Blind Plea Education & Advocacy, POC

Hosted By: Liz Flock
Produced By: Lemonada Media

Blind Plea is an exploration of justice and race in America. The podcast tells the story of Deven Grey, a young Black woman who shot and killed her abusive white partner in self-defense. But instead of being exonerated, Grey was offered a “blind plea”: plead guilty and receive an unknown sentence. As a Black woman in Alabama, Grey did the only thing she could: she took the plea.

Over the course of nine episodes, Flock unravels the complex web of forces that led to Grey’s conviction, including systemic racism, domestic violence, and the Stand Your Ground law. She also examines the broader implications of blind pleas, which are increasingly being used in American courts.

Blind Plea Podcast Host:

Liz Flock is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has covered crime and justice for over a decade. She has reported for The Washington Post, ABC News, and The Associated Press, and her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Compelling Storytelling: According to listeners, Flock does an incredible job of humanizing the complex issues at the heart of the podcast.
  • Insightful Analysis: Flock does a great job of explaining complex legal concepts in a way that is easy to understand.
  • Compassionate Portrayal of Deven Grey: Flock’s portrayal of Deven Grey is compassionate and understanding. She does a great job of showing the audience the human side of Grey’s story.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Length: The podcast is nine episodes long, and each episode is over an hour long. Some listeners have said that this is too long and that the podcast could have been more concise.
  • Bias: Flock is sympathetic to Grey, and some listeners have said that this bias is evident in the podcast.

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