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Missouri Governor Will Not Pardon Two Black Men Wrongfully Convicted

Yodit Tewolde, host of “Making the Case w/Yodit,” opens the show with the stories of Kevin Strickland and Lamar Johnson. The two men were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in Missouri for a combined 70 years. State lawmakers passed a bill that would give prosecutors in both counties the legal mechanism to vacate both men’s convictions, but Governor Mike Parson has not signed it into law. Parson could pardon both men, but he said Strickland’s case is not a priority, and he did not address Johnson’s case. Tricia Rojo Bushnell, an attorney and executive director of the Midwest Innocence Project, joins the show to talk about Strickland and Johnson’s cases.

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