Playing Devils Advocate Jeffrey Deskovic: Conviction to Exoneration - PLAYING DEVIL'S ADVOCATE

Episode 41

Jeffrey Deskovic: Conviction to Exoneration

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Jeffrey Deskovic was wrongfully arrested at 16 and convicted at 17 for the rape and murder of a local girl in a small town. He fought for his freedom, became an attorney, and now fights for others. Deskovic spent 16 years fighting and is here to tell his story.

Special Guest

Jeffrey Deskovic - Exoneree turned attorney and founder of the Deskovic Foundation. Deskovic is now an advocate for ending wrongful convictions.

Time Stamps


[01:13-Meet Jeffrey]

[32:00 - Outro]

Key Takeaways

*Wrongful conviction can happen to you

*Strange does not equal criminal

*Criminal profiling can fit most people if done 'right'

*I smell a setup; step one, isolate a child

*You did it, you just don't know it yet

*The system targets youth and those with mental health issues

*DNA and alibis should matter for a murder conviction, not one's reputation

*Having no record to a murder record is like going from 0-100

*Education is empowerment

*Anger harnessed to energy for advocacy

*Find your WHY and your WHAT

*Finality of conviction vs. accuracy

*Proceduralism vs. Common Sense

*Exoneration is a costly process: Justice, healing & compensation

*Parolees get resources; There are no resources for the INNOCENT (read that again)

*Stigma stays: you do time twice

*Bless volunteers

*Jeffrey Deskovic for DA

*Low-dollar doners are superheroes

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Reference Links

Conviction (short film)

The Innocence Project

The Deskovic Foundaion -

It Could Happen To You

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About the Podcast

Talking out the madness in my head-it escalates quickly.

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Kelly Mitchell

Published Author | Book Reviewer | Podcaster | Blogger
Serial Entrepreneur | Casual Gamer | Rebel with a Cause

I am the product of a disco bunny mom and a rocker biker dad from a small town in Nebraska and a survivor of extreme culture shock after moving to Las Vegas. Things are open past 10 pm and they sell beer on Sundays - it was emotional. The duality of disco/rock and country/city lifestyles gives me a unique perspective of the world--and a broad sense of humor about what I see in it.

I earned an Associate in Paralegal Studies and Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with emphasis on serial killers and sexual predators (a catch ‘em or be one ultimatum)--but never entered either field (educational carnage). Instead, my entrepreneurial spirit seized the opportunity of starting a collection business specializing in HOA Collections. For those that don't know, HOAs (homeowner's associations) is infested with daily drama, corruption, and controversy--I loved it. This, my friends should have been a reality show.

The experience exposed me to people from all walks of life and fed my dark sense of humor and curious nature. I excelled in communication and storytelling that entertained the diverse population. I flipped the script to become a full-time author. My experience guides me to write satirical nonfiction invoking thoughtful debate and laughter.

Writing is a slow bit of business when you have opinions on current events--and I’m full of opinions as a strong-willed woman. I turned to podcasting as the ideal medium to entertain others and get the loud madness out of my head and into the world. If you do what you love, it's not a job, it's a dream-and here I am killing it.

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