The Gift of Exoneration: Obie Anthony
November 29, 2012
Hosted by Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI
17 years in prison! Obie Anthony was convicted of a 1994 attempted robbery and the murder of Felipe Gonzales in 1995. The conviction, based on the testimony of one witness who operated a nearby house of prostitution, had a prior manslaughter conviction, and was known to carry and use firearms, was overturned in 2011. Northern California Innocence Project Legal Director, Linda Starr, said, “Police purposely ignored and hid evidence that did not support their theory…The prosecution falsely denied that they granted their star witness a deal for his cooperation and failed to correct his lies at trial. And Mr. Anthony’s own attorney failed to investigate the case. For their failures, Mr. Anthony has spent 17 years in prison for a murder he did not commit – and the actual murderer has remained free. This cannot be considered justice” (Santa Clara Law News & Events). Tune in to hear Obie Anthony and Linda Starr tell Obie’s story of his conviction, exoneration and his release 17 years later.
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Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI
Francie Koehler’s career as a licensed private investigator includes cases that have sparked media projects. "Unsolved Mysteries" portrayed one of her missing person cases. British author Val McDermid featured her capital case in "A Suitable Job for A Woman" and true crime writer Ann Rule chronicled a case she investigated involving a missing nightclub owner entitled "In The Name Of Love." Francie drew on her investigative and retail experience to create the 3-part video, "Loss Prevention - The Big Picture." International results included an invitation to Moscow, where she spoke to Russian nationals interested in privatization. Francie is the former two-term president of both the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) and the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). Awarded by each organization for her work, she serves as Legislative Chair for both and regularly testifies before the California State Legislature regarding bills of concern to PI’s. Francie has been recognized by her state regulatory agency for outstanding service to her profession. In addition, she holds memberships in the Council for International Investigators, National Association of Legal Investigators, World Association of Detectives, and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Francie also works with the Innocence Project and holds certifications as a Conflict Mediator, Legal Investigator, Professional Investigator and Criminal Defense Investigator.