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Suspect Convictions

The burning corpse of a 9-year old girl was found on a school playground in Davenport, Iowa, September 17, 1990. Within days of the discovery of Jennifer Lewis’ charred body, police arrested Stanley Liggins, an African American who had just been released from prison. An Iowa jury convicted him and after 26-years behind bars, an appellate court has granted him a new trial. The court’s decision was prompted by allegations of hidden evidence and potential police misconduct. Liggins will stand trial in May 2017. And once again, the question will be asked: Who killed Jennifer Lewis? Veteran journalist Scott Reeder, who was at the crime scene the night Jennifer was killed, has conducted a massive investigation examining evidence in the case, interviewing witnesses and exploring the lives of both the victim and the accused. Troubling new developments have been uncovered. Reeder teamed with the NPR affiliate, WVIK, to produce this podcast: “Suspect Convictions.”
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Jan 9, 2017

What are the processes that go into ensuring that a jury is impartial?

In this episode we look at the jury involved in the Stanley Liggins case, and explore how issues of race may have played into the final decision.

While the jury was entirely white, Bill Davis says “You are not entitled to a jury makeup that looks like you. You are entitled to a draw from the general population, where people are not excluded.”

Visit SuspectConvictions.com to learn more.

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