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Today's 100th episode of Felony Friday is a special treat. Host John Odermatt is joined by three former police officers. Raeford Davis, Michael Wood Jr and Dominick Izzo joined the show for a round table discussion to share their views on the Drug War, gun rights, Black Lives Matter, comply or die, and so much more! Each cop has previously appeared on Felony Friday and you can find their story and prior podcast appearance, by clicking their name above. 

All three have gained notoriety by exposing police misbehavior and all three agree that massive reforms are needed in policing and in the overall criminal justice system. However, these former cops hold varying philosophical views ranging from conservative to progressive to libertarian. Buckle up, because this show is a wild ride that you definitely don't want to miss!

You can find the show notes page >here<

Check out the Felony Friday archive for all previous articles and podcasts. 
 
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Submit any qu estions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App 

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On today's episode the host of our Monday show, Marc Clair, pops into the Felony Friday studio to discuss some important criminal justice issues with host John Odermatt. Marc and John weighed in on the Louis C.K. and Roy Moore scandals that have been dominating the headlines over the past week. 

Next, Marc and John shared the incredible story of a twelve-year-old girl from Colorado who is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions over marijuana prohibition. This girl has found great medical benefits from using medical cannabis to treat seizures and now this brave kid is taking on the U.S. government. Way to go Alexis!

Lastly, we played America's number one podcast game show and the only game show in history that does not have a declared winner, "Is this a Crime and Should they do Time?" Check out the stories discussed below.

You can find the show notes page >here<

Check out the Felony Friday archive for all previous articles and podcasts. 
 
Also, for more Lions of Liberty content check out the Podcast archive! 

Submit any qu estions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App 

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On today's episode New York City Mayoral candidate Aaron Commey joins host John Odermatt. Aaron is running for Mayor of New York City under the Libertarian Party banner. This is Aaron's second time on Felony Friday. He first appeared on Episode 26, where we discussed his controversial past. You see, Aaron Commey spent more than a decade in federal prison without ever having a criminal conviction.

The incident, which occurred 17 years ago, was detailed in a recent NY Post article, NYC mayoral candidate once tried to hijack an airplane. Aaron admits he was severely mentally ill at the time he attempted to hijack an airplane. Ultimately, Aaron was charged with five crimes, including attempt to commit aircraft piracy.

However, he was never convicted of a crime and he was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2003, but still remained in the federal prison system until January of 2015. That's more than a decade where individuals, doctors employed by the federal prison system, essentially held him captive.

Now Aaron is running for Mayor of NYC to advocate for changes to the system that caused him so much pain. Aaron's campaign is focused on reforming criminal justice and education. He seeks to improve economic conditions for low wage and middle wage families by increasing opportunities to escape poverty through entrepreneurship and small business ownership.

You can find the show notes page >here<

Check out the Felony Friday archive for all previous articles and podcasts. 
 
Also, for more Lions of Liberty content check out the Podcast archive! 

Submit any qu estions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App 

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Today on Felony Friday Jennifer Myers joins host John Odermatt. Jennifer is an author, speaker, federal prison consultant, and advocate for women in prison and youth with incarcerated parents. She is the founder of LA Myers consulting, a prison consulting business that prepares first-time, nonviolent offenders and their families for federal prison.

Jennifer also is co-founder of Voices of UNcarceration; a series of creative media production projects that bring to light the impact of incarceration on California families and communities. She is co-founder of R.I.S.E. to Empower, a nonprofit that empowers girls and young women to make positive choices. Her memoir, Trafficking the Good Life, was a finalist in the 2014 San Diego Book & Writing awards. 

Listen here as Jennifer shares how she went from marijuana trafficking, to convicted felon and finally to helping so many women in federal prison to adjust and find hope in an otherwise awful situation. 

You can find the show notes page >here<

Check out the Felony Friday archive for all previous articles and podcasts. 
 
Also, for more Lions of Liberty content check out the Podcast archive! 

Submit any qu estions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App 

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In this week's Electric Libertyland, Brian observes the days-long silence from top Democrats on Harvey Weinstein's grope-gate scandal, talks about the United States embarrassing itself at the U.N. discussing death sentences for gays, looks at a Miami Dolphins coach Christopher Foerster being outed on social media as a drug user because "social justice," and examines the insane amount of corruption in Latin American and Caribbean countries' public services. And to wrap it up: will Rand Paul cave on Trump's tax plan in exchange for some love on health insurance?

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On today's episode recent clemency recipient Ramona Brant joined the show to share her powerful story. In 1995, Ramona was sentenced to life in prison for a cocaine offense related to her then-boyfriend’s drug dealing. At her sentencing the judge said he was “shocked at the severity of the sentence,” BUT he had no legal discretion to sentence her to less time. 

Ramona spent 20 years in prison, before finally receiving a commutation from President Obama in 2015, and was released to a halfway house in February 2016. In March 2016, Ramona met President Obama during a special lunch for commutation recipients, and participated in a White House briefing on clemency, where she shared her story. Ramona is now the PR Director of the CAN-DO Guardian Angel program that has paired over 40 Guardian Angels with approximately 50 clemency applicants. 

You can find the show notes page >here<

Check out the Felony Friday archive for all previous articles and podcasts. 
 
Also, for more Lions of Liberty content check out the Podcast archive! 

Submit any qu estions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App 

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On today's episode of Felony Friday former felon and clemency recipient Jamael Nettles. This is Part 2 of the interview, please go back and listen to Part 1 is you haven't yet.

In part 1 Jamael shared how his environment growing up steered him towards drug dealing. He discussed how he grew up in a drug culture. When he found success and started making money selling drugs, he became respected by his family and friends. Jamael grew addicted to the high of drug dealing.

In today's episode, Part 2 of  the interview, Jamael will have you on the edge of your seat. The events that led to Jameal's arrest and conviction are shocking and tragic. He does a tremendous job sharing his heart wrenching story. 

After being shot 5 times during a violent break-in at his home, Jamael Nettles of Mobile was sentenced to 365 months imprisonment and four years supervised release in 2006 for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and simple possession of marijuana

Jameal served 11 years in prison. He received clemency from President Obama December 19, 2016. And was release to a half-way house in January of this year and was released from the halfway house on Apr 18. This is his story.

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On today's episode of Felony Friday former felon and clemency recipient Jamael Nettles shares his unbelievable story. This episode is the first of two parts of Jamael's story. Jamael will have you on the edge of your seat. The events that led to Jameal's arrest and conviction are shocking and tragic. He does a tremendous job sharing the details of his story. He takes the listener on a journey though his life, from the drug culture where he was raised, to becoming a wildly successful teenage drug dealer and finally the break-in at his home that resulted in him being shot 5 times and ultimately sentenced to 30 years in prison for non-violent drug crimes.

Jamael Nettles of Mobile was sentenced to 365 months imprisonment and four years supervised release in 2006 for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and simple possession of marijuana

Jameal served 11 years in prison. He received clemency from President Obama December 19, 2016. And was release to a half-way house in January of this year and was released from the halfway house on Apr 18. This is his story.

You can find the show notes page >here<

Check out the Felony Friday archive for all previous articles and podcasts. 
 
Also, for more Lions of Liberty content check out the Podcast archive! 

Submit any qu estions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App 

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On today's episode, Johann Hari joins the show to share why he believes the War on Drugs is a horrible way to deal with drug abuse. Hari says that not only does the drug war fail to solve the drug problem, but it actually makes the situation much, much worse! 

Johann Hari is a British journalist who has written for many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, the Nation, Slate, and the Sydney Morning Herald. For 9 years he was a lead op-ed columnist for the Independent, one of Britain’s leading newspapers. He graduated from King’s College, Cambridge with a double first in Social and Political Sciences in 2001. He is the author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs This book should be required reading for every individual. It's truly an eye opener.

You can find the show notes page >here<

Check out the Felony Friday archive for all previous articles and podcasts. 
 
Also, for more Lions of Liberty content check out the Podcast archive! 

Submit any qu estions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App 

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You can find the show notes page >here<

Check out the Felony Friday archive for all previous articles and podcasts. 
 
Also, for more Lions of Liberty content check out the Podcast archive! 

Submit any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to felonyfriday@lionsofliberty.comThis show is not my soapbox, it is a vehicle to communicate and amplify the injustices rampant in the criminal justice system. We need your help to make it the best it can possibly be! If you like what you hear please share it with a friend and subscribe for free via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a rating and review ;) ) or the Stitcher Radio App 

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