Free, After Serving 19 Years of a Life Sentence

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John Edward Smith stepped out of custody this week after 19 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. A jury based his conviction on the testimony of a single witness who now says LAPD detectives convinced him to lie. We’ll talk with Smith in a moment. Deirdre O’Connor is a former public defender, now Executive Director of Innocence Matters, which deals with wrongful convictions.



  • John Edward Smith - Exonerated and freed from prison after serving 19 years of a life sentence for murder
  • Deirdre O'Connor - Chair & Executive Director of Innocence Matters, a wrongful convictions group


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