All posts tagged: Innocence Project

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Investigating Innocence: The High Cost of Justice

Defense attorneys and private investigators across the country are bombarded by families who believe their loved ones are innocently incarcerated, convicted of a crime they did not commit. Some have served prison sentences exceeding 20 years, many on death row. What does it take to find justice within our current system? Management Resources LTD of NY principles, Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin worked for a year to investigate the wrongful conviction of Jonathan Fleming, and believe it or not, other cases are more complex. But, most cases of true wrongful conviction exhibit some of the same elements as the Fleming case. From Kim Anklin’s Questions From the Class Series, she explains some of the key factors discovered in the Fleming investigation: Flawed police work and tunnel vision – The detectives conducting the investigation failed to properly follow-up on the information provided to them by the witness who provided them with the names and physical description of three men who should have been considered logical suspects. Witness intimidation by the police – according to several people we spoke to, shortly after the …

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Diane Fanning Continues Giving Away Books! Celebrating 20th Published Book in 2013

Facebook has been in abuzz since the first of the year as author, Diane Fanning, is engaging fans and followers to join her book giveaway contests every month for the whole year of 2013. Celebrating the release of her 20th book in April 2013, Fanning’s fans are taking advantage of stocking up on some of her older titles, as well as signed books from her personal collection. Each month she runs a different contest on her Facebook pages insure that fans of her complete works are able to participate. Along with her personal Diane Fanning Facebook page, she also has one for True Crime Books and in the name of her fictional character, Lucinda Pierce. Diane Fanning’s 20th book, Sleep My Darlings, scheduled for an April 30, 2013 release, puts another notch in the belt of the Edgar Award Finalist author. Sleep My Darlings is the true story of Julie Schenecker who shot and killed her two teen children, 16-year-old Calyx and 13-year-old Beau, in their home in Tampa, Florida. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the trial, scheduled for October …

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True Crime Author Making a Move: Diane Fanning Returns to Virginia

Diane Fanning, famed author of 20 published books has been residing in Texas for several years, transplanted from Virginia. After a trip back east early in 2013 for a hands on visit with a new grandson, she made the decision to return to Virginia to be closer to her family and the countryside she loves. Fanning was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but after attending Lynchburg College to study chemistry, she stayed in the area and began her writing career for local television, radio and eventually, an advertising agency, earning 70 Addy Awards. During the same timeframe she was doing free-lance writing for magazines. Although she has 20 published books, Fanning’s first book wasn’t written until she moved to Texas, mostly due to the constraints of happy motherhood and three young children. While building her writing career Diane Fanning also held the Executive Director position at Another Way Texas Shares (now Community Shares of Texas) for 10 years, and the governor of Texas appointed her for three terms on the State Advisory Committee for the State …

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Shattered Lives: Michale Callahan Author of “Too Politically Sensitive”

SHATTERED LIVES with Donna R. Gore, “LadyJustice” Examining the effects of those who have survived violent crime and how it has impacted their lives. Real people, real tragedy, real help. Saturdays at 5pm ET Listen LIVE or podcast:  CLICK HERE Michale Callahan After graduating from the Illinois State Police Academy, he began his twenty-five year law enforcement career as a trooper in Chicago, Illinois. Four years later, he became a special agent in the State Police’s Division of Criminal Investigation. Callahan worked in a variety of assignments, but spent most of his early years as an agent working undercover in the streets of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, portraying everything from a mob hitman to a drug dealer. In 1998, he transferred to District 10 in East Central Illinois, where he finished out his distinguished career. During his twenty year career in investigations, Callahan was promoted to sergeant, master sergeant and eventually lieutenant. Callahan retired from the Illinois State Police in March 2005. In 2006, he received The Edmund Burke Award from the National Lawyers Association, which was …

The Queens of True Crime, Diane Fanning and Kathryn Casey Grace The Susan Murphy Milano Show

The Susan Murphy Milano Show, “Time’s Up!” Thursdays at 2pm ET Listen LIVE at: Here Women Talk REBROADCAST Good friends, each of them living in Texas, and their penchant for well researched books in a genre that often gets a less than stellar view, Casey and Fanning often show up in the same circle of events.  To have them together is a double hit of talent.  Along with all of their true crime books, each has developed a series of crime based novels with a strong female lead character, Fanning’s Det. Lucinda Pierce and Casey’s Sarah Armstrong, both which leave readers wanting more. Diane Fanning Before writing her first true crime book, Fanning wrote for magazines,television, radio and ad agencies in Virginia, earning many awards, before she moved to Texas where her career in true crime blossomed, along with her work with several non profit organizations. She has served on the executive committees of the Writers’ League of Texas and the Heart of Texas chapter of Sisters in Crime and is also a member of Mystery Writers of America. Several of Fanning’s …