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Jeffrey Deskovic: Conviction to Exoneration
Episode 4125th August 2021 • PLAYING DEVIL'S ADVOCATE • Kelly Mitchell
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S1: E41: Jeffrey Deskovic: Conviction to Exoneration


Jeffrey Deskovic was wrongfully arrested at 16 and convicted at 17 for the rape and murder of a local girl in a small town. He fought for his freedom, became an attorney, and now fights for others. Deskovic spent 16 years fighting and is here to tell his story.

Special Guest

Jeffrey Deskovic - Exoneree turned attorney and founder of the Deskovic Foundation. Deskovic is now an advocate for ending wrongful convictions.

Time Stamps


[01:13-Meet Jeffrey]

[32:00 - Outro]

Key Takeaways

*Wrongful conviction can happen to you

*Strange does not equal criminal

*Criminal profiling can fit most people if done 'right'

*I smell a setup; step one, isolate a child

*You did it, you just don't know it yet

*The system targets youth and those with mental health issues

*DNA and alibis should matter for a murder conviction, not one's reputation

*Having no record to a murder record is like going from 0-100

*Education is empowerment

*Anger harnessed to energy for advocacy

*Find your WHY and your WHAT

*Finality of conviction vs. accuracy

*Proceduralism vs. Common Sense

*Exoneration is a costly process: Justice, healing & compensation

*Parolees get resources; There are no resources for the INNOCENT (read that again)

*Stigma stays: you do time twice

*Bless volunteers

*Jeffrey Deskovic for DA

*Low-dollar doners are superheroes

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Reference Links

Conviction (short film)

The Innocence Project

The Deskovic Foundaion -

It Could Happen To You

Jeffrey’s Facebook -

Jeffrey’s LinkedIn -