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Courtroom Confidential is the show that takes you inside the courtroom here and abroad, getting you the scoop on the hottest legal issues, and tips on how to avoid the local jail when traveling! Courtroom Confidential is hosted by lawyer Tara Shah and is produced by Cloudcast Media.

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Courtroom Confidential is the show that takes you inside the courtroom here and abroad, getting you the scoop on the hottest legal issues, and tips on how to avoid the local jail when traveling! Courtroom Confidential is hosted by lawyer Tara Shah and is produced by Cloudcast Media.

    Ep 13: Inside Innocence: Suzanne Johnson and the Death of Baby Jasmine, Part 2

    Ep 13: Inside Innocence: Suzanne Johnson and the Death of Baby Jasmine, Part 2

    On June 24, 1997, Suzanne Johnson, a licensed at home day care provider in San Diego, CA, called 911 to report that Jasmine, a baby in her care, had gone limp and was struggling to breathe. Earlier in the day, Suzanne had put Jasmine in a high chair and accidentally tipped it over, causing Jasmine to fall and hit her head on the floor. Jasmine initially appeared to be fine. However, when Suzanne tried to later feed Jasmine, but the baby vomited and went comatose. Rescue workers responded, but were unable to resuscitate her. Suzanne was immediately suspected of assaulting Jasmine rather than viewing it as an accident, even though Jasmine had an existing skull fracture from a prior fall from her parent’s bed and despite the fact 911 responders put the breathing tube down the wrong side into Jasmine’s stomach preventing any chances of saving her. After two jury trials, the first resulting in a hung jury, Suzanne would find herself convicted of assault on a child causing death. She was given a life sentence.

    Years later, the science of forensic pediatric pathology relative to the diagnoses of “Shaken Baby Syndrome” (SBS) would change dramatically in Suzanne’s favor. Much of the expert testimony that formed the basis of Suzanne’s conviction has now been scientifically proven to be invalidated and unreliable. In Part II, Alissa Bjerkhoel, Suzanne’s attorney from the California Innocence Project, walks us through Suzanne’s legal journey from two jury trials, her appeals, to the present.

    Courtroom Confidential’s new Inside Innocence series, brings you compelling cases from the working files of the California Innocence Project.

    www.CaliforniaInnocenceProject.org

    • 25 min
    Ep 12: Inside Innocence: Suzanne Johnson and the Death of Baby Jasmine, Part I

    Ep 12: Inside Innocence: Suzanne Johnson and the Death of Baby Jasmine, Part I

    On June 24, 1997, Suzanne Johnson, a licensed at home day care provider in San Diego, CA, called 911 to report that Jasmine, a baby in her care, had gone limp and was struggling to breathe. Earlier in the day, Suzanne had put Jasmine in a high chair and accidentally tipped it over, causing Jasmine to fall and hit her head on the floor. Jasmine initially appeared to be fine. However, when Suzanne tried to later feed Jasmine, but the baby vomited and went comatose. Rescue workers responded, but were unable to resuscitate her. Suzanne was immediately suspected of assaulting Jasmine rather than viewing it as an accident, even though Jasmine had an existing skull fracture from a prior fall from her parent’s bed and despite the fact 911 responders put the breathing tube down the wrong side into Jasmine’s stomach preventing any chances of saving her. After two jury trials, the first resulting in a hung jury, Suzanne would find herself convicted of assault on a child causing death. She was given a life sentence.

    Years later, the science of forensic pediatric pathology relative to the diagnoses of “Shaken Baby Syndrome” (SBS) would change dramatically in Suzanne’s favor. Much of the expert testimony that formed the basis of Suzanne’s conviction has now been scientifically proven to be invalidated and unreliable. In Part I, Alissa Bjerkhoel, Suzanne’s attorney from the California Innocence Project, walks us through the facts of the case and the investigation.

    Courtroom Confidential’s new Inside Innocence series, brings you compelling cases from the working files of the California Innocence Project.

    www.CaliforniaInnocenceProject.org

    • 37 min
    Ep 11: Inside Innocence: 20 years later, the exoneration of Horace Roberts, P2

    Ep 11: Inside Innocence: 20 years later, the exoneration of Horace Roberts, P2

    Horace Roberts was convicted of second degree murder of Terry Cheek, a co-worker with whom he was having an affair with. Nearly 2 decades later, modern DNA testing proved his innocence, and the DNA in fact belonged to her estranged husband and his nephew, who are now about to stand trial for her murder. It took 20 years for him to be exonerated. In Part 2 we examine Roberts' legal journey through 2 hung juries and a conviction to his first contact with the California Innocence Project and eventual exoneration.

    Courtroom Confidential’s new Inside Innocence series, brings you compelling cases from the working files of the California Innocence Project. www.CaliforniaInnocenceProject.org

    • 40 min
    Ep 10: Inside Innocence: 20 years later, the exoneration of Horace Roberts, P1

    Ep 10: Inside Innocence: 20 years later, the exoneration of Horace Roberts, P1

    It was late at night on April 13, 1998 when lights on a pickup truck were seen flashing by the police who found it abandoned on the side of a remote stretch of California’s I-15 in Riverside County. Nearby, lying in the rocks on the shore of Corona Lake in CA, police found Terry Cheek, a mother of 2, strangled to death. Despite a contentious divorce, the investigators quickly turned their eye to Horace Roberts, a co-worker with whom Terry Cheek was having an affair with. After 3 trials – a covered up affair, a watch, and an abandoned truck is all it took to convict Horace Roberts of second degree murder. Nearly 2 decades later, advanced DNA testing proved that the watch nor the DNA under the victim’s nails belonged to Horace Roberts, but rather to that of her estranged husband and his nephew, who are now about to stand trial for her murder. It took 20 years for him to be exonerated.

    Courtroom Confidential’s new Inside Innocence series, brings you compelling cases from the working files of the California Innocence Project. www.CaliforniaInnocenceProject.org

    • 42 min
    Ep 9: The Crime that Never Was – Joann Parks, Part II

    Ep 9: The Crime that Never Was – Joann Parks, Part II

    Joann Parks was a young mother of 3 small children, who one fateful night in 1989 lost them all to a vicious fire that engulfed the home. Initially considered an accident, but later ruled as arson, Parks was convicted of 3 counts of murder and sits in prison for life without parole. However, some 25+ years later Parks remains in prison, despite modern arson science strongly supporting her innocence. The California Innocence Project is currently fighting for her exoneration. In a case that has been widely publicized, and written about by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Edward Humes in his book, Burned, this is an episode that you do not want to miss. In Part II, we take you thru Parks legal journey from 1989 to present and discuss the data surrounding the number of convictions that have been overturned in the past few years thanks to the evolution of arson science.

    Courtroom Confidential’s new Inside Innocence series, brings you compelling cases from the working files of the California Innocence Project. www.CaliforniaInnocenceProject.org

    • 24 min
    Ep 8: The Crime that Never Was – Joann Parks, Part I

    Ep 8: The Crime that Never Was – Joann Parks, Part I

    Joann Parks was a young mother of 3 small children, who one fateful night in 1989 lost them all to a vicious fire that engulfed the home. Initially considered an accident, but later ruled as arson, Parks was convicted of 3 counts of murder and sits in prison for life without parole. However, some 25+ years later Parks remains in prison, despite modern arson science strongly supporting her innocence. The California Innocence Project is currently fighting for her exoneration. In a case that has been widely publicized, and written about by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Edward Humes in his book, Burned, this is an episode that you do not want to miss. In Part I, we examine the facts of the night of the fire and how modern science and investigative techniques suggest that Parks is innocent of the crime.

    Courtroom Confidential’s new Inside Innocence series, brings you compelling cases from the working files of the California Innocence Project. www.CaliforniaInnocenceProject.org

    • 37 min

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