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02.14.2020   |   Firm News

Burr Pro Bono Case Featured on “Criminal” Podcast Series

The story of wrongfully-convicted Adam Braseel is the latest story to be featured on the popular national podcast series “Criminal.”

The episode, titled “Red Hair, Gold Car” recaps the story of Adam Braseel, a man who served 12 years behind bars after being accused of a crime he did not commit. The episode features interviews from Adam himself and other individuals and law enforcement involved in the case. Burr Nashville attorneys Alex Little and Zachary Lawson represented Adam in his latest legal battle, which resulted in dropped murder charges back in August of 2019.

About Criminal:
Criminal is an award-winning podcast series, produced by NPR. It is considered one of the most popular podcasts in the word and has been featured in “Best of” lists in Time, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan and USA Today. The podcast is hosted by Phoebe Judge, a former reporter and North Carolina Public Radio host. She covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for the Mississippi Public Broadcasting and NPR. Phoebe’s work has won multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards.

About the Case:
On August 5, 2019, in a dramatic turn of events, the State of Tennessee dropped murder charges against Adam Braseel during a hearing on his petition for a new trial. At the Grundy County Courthouse in Altamont, Tenn., Judge Justin Angel granted a Writ of Error Coram Nobis, finding that Braseel deserved a new trial for the murder of Malcolm Burrows, for which he was serving a life sentence. In a deal with prosecutors, Braseel accepted a plea to the least serious charge in the indictment, aggravated assault of another individual, as part of a “best interest” plea that allowed for his immediate release.

“This is an incredible and important day for Adam and his family. We can never forget, however, that there is another family grieving. But justice does not mean that an innocent man should spend 12 years in jail. In this country, our system of justice is imperfect. Adam has always maintained his innocence, and the facts bear that out. Today’s result was a small step in the right direction. I have been honored to represent Adam and look forward to his contributions to our community,” stated Little at the conclusion of Braseel’s hearing on August 5th.

Read more about the case history and developments here.

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