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Hosted by celebrated criminal justice reform advocate and founding board member of the Innocence Project Jason Flom, and Pulitzer prize-winning podcast host and producer Maggie Freleng, Wrongful Conviction features intimate conversations with men and women who have spent years in prison for crimes they maintain they did not commit. Some have been fully exonerated and reunited with family and friends while others continue to languish, with some even facing execution on death row. Each episode peels back the layers behind the stories of those who have found themselves caught in a legal system gone wrong, with illuminating insights from lawyers and leading experts sharing their in-depth knowledge about each case, from prison visits and courtroom battles to reexamined crime scenes and witness interviews. This gripping series reveals the tragedy of injustice…as well as the triumph that is possible when people step up and demand change.

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    • 4.4 • 5.3K Ratings

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Hosted by celebrated criminal justice reform advocate and founding board member of the Innocence Project Jason Flom, and Pulitzer prize-winning podcast host and producer Maggie Freleng, Wrongful Conviction features intimate conversations with men and women who have spent years in prison for crimes they maintain they did not commit. Some have been fully exonerated and reunited with family and friends while others continue to languish, with some even facing execution on death row. Each episode peels back the layers behind the stories of those who have found themselves caught in a legal system gone wrong, with illuminating insights from lawyers and leading experts sharing their in-depth knowledge about each case, from prison visits and courtroom battles to reexamined crime scenes and witness interviews. This gripping series reveals the tragedy of injustice…as well as the triumph that is possible when people step up and demand change.

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    #315 Jason Flom with Michael VonAllmen

    #315 Jason Flom with Michael VonAllmen

    On October 10, 1982, a 22-year-old woman was abducted at gunpoint outside a tavern in Louisville, KY and taken to a nearby park where she was beaten, raped and robbed. The victim described her assailant as about 5’ 11” tall, weighing more than 200 pounds and with blue eyes and curly dark brown hair. Michael VonAllmen, despite having brown eyes, was picked out of a photo lineup and charged with the crime. With no physical or forensic evidence tying him to the crime, and 3 alibi witnesses, VonAllmen was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison on the strength of the victim’s identification.

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    Wrongful Conviction is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.
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    • 42 min
    #314 Guest Host Kemba Smith with Joyce Watkins

    #314 Guest Host Kemba Smith with Joyce Watkins

    In the summer of 1987, Joyce Watkins received a call from her sister asking for help caring for their 4 year old great niece who lived in Georgia. Joyce agreed to come pick up the little girl and bring her to her home in Nashville, TN. Joyce noticed almost immediately that the girl was acting strangely and suffering from abnormal vaginal bleeding. 

    Joyce took her to the hospital and learned that the little girl suffered from a vaginal injury and bleeding on the brain. She received emergency care but died the next day.

    After an investigation that relied on an erroneous autopsy report and little else, Joyce was charged with the sexual abuse and death of the child. She was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

    Kemba Smith spent 6.5 years of a 24.5 year sentence in federal prison for her boyfriend’s criminal activity, until President Bill Clinton granted her clemency. Now, Kemba is a public speaker, writer, and educator on a variety of criminal justice issues, including mandatory drug sentencing, women and incarceration, and re-entry.

    When Kemba read about Joyce’s story, she was reminded of her own, and knew they had to meet. Kemba was taken aback by what a model citizen Joyce was and the horrific injustice that befell her – an entirely innocent woman. Through this interview, Kemba has gained strength from witnessing Joyce’s resilience, and she is motivated to continue to highlight the need for justice. 

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    https://www.tninnocence.org/watkins-dunn-exonerated

    Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co No1.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    #313 Jason Flom with Antwaun Cubie

    #313 Jason Flom with Antwaun Cubie

    On June 1, 1996, Kevin Jackson and Antwaun Cubie accompanied Jeremy Bruder to buy a set of rims for his Jeep. When they arrived, Kevin and Jeremy went to make the purchase while Antwaun waited in the car while on the phone with his girlfriend. Several gunshots rang out and Jeremy was shot multiple times. He died the next day. Kevin and Antwaun were both taken in for questioning at which point Kevin, in exchange for leniency from the state, alleged that Antwaun killed Jeremy. After a series questionable legal maneuvers, Antwaun was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

    To hear about the Marcus Wiggins case, go to:

    #211 Jason Flom with Marcus Wiggins

    To learn more about the junk science of gunshot residue evidence, go to:

    #161 Wrongful Conviction: Junk Science - Gunshot Residue Evidence

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    https://www.change.org/p/judge-help-free-an-innocent-man

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, LLP

    Wrongful Conviction is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.
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    • 55 min
    Jeannie Pennington, mother of Elkhart, IN exoneree Andrew Royer

    Jeannie Pennington, mother of Elkhart, IN exoneree Andrew Royer

    In 2005, Andrew Royer was wrongfully convicted for the 2002 murder of 94-year old Helen Sailor of Elkhart, IN. His mother, Jennie Pennington, shares her heartfelt story of the pain she endured when Andrew was sentenced to 55 years in prison for a crime he did not commit and the challenges she faced trying to right this tragic wrong.

    Wrongful Conviction is a production of Lava for Good Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.

    #312 Guest Host Laura Nirider with Davontae Sanford

    #312 Guest Host Laura Nirider with Davontae Sanford

    On September 17, 2007, two men broke into a home in Detroit, MI and fatally shot four people. 14 year old Davontae Sanford, who lived nearby, went outside in his pajamas to see the commotion. Police approached Davontae and brought him back to the station where he was interrogated for two days without a parent or guardian present. The questioning ended when Davontae falsely confessed. Despite someone else taking responsibility for the crimes, Davontae was sentenced to 37 to 90 years in prison.

    As Co-Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and co-host and writer of the award-winning Lava For Good podcast, Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions, Laura represents individuals who were wrongfully convicted when they were children or teenagers.

    To learn more about false confessions, visit:

    https://lavaforgood.com/false-confessions/

    Wrongful Conviction is a production of Lava for Good Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    #311 Jason Flom with Dennis and Lee Horton

    #311 Jason Flom with Dennis and Lee Horton

    Brothers, Dennis and Lee Horton, were having a pleasant Memorial Day in 1993 until they decided to visit their father in North Philadelphia and ran into a childhood friend, Robert Leaf. Unbeknownst to the Hortons, Robert Leaf had committed an armed robbery turned homicide earlier that day. Shortly after Robert joined the brothers in their car, police pulled them over. All three were arrested and tried for second degree murder. Robert Leaf's attorney used confusion among the witnesses about the identity of the shooter to win Leaf a lesser sentence, while the Hortons received life without the possibility of parole. After all appeals were denied on procedural grounds, they applied for commutation with the support of an up and coming politician named John Fetterman who was recently elected to the United States Senate for the state of Pennsylvania.

    To learn more and get involved, go to:

    https://lavaforgood.com/with-jason-flom

    Wrongful Conviction is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
5.3K Ratings

5.3K Ratings

Photographygirl12995 ,

Sunny Jacobs just won my heart!

What a great podcast that is so well done. Her one liner that she had to get out put the biggest smile on my face. What a strong woman! All the best to her and her loved ones!❤️

ay_dreeyen ,

Let them tell their story!

I’m only on episode 11 of the podcast, and I am extremely interested in this topic, but Jason, PLEASE let the guests tell their story! I can’t stand the way you interrupt, interject, and put words into the guests’ mouth. I appreciate your knowledge and understanding, but I would really love to hear the guests’ stories from start to finish first. Once they’ve told their story in their own words, then please add in the other details they may have forgotten to mention and provide your wisdom and statistics afterwards. I hope this changes as the podcast goes on, otherwise I find myself screaming in my car, “Let him finish!” Lol

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