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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 October 2014, the shooting death of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer went almost completely unnoticed by the media - at least initially. But after a large settlement was made by the City of Chicago to Laquan McDonald’s family, journalists started asking questions. Pretty soon, the details of what happened would be revealed, and Officer Jason Van Dyke would be charged with murder. Sponsors in this episode: - Talkspace - Go to talkspace.com or download the app and use promo code COURT to get $100 off your first month. - Ritual - Visit ritual.com/COURT to get 10% off during your first three months. - Policygenius - Policygenius makes finding the right home insurance a breeze. In minutes you can compare quotes from the top insurers to find your best price. Visit policygenius.com. - Madison Reed - Get 10% off plus free shipping on your first Color Kit when you go to Madison-Reed.com and use code COURT. - NetSuite - Receive your FREE guide – “Seven Actions Businesses Need to Take Now” and schedule your FREE Product Tour - at NetSuite.com/COURT. This episode was researched and written by Sara Yonker. 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.
I’m taking the week off, but while I’m gone, please enjoy this re-play of Episode 33, with a major development in the case at the end. Court Junkie will be back next week with a brand new episode. Sponsors in this episode: - Care/Of - Court Junkies can get 50% off your first Care/of Order, when you go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code junkie50. - HelloFresh - Go to HelloFresh.com/courtjunkie80 and use code courtjunkie80 to get a total of $80 off, including free shipping on your first box. 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.
Dee Dee Blanchard was found murdered in her home in June 2015, and her daughter, Gypsy, whom she had always touted as having special needs, was missing. Investigators would soon uncover that everything wasn’t as it seemed, and Gypsy, along with her boyfriend Nick, were arrested for murder. In this episode, we delve into Nick Godejohn’s murder trial. No one disputes that he was the killer, but the question of “why” takes center stage at trial. Sponsors in this episode: -Care/Of - Court Junkies can get 50% off your first Care/of Order, when you go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code junkie50. - Everyplate - Get three weeks of EveryPlate meals for only $2.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code courtjunkie3. - Feals - Become a member today by going to Feals.com/junkie and you'll get 50% off your first order with free shipping. - SimpliSafe - Try SimpliSafe today at SimpliSafe.com/COURT. You get free shipping and a 60 day risk free trial. This episode was researched and written by Jennifer Tintner and Dylan Andres from the Law & Crime Trial Network. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferTintner and follow Dylan on Instagram @dyllandres. 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.
Kimberly Boone and Anita Smithey, both accused of crimes against their husbands, formed a friendship while in jail and waiting for their cases to go through the system. This episode is a bit different than normal, as we take a look at each of their cases and the friendship that evolved from them. NOTE: This episode contains accusations of sexual violence. Listener discretion is advised. Sponsors in this episode: - Rothys - Check out the amazing shoes and bags available right now at Rothys.com/COURT. - Best Fiends - With over 100 million downloads and tons of five-star reviews, Best Fiends is a must-play. Download for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. - Policygenius - Policygenius makes finding the right home insurance a breeze. In minutes you can compare quotes from the top insurers to find your best price. Visit policygenius.com. - NetSuite - Receive your FREE guide – “Seven Actions Businesses Need to Take Now” and schedule your FREE Product Tour - at NetSuite.com/COURT. - Sunsoil - Get 30% off your first order by going to Sunsoil.com/junkie. This episode was researched and written by Gabrielle Russon. 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 October 18, 2015, Corey Jones was driving home from a music gig when his car broke down on the side of the road. As he called for help, a white van pulled up, and gunshots rang out. What happened that night would be debated inside a courtroom years later. Sponsors in this episode: - Policygenius - Policygenius makes finding the right home insurance a breeze. In minutes you can compare quotes from the top insurers to find your best price. Visit policygenius.com. - Ritual - Visit ritual.com/COURT to get 10% off during your first three months. - Talkspace - Go to talkspace.com or download the app and use promo code COURT to get $100 off your first month. This episode was researched and written by Jennifer Tintner from the Law & Crime Trial Network. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferTintner. 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.
In November 2010, a horrific murder took place in Tallahassee, Florida, at the home of a single mom and her three children. Prosecutors contend that one of the children’s fathers is the killer, but at his trial, his defense blames someone else - the Mexican cartel. Was the murder of Brandi Peters and her three children a crime of passion, or a cartel hit? In Part 2, I examine the Defense’s case. Would the jury vote to acquit or convict Henry Segura? Sponsors in this episode: - Madison Reed - Get 10% off plus free shipping on your first Color Kit when you go to Madison-Reed.com and use code COURT. - Sunsoil - Get 30% off your first order by going to Sunsoil.com/junkie. - Policygenius - Policygenius makes finding the right home insurance a breeze. In minutes you can compare quotes from the top insurers to find your best price. Visit policygenius.com. 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.
In November 2010, a horrific murder took place in Tallahassee, Florida, at the home of a single mom and her three children. Prosecutors contend that one of the children’s fathers is the killer, but at his trial, his defense blames someone else - the Mexican cartel. Was the murder of Brandi Peters and her three children a crime of passion, or a cartel hit? In Part 1, I examine the Prosecution’s case against Henry Segura. Sponsors in this episode: - Caldrea - Get free shipping on orders of $50 or more when you buy online at Caldrea.com. - Honey - Get Honey for FREE at JoinHoney.com/COURT. - It Was Simple: The Betty Broderick Murders is available now, so download today from wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. - Sunsoil - Get 30% off your first order by going to Sunsoil.com/junkie. - Hydrant - For 25% off your first order, go to DrinkHydrant.com/COURT or enter promo code COURT 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.
In February 2018, the main suspect in the murder of 31-year-old Nicole VanderHeyden was prosecuted in court. While prosecutors told the jury that Nicole had been murdered by someone she didn’t know, the defense claimed they knew who the real killer was - Nicole’s boyfriend. Sponsors in this episode: - Hydrant - For 25% off your first order, go to DrinkHydrant.com/COURT or enter promo code COURT at checkout. - Caldrea - Get free shipping on orders of $50 or more when you buy online at Caldrea.com. - Madison Reed - Get 10% off plus free shipping on your first Color Kit when you go to Madison-Reed.com and use code COURT. - NetSuite - Receive your FREE guide, “Managing Business Uncertainty” and schedule your FREE Product Tour at NetSuite.com/COURT. This episode was researched and written by Jennifer Tintner from The Law & Crime Trial Network. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferTintner. 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 115: Father and Son

Ep 115: Father and Son

2020-06-0801:23:588

According to prosecutors in Granville County, North Carolina, in December 2014, a father and son went on a crime spree. That spree ended with the New Years Day brutal murder of an elderly couple inside their home. According to the son, he was terrified of his abusive father and only went through with it out of fear for his life. With his life now again on the line, would a jury believe him? This episode contains some graphic testimony. Listener discretion is advised. Sponsors in this episode: - Policygenius - Policygenius makes finding the right home insurance a breeze. In minutes you can compare quotes from the top insurers to find your best price. Visit policygenius.com. - StoryWorth - Get $10 off your first purchase at StoryWorth.com/courtjunkie. - Talkspace - Go to talkspace.com or download the app and use promo code COURT to get $100 off your first month. - Madison Reed - Get 10% off plus free shipping on your first Color Kit when you go to Madison-Reed.com and use code COURT. - Caldrea - Get free shipping on orders of $50 or more when you buy online at Caldrea.com. 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 114: The Obsession

Ep 114: The Obsession

2020-06-0101:15:546

In December 2018, 29-year-old Grant Amato’s parents and brother were murdered inside the family home. Did Grant’s obsession with a web cam model lead him to murder his family, or is there another explanation for his family’s deaths? Sponsors in this episode: - Caldrea - Get free shipping on orders of $50 or more when you buy online at Caldrea.com. - Madison Reed - Get 10% off plus free shipping on your first Color Kit when you go to Madison-Reed.com and use code COURT. - Hydrant - For 25% off your first order, go to DrinkHydrant.com/COURT or enter promo code COURT 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.
In August 2012, what started as a seemingly simple neighborhood dispute ended in a deadly shooting spree. The jury would have to decide if the shooter feared for his life, or committed premeditated murder. Sponsors in this episode: - Caldrea - Get free shipping on orders of $50 or more when you buy online at Caldrea.com. - Hydrant - For 25% off your first order, go to DrinkHydrant.com/COURT or enter promo code COURT at checkout. - Sunsoil - Get 30% off your first order by going to Sunsoil.com/junkie This episode was researched and written by Sara Yonker. You can check out her website at SaraYonker.com. 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 May 25, 2019, a house party in Detroit, Michigan turned into tragedy when three people were shot and killed by a masked intruder. At trial, prosecutors vow that they will prove who did it, and why. Sponsors in this episode: - Best Fiends - With over 100 million downloads and tons of five-star reviews, Best Fiends is a must-play! Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. - Policygenius - Policygenius makes finding the right home insurance a breeze. In minutes you can compare quotes from the top insurers to find your best price. Visit policygenius.com. - Caldrea - Get free shipping on orders of $50 or more when you buy online at Caldrea.com. - Madison Reed - Get 10% off plus free shipping on your first Color Kit when you go to Madison-Reed.com and use code COURT. - NetSuite - Receive your FREE guide, “Managing Business Uncertainty” and schedule your FREE Product Tour at NetSuite.com/COURT. This episode was researched and written by Jennifer Tintner. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferTintner. 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
When two young girls are shot while walking home from school, an entire community mourns. Who could have done such a thing, and why? Sponsors in this episode: - Caldrea - Get free shipping on orders of $50 or more when you buy online at Caldrea.com. - Ritual - Visit ritual.com/COURT for 10% off during your first three months. - Talkspace - Get $100 off your first month on Talkspace by going to Talkspace.com, or downloading the app, and using the code COURT. - Care/of - For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code junkie50. - Madison Reed - Get 10% off plus free shipping on your first Color Kit when you go to Madison-Reed.com and use code COURT. This episode was researched and written by Kathleen McWilliams. 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 110: The Hostage Taker

Ep 110: The Hostage Taker

2020-05-0401:16:0012

After a hostage situation goes terribly wrong, who would be legally responsible? In this episode, I cover the Brian Flatoff trial. Sponsors in this episode: - Caldrea - Get free shipping on orders of $50 or more when you buy online at Caldrea.com. - Madison Reed - Get 10% off plus free shipping on your first Color Kit when you go to Madison-Reed.com and use code COURT. - Policygenius - Policygenius makes finding the right home insurance a breeze. In minutes you can compare quotes from the top insurers to find your best price. Visit Policygenius.com. 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
Someone was watching as 56-year-old Jennifer Fulford ran errands on the morning of September 27, 2017. Her body was found days later. At trial, the main suspect insisted on taking the stand, and adamantly told the court that even though he killed her, someone else was to blame. Sponsors in this episode: - Best Fiends - With over 100 million downloads and tons of five-star reviews, Best Fiends is a must-play! Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. - Madison Reed - Court Junkies can get 10% off plus free shipping on their first Color Kit by going to Madison-Reed.com and using the code COURT. - Ritual - Visit ritual.com/COURT for 10% off during your first three months. - White Castle - Pick up their crave-worthy White Castle sliders in freezer aisles at grocery stores nationwide. You can also check out some great recipes at whitecastle.com. - NetSuite - Receive your FREE guide, “Managing Business Uncertainty” and schedule your FREE Product Tour at NetSuite.com/COURT. This episode was researched and written by Jennifer Tintner from the Law & Crime Trial Network. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferTintner. 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 108: The Boating Accident

Ep 108: The Boating Accident

2020-04-2001:07:409

On May 8, 2015, a tragic accident occurred on Berlin Lake in Berlin Township, Ohio, when a larger boat crashed into a fishing boat, killing one of its passengers. After details of what happened that night emerged, one question remained - what would the legal repercussions be for one man’s reckless actions that ended in a fatality? Thanks to Karin Coble for speaking with me about this case. You can visit her website at http://www.toledolegalresource.com/ Sponsors in this episode: - Policygenius - Policygenius makes finding the right home insurance a breeze. In minutes you can compare quotes from the top insurers to find your best price. Visit policygenius.com. - Best Fiends - With over 100 million downloads and tons of five-star reviews, Best Fiends is a must-play! Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. - CAUSEBOX - Go to www.causebox.com/courtjunkie and use the code COURTJUNKIE to get your first box for 30% off. - Madison Reed - Court Junkies can get 10% off plus free shipping on their first Color Kit by going to Madison-Reed.com and using the code 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
In 1979, 18-year-old Michelle Martinko went missing after visiting a local mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her body was found shortly after, in her abandoned car in the parking lot, but it would take nearly 40 years to bring her alleged killer to trial. Sponsors in this episode: - Bombas - Give a pair of socks when you buy a pair, and get 20% percent off your first purchase at Bombas.com/court. - Feals - Become a member today by going to Feals.com/Junkie and you'll get 50% off your first order with free shipping. - Best Fiends - With over 100 million downloads and tons of five-star reviews, Best Fiends is a must-play! Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. - Policygenius - Policygenius makes finding the right life insurance a breeze. In minutes you can compare quotes from the top insurers to find your best price. Visit policygenius.com. This episode was researched and written by Jennifer Tintner. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferTintner. 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
It was Black Friday 2012, and 17-year-old Jordan Davis was sitting with friends in a parked car outside a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. They were playing loud music, while waiting for their friend, who had gone inside the store. Within minutes, gunshots rang out and Jordan was shot and killed. At the high-profile trial, Jordan’s killer, 45-year-old Michael Dunn, claimed he feared for his life, after getting into an argument with Jordan over the loud music. But would the evidence support his self-defense claim? Sponsors in this episode: - CAUSEBOX - Go to www.causebox.com/Courtjunkie and use the code COURTJUNKIE to get your first box for 30% off. - Madison Reed - Court Junkies can get 10% off plus FREE SHIPPING on their first Color Kit by visiting Madison-Reed.com and using code COURT. - NetSuite - Schedule your FREE Product Tour and receive your FREE guide – “Six ways to run a MORE PROFITABLE Business” at NetSuite.com/COURT. - Policygenius - Policygenius makes finding the right life insurance a breeze. In minutes you can compare quotes from the top insurers to find your best price. Visit policygenius.com. - Launchpad - Sign up at LaunchpadDM.com to launch and host your new or existing podcast. - They Walk Among Us Podcast - Listen on ACAST or wherever you listen to podcasts. This episode was researched and written by Kathleen McWilliams. 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
When 78-year-old Voncile Smith and her two adult sons were murdered in their home, police immediately found their suspect. But did they really find the killer, or is the killer still out there? Sponsors in this episode: - Madison Reed - Court Junkies can get 10% off plus FREE SHIPPING on their first Color Kit by visiting Madison-Reed.com and using code COURT. - Native - Go to nativedeodorant.com and use promo code junkie during checkout for 20% off your first purchase. - Ritual - Get 10% off during your first three months by going to Ritual.com/COURT. - Podcasts - Subscribe to “I Survived” and “Cool Mules” wherever 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
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Comments (399)

Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

It seems like it takes forever for Mondays to come around. Finally! Thank you for your work!

Aug 3rd
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Goomer Doctor

you can hear the dumbness of this dude in his plan,hope he gets shanked in the pen

Aug 1st
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Dawn Hickman

Wow! I'm a Davidson County resident and specifically live in the tiny Township of Wallburg (we literally have 1 traffic light) I moved here in 2014 from Annapolis MD. I find it interesting and perhaps very telling that I have never heard a thing about these events. it's clear not talked about.

Jul 29th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

Thank you for re-releasing with updates. I would have loathed to miss a week if Court Junkie!

Jul 28th
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Lisaggh g

typical black women only worry about her hair smh

Jul 28th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

After hearing so much about this case, I love the way you covered it. Court Junkie is the best podcast! I just love you!

Jul 23rd
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Saba

yaaaassss I've been waiting for this episode

Jul 20th
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Kymmjellybean

Everyone is way too offended by everything these days. It's really okay to agree to disagree 😊

Jul 17th
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Pat Edwards

no way....Brandi basically wrote the email back...she didn't go to the police she knew her and her kids lives are in danger! all that unknown DNA evidence at the crime scene and none was Henry's?? no way

Jul 17th
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Mark Probasco

I love your podcasts and really appreciate you taking the time to let us know. I hope you can figure out how to get it resolved. Seems like a lot of underhanded crap going on with both parties and different organizations this time around. Glad to know you wouldn't push your personal agenda on us. There are other types of podcasts for that type of content. Still gonna be a faithful listener. 😊

Jul 16th
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Rob Claypool

those two had the devil in them that's for sure

Jul 16th
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Tony Zac

@ 50:07 - 6 hot dogs? oh dam. Were they LA Style at least?

Jul 6th
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Rob Claypool

great story amazing narrator

Jul 6th
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Mike Haney

I'm from the area. I know of moms in the area that were absolutely pissed about this as soon as they heard about it. I was along the lines of 'wait and see', not wanting to rush to judgement before all the facts were known. Now...yes, this is an evil , self-absorbed family. And, as Rhianna stated, they are the Reds, not Redskins. I would think someone in the narrator's circle would have caught that one...?

Jul 6th
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Vanessa Pace

Holly commercials 😒😳

Jul 5th
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Samuel Marcucci

i dunno about that cartel guys testimony but there was definitely reasonable doubt.

Jul 3rd
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Mo Val

who would have thought a lady on a cam would have such an effect? #losergamer

Jul 3rd
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Dianna Pettrone

I really do not think Henry did it. Brandi stole $90,000 from the Mexican Cartel. If you steal from the MEXICAN CARTEL, it is a given they will kill you and your family like it's nothing. They don't play. So much reasonable doubt in this case based on the testimony and evidence.

Jun 30th
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deborah cassidy

Reasonable doubt. I could not if convicted him.

Jun 30th
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Curtis Miles

Wow...

Jun 29th
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