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.
Jeffrey Deskovic - Exoneree turned attorney and founder of the Deskovic Foundation. Deskovic is now an advocate for ending wrongful convictions.
[32:00 - Outro]
*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)