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PI’s Declassified!

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December 18th 2014:The Gift of Exoneration Series: John Edward Smith

In 1993 eighteen-year-old John Edward Smith was identified by a surviving shooting victim who now admits he lied when he testified. Prosecutors also withheld evidence that another individual was responsible for the shooting. John had an alibi, however, his attorney failed to present three witnesses who could verify his whereabouts at the time of the shooting and failed to obtain phone records to support his alibi. After Deirdre O’Connor of Innocence Matters contacted the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office with this new evidence, the DA re-investigated the case and concluded John was

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John Edward Smith

John Edward Smith was just 18 years old when he was arrested for and ultimately convicted of a shooting murder he did not commit. The lone eyewitness – also a victim of the shooting -- said police pressured him to identify John Smith as the shooter but later tried to tell authorities he couldn’t identify the shooter. Feeling pressure when he saw his friend’s mother crying in the courtroom, this sixteen-year-old thought he didn’t have a choice but to identify John. When the eyewitness met with representatives of Innocence Matters, the witness blurted out that he lied during the trial. Prosecutors told the judge that they now believe he lied when he testified at trial. After 19 years
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Deirdre O'Connor

Deirdre is Innocence Matters Founder and is the current Executive Director, a position she has held since 2010. Deirdre earned her J.D. degree from Northeastern University. After a highly successful career devoted to indigent criminal defendants at the Public Defender Office in Los Angeles, she served as the Clinic Director for the Indigent Criminal Defense Clinic at Emory Law School. In 2007, Deirdre learned of the Troy Davis case and, after a careful review of the entire trial record and new evidence, she became convinced of Troy's innocence. On September 21, 2011, Georgia executed Troy Davis despite compelling evidence of innocence. Deirdre's exposure to Troy's case prompted her to c
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https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1748/pis-declassified 26/11/2017 06:00 26/11/2017 07:00 PI’s Declassified! https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1748/pis-declassified In 1993 eighteen-year-old John Edward Smith was identified by a surviving shooting victim who now admits he lied when he testified. Prosecutors also withheld evidence that another individual was responsible for the shooting. John had an alibi, however, his attorney failed to present three witnesses who could verify his whereabouts at the time of the shooting and failed to obtain phone records to support his alibi. After Deirdre O’Connor of Innocence Matters contacted the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office with this new evidence, the DA re-investigated the case and concluded John was not involved. Tune in to hear John and Deirdre relay the events of John’s conviction and his release after spending 17 years in prison. VoiceAmerica | Talk Radio | Online Talk Radio studio@voiceamerica.com false DD/MM/YYYY Add to Calendar
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