Convictions aren’t always final. Oxygen’s new show, Final Appeal (premiering Sunday, Jan 7 at 7/6c), features exonerated football star Brian Banks and former prosecutor Loni Coombs as they examine wrongful convictions from those currently behind bars. From new evidence to renewed publicity, there’s many reasons why convictions may be changed. Here are 5 current convictions looking to be overturned.
“This is a Global Tel Link prepaid call from Adnan Syed.” Millions of fans tuned into the first season of the podcast Serial to hear the story of a 15-year-old murder case. In 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. The story of high school love and murder captivated audiences. The podcast revisted old evidence and showed that the trial seemed unfairly set against Syed, including an unheard alibi, suspicious state’s witness and inaccurate cellphone records. Since the show, Syed’s conviction was vacated and his legal team filed a motion seeking his
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Why are people so into true crime documentaries these days?
Oxygen spoke to forensic psychologist Joni Johnston who theorized that it may have something to do with our political climate.
“During times of social unrest [and] cultural change, it makes sense that we are interested in material in which there are good guys and bad guys and we see a resolution by the end of the show,” she said.
Johnston said that people have a personal investment in today’s true crime, because of the way it is depicted.
“Today’s true crime shows are more likely to tackle issues of social importance (wrongful convictions, racial imbalances in the criminal justice system, the politics of crime) than the previously sensationalized focus on glitz and glamorizing the actual deeds and participants,” she said. Johnston went on to say that during times of social unrest, we look for ways to distract ourselves from the underlying anxiety that we
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