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The Injustice Files
41 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
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.
40 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
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.
91 minutes | Dec 6, 2020
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.
34 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
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.
76 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
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.
50 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
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
50 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
S1EP15P3 Graves Part III - The Trial
In this part of the episode we go in depth into Anthony's trial and see how 'officials' suborned perjury to help convict Anthony and put him on death Row. Most appallingly, is how DA Sebesta hijacked Anthony's strongest alibi witness to ensure his conviction.
32 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
S1EP15P5 Graves Part V - Exoneration
In this segment of the Anthony Graves episode, we see Anthony's continued efforts to appeal his case and win a retrial. As he faces four more years waiting on this, we see tumult on the legal teams facing him and his own, except for one stalwart ally, Nicole, the lawyer that stood by him until the end. As prosecutors continued offering him deals, Anthony maintained he would leave prison in only one of two conditions; either as an innocent man or the state would kill him.
26 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
S1EP15PIV Graves Part IV - Postconviction
In this segment we follow Anthony as he joins another 500 men on Texas Death Row. He is initially housed with the worst of the w0osrt and on Death Row, that is some very mean and dangerous men. He's thrown into a 9 * 6 cell, covered in feces and urine from the previous tenant, presumably now dead.Eventually, he makes friends with some men and is moved to a less dangerous unit inside Death Row. He encounters Robert Carter, and hearing what Sebesta did to convict him, forgives Carter.Anthony pursues round after round of appeals interspersed with execution dates.
15 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
S1EP15P6 Graves Part VI - Epilouge
In the epilouge to this episode, we discuss how the actions, both intentional and unintentional, of Texas Rangers and the district attorney Sebesta, played into the prosecution and almost death of Anthony Graves.
37 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
S1EP15P7 Graves Part VII - Spotlight on Justice
This is the final Spotlight segment for Season 1 of the Injustice Files. We are still formulating Season 2, which will have Black Lives as a central theme. We just don't know yet whether the Spotlight segment will continue. You can voice your opinion at email@example.com to help guide us with feedback. This Spotlight segment is focused on women and the injustice so many have suffered in the criminal justice system when they have been sexually assaulted. Granted, that is but one aspect negatively affecting women's lives in our justice system but it is certainly not trivial.We go into the history of the rape kit and the woman that invented it who was overshadowed by a male forensic scientist that took credit for the invention and how her role was obscured from history.
17 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
S1EP15 Graves Part II - The Arrest
In this part of the episode we look into the arrest of Anthony Graves after being falsely implicated in the gruesome murder of six innocent people coerced from Robert Carter, the actual perpetrator, by Texas Rangers suffering tunnel vision and that lied to him to extract his false accusations.
28 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
S1EP14 Minisode Towler (Cleveland) and Walker (Chicago)
On this Minisode of The Injustice Files, we look at two cases. Anthony Towler, falsely convicted of child rape in 1982 and Keith Walker of South-Side Chicago convicted of murder in 1993In story one, Towler is arrested for rape and assault of a young girl and her brother, respectively. Both were minors and helped to establish a composite sketch used by Park Rangers to arrest Towler, who did in fact resemble the sketch. After the two minors identified him as did two other witnesses, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole, finally exonerated in May of 2010. In our second story, Keith Walker suffered the same experience as many other Black men in South-Side Chicago during the reign of Det. John Burge (see Episode 1 Spotlight on Justice segment) and his crew called the Midnight Crew. Walker was tortured for 2 days by the Midnight Crew which included beatings and electroshock to his body and genitals before he signed a typed confession to murdering a white man compiled by Burge's crew. His conviction was vacated in August of 2010 based on the use of torture.
32 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
S1EP13 MinisodeTowns (Detroit) and Miller (Texas)
In this episode of The Injustice Files we focus on two stories. One from Detroit about the case of Parrish Towns, falsely convicted in the murder of a woman and robbery of a salesman. When police picked up the driver in the case, he implicated Parrish Town's two brothers. When police arrived at the Town's residence, they found the third, innocent brother, Parrish. Thinking he fit the composite description, they arrested him and sucked him into a maze of unlikely circumstances that cost him 24 years of freedom. Our second case is from Texas, the case of Billy Wayne Miller, falsely convicted of rape and sentenced to life in prison even though all reasonable evidence pointed to him as the culprit. A young woman was kidnapped and repeatedly raped. Keeping her wits about her, she was able to describe her assailant, the make of his car and most of the numbers from his license plate. Police located the car at the home where Miller was living and matched all but one digit of the license plate. Miller was convicted on what most people would believe to be reasonable evidence and sentenced to life in prison, to be exonerated 22 years later.
50 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
S1EP12 Minisode Fulton&MItchell&Shaw(Chicago) and Phillips(Detroit)
Story one: Fulton, Mitchel and Shaw (Chicago) March, 2003 in south-side Chicago a man was found murdered and burned to death in an alley. Police eventually focused on interrogating a 17 year old girl who, after days of 10 hour interrogation, accused three men of the murder. Police chicanery involving false statements of one man confessing and fabricated evidence put one man on death row and the other two in prison for life. Charges were finally dismissed in May 2020 followed by lawsuits accusing police of lying and falsifying evidence, calling detectives "among the most prolific officers in the Chicago Police Department in terms of accumulating allegations of misconduct from members of the public and fellow officers.” Story two: Phillips (Detroit)This is the sory of a man that left home at age 12, living on and surviving on the streets of Detroit. Eventually arrested as a young man and after a short prison stint, he found a well paying job, married and had one child. Also eventually, he gravitated back to the streets and maintained a double-life as a married man with a bad habit with heroin and falling in with a bad crowd. He was falsely accused and incorrectly identified in a line-up and was sentenced to 7 years in prison for armed robbery. While incarcerate, one of his former party friends falsely implicated him an a grisly murder and subsequently sentenced to life without parole. After 38 years in prison, the newly formed Detroit conviction Integrity Unit reviewed his case and found him actually innocent and released him.
40 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
S1EP11P1 Routier Part I - The Crime
On this episode we discuss the Case of Darlie Routier, convicted of killing her two oldest boys in the early morning hours of June 6th, 1996 in Rowlett TX. Darlie awakened at 2:20 am to an intruder straddling her chest who had cut her throat. After she chased the man to the garage where he escaped, she discovered her two oldest boys, lying in the living room with dep stab wounds to the upper body; both just barely alive. She screamed for her husband whom help to try save the boys until police and paramedics arrived by 2:30 am. After all rushing to the Baylor University hospital, by 6 am, police on scene decided Darlie had killed the boys and staged the crime scene. Darlie was sentenced to death and has spent the past 23 years in the same 9 * 5 cell on TX Death Row in Mountain View Unit at Gatesville TX,
37 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
S1EP11P2 Routier Part II - The Arrest
In a shock to the system and the Routiers, Darlie is arrested for the murder of her two oldest boys by small town Rowlett TX police and prosecutor Greg Davis who, ignoring the somber ceremony held beforehand, was appalled by the birthday visit to the boy's grave site one week after the crime and likened it to her dancing on their graves.
82 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
S1EP11P3 Routier Part III - The Trial
The trial went on for 5 weeks and we focus on the vilification of Darlie by prosecutors and failures of her expensive defense attorney along with the small town jury that believed all the prosecution's falsehoods
12 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
S1EP11 Routier Part IV - Postconviction
In this segment we discuss what has happened over the past 23 years in Darlie's case, from the book author convinced of her guilt that reversed course to new evidence an an anonymous witness.
23 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
S1EP11P6 Routier Part VI - Epilogue
We discuss the causes of Darlie's false conviction from police mistakes and mishandling of evidence and prosecution painting Darlie as a shallow woman willing to kill her children to have a better life, detectives failing to pursue suspects and failing to collect evidence.
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