Snow Files
EP 21: Post Trial Motions - Better Off Alone

EP 21: Post Trial Motions - Better Off Alone

December 29, 2020

On May 10th, 2001, Jamie Snow was sentenced to natural life in prison for a murder he did not commit. Jamie had lost all faith in his incompetent public defenders, but had one last Hail Mary in him. Jamie filed a motion to fire his lawyers two months prior, only to find out they beat him to it, and they were already trying to quit. The state and the judge would not allow it. So Jamie and his team went to the sentencing hearing unprepared, expecting a 20-60 year sentence, only to be blindsided with life without the possibility of parole. The prosecutor had thirty three pages of arguments, and Jamie’s team had two. This twenty-first episode of Snow Files exposes the repetitive systemic failures that lead to Jamie’s wrongful conviction, and the severe injustice that is still so hard to undo today, twenty years later.

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Bonus Episode: Jamie’s Remarks on the Closing Arguments

Bonus Episode: Jamie’s Remarks on the Closing Arguments

December 8, 2020

Jamie reflects on the atmosphere during the closing arguments, how he felt, what was going through his mind, how his family was treated by the court, and even his physical reactions to the stress of being on trial for murder. Jamie also gives a huge shout out to our transcriptionists led by Pamela Westby: Melinda Wargacki, Cathy McElhaney, Caywood Yamnik and Jinger Fiola.  And another HUGE shout out to Mrs. Wargacki's student, Stuart Hilton - and a little thoughtful advice for Mr. Hilton.

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EP 20: The Truth Never Changes - Closing Arguments: https://snowfiles.podbean.com/e/ep-20-the-truth-never-changes-closing-arguments/
Closing Arguments Transcript: http://www.docs.snowfiles.net/12-15-01_ClosingArgs.pdf
Episode Transcriptions (1-10): https://snowfiles.podbean.com/p/episode-transcripts-1606966568/

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EP 20: The Truth Never Changes - Closing Arguments

EP 20: The Truth Never Changes - Closing Arguments

December 4, 2020

On January 15th, 2001, closing remarks were delivered in the murder case against Jamie Snow in the circuit court of the eleventh judicial court, before the Honorable Donald D. Bernardi and the Jury in McLean County, Illinois. State’s Attorney Teena Griffin delivered over one hundred pages of lecture to the jury, embellished with her own false narratives, great literary quotes, creepy crawly innuendos, sticks and stones, and even prayers. Defense Attorney Frank Picl pleaded with the jury to remember there was no physical evidence, and their only task was to determine which words they believed, as words were the only evidence presented by the state. The jury deliberated for 11 hours over two days and returned a guilty verdict. This twentieth episode of Snow Files brings McLean County’s most dramatic and final act in the wrongful conviction of Jamie Snow, right to your ears.

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Theme Song: Black Moons, The 126ers
Dreamlike, Kevin MacLeod

Q&A: Jamie Responds to Questions about his Testimony

Q&A: Jamie Responds to Questions about his Testimony

November 24, 2020

Jamie answers questions he received about his testimony including his co-defendent Susan Powell, correctional officer Mary Burns, Susan's brother Tim Powell and he also gives an update on Julie Knight. If you haven't listened to the testimony episodes, listen here:
Jamie Takes the Stand: Part 1: https://snowfiles.podbean.com/e/ep-19-part-1-jamie-takes-the-stand/
Jamie Takes the Stand: Part 2: https://snowfiles.podbean.com/e/ep-19-part-2-jamie-takes-the-stand/

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EP 19, Part 2: Jamie Takes the Stand

EP 19, Part 2: Jamie Takes the Stand

November 11, 2020

In 2001, Jamie Snow took the stand in his own defense against the charge of murder. Jamie’s legal team was extremely underprepared, and explained to him that if he did not testify, he wouldn’t win his case. He had one night’s notice that he would take the stand. But Jamie was hopeful. He figured if he told the truth, he didn’t have to prepare, he would be good. Jamie was on the stand for a very long time. He rebutted every witness presented in previous episodes of Snow Files, and in great detail, recounted his prior conviction, his participation in the lineup, his alibi, and the cast on his arm, all while maintaining eye contact with his jury. But Jamie Snow was still convicted. Part two of this nineteenth episode of Snow Files, presented by Jamie Snow himself, and foreshadows the importance of the closing arguments to come.

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Theme Song: Black Moons, The 126ers
Empty Bottle, Empty Bed - Spazz Cardigan

EP 19, Part 1: Jamie Takes the Stand

EP 19, Part 1: Jamie Takes the Stand

October 15, 2020

In 2001, Jamie Snow took the stand in his own defense against the charge of murder. Jamie’s legal team was extremely underprepared, and explained to him that if he did not testify, he wouldn’t win his case. He had one night’s notice that he would take the stand. But Jamie was hopeful. He figured if he told the truth, he didn’t have to prepare, he would be good. Jamie was on the stand for a very long time. He rebutted every witness presented in previous episodes of Snow Files, and in great detail, recounted his prior conviction, his participation in the lineup, his alibi, and the cast on his arm, all while maintaining eye contact with his jury. But Jamie Snow was still convicted. Part one of this nineteenth episode of Snow Files, presented by Jamie Snow himself, strives to answer one overarching question, what is it like to be on trial for your life?

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Empty Bottle, Empty Bed - Spazz Cardigan

EP 18: Gal Pals: Julie Knight and Bridget Logsdon

EP 18: Gal Pals: Julie Knight and Bridget Logsdon

September 9, 2020

Julie Knight first told police about Susan Claycomb's alleged "confessions" in 1997 after Knight had been taken to the Bloomington Police station because of unspecified legal trouble. Knight made another statement in April 1999 a few days after losing custody of her children. Shortly after, it became a family affair. Knight's mother, brother and father also made statements to police implicating Susan, even though Susan had allegedly confessed to them nearly 10 years earlier. Why didn't this upstanding family report these confessions to police nearly a decade earlier? Julie Knight was exposed as a person with a propensity for lying at the first trial, so the state dumped her. Her bestie, Bridget Logsdon, took her place at Jamie’s trial. Bridget reported a short conversation between Julie and Jamie’s wife that she supposedly overheard at a bar. The switch from Julie to Bridget was a strategic move made by the State, and it worked. This eighteenth episode of Snow Files traces gal pal gossip from its origination, through a family feud, the local bars, and all the way to a wrongful conviction.

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Theme Song: Black Moons, The 126ers
Lucid Dreamer - Spazz Cardigan
Tumblewood Texas - Chris Haugan
The Lone Woodlouse - Rachel K. Collier

EP 17: Be Afraid. Be Mary Afraid: Mclean County Correctional Officer - Mary Burns

EP 17: Be Afraid. Be Mary Afraid: Mclean County Correctional Officer - Mary Burns

August 26, 2020

Just days before the trial, defense witness Mary Burns, an all too friendly corrections officer, was contacted by the state. Reports suggest that she resigned from the McLean County Jail in 2000, after having an affair with an inmate she supervised. Custodial sexual misconduct is a class 3 felony in Illinois. Mary Burns reported having many conversations with Jamie and his co-defendant while she supervised them. But Mary would only testify to two, which included thoughts about who may have done it, and a joke about being chased by police. She said other inmates were present when Jamie confessed, but then recanted on the stand, saying that it was just her and Jamie present during the conversation. All three men she originally named said the conversation never happened, two of these men tell their story for the first time here.This seventeenth episode of Snow Files exposes how the state underhandedly used a disgraced law enforcement agent to provide credibility in their case against Jamie Snow.

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EP 16: Lies My Preacher Told Me: The Reverend Bill Gaddis

EP 16: Lies My Preacher Told Me: The Reverend Bill Gaddis

August 10, 2020

In 1999, a "self-appointed" gang boss turned Reverend returned to the state of Illinois to testify against Jamie. Jamie never met Bill Gaddis in his entire life. Bill Gaddis was loosely connected to some of Jamie’s friends only through relation to his brother. Two of his brothers would go on record to say Bill Gaddis was a liar and new nothing about this case. But he took the stand for the state anyway, and said he saw Jamie in his brother’s apartment in 1991, and a man who was since deceased, accused Jamie of the murder, and he didn’t respond, so he knows Jamie did it. Bill Gaddis named several men who witnessed this incident, all who were either dead or testified it never happened. Bill Gaddis was portrayed as credible due to his license to preach, although he would not disclose where he preached. This sixteenth episode of Snow Files exposes exactly why Reverend Bill Gaddis was willing to bare false witness against that neighbor.

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Theme Song: Black Moons, The 126ers
The Von Trapp Family Choir - Alge
This Little Light of Mine - E's Jammy Jams

EP 15: I Got Life with a Little Help from my Friends – Kevin Schaal and Jody Winkler

EP 15: I Got Life with a Little Help from my Friends – Kevin Schaal and Jody Winkler

July 22, 2020

For six months in 1995, Kevin Schaal was Jamie’s cellmate. Jamie settled in Florida the next year and began a successful career in tree cutting. When Schaal was released, he brought his entire family to Jamie’s doorstep and Jamie helped him. Jamie met Jody Winkler in 1999 while he was down on his luck and on the run. Jamie gave him work and a place to live that summer. But that summer, Schaal was already in more trouble. Schaal tried to get out of it by telling an ATF agent and the Clark Gas Station cold case detectives that Jamie implicated himself in a murder. Just months later, in September, Jamie was indicted, and that November, Winkler was finally caught for his felony charges. Winkler caught on quick and he had a peculiar false confession to report, saying Jamie indicated involvement in a murder. This fifteenth episode of Snow Files traces the timeline from friend to foe, and exposes the paper trail leading to deals cut in return for Jamie’s conviction.

 

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