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Hosted by celebrated criminal justice reform advocate and founding board member of the Innocence Project Jason Flom, 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 • 5.2K Ratings

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Hosted by celebrated criminal justice reform advocate and founding board member of the Innocence Project Jason Flom, 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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    #262 Maggie Freleng with Brian Parnell

    #262 Maggie Freleng with Brian Parnell

    On August 28, 1997, Brian was staying overnight at his girlfriend’s house with his cousin, girlfriend, and girlfriend’s sister in West Philadelphia, PA. 45 minutes away, restaurant owner Gus Boulias was killed in his home. A detective, relying on the questionable analysis of a partial fingerprint, decided that Brian was the killer. Even though the state presented no murder weapon, no witnesses, no motive, and no connection to the victim, Brian was convicted of second-degree murder and burglary and sentenced to life in prison. Maggie speaks to Brian Parnell at SCI Coal Township in PA., Marc Howard J.D., Brian's advocate and Tamara Parnell, Brian's sister.

    This episode features a portion of #156 Wrongful Conviction: Junk Science - Fingerprint Evidence with host Josh Dubin released on September 9th, 2020.
    For more on the junk science of Fingerprint Analysis, click the link below:
    https://www.wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com/podcast/s12e14-wrongful-conviction-junk-science-shaken-baby-syndrome

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    https://www.justiceforbrianparnell.com/
    https://twitter.com/justice4parnell
    https://www.instagram.com/justiceforbrianparnell/
    https://www.facebook.com/justiceforbrianparnell

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

    • 29 min
    #261 Jason Flom with Clay Chabot

    #261 Jason Flom with Clay Chabot

    On April 19, 1986, the body of a 28 year old woman was found in her bedroom in Garland, Texas. She had been tied, gagged, raped and shot three times. Clay Chabot, a friend of the victim's husband, became the main suspect after voluntarily providing information to the police about his brother-in-law, Gerald Pabst, who had visited the victim's home on the morning of the murder. Initially telling police that he had no involvement in the crime, Pabst later changed his story by claiming that Clay had forced him to tie up the victim before she was shot. Despite no physical evidence linking Clay to the crime, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison solely on the testimony of Gerald Pabst.

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    https://guiltypleaproblem.org/?id=clay_chabot

    https://innocenceproject.org/clay-chabot-veterans-day-2018/

    https://innocenceproject.org/

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

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

    • 34 min
    #260 Maggie Freleng with Mike Politte

    #260 Maggie Freleng with Mike Politte

    On December 5, 1998, a 14 year old Mike Politte woke up to find his Mineral Point, MO home filled with smoke. When he checked on his mom, he found her on the floor – on fire. After days of interrogations, investigators decided that Mike had been grieving incorrectly and that he must have been the perpetrator. Despite evidence pointing to other relatives and evidence against Mike eventually being disproved, Mike was convicted of second degree murder in the killing of his own mother and condemned to spend the next 2 decades in prison. Maggie speaks to Mike Politte at Jefferson City Correctional Center in MO., Megan Crane J.D., Mike's advocate, and Melonie Politte, Mike's sister.

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-michael-politte-after-wrongful-conviction

    https://twitter.com/michaelpolitte?lang=en

    https://lavaforgood.com/with-maggie-freleng/

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

    • 38 min
    #259 Jason Flom with Alan Newton

    #259 Jason Flom with Alan Newton

    In the early morning hours of June 23rd, 1984, 2 customers, a man and a woman, left a Bronx bodega. The store clerk said that the woman went with the man willingly. According to the woman, she was abducted, dragged into a park, raped, and robbed. Then, while waiting for a cab home, the same man dragged her into an abandoned building, where she was again raped and robbed. This time, he cut her face, damaging her eyesight. A rape kit was performed at the hospital, and she was shown a mugshot book, from which she identified Alan Newton - a man who had spent the night at his fiancee's family's home in Queens. Unfortunately, Alan had to wait for over 22 years for both the DNA testing and the authorities to begrudgingly locate the biological evidence to finally corroborate that alibi.

    To learn more and get involve, visit:

    https://innocenceproject.org/

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

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

    • 33 min
    #258 Maggie Freleng with Melvin Ortiz

    #258 Maggie Freleng with Melvin Ortiz

    On December 23, 1997, a botched robbery at a popular pizza restaurant in Reading, PA resulted in the death of its beloved owner, George Clauser. A reward in the paper led police to 19 year old Melvin Ortiz, when two individuals with obvious agendas implicated him. Despite 19 alibi witnesses placing Melvin at a birthday party at the time of the crime, Melvin was sentenced to spend life in prison without parole. Maggie speaks to Melvin Ortiz at SCI - Dallas, PA., Marc Howard J.D., Melvin's advocate, and Victoria Blanco, Melvin's fiancee.

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    If anyone has any information on this case, please email freemelvinortiz@gmail.com

    https://www.freemelvinortiz.org/

    @freemelvinortiz on instagram, twitter, facebook, tiktok

    https://www.change.org/MelvinOrtiz

    https://www.instagram.com/freemelvinortiz/

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNCpeXu5tURsdkRezBY2EVQ

    https://fundly.com/support-ortiz-family

    https://lavaforgood.com/with-maggie-freleng/

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

    • 41 min
    #257 Jason Flom with Rickey Jackson

    #257 Jason Flom with Rickey Jackson

    On May 19th, 1975, in front of a store in Cleveland, Ohio, two assailants robbed a man, splashed acid in his face, shot and killed him, and then fired into the store injuring the co-owner. 12 year-old Eddie Vernon was riding a bus near the scene and later bragged that he had seen Ricky Jackson, as well as Ronnie and Wiley Bridgeman commit the crime. However, according to all the other occupants of the bus, they were too far away to even see the crime. But police ignored other more compelling leads and focused on Eddie’s story. When he tried to back away from the fib, they threatened to take his parents to prison if he didn’t stick to the story. Eddie’s false testimony at trial helped send all three young men to death row.

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    https://law.uc.edu/real-world-learning/centers/ohio-innocence-project-at-cincinnati-law.html

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

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

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
5.2K Ratings

5.2K Ratings

Jewels7783 ,

Amazing show.

Your show is amazing. Thank you for sharing all these stories of the people. It is sad all these people have had their time taken from them. But I’m glad I’m the end they got some of their time back I know it is not soon enough for most but I am glad there is people out there to help them.

oopsyloop ,

Enjoyed the podcast while it lasted.....

I really enjoyed the podcast until I got to the episode about Julius Jones. It's very one sided and makes me wonder if all the other cases they cover are biased also. I'm from Oklahoma and I've done a lot of research on the Julius Jones case and the evidence is overwhelming against him. I believe the right person is in prison and shouldn't be released ever. Please please please don't believe everything you hear. Do your own research on both sides. Don't be influenced by someone else's one sided perspective.

Live'nTheDreem ,

So compelling

Where has this podcast been all my life?! I have listened to, watched, and read true crime for as long as I can remember and I have just found this podcast on recommendations from another podcast that I frequent and I have to say I am in utter disbelief. I mean, I knew it happened but to hear these men and women tell their stories is just dumbfounding. I think what I like the most is the format of them telling their own stories. It's not some celebrity regurgitating a story that they read somewhere and can't get enough of hearing themselves. 🙄 To hear their voices, accents, and emotions is so riveting for me. I am 20 episodes in in 2 days and I feel like I really need to do something. I feel compelled to do something! 🤦🏾‍♀️

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