This week we’re revisiting a few of our favorite episodes from the yr thus far. This episode was first broadcast on 8 Might.
The Guardian’s US southern bureau chief, Oliver Laughland, and producer Joshua Kelly spend time within the civil rights division, the workplace arrange by the New Orleans district legal professional, Jason Williams, after his election win in 2020. It’s led by Emily Maw, who tells them concerning the form of circumstances the group have been over the previous yr.
They find out about multi-billing, the place somebody’s prior legal document is used to massively improve their sentence, and the case of Maurice Lewis, who was sentenced to life with out the opportunity of parole after a sequence of low-level crimes. He spent 23 years behind bars till the assistant district legal professional Bidish Sarma and the civil rights division took up his case.
Sarma can be engaged on the case of Kuantay Reeder, and has entry to his total case file. Within the virtually three a long time that Reeder has been in jail, that is one thing none of his attorneys have been in a position to see. Will there be proof inside to help his declare of innocence?
Learn Oliver’s reporting on his six months with the division:
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