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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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    #295 Jason Flom with Ricky Kidd

    #295 Jason Flom with Ricky Kidd

    On February 6, 1996, three men dressed in black fled in a white car after robbing and murdering George Bryant and Oscar Bridges at Bryant’s home in Kansas City, MO. Bryant’s 4 year old daughter was present and survived unharmed. Bryant’s daughter told police she was watching TV when men came to the house in a white car. Her father let them in and while they were in the kitchen, she heard a gunshot. She said her dad fell and tried to run but was shot again. Police received numerous anonymous calls that named 10 men as suspects, including Ricky Kidd. Detectives conducted a questionable interview of the 4 year old girl where she identified Kidd as one of the killers after some strong suggestions were made to the impressionable little girl. Ricky was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    https://linktr.ee/IAR

    Wrongful Conviction is a production of Lava for Good Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.
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    • 52 min
    #294 Guest Host Patrick Pursley with Jarvis Ballard

    #294 Guest Host Patrick Pursley with Jarvis Ballard

    On January 10, 1998, a 60-year-old woman was robbed and sexually assaulted in her home in Violet, LA. Upon his arrest, Ulysses Pierre implicated his cousin, Jarvis Ballard, in the crime. After severe abuse from detectives, Ballard produced a confession and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for aggravated rape.

    Patrick was wrongfully convicted for a 1993 murder in Rockford, IL, for which he spent nearly 24 years in prison. Remarkably, he ended up writing the law that set him free. Patrick and Jarvis met for the first time in person at the 2022 Innocence Network Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Their shared experience of mistreatment by the criminal justice system gave them a lot to talk about.

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    https://ip-no.org/what-we-do/free-innocent-prisoners/client-profiles/jarvis-ballard/

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/jarvis-ballard-freedom-fund

    This episode is part of a special series in our Wrongful Conviction podcast feed of 15 episodes focused on individual cases of wrongful incarceration, guest hosted by formerly incarcerated returning citizens and leading criminal justice advocates, award-winning journalists and progressive influencers.

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

    • 29 min
    #293 Jason Flom with Robert McClendon

    #293 Jason Flom with Robert McClendon

    On April 25, 1990, a 10 year old girl was allegedly abducted from her backyard in Columbus, OH. She said that a man grabbed her, pulled her over a fence, tied a sock around her eyes and put her in his car. He then drove to a nearby abandoned house, took her inside and sexually assaulted her on a couch. Afterward, the man took the girl in his car to a convenience store and went inside. While he was inside, the girl jumped from the car and ran home. She told her mother about the attack the next day when her mother noticed that she was acting strangely. According to the mother, the girl said at this time that her biological father, 34 year old Robert McClendon, had abducted and assaulted her the previous day. Based largely on the testimony of the 10 year old girl, McClendon was convicted of kidnapping and rape and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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

     
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    • 37 min
    Bone Valley: Chapter 1 | God Help Us

    Bone Valley: Chapter 1 | God Help Us

    Author Gilbert King receives a message from a Florida judge who claims that there is an innocent man in prison, wrongly convicted of murdering his wife back in 1987. King and researcher Kelsey Decker meet Leo Schofield in prison and learn about the disappearance of 18 year-old Michelle Schofield. 

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

    • 52 min
    #292 Guest Host Patrick Pursley with Eric Blackmon

    #292 Guest Host Patrick Pursley with Eric Blackmon

    On July 4, 2002, two men shot and killed 36-year-old Tony Cox outside a restaurant in Chicago, IL. Suspecting the murder was gang-related, police arrested Eric Blackmon. After claiming Blackmon was selected from a lineup by eyewitnesses, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

    Guest Host Patrick Pursley was wrongfully convicted for a 1993 murder in Rockford, IL, for which he spent nearly 24 years in prison. Remarkably, he ended up writing the law that set him free.

    Patrick and Eric spent over a decade together in Stateville Correctional Center in Cook County, Illinois. They both learned the law and represented themselves before being granted their freedom.

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    https://www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/wrongfulconvictions/exonerations/eric-blackmon.html

    https://www.macarthurjustice.org/team_member/eric-blackmon/

    https://www.thejri.org/bod

    https://www.chicagotorturejustice.org/board-of-directors

    This episode is part of a special series in our Wrongful Conviction podcast feed of 15 episodes focused on individual cases of wrongful incarceration, guest hosted by formerly incarcerated returning citizens and leading criminal justice advocates, award-winning journalists and progressive influencers.

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

    • 36 min
    #291 Jason Flom with Clarence Harrison

    #291 Jason Flom with Clarence Harrison

    On October 25 1986, a 25 year old woman was attacked as she walked to a bus stop in Decatur, GA. The assailant approached her, hit her in the face, and sexually assaulted her. He stole her wristwatch, money, and broke two of her front teeth. 

    Police were led to Clarence Harrison because he lived near the site of the assault and neighbors told police that they heard someone at his house had a watch they were trying to sell. But Clarence had an alibi. He was at a neighbor’s house playing poker all night. And when police searched Clarence’s home, they didn’t find the victim’s watch. 

    But once the victim identified Clarence as her attacker, he was charged and ultimately convicted of rape and robbery, and sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years.

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-clarence-harrison?qid=f27b687752463c4887b50165f7b66c35

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

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
5.3K Ratings

5.3K Ratings

KeepItReal79 ,

Excellent Narrating Patrick

Thank you for sharing
I appreciate your perspective and your hosting these other exonerated gems … you really highlight the authenticity of injustice and systemic challenges in a way that hopefully allows more humans to advocate and take action. Best to you all!

Katherine P. M. ,

So much interrupting!

What’s the point of having a guest on the show to tell their story if the host is just going to interrupt & talk over them, make assumptions, and not let them tell their OWN story?! I only made it 1.5 episodes from the beginning and I just don’t have it in me to continue any further. I find it rude, unprofessional and inconsiderate of the guest who was brought on to presumably speak on their own behalf, not to mention irritating to listen to.

To be fair I didn’t give Maggie or any other host a chance, so maybe they get better 250 episodes in or so. I was hopeful to listen to a podcast specifically on this subject but I’ll have to keep looking.

Sharbear73 ,

Patrick shouldn’t host again

The way he interrupts Carl is so frustrating and rude and I wanted to scream! Let Carl share his story!
Love Jason and his style of hosting.

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