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11/4/19 Jordan Smith on the Miscarriage of Justice for Rodney Reed

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Scott interviews Jordan Smith about the case of Rodney Reed, a Texas death row inmate convicted in the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites. For years there has been criticism of the investigation and trial of Reed, including allegations of mishandling of evidence, lack of DNA testing, and possible deliberate police cover-ups, all of which have become all too familiar in recent years. Today a growing movement that includes celebrity actors and musicians is calling for a reexamination of Reed’s case before it’s too late.

Discussed on the show:

  • 1991 Austin yogurt shop murders
  • “Another Hearing for Rodney Reed: Death row inmate’s case goes back to Bastrop County district court” (The Austin Chronicle)
  • “No Relief for Rodney Reed: The piecemeal appeals process isn’t doing the death row inmate any favors” (The Austin Chronicle)
  • “Rodney Reed Case Back in Court: Death row inmate’s attorneys file brief seeking hearing on evidence” (The Austin Chronicle)
  • “Medical Examiner: Testimony Misconstrued in Rodney Reed Case: Explosive information filed in federal court” (The Austin Chronicle)
  • ““Oh My God, This is Way Off”: New Investigation Shows Texas is Likely Set to Kill An Innocent Man” (The Intercept)
  • “Rodney Reed Will Not Die Next Week — But Texas Still Wants to Kill Him” (The Intercept)

Jordan Smith is an investigative journalist based in Austin, Texas. She has covered criminal justice for 20 years and is regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in Texas. A longtime staff writer for the Austin Chronicle, she now writes for The Intercept.

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