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Michael was serving a life sentence until one person came to his rescue: his mom.

Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin bring us to Culpeper County, Virginia, to tell the story of teenage buddies Eric Weakley and Michael Hash. Local police solved a murder case by coercing Eric into falsely confessing and into falsely implicating his friend Michael as an accomplice. For years, lawyers couldn’t get justice for either of them -- until Michael’s mom found evidence that blew this case wide open.

If you want to support Eric Weakley’s pardon petition, you can write to the governor of Virginia.

Governor Ralph E. Northam

Use the email form at: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office/

Write a letter to:

Governor Ralph E. Northam

P.O. Box 1475

Richmond, VA 23218

Call:

804-786-2211

Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Thomasson

Email to: pardons@governor.virginia.gov

Write a letter to:

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Kelly Thomasson

P.O. Bo 2454

Richmond, Virginia 23218

Call:

804-692-2542

Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions is a production of Lava for Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co No1

A portion of this podcast series’ proceeds will be donated to the Center on Wrongful Convictions. To donate, learn more, or get involved, go to http://www.centeronwrongfulconvictions.org/

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