After Nearly 20 Years Behind Bars Kalvin Michael Smith Is Free At Last

The wheels of justice turn slowly. One can only imagine the mental anguish that Kalvin Michael Smith and his family have endured over the years. Kalvin Michael Smith has been waiting nearly 20 years to regain his freedom. He was convicted in 1997 of brutally assaulting Jill Marker and robbing the former Silk Plant Forest. Today’s Winston-Salem Journal has some excellent coverage of Kalvin’s case, including a timeline. For a deeper look into the case, read

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MTV Unlocks The Truth, Then Buries It Late At Night

MTV’s Unlocking the Truth debuted two and a half weeks ago. It’s an hour-long docudrama examining wrongful convictions. But unlike Making a Murderer and the podcast Serial, Unlocking the Truth indicts the entire legal system for allowing wrongful convictions to occur and making them almost impossible to overturn.

Of the over two million people incarcerated in the U.S. it’s estimated that 3-5% of those prisoners are innocent. That means 60,000 people are behind bars through no fault of their own. … Read the rest

Winston-Salem Law Enforcement Got A Case Wrong And Reversed Course…This Time

Last Thursday, June 2nd the Winston-Salem Journal reported that shots were fired at Winston-Salem Police Officers while they were refueling at City Yard, off of Rams Drive. The thought of a potential “cop-killer” sniper on the loose caused  nearly every cop in town to mobilize at the nearby Gateway YWCA. The WSPD set up a temporary command center at the YWCA to deal with the threat.

It didn’t take the WSPD long to locate suspects. Three men were initially detained. … Read the rest