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Abuse of Power is a podcast that identifies and discusses the various ways in which law enforcement and the justice system have victimized the very people they are supposed to protect: us. Coerced confessions. Fabricated evidence. Arresting and prosecuting the innocent. While attention has rightfully been focused recently on police brutality in the street, the abuse of power in that context is only the tip of the iceberg. The problems are systemic. They spread beyond abuse in the street and ...
 
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James Dailey has been on Florida’s death row for 32 years for the murder of Shelly Boggio. Jury consultant, trial strategist, and Dailey’s criminal defense lawyer, Josh Dubin, walks Sonya and David through Dailey’s case, highlighting how the only “evidence” linking Dailey to the crime was the questionable testimony of a jailhouse informant whose te…
 
In 2006, mother of six, Hannah Overton, was convicted of capital murder after a jury found her guilty of “omission”, failure to seek medical attention for her sickly child in a timely manner. Further investigation after Hannah’s conviction revealed shocking miscarriages of justice at the hands of the prosecutor. Sonya and David speak to Hannah Over…
 
Perry Lott is another victim of incorrigible police practices in Ada, Oklahoma. He was charged and convicted of rape in 1987, despite having an alibi. The main evidence against him was that the victim "thought" she recognized him. Perry Lott himself, along with private investigator Shaun Hittle and Innocence Project co-founder Barry Scheck, discuss…
 
Karl Fontenot was convicted for the 1984 murder of Denice Harraway in Ada, Oklahoma. In 2018 Netflix released the documentary ‘The Innocent Man’ based on John Grisham’s only nonfiction book that detailed the crime and, further, the corruption in Ada. One year after the doc’s premiere, Karl was released on bond. Currently, his fate rests in the hand…
 
In 1991, Quintin Morris was arrested for opening fire on a group of teenagers in Los Angeles. In 1994, he was convicted of three counts of first-degree attempted murder. Sonya and David interview his lawyer, Alissa Bjerkhoel of the Innocence Project, as well as Jim Tranium, a retired homicide detective from the Washington, D.C. police department, t…
 
In 2003, Kimberly Long was charged with the murder of her boyfriend, Ozzy Conde, after arriving home and discovering his body in the living room. Kimberly and her lawyer, Michelle Rogers, speak with Sonya and David to talk through the path toward her wrongful conviction, including “tunnel vision” on the part of the police, who made egregious mistak…
 
Efren Paredes Jr. received a juvenile life without the possibility of parole (JLWOP) sentence in 1989 at just 16 years old, for a high-profile murder in the small town of St. Joseph, MI. Efren has been in prison for over 31 years and is running out of options to prove his innocence. Efren calls in from the Michigan Department of Corrections to disc…
 
Sedley Alley was executed by the state of Tennessee in 2006 for the brutal rape and murder of Corporal Suzanne Collins. Years later, a new suspect in Suzanne’s murder is brought to the attention of the Innocence Project, bringing into question Sedley’s guilt. With the help of Stephen Ross Johnson and the Innocence Project, Sedley’s daughter April A…
 
In 1996, Kristine Bunch was convicted of setting her mobile home on fire and murdering her toddler son, when a prosecutor allowed a government agent to falsify an arson report to convince a jury of her guilt. Sonya and David speak with Kristine about the double trauma of losing her son and, consequently, being accused of his murder, and with Ron Sa…
 
Timothy Bridges spent 25 years in prison after a 1989 rape and burglary conviction, based largely on junk science provided by an FBI-trained state examiner. Sonya and David hear from Timothy firsthand as he recollects his experience, and they discuss how state agents can exercise – and abuse – their position as government authorities. David and Son…
 
George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Rayshard Brooks. Three of the most recent killings of Black Americans by uniformed police officers. The violence against black bodies that we now witness on cell phone video is not new - systemic racism and police brutality have existed for and evolved over centuries. Civil Rights & Criminal Defense attorneys David Rud…
 
The United States justice system commits wrongs of every degree against the very people it's supposed to protect: us. Join defense attorneys David Rudolf and Sonya Pfeiffer as they examine 10 wrongful conviction cases. This is Abuse of Power. Special Preview Episode out on July 15, 2020. Full season out on August 10. See acast.com/privacy for priva…
 
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