From Wrongful Incarceration to Playing in the NFL: A Story of Redemption
Brian Banks is an American football player who was wrongfully convicted of rape and served more than...
Michael Semanchik is the managing attorney at the California Innocence Project (CIP), a nonprofit organization that works...
In 2002, Brian Banks was a 17-year-old high school football star with a promising future ahead of him. He was getting the attention of Division 1 teams at major universities and was on the brink of making his dreams come true. Unfortunately, his life took a tragic turn when he was knowingly and falsely accused of kidnapping and rape of a female classmate. Despite maintaining his innocence, the combination of poor legal counsel, lack of investigative work, and a broken justice system resulted in Banks spending over five years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
In this episode, Brian recounts the shocking experience of being falsely accused, losing his athletic prospects, and an ill-advised plea deal that hurt him way more than it helped.
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|Published:||April 14, 2023|
|Podcast:||California Innocence Project Podcast|
|Category:||Legal Entertainment , True Crime|
California Innocence Project Podcast
Hear from real exonerees and the famous lawyers who set them free. Learn why innocent people falsely confess, what causes misidentifications, and how our DNA gets on objects we never touched!