This is a podcast about injustice experienced by innocent US citizens subjected to the bias, discrimination, inherent latent racism and corruption in the US criminal justice system. We feature people falsely imprisoned for years and decades, and sometimes executed when they were innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. We witness hidden exculpatory evidence, police who abuse, torture and beat innocent citizens into false guilty pleadings and coerced confessions. We witness how the US justice system clearly outnumbers and overwhelms all but the most wealthy among us. We see how a typical US citizen, once accused, is the mythical man that brings a knife to a gunfight. Sometimes the gun is a pistol, sometimes an AK47, other times a 50mm machine gun, and occasionally an Abrams tank., Regardless of caliber, the weapon is used to ostensibly protect the rest of us 'law abiding' citizens. One way or another, we voted this system into existence, or we approved willingly in one way or another; by shouting approvingly of criminal convictions by any means, or sat idly by but still voting for 'law and order' candidates to protect ourselves and whom we love from criminality exaggerated by politicians, police and prosecutors.
S1EP20 Minisode Anderson (South-side Chicago) & Milke (Phoenix)
On this season 1 ending episode of The Injustice Files we look at two cases involving false confession.
Our first case, from South-Side Chicago centered on the rape and murder of a 20 year old woman in 1980. Days after the body was found police arrested Daniel Anderson on drunk and disorderly charges and attested that the drunken Daniel confessed to the rape and murder while being transported to the police station. Daniel was convicted and spent 27 years in prison and was finally exonerated some 34 years after his arrest.
Our second case comes from Phoenix, AZ in 1989 and centers on the murder of Debra Milke's 4 year old son who was shot in the head three times by a companion of Debra's. James Styers, whom had baby sat for Debra before took her son shopping one day and then reported him missing from the shopping mall. Days later he confessed and led police to the crime scene. He also falsely confessed that they killed Debra's son as part of an insurance scam in cohort with Debra. A Phoenix detective falsified a confession for Debra and she was convicted, spending 23 years on Death Row.
S1EP19 Minisode Abernathy (Chicago) and Modhal (CA)
On this episode of The Injustice Files, we take a look at two cases involving police and prosecutors hiding evidence from defendant's lawyers; an unconstitutional breach of The Brady Rule.
Our first case, the case of Christopher Abernathy centers upon the tragic 1984 rape and murder of a 16 YO girl in the Chicago suburb of Park Forest , IL. He was sentenced to Life without Parole as a 17 YO teen, in 1988.
Our second case is from the same period but in Kern County CA. Jeffery Modhal, a father that reported child sexual abuse about his daughters from other family members had the tables turned on him and became accused as well. Caught up in the Satanic, Pedophile Panic of the 1980s, He and his wife and oldest daughter were all convicted and sentenced to long prison terms before appellate attorneys in 1999 discovered evidence hidden by case prosecutors.
S1EP18 Minisode Tulia 35 (Texas) and Nash (Missouri)
On this episode of The Injustice Files we look into two cases with an odd common theme. It's not just the absurdity of our first case of 35 people in a small Texas town, largely comprised of 5000 African American folk arrested for dealing powder cocaine, all arrested on the same day. Nor is it the case of Don Nash, who was arrested 26 years after his ex-girlfriend's murder in 1982 in Missouri.
In both cases, eventually, with the absurdity of the evidence and conclusion-jumping by detectives, both defense and prosecutors worked together to obtain people's release from prison and criminal charges.
Given our adversarial-based system of justice, it is rare for these competing forces to come together seeking justice. As noted in our introduction segment, this adversarial system most often creates an atmosphere on both sides of winning no matter the cost. This is probably in-part influenced by a capitalist culture in which winning it the only good outcome. And as with any culture based on zero-sum, one has to lose for another to win. We wind up cheated of justice as seeking justice in this setting in our adversarial, competition-based, zero-sum culture more often than not makes finding truth and justice a casualty of the system.
S1EP17 Minisode Peacock (NY) and Adams (MA)
In this Minisode of The Injustice Files we focus on two cases, that of Freddie Peacock of New York and Laurence Adams of Boston MA
In our first story, we look into the unfortunate case of Freddie Peacock, an intellectually challenged man accused of rape. While he only served five years in prison. The conviction would impair his ability to live a fruitful, fulfilling life and it would be 30 years before DNA evidence revealed the injustice done to Freddie.
In our second story, we look into the case of Laurence Adams of Boston, MA. He was initially implicated in the 1972 murder of a transit worker. He had a possibility of showing his innocence until three members of a family, mother, and brother and sister siblings testified he had admitted to them he killed the transit worker. He remained in prison for 28 years until a new trial revealed evidence of false testimony in his trial.
S1EP16 Minisode Long (Concord NC) and Flowers (Winona MS)
On this Minisode of The Injustice Files, we look into the cases of Ronnie Long and Curtis Flowers, two cases with long meandering stories behind them.
In our first case, Ronnie Long, a Black man was arrested for the rape of an upper-class widowed White woman in Concord NC, in 1976. Falsely accused and with no actual evidence connecting him to the rape, he was nonetheless found guilty and sentenced to two life terms without parole. Nearly 44 years later, evidence hidden from the courts by police and prosecutors was found that proved Ronnie's innocence and he was released from prison.
In our second case, a Black man, Curtis Flowers of Winona MS is falsely accused of a quadruple murder. There were so many issues of racism in the prosecution's case, mainly excluding Black folk from juries, that as convictions were overturned and re-prosecuted, Curtis was tried six times for the murders. Finally, with the Supreme Court weighing in Curtis eventually released from Death Row.
S1EP15P1 Graves Part I - The Crime
On this episode of the Injustice Files we take a deep dive look into the tragic murder of six people; a grandmother, her daughter and four of her grandchildren, the latter all under the age of six. Following the murder, the perpetrator set fire to the house which burned to the ground.
A suspect targeted because of burn marks on his face and arms was detained and interrogated for 8 hours, then he confessed and implicated a distant relative-by-marriage he hardly even knew; Anthony Graves.
Anthony Graves had multiple alibi witnesses accounting for his time well before, during and after the murders. But after being subjected to hardball investigative techniques by the TX Rangers, coupled with a prosecutor that lied, intimidated witnesses into false testimony and fabricated evidence, Anthony was convicted and sentenced to death, spending 18 years on Death Row, until a well-known and well regarded TX prosecutor Kelly Siegler looked at the case