‘Breakdown’ S01 Ep.1: Railroad justice in a railroad town


Bremen, Ga., is a railroad crossroads – a pass-through city where what’s arriving generally is also what’s departing. It’s also where Justin Chapman was accused of burning his own house and killing his elderly neighbor in the process.

Chapman is now serving life in prison, but an impressive legal team has formed, free of charge, to win his freedom. Why? They’re convinced he didn't do it. Whether guilty or not, one thing is clear: Chapman did not receive a fair trial.

In this first season of Breakdown, senior legal affairs writer Bill Rankin goes deep inside the Chapman case, exploring where the criminal justice system broke down. You can listen to the Breakdown podcast below, or at www.ajcbreakdown.com, where you'll find photos, articles, videos and documents relating to the Chapman case.