practice them! Even if you're not good with languages, you can improve!

I found the case fascinating and really appreciated the Q&A. As with many other multi-episode podcasts there is a lot of repetition. I have recommended this podcast to my sister and suggested she just listen to the 2nd have of the podcast (or even starting with Episode 7).

I'm giving this 5 stars because I thought it was well done and very interesting.

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