Innocence and Justice Clinic students’ work featured on ‘Undisclosed’ podcast

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The most recent episodes of the popular podcast,  ”Undisclosed,” focus on a case that involves the investigative work of Wake Forest University undergraduate and graduate students. On April 23, 2018, the podcast team began airing episodes about Chinquapin, North Carolina, resident Pam Lanier, who was convicted in 1999 of murdering her husband, Dorian, in largely due to an odd rule of evidence known as the Doctrine of Chances.

Under the direction of Professor Mark Rabil, Innocence and Justice Clinic director and co-founder, and Professor Phoebe Zerwick, director of journalism, the “Investigating Innocence” course included nine law students, six journalism students, two writing students and a documentary film studies student. “So it was varied and truly interdisciplinary,”  Zerwick explained.

Entitled, “State v. Pamela Lanier – Episode 1 – Doctrine of Chances,” the first episode provides “a well-done introduction to a fairly complicated arsenic poisoning case,” said Rabil, who has been working with the show’s Colin Miller, a law professor at the University of South Carolina. ”It’s the first case involving a woman that the podcast has investigated,” Rabil added.

New episodes about the case the clinic students have been working on will air each Monday at 6 p.m. EST. Subscribe on iTunes at https://bitly.com/.

The Undisclosed podcast investigates wrongful convictions, and the U.S. criminal justice system, by taking a closer look at the perpetration of a crime, its investigation, the trial, and ultimate verdict… and finding new evidence that never made it to court.
The new course is supported by the Dean of the College Michele Gillespie through the engaged humanities initiative, Zerwick explained. “We got a grant from the dean’s office for this academic year to support travel for students to visit the crime scenes and for some extra instruction in podcasting,” she said.