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In part two of our conversation with Attorneys David Hoose and Luke Ryan, they talk more about the controversial strategy they took in their defense of Jason Vassell, and examine the role of racism in the attack and the prosecution of the case. You’ll also hear the police records of one of the attackers, which includes some incidents that sound similar to what happened to Jason that night.


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Tuesday 15 June 2010 Audio
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Attorneys David Hoose and Luke Ryan represented Jason Vassell, who was attacked in his dorm at UMass Amherst in February 2008. They discuss in detail the events of that evening, the aftermath, and the institutional racism that led to Jason facing 40 years in prison for defending himself, while one of his assailants faced much lesser charges, and the other was never charged.

Due to the nature of the discussion, there is some disturbing language in this podcast.

Watch the security cam footage after the jump.


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Monday 14 June 2010 Audio
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2010-06-09 | Jaz Tupelo // Audio
Cruel and Unusual

David Chura, author of I Don’t Wish Anybody to Have a Life Like Mine, stops by to discuss the recent Supreme Court decision to bar life sentences for juveniles who have not killed anyone. He also discusses his recent essay on solitary confinement.

They also discuss the Jason Vassell case, which we’ll be talking about more with Jason’s lawyers this week. Bill referenced Greg Saulmon’s great article comparing Jason’s circumstances with those of Andre Dewdney; how their cases were similar, and why they were different.


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Wednesday 9 June 2010 Audio
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