Wrongful Convictions with Brenda Kiehlmeier


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Please join us on Monday, July 31st at 6:30 pm for Prison Pipeline on KBOO Community Radio as we talk with Brenda Kiehlmeier about the case of her son Joel Atkin who was arrested and charged with third degree homicide despite calling 911 and asking for help from a person he claimed was threatening him.

From the Wrongfully Convicted Website:

On April 25, 2009, Joel Atkin was calling 911 to ask for help when he shot and killed Jayson Sack, who had aggressively approached him. Jayson was drunk, with a blood alcohol content of .14 and hydrocodone at recreational levels.

According to Joel, Jayson had a knife, but the jury did not hear that fact, after his attorney suggested that testifying to that might not help his case.

The 911 tape recording was twenty-five to forty seconds shorter than the actual call. This gap, according to Joel, omitted his claim that Jayson Sack was carrying a knife.

Joel’s lawyer failed to present medical evidence showing the injuries he sustained in the scuffle with Jayson, which showed that he suffered a nasal septum fracture and a possible petechial brain hemorrhage, from suffocation. This would have confirmed testimony from his witnesses that Jayson placed him in a headlock.

Thus in spite of acting in self-defense, Joel was convicted of third degree murder, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering another person.

Prison Pipeline is a radio program dedicated to educating the public about the Oregon criminal justice system. Our goal is to present a unique understanding of the criminal justice system, address the root causes of crime, and challenge the status quo. We seek to promote awareness and activism in order to foster a safe, healthy, and just society. Tune in every Monday at 6:30 P.M. to hear our hosts Karen James, Adam Carpinelli, Emma Lugo, and Doug McVay explore the Oregon justice system with a variety of guests.

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Please feel free to connect with us with any questions, comments or suggestions at kbooppc@gmail.com

Justice for Joel Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/p/Justice-For-Joel-100047389210835/
Wrongfull Convicted Group: https://wronglyconvictedgroup.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/joel-atkin/

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