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Kirstin Blaise Lobato (04:00)


In approximately 27% of cases where DNA overturned convictions, the defendant gave a false statement. Lobato was convicted of murdering Duran Bailey. Her attorney J.B. Afoh-Manin states Lobato did not confess to murder, she was a victim of attempted rape.

Confused Attacks? (02:00)

Former FBI investigator Steve Moore works on Lobato's case; he provides a timeline of events.

Angela Correa's Murder (03:12)

In 1989, Correa was raped and murdered; reporter Jonathan Bandler covered the case. Blood, semen, and a hair sample were collected and the police created a psychological profile.

Jeffrey Deskovic (04:12)

Investigators narrowed their search for Correa's murder to the teenager. Deskovic recalls taking a polygraph test and making a false confession.

Convicted of Murder (02:11)

Investigators relied on the polygraph examiner's recollections of Deskovic's session; the DNA report revealed Deskovic's DNA did not match the evidence. Prosecutors pursued the case and Deskovic was sentenced to 15 years to life. In Las Vegas, Lobato maintains her innocence.

Self-defense? (03:10)

Lobato's family feels "frozen in time" while she is incarcerated. Hear a recorded interview Lobato had with police.

Meth-induced Psychosis Results in Murder? (04:15)

Reporter Glenn Puit discusses the authorities' active theory of Bailey's murder and the D.A.'s approach; Moore cites inconsistencies in the case. A confession and circumstantial evidence links Lobato to the crime; she rejected a plea bargain.

Convicted of Murder (02:27)

Puit says there is no physical evidence that links Lobato to Bailey's murder, but she was not a good witness on the stand. He believes it is possible she is not guilty, but not likely to get out of prison.

Family Hardship (02:28)

Lobato's parents and step-sister discuss their struggles after she was arrested for murder.

DNA Reveals Murderer (04:14)

Deskovic performs speaking engagements; he recalls his "lowest day." D.A. Jeanine Pirro denied requests to retest and compare DNA evidence. D.A. Janet Difiore agreed and the samples matched Stephen Cunningham; he describes her murder.

Wrongful Conviction (03:11)

Deskovic was released from prison in 2006; he filed several lawsuits. Difiore commissioned a report that identified systemic failings and offered reform suggestions. Deskovic speaks before a large group about his wrongful conviction.

Hope for Lobato? (03:41)

During Lobato's second trial, her lawyers could not convince the court to retest DNA evidence; she was convicted. Steven Wolfson became D.A. in 2012 and Lobato's supporters push for retesting; Lobato's counsel secures a meeting with Wolfson.

Fighting Wrongful Convictions (02:30)

Deskovic speaks before a large group about his wrongful conviction; others who have been exonerated participate. Deskovic's foundation investigates DNA and non-DNA cases. He cites essential points about his case.

Advocating for Lobato (02:27)

Wolfson sent three assistant prosecutors in his stead to meet with Afoh-Manin and Moore; they refuse to grant new DNA testing. Wolfson, Thomas Townsend, and William Kephart refuse to comment.

Awaiting Freedom (02:27)

Lobato's father looks forward to the day she comes home. Lobato discusses the difficulty of managing her hopes while in prison.

Credits: False Confessions: The System with Joe Berlinger (00:04)

Credits: False Confessions: The System with Joe Berlinger

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Las Vegas detectives find a homeless man stabbed to death and a teenage girl confesses to the salacious crime. In NY, a high school girl is brutally raped and murdered and one of her classmates confesses. But what if both suspects are innocent? Who would confess to a crime that they didn’t commit? In this, episode we’ll look at two cases where convictions were reached almost entirely on the suspect’s confession and explore whether the system got it right. Should a confession to a crime be enough to convict someone? Meet two suspects who allegedly confessed to crimes that they say they didn’t commit.

Length: 48 minutes

Item#: BVL129658

ISBN: 978-1-64023-517-5

Copyright date: ©2015

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