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  • Summary

  • Abuse of Power is a podcast that identifies and discusses the various ways in which law enforcement and the justice system have victimized the very people they are supposed to protect: us.

    Coerced confessions. Fabricated evidence. Arresting and prosecuting the innocent. While attention has rightfully been focused recently on police brutality in the street, the abuse of power in that context is only the tip of the iceberg. The problems are systemic. They spread beyond abuse in the street and pervade the entire criminal justice system. Award-winning journalist and criminal defence attorney, Sonya Pfeiffer, and her husband and law partner, David Rudolf, scrutinise this abuse by spotlighting 10 cases across 10 episodes in which law enforcement misconduct within the justice system resulted in the imprisonment of innocent people.

    Featuring exclusive interviews with those directly involved in each case – including defendants, lawyers, experts and family members – Sonya and David dive deep into each case, providing listeners with an overview of the abuse that occurred, while also highlighting the fallout and showcasing the untold stories of those impacted by the abuses of law enforcement within the criminal justice system.

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Episodes
  • Episode 0: The People vs. The System

    Nov 25 2021

    The violence against Black bodies that we now witness on cell phone video is not new – systemic racism and police brutality have existed for and evolved over centuries. 

    Justice organiser and Presbyterian pastor Reverend Willie Keaton, civil rights attorney James E. Ferguson, and progressive sheriff Garry McFadden speak on the structural inequalities that have led to violence against black citizens by those meant to protect all of us and what hope there may be for the future.

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    40 mins
  • Episode 1: State of North Carolina vs. Timothy Bridges

    Nov 25 2021

    Two hair follicles found at the scene of a 1989 rape and burglary put Timothy Bridges in prison for 25 years. In 2015, the FBI identified 257 cases linked to scientifically invalid testimony by FBI-trained experts. Timothy’s case was one of them.

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    39 mins
  • Episode 2: State of Indiana vs. Kristine Bunch

    Nov 25 2021

    In 1995, a three-year-old boy died in a house fire despite his mother Kristine’s frantic efforts to save him. An ATF agent’s purposefully falsified report suggested arson – and pointed the finger at Kristine. She was sent to prison for 17 years. It was later discovered the ATF agent altered his original report because his original findings did not match the fire investigators’ theory.

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    49 mins

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