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Author: David Steele

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This is a podcast about injustice experienced by innocent US citizens subjected to the bias, discrimination, inherent latent racism and corruption in the US criminal justice system. We feature people falsely imprisoned for years and decades, and sometimes executed when they were innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. We witness hidden exculpatory evidence, police who abuse, torture and beat innocent citizens into false guilty pleadings and coerced confessions. We witness how the US justice system clearly outnumbers and overwhelms all but the most wealthy among us. We see how a typical US citizen, once accused, is the mythical man that brings a knife to a gunfight. Sometimes the gun is a pistol, sometimes an AK47, other times a 50mm machine gun, and occasionally an Abrams tank., Regardless of caliber, the weapon is used to ostensibly protect the rest of us 'law abiding' citizens. One way or another, we voted this system into existence, or we approved willingly in one way or another; by shouting approvingly of criminal convictions by any means, or sat idly by but still voting for 'law and order' candidates to protect ourselves and whom we love from criminality exaggerated by politicians, police and prosecutors.
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In this, our first episode of The Injustice Files, we reach back into the roots of DNA testing in England and then the US, with the first exoneration in the US using DNA technology.In 1987, Kirk was found guilty and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a nine year old girl near Baltimore MD. Some years later, Kirk read about DNA technology and pushed his lawyers to use it to test evidence. Eventually, even after a second trial failed to exonerate him, Kirk persisted and the lab found evidence implicating another.This is fitting as the case of Kirk Bloodsworth happened in Maryland the same state in which this podcast is developed and recorded. Kirk lived on the Eastern Shore, which is quite different from where we live in Rockville and Silver Spring MD.A case related to this was discussed in  our Introduction episode (S1EP0) Part VII Spotlight on Justice, we looked at the case Kirk drew upon to push testing that eventually exonerated him and returned him home; the Pitchfork case from Lechistier England. 
In this, our first episode of The Injustice Files, we reach back into the roots of DNA testing in England and then the US, with the first exoneration in the US using DNA technology.In 1987, Kirk was found guilty and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a nine year old girl near Baltimore MD. Some years later, Kirk read about DNA technology and pushed his lawyers to use it to test evidence. Eventually, even after a second trial failed to exonerate him, Kirk persisted and the lab found evidence implicating another.This is fitting as the case of Kirk Bloodsworth happened in Maryland the same state in which this podcast is developed and recorded. Kirk lived on the Eastern Shore, which is quite different from where we live in Rockville and Silver Spring MD.A case related to this was discussed in  our Introduction episode (S1EP0) Part VII Spotlight on Justice, we looked at the case Kirk drew upon to push testing that eventually exonerated him and returned him home; the Pitchfork case from Lechistier England. 
  In this, our first episode of The Injustice Files, we reach back into the roots of DNA testing in England and then the US, with the first exoneration in the US using DNA technology.In 1987, Kirk was found guilty and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a nine year old girl near Baltimore MD. Some years later, Kirk read about DNA technology and pushed his lawyers to use it to test evidence. Eventually, even after a second trial failed to exonerate him, Kirk persisted and the lab found evidence implicating another.This is fitting as the case of Kirk Bloodsworth happened in Maryland the same state in which this podcast is developed and recorded. Kirk lived on the Eastern Shore, which is quite different from where we live in Rockville and Silver Spring MD.A case related to this was discussed in  our Introduction episode (S1EP0) Part VII Spotlight on Justice, we looked at the case Kirk drew upon to push testing that eventually exonerated him and returned him home; the Pitchfork case from Lechistier England. 
In this, our first episode of The Injustice Files, we reach back into the roots of DNA testing in England and then the US, with the first exoneration in the US using DNA technology.In 1987, Kirk was found guilty and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a nine year old girl near Baltimore MD. Some years later, Kirk read about DNA technology and pushed his lawyers to use it to test evidence. Eventually, even after a second trial failed to exonerate him, Kirk persisted and the lab found evidence implicating another.This is fitting as the case of Kirk Bloodsworth happened in Maryland the same state in which this podcast is developed and recorded. Kirk lived on the Eastern Shore, which is quite different from where we live in Rockville and Silver Spring MD.A case related to this was discussed in  our Introduction episode (S1EP0) Part VII Spotlight on Justice, we looked at the case Kirk drew upon to push testing that eventually exonerated him and returned him home; the Pitchfork case from Lechistier England. 
In this, our first episode of The Injustice Files, we reach back into the roots of DNA testing in England and then the US, with the first exoneration in the US using DNA technology.In 1987, Kirk was found guilty and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a nine year old girl near Baltimore MD. Some years later, Kirk read about DNA technology and pushed his lawyers to use it to test evidence. Eventually, even after a second trial failed to exonerate him, Kirk persisted and the lab found evidence implicating another. This is fitting as the case of Kirk Bloodsworth happened in Maryland the same state in which this podcast is developed and recorded. Kirk lived on the Eastern Shore, which is quite different from where we live in Rockville and Silver Spring MD.A case related to this was discussed in  our Introduction episode (S1EP0) Part VII Spotlight on Justice, we looked at the case Kirk drew upon to push testing that eventually exonerated him and returned him home; the Pitchfork case from Lechistier England. 
In this, our first episode of The Injustice Files, we reach back into the roots of DNA testing in England and then the US, with the first exoneration in the US using DNA technology.In 1987, Kirk was found guilty and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a nine year old girl near Baltimore MD. Some years later, Kirk read about DNA technology and pushed his lawyers to use it to test evidence. Eventually, even after a second trial failed to exonerate him, Kirk persisted and the lab found evidence implicating another.This is fitting as the case of Kirk Bloodsworth happened in Maryland the same state in which this podcast is developed and recorded. Kirk lived on the Eastern Shore, which is quite different from where we live in Rockville and Silver Spring MD.A case related to this was discussed in  our Introduction episode (S1EP0) Part VII Spotlight on Justice, we looked at the case Kirk drew upon to push testing that eventually exonerated him and returned him home; the Pitchfork case from Lechistier England. 
In this, our first episode of The Injustice Files, we reach back into the roots of DNA testing in England and then the US, with the first exoneration in the US using DNA technology.In 1987, Kirk was found guilty and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a nine year old girl near Baltimore MD. Some years later, Kirk read about DNA technology and pushed his lawyers to use it to test evidence. Eventually, even after a second trial failed to exonerate him, Kirk persisted and the lab found evidence implicating another.This is fitting as the case of Kirk Bloodsworth happened in Maryland the same state in which this podcast is developed and recorded. Kirk lived on the Eastern Shore, which is quite different from where we live in Rockville and Silver Spring MD.A case related to this was discussed in  our Introduction episode (S1EP0) Part VII Spotlight on Justice, we looked at the case Kirk drew upon to push testing that eventually exonerated him and returned him home; the Pitchfork case from Lechistier England. 
This Introduction to the Injustice Files podcast defines our mission, how we came to focus on this topic and discusses some core historical and social drivers that created and now have a Criminal Justice system that administers unjust founds that are often outrageous and always damaging the lives of innocent citizens.
In This Spotlight on Justice we take a different twist and look at the infamous Detective John Burge and how his crew ran roughshod on South Side Chicago sending dozens of innocent men and women to prison using torture, coerced confession and falsified or hidden evidence. So far their run lead to abolishing the Death Penalty in Illinois and the exoneration of over 70 men from prison, some from Death Row, and still counting......
Summarizing the problems leading to Alton Logan's false conviction and later exoneration.
With the death of one of the actual murderers, a push by public defenders reveals information leading to Alton's exoneration.
Alton slowly adapts to prison life, learning to survive and avoid the most violent inside. After a new trail leaves him still incarcerated, he begins hearing rumors of exonerating evidence being hidden by officers of the court.
Logan is tried with Ace and sentenced to life in prison while detectives hide evidence of Gino being the shooter and other courtroom antics by prosecutors guarantee a guilty verdict. 
Unbeknownst to Alton, who is implicated by one of the McDonalds perpetrators and is arrested at his mother's home.  He is brought in for questioning by Detective Burge's crew and bravely maintains his innocence under threats of violence and torture while his brother Tony is handcuffed to a hot radiator to force information from him as well.
Two of the most vile street hustlers kill one police officer and wound another in a McDonald  in south side Chicago after an argument broke out with McDonald's employees. Alton  Logan, whom had no involvement in the crime spends that day hustling for a few dollars on the streets and later in the day the ex con smokes some pot with his cousin and spends that evening watching TV with his mother, brother and a friend of theirs at his mother's home, none the wiser someone was implicating him in the shooting and murder.
In this Spotlight episode we discuss the beginnings of and growing extent of The Innocence Project.
WE discuss the many ways evidence was stacked up against Michael and the results of pursuing those responsible for his false imprisonment.
After years of failed appeals, The Innocence Project takes on Michael's case and pursues DNA testing.  The first DNA tests showed no DNA other than Chris' at the crime scene, failing to exonerate Michael.Then as they persist on and finally get to the bandana evidence found outside of the house by Chris' brother and ultimately hidden at trial, DNA is tested showing a third profile, not belonging to Michael or Chris.  That opens the floodgates to reveal other hidden evidence and 25 years after the crime, Michael is exonerated and released from prison.Now a free man, Michael and the Innocence Project lawyers go after the prosecutor to hold him to account for hiding evidence from the defense and the court.
Michael's new life was typical of the brutal, degrading and dehumanizing life of most Texas prison inmates.  As years passed and he sought what seemed to be hopeless rounds of appeals, he adapted and managed to blend with prison life and avoid the worst of it all as he found his closest friends among other men convicted of murder;  for those men were here because of individual distinct events of fury or passion whereas others were lifetime professional criminals. All in all, the killers were more stable and sane than the others. In his striving to continue his own evolution, he sacrificed all, including suffering through exhausting and punishing physical labor to earn a degree in English and Literature while he kept losing more and more of his real life, including his relationship with his son, Eric.  No man nor woman can know the loss that comes from your child telling you they don't want to know you anymore.....
Leading up to trial, neither he nor his attorneys know of the evidence police and prosecutors are hiding from them. Police and the prosecutor angled to exclude or hide blood evidence, neighbor sightings of a strange man prowling about and a statement from his own son, Eric, that 'Daddy was not there.' when the monster hurt mommy.At trial, prosecutors produced no evidence linking him to the murder and somehow managed to have the medical examiner change his time-of-death assessment to five hours earlier than his original estimate, changing it form a time Michael was known to be at work to a time when Michael was home.  The crux of the prosecution's case was that Christine was killed because she failed to have sex with Michael on his birthday. In the absence of mitigating information suppressed by officials and a fiery closing that falsely accused Michael of the crudest violation of Christine upon her murder, persecutors convinced jurors of his guilt and he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. 
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Lane DK

What does this have to do with The Routier case?... at all?????

Aug 14th
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