Paul Berezetsky

Explosive Offense Leads El Camino to Division II Title

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune Deputy Sports Editor, and Steve Brand from the San Diego Sports Association, are joined by Michael Hobbs, football coach at El Camino High School, to recap the Wildcats wild 75-59 victory over #1 ranked Bishop’s to win the San Diego Section Division II championship. Kearney and Brand chat about the other about the other San Diego Section football championships, along with Sage Creek’s dominance at the State Cross Country championships.

Foundation to Provide Academic Scholarships to Veterans Attending Local Colleges

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Council, discusses the SDAC Foundation’s awarding of academic scholarships to five military veterans attending local colleges. Balmert talks about the December 18 SDMAC Breakfast featuring San Diego State University President, Dr. Adela de la Torre.

Ep 13: Inside Innocence: Suzanne Johnson and the Death of Baby Jasmine, Part 2

On June 24, 1997, Suzanne Johnson, a licensed at home day care provider in San Diego, CA, called 911 to report that Jasmine, a baby in her care, had gone limp and was struggling to breathe. Earlier in the day, Suzanne had put Jasmine in a high chair and accidentally tipped it over, causing Jasmine to fall and hit her head on the floor. Jasmine initially appeared to be fine. However, when Suzanne tried to later feed Jasmine, but the baby vomited and went comatose. Rescue workers responded, but were unable to resuscitate her. Suzanne was immediately suspected of assaulting Jasmine rather than viewing it as an accident, even though Jasmine had an existing skull fracture from a prior fall from her parent’s bed and despite the fact 911 responders put the breathing tube down the wrong side into Jasmine’s stomach preventing any chances of saving her. After two jury trials, the first resulting in a hung jury, Suzanne would find herself convicted of assault on a child causing death. She was given a life sentence.

Years later, the science of forensic pediatric pathology relative to the diagnoses of “Shaken Baby Syndrome” (SBS) would change dramatically in Suzanne’s favor. Much of the expert testimony that formed the basis of Suzanne’s conviction has now been scientifically proven to be invalidated and unreliable. In Part II, Alissa Bjerkhoel, Suzanne’s attorney from the California Innocence Project, walks us through Suzanne’s legal journey from two jury trials, her appeals, to the present.

Courtroom Confidential’s new Inside Innocence series, brings you compelling cases from the working files of the California Innocence Project.

www.CaliforniaInnocenceProject.org

Ep 12: Inside Innocence: Suzanne Johnson and the Death of Baby Jasmine, Part I

On June 24, 1997, Suzanne Johnson, a licensed at home day care provider in San Diego, CA, called 911 to report that Jasmine, a baby in her care, had gone limp and was struggling to breathe. Earlier in the day, Suzanne had put Jasmine in a high chair and accidentally tipped it over, causing Jasmine to fall and hit her head on the floor. Jasmine initially appeared to be fine. However, when Suzanne tried to later feed Jasmine, but the baby vomited and went comatose. Rescue workers responded, but were unable to resuscitate her. Suzanne was immediately suspected of assaulting Jasmine rather than viewing it as an accident, even though Jasmine had an existing skull fracture from a prior fall from her parent’s bed and despite the fact 911 responders put the breathing tube down the wrong side into Jasmine’s stomach preventing any chances of saving her. After two jury trials, the first resulting in a hung jury, Suzanne would find herself convicted of assault on a child causing death. She was given a life sentence.

Years later, the science of forensic pediatric pathology relative to the diagnoses of “Shaken Baby Syndrome” (SBS) would change dramatically in Suzanne’s favor. Much of the expert testimony that formed the basis of Suzanne’s conviction has now been scientifically proven to be invalidated and unreliable. In Part I, Alissa Bjerkhoel, Suzanne’s attorney from the California Innocence Project, walks us through the facts of the case and the investigation.

Courtroom Confidential’s new Inside Innocence series, brings you compelling cases from the working files of the California Innocence Project.

www.CaliforniaInnocenceProject.org

Veterans Lead Unbeaten Scripps Ranch to Division III Championship Game

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune Deputy Sports Editor, and Steve Brand from the San Diego Sports Association, are joined by Marlon Gardinera, football coach at Scripps Ranch High School, whose unbeaten senior-led Falcons play La Jolla for the San Diego Section Division III championship. Kearney and Brand discuss the other four San Diego Section football finals, along with other Fall sports highlights.

SDSU President Keynotes at Upcoming San Diego Military Advisory Council Breakfast Meeting

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Council, discusses SDMAC’s December 18 Breakfast featuring San Diego State University President, Dr. Adela de la Torre. Balmert chats about 2020 keynote speakers and results from major 2019 SDMAC initiatives.

Ep 8: Alex Woodard – Singer-Songwriter and Author

Gary talks with Alex about his book & album package, For The Sender, and his upcoming For The Sender Holiday Show. Alex also performs three original songs.

Recovery and Treatment Organization Led By Octogenarian Celebrating 63 Years of Being Clean and Sober

Jeanne McAlister, Founder and CEO of the 42-year-old McAlister Institute, discusses her 63 years of being clean and sober, along with her organization’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable substance abuse treatment and recovery programs to adults, teens and families in San Diego County. McAlister is joined by Steve Breen, the two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The San Diego Union-Tribune.