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Imagine being wrongfully convicted for a crime you didn't commit, or imagine your child's killer is still on the loose even though there's enough evidence for an arrest. I want to help shine light on the injustices of our judicial system. I delve into court documents, attend trials, and interview those close to the case to help me tell their stories.
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In March 2018, police officers in Oskaloosa, Iowa, responded to a call of a fight in progress. When they arrived, 24-year-old Luke Van Hemert explained that he and his friend had gotten into a physical confrontation with three college basketball players, after a minor traffic accident. He made it seem like no big deal, but investigators would soon learn that one of the basketball players had been stabbed to death. At trial, the suspect claimed self-defense, but what would the evidence say?Sponsors in this episode:- NetSuite: Go to NetSuite.com/COURT to download your FREE guide, “Seven Key Strategies to Grow Your Profits.”- Policygenius: If you need life insurance but you just haven’t gotten around to it, September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month. It’s as good a time as any to get started. Visit Policygenius.com, get quotes, and apply in minutes.- Care/of: Care/of is a subscription service that delivers vitamins and supplements customized for your specific health needs. For 25% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter promo code JUNKIE.
In June 2015, 46-year-old Jason Carter called 911 to report that he had just found his mother deceased on the floor in her home. She had been shot twice. But investigators, along with Jason’s own family, quickly focused on him as the killer. Would a jury agree?This episode was researched and written by Jennifer Tintner. Follow her on Twitter @jennifertintner. Sponsors in this episode:- Policygenius - the easy way to shop for life insurance online. Go to PolicyGenius.com and find out how to supplement your workplace life insurance and better protect your family. - Stamps.com: Get a 4-week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale without any long-term commitment. Go to Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the top of the homepage and type in COURT. Check out They Walk Among Us, one of the most popular true crime podcasts covering criminal cases in the UK. Available on Apple Podcasts and where you listen to podcasts.Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $3 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie to receive ad-free episodes. Help support Court Junkie with $6 a month and get access to bonus monthly episodes.Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod or Instagram at CourtJunkie.
On March 23, 2016, a police officer in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, came across a horrifying scene while doing a routine patrol - a woman who was badly beaten and shot, by her own husband. The husband was charged with attempted murder and other charges related to the assault, but at his trial, he claimed he wasn’t trying to murder her at all. Would justice be served?Sponsors in this episode:- NetSuite: Go to NetSuite.com/Court to download your FREE guide, “Seven Key Strategies to Grow Your Profits.”- Stamps.com: Get a 4-week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale without any long-term commitment. Go to Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the top of the homepage and type in COURT. Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $3 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie to receive ad-free episodes. Help support Court Junkie with $6 a month and get access to bonus monthly episodes.Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod or Instagram at CourtJunkie.
Ep 81: A Son’s Denial

Ep 81: A Son’s Denial

2019-08-2600:51:365

In March 2018, James Scandirito Jr. was charged with the murder of his father. But did he really do it?This episode was written by Jennifer Tintner, a writer and producer from Law & Crime. Sponsors in this episode:- Today in True Crime is Parcast’s first daily true-crime podcast. With new episodes each day, you’ll never run out of true crime content again. Follow Today in True Crime for free on Spotify and anywhere you listen to podcasts.- Netsuite: Download your FREE guide, “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits” at Netsuite.com/COURT. Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $3 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie to receive ad-free episodes. Help support Court Junkie with $6 a month and get access to bonus monthly episodes.Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod or Instagram at CourtJunkie.
On November 11, 1985, 43-year-old Guillermo Rodrigues was shot and killed in a restaurant parking lot in Brockton, Massachusetts. Police quickly zeroed in on 18-year-old Darrell Jones, who was adamant that he was innocent. In 1986, Darrell was convicted of murder and would spend the next 32 years in prison. In 2016, his conviction was vacated and he was released, but his nightmare was far from over when prosecutors decided to retry him.In this episode, I speak with Lisa Kavanaugh, Darrell’s attorney with the Massachusetts Innocence Project.Sponsors in this episode:Policygenius - Policygenius is the easy way to shop for life insurance online. In minutes, you can compare quotes from top insurers to find the right amount of coverage at the best possible price. True & Co. - Try the original True Body bra from True & Co. today with free and easy returns. Save 15% now when you go to Trueandco.com/junkie and enter the code: JUNKIE.Simple Contacts - Get $20 off your contacts at simplecontacts.com/junkie20 or enter code JUNKIE20 at checkout.Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $3 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie to receive ad-free episodes. Help support Court Junkie with $6 a month and get access to bonus monthly episodes.Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod or Instagram at CourtJunkie.
On June 7 2011, Amber Hilberling and her husband Josh got into an argument. Just minutes later, Josh fell out of their high-rise window, 17 stories to his death. Amber admitted to pushing him, but was it murder? Thanks to Caitlin Alexander, a local reporter for KTUL at the time, for speaking with me about this case. Follow Caitlin on Twitter @caitlinnews.Sponsors in this episode:- True and Co - Try the original True Body bra from Trueandco today with Free and Easy Returns. Save 15% now when you go to Trueandco.com/junkie and enter the code Junkie.- Stamps.com - Sign up for a 4-week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale without any long term commitment by going to Stamps.com. Click on the microphone at the top of the homepage and type in COURT. Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $3 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie to receive ad-free episodes. Help support Court Junkie with $6 a month and get access to bonus monthly episodes.Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod or Instagram at CourtJunkie.
On April 14, 2015, two groups of men got into a physical confrontation at the St. Croix River at Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. By the time first responders arrived, one man was dead.    In today's episode, I speak with Eric Nelson, from the Halberg Criminal Defense Firm, about the trial that followed, in which he represented the defendant. Would the jury convict his client, or would they believe the claims of self-defense?   Sponsors in this episode: True and Co - Try the original True Body bra from True&Co. today with Free and Easy Returns. Save 15% now when you go to Trueandco.com/junkie and enter the code junkie. Pet Releaf - Pet Releaf makes all-natural, USDA Certified Organic CBD products for pets, using full spectrum CBD hemp oil that is grown and extracted in Colorado. With a wide variety of products, they have something to assist a range of ailments such as hip and joint pain, inflammation, situational anxiety and more. Go to petreleaf.com and enter the promo code JUNKIE to get 10% off your order. Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $3 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie to receive ad-free episodes. Help support Court Junkie with $6 a month and get access to bonus monthly episodes.Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod or Instagram at CourtJunkie.
On the night of December 7, 2012, residents in rural Alvin, Texas heard the metal-on-metal sound of a car wreck. Then, about 5 minutes later, they heard a single gunshot.    When officers arrived on the scene, they would find the remnants of a car accident, as well as a murder. Were the two related?   This episode was researched and written by Charlie Worroll.    Monthly Court Junkie Bonus Episodes are now available on Patreon! Just go to CourtJunkie.com/Support and choose the $6 or $10/month tier.
In August 2014, investigators in Blackstone, Massachusetts, responded to a home on a quiet residential street. Inside the home, they found two children who had been neglected and a house that was in squalor.  Days later, they would return with a search warrant, and what they would find was horrifying.  Sponsors in this episode: -  PROcure, maker of RosaCare cream. Try RosaCare today, and get a $3 discount on Amazon. Go to procureheals.com/JUNKIE and use the code 3JUNKIE. - Pet Releaf - Head to petreleaf.com and enter the promo code JUNKIE to get 10% off your order. Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $3 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. Help support Court Junkie with $6 a month and get access to bonus monthly episodes. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod
On August 17, 2002, Justin Barber told police that he and his wife, April Barber, had been walking hand-in-hand along the beach when a man approached them with a gun. He was shot four times and survived, but April died from a single gunshot wound to the head.    After a nearly two year investigation, Justin was arrested and charged with April's murder. Could prosecutors prove that he had murdered April and then shot himself to cover it up?   Sponsors in this episode: Pet Releaf - Pet Releaf makes all-natural, USDA Certified Organic CBD products for pets, using full spectrum CBD hemp oil that is grown and extracted in Colorado. With a wide variety of products, they have something to assist a range of ailments such as hip and joint pain, inflammation, situational anxiety and more. Go to petreleaf.com and enter the promo code JUNKIE to get 10% off your order. PROcure - Try PROcure's Hydrocortisone and RosaCare today, and get a special $3 discount on Amazon. Just go to procureheals.com/JUNKIE to be directed to Amazon where you'll get a special $3 discount with the code 3JUNKIE. Noom - Noom is a habit changing solution that helps users develop a new relationship with food through personalized courses. Sign up for your trial today at NOOM.com/junkie. Please consider supporting Court Junkie with as little as $3 a month via Patreon.com/CourtJunkie. Help support Court Junkie with $6 a month and get access to bonus monthly episodes. Follow me on Twitter @CourtJunkiePod
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David Pelli

WTF Charlie?! I don't even know what to say... what were you thinking, or not thinking?

Sep 13th
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Liz Ranahan

Semiautomatic.... sorry. That makes me cringe... it definitely wasn't an automatic handgun.

Sep 5th
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Beatt X2

I am a superior courthouse staff member and I'm really enjoying these PodCast Keep Up the Good Work!

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Karen D

Do not listen to this episode before/while eating. 🤢

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