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John Smietanka

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The Murderer Who Wasn't!

PRESENTED ON MAY 19, 2016
IN ST JOSEPH @ VOL 5

John Smietanka, former federal and county prosecutor currently in a private trial practice. In 1979, a young woman was found injured in the middle of the night on a rural state road. She later died without regaining consciousness. In 1990 a man was arrested, charged, convicted of her murder and sent to prison. After 14 years he was proven actually innocent. This is his story.

 

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The Murderer Who Wasn't

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Innocence & Incarceration: A Complicated Relationship

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IN ATLANTA

Estimates tell us there are 3,200 +/- wrongfully convicted and innocent individuals serving time in Georgia and Alabama today. The Georgia Innocence Project works for the exoneration and release of these individuals but state law can hamper those efforts, sometimes inadverdantly. Listen as Richard Latta speaks about law here in the State of Georgia that is hampering the efforts of the Georgia Innocence Project. 

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Erica Hammel teaches gymnastics and dance to kids under five. In the past couple of years Erica, after her son was abused by her ex-husband’s girlfriend, has advocated for Michigan to create a Child Abuse Registry (Wyatt’s Law). It all began when she created a petition on Change.org. Causing quite the stir in the news has allowed Erica to use media to help her with her advocating efforts.

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BY KEITH YEARMAN
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