Wrongful Conviction

Lava for Good Podcasts

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.

  • 31 minutes
    #451 Jason Flom with Ricardo Gray

    In September of 1998, a shooting took place in Cleveland Ohio’s Kinsman neighborhood resulting in one fatality. According to eyewitness testimony, Ricardo Gray was identified as the shooter. The existence of another potential suspect was ignored by the prosecution during trial, and Ricardo was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison. It has now been 26 years, and even though the persuading eyewitness testimony from two individuals has now been recanted, Ricardo Gray remains incarcerated.

    To learn more and get involved, visit:
    https://www.change.org/p/ricardo-gray-is-innocenthttps://www.instagram.com/kimlawcrimlaw/?hl=enhttps://lavaforgood.com/podcast/191-jason-flom-with-ru-el-sailor/

    We started the Wrongful Conviction podcast to provide a voice to innocent people in prison. 
    We want to hear your voices, too.
    So call us at 833-207-4666 and leave us a message.
    Tell us how these powerful, often tragic and sometimes triumphant, stories make you feel.  
    Shocked?
    Inspired?  
    Motivated?
    We want to know! 
    We may even include your story in a future episode.
    And hey, the more of you that join in, the more power our collective voices will have.
    So tell a friend to listen and to call us too at 833-207-4666

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    30 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 50 minutes 9 seconds
    #450 Lauren Bright Pacheco with Michelle Morrison

    In 2009, Michelle Morrison was convicted on a felony murder charge along with aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, and conspiracy over a 2007 shooting that left a man dead. Not only did Michelle not fire the weapon that took the man’s life, but she never even set foot in the house where the shooting occurred. In fact, she didn’t even get out of the car. And yet, Michelle Morrison, at the age of 26, was sentenced to life in prison plus five years.
    She is joined by her mother, Cynthia Holland, who has fought fiercely for her daughter’s release. Cynthia truly moved mountains to get her daughter out of prison, and in the process brought about real reform in the Georgia justice system.

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    27 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 32 minutes 42 seconds
    #449 Jason Flom with Frederick Willie Kearse

    On August 6, 1993, Devon “Dog” Brown and Raymondo “Ray” Frazier exited a bodega in Brooklyn, NY, when at least two people fired a slew of bullets from a passing car. Ray was shot in his legs and survived, while Devon was killed. 911 calls came in around 3:03pm describing 2-3 young black men in a Buick Century - a drive by shooting. Primarily on the strength of three questionable eyewitness identifications, Frederick was arrested and charged with murder, convicted and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

    To learn more and get involved, visit:
    https://www.archivebasedarts.org/

    https://www.paroleprepny.org/volunteer

    https://www.blhny.com/

    https://lavaforgood.com/podcast/013-jason-flom-with-everton-wagstaffe/

    https://lavaforgood.com/podcast/163-wrongful-conviction-junk-science-tool-mark-analysis/

    We started the Wrongful Conviction podcast to provide a voice to innocent people in prison. 
    We want to hear your voices, too.
    So call us at 833-207-4666 and leave us a message.
    Tell us how these powerful, often tragic and sometimes triumphant, stories make you feel.  
    Shocked?
    Inspired?  
    Motivated?
    We want to know! 
    We may even include your story in a future episode.
    And hey, the more of you that join in, the more power our collective voices will have.
    So tell a friend to listen and to call us too at 833-207-4666

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    23 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 2 minutes 6 seconds
    Introducing: Wrongful Conviction with Lauren Bright Pacheco - Trailer

    Wrongful Conviction with Lauren Bright Pacheco. Ten new, inspiring episodes of Wrongful Conviction, hosted by Lauren Bright Pacheco, that celebrate the potential of human connection to empower ordinary people to overcome extraordinary odds and injustices. Real individuals who unexpectedly became one another’s personal heroes by turning tragedy into triumph.

    Click here to follow Wrongful Conviction with Lauren Bright Pacheco:
    https://link.chtbl.com/v6pEKYf2

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    20 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 36 minutes 25 seconds
    #448 Jason Flom with Chris Miller

    On April 28, 2001, two men attacked a woman as she returned home in Cleveland Heights, OH. The men sexually assaulted her and then left with various items, including her cell phone. In the following days, police traced the cell phone to 24-year-old Chris Miller. Chris said that he had just bought the cell phone from someone else, but despite no forensic evidence tying Chris to the crime, the victim identified him out of a photo lineup and he was sentenced to 40 years in prison. 

    To learn more and get involved, visit:
    https://lavaforgood.com/podcast/152-wrongful-conviction-junk-science-hair-microscopy-evidence/https://www.fggfirm.com/ 

    We started the Wrongful Conviction podcast to provide a voice to innocent people in prison. 
    We want to hear your voices, too.
    So call us at 833-207-4666 and leave us a message.
    Tell us how these powerful, often tragic and sometimes triumphant, stories make you feel.  
    Shocked?
    Inspired?  
    Motivated?
    We want to know! 
    We may even include your story in a future episode.
    And hey, the more of you that join in, the more power our collective voices will have.
    So tell a friend to listen and to call us too at 833-207-4666

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    16 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 21 minutes
    Introducing: Wrongful Conviction with Lauren Bright Pacheco

    Jason welcomes Lauren to the team and they chat about the upcoming season launching on May 27th.

    Click here to follow Wrongful Conviction with Lauren Bright Pacheco:
    https://link.chtbl.com/v6pEKYf2

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    13 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 39 minutes 16 seconds
    #447 Jason Flom with Darien Harris

    On the evening of June 7, 2011, police responded to a shooting at a gas station in Chicago, IL, and found one victim dead and another wounded. Relying on various conflicting statements from eyewitnesses, and questionable incoming tips, police focused on 18-year-old Darien Harris as their main suspect. Some eyewitnesses identified Darien in a photo line-up while others did not. Nevertheless Darien was sentenced to 76 years in prison for the shooting with no physical evidence tying him to the crime.

    To learn more and get involved, visit:
    https://www.change.org/p/governor-j-b-pritzker-grant-samuel-karim-executive-clemency

    https://www.instagram.com/kingchucky_freedareal/

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/z7sxa-justice-is-blind

    We started the Wrongful Conviction podcast to provide a voice to innocent people in prison. 
    We want to hear your voices, too.
    So call us at 833-207-4666 and leave us a message.
    Tell us how these powerful, often tragic and sometimes triumphant, stories make you feel.  
    Shocked?
    Inspired?  
    Motivated?
    We want to know! 
    We may even include your story in a future episode.
    And hey, the more of you that join in, the more power our collective voices will have.
    So tell a friend to listen and to call us too at 833-207-4666
    Wrongful Conviction is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    9 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 11 minutes 11 seconds
    Introducing: Ozarks True Crime - The Sandra Hemme Story

    In season three of Ozarks True Crime, host Anne Roderique-Jones returns to her home state of Missouri to report on the case of Sandra Hemme: a person living with mental illness who could soon become the longest-known wrongfully convicted woman in the United States. Anne speaks with journalists, lawyers, and mental health professionals to try and uncover why Sandra was found guilty of a murder, despite no solid evidence that she committed the crime. Follow along as we travel back to Missouri for Sandra’s evidentiary hearing, where her lawyer’s will be presenting never-heard-before evidence in hopes to set her free. 

    Ozarks True Crime: The Sandra Hemme Story, is an editaudio Original production. 

    Connect with us:
    Instagram: anniemarie_ / editaud.io 
    Twitter: @editaud_io / @AnnieMarie_

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    6 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 42 minutes 11 seconds
    #446 Jason Flom with Dan Carnevale

    A fire erupted in the basement of an apartment building in Pittsburgh, PA, on January 17, 1993, killing three people. Arson officials believed the fire was set purposefully, but the case went cold for 13 years. Dan Carnevale was arrested for the fire in 2006 based on the questionable testimony of a man claiming to be an eyewitness. All of the physical evidence in this case had been destroyed so the case against Dan relied solely on this witness, the testimony of a jailhouse informant, and junk science hypotheses. Dan was ultimately sentenced to life in prison without parole for arson and the three deaths. 

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    https://lavaforgood.com/podcast/392-wrongful-conviction-junk-science-arson-evidence/https://lavaforgood.com/podcast/151-jason-flom-with-kristine-bunch/https://lavaforgood.com/podcast/429-jason-flom-with-greg-brown/https://oakmontbakery.com/

    We started the Wrongful Conviction podcast to provide a voice to innocent people in prison. 

    We want to hear your voices, too.

    So call us at 833-207-4666 and leave us a message.

    Tell us how these powerful, often tragic and sometimes triumphant, stories make you feel.  

    Shocked?

    Inspired?  

    Motivated?

    We want to know! 

    We may even include your story in a future episode.

    And hey, the more of you that join in, the more power our collective voices will have.

    So tell a friend to listen and to call us too at 833-207-4666

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    2 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 16 minutes 49 seconds
    Introducing: The Burden

    In the 1990s, Detective Louis N. Scarcella was legendary. In a city overrun by violent crime, he cracked the toughest cases and put away the worst criminals. “The Hulk” was his nickname.

    Then the story changed. Scarcella ran into a group of convicted murderers (who all say they are innocent!) turned jailhouse-lawyers. In prison they realized Scarcella helped put many of them away. They set out to turn the tables on Scarcella while still in prison. And with the help of a NY Times reporter they would succeed.

    Thirty years later, more than 20 people Scarcella helped put away have walked free. In the media he’s the “disgraced detective,” the rogue cop who hoodwinked an entire system. 

    For years, Scarcella insisted he did nothing wrong. But that’s all he’d say. Until we tracked Scarcella to a sauna in a Russian bathhouse, where he started to talk..and talk and talk. “The guilty have gone free,” he whispered. And then agreed to take us into the belly of the beast ... where justice is done (and undone).

    Welcome to The Burden.

    https://link.chtbl.com/nYQpPnkg

    The Burden is a production of Orbit Media in association with Signal Co. No1.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    29 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 29 minutes
    #445 Jason Flom with Donte West

    On March 8, 2016, Officer Nicholas Blake became suspicious of two vehicles traveling together on Interstate 70 toward Manhattan, KS due to their appearance and registration inconsistencies. He suspected they were involved in drug trafficking, with one acting as a decoy. Following a series of stops and surveillances by multiple law enforcement officers, a considerable amount of marijuana and methamphetamine was found in one of the vehicles leading to the arrest of Donte Westmoreland and others. Westmoreland was convicted based largely on the testimony of an informant, Jacob Gadwood, who claimed to have bought marijuana from Donte, but the informant's credibility was later questioned, and a prosecutorial deal ensuring Gadwood would not be charged with a crime was never disclosed. 

    To learn more and get involved, visit:

    https://www.lastprisonerproject.org/

    https://fromtheearth.com/missouri/independence-menu/?dtche%5Bpath%5D=brands%2Fwest-by-illicit

    We started the Wrongful Conviction podcast to provide a voice to innocent people in prison. 

    We want to hear your voices, too.

    So call us at 833-207-4666 and leave us a message.

    Tell us how these powerful, often tragic and sometimes triumphant, stories make you feel.  

    Shocked?

    Inspired?  

    Motivated?

    We want to know! 

    We may even include your story in a future episode.

    And hey, the more of you that join in, the more power our collective voices will have.

    So tell a friend to listen and to call us too at 833-207-4666

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    25 April 2024, 7:00 am
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