The Gift of Exoneration: Maurice Caldwell
December 13, 2012
Hosted by Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI
21 years in prison! Maurice Caldwell was convicted in 1991 of murder in the Alemany Housing Project in San Francisco, CA. No physical evidence connected Maurice to the crime and none of the surviving victims identified him as the shooter. He was convicted solely on the testimony of one person, another example of how eyewitness identification can go wrong and lead to conviction of the innocent. Maurice was released in 2010 after a judge found his attorney to be ineffective for failing to investigate and the post-conviction investigation resulted in a confession from one of the true perpetrators. Also provided were declarations from two witnesses who saw the murder and identified the shooters as people other than Maurice. All three say that Maurice was not involved in any way. Join Maurice and Paige Kaneb, a supervising attorney from the Northern California Innocence Project, for the details of this justice gone awry.
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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.