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In 2011, five unassuming Brits—fishermen and friends from the Isle of Wight—were sentenced to a total of 104 years for conspiracy to import class A drugs, specifically 550 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of $73 million. The Freshwater Five, as they came to be called, have always claimed innocence, even when guilty pleas would have resulted in shorter sentences, and even now, a decade on. Just last month Emily Bolton, founder of the Innocence Project New Orleans, brought new evidence in front of an appeals court. The hearings have concluded, with a verdict to be delivered any day now. Recalling Serial’s first season, this five-part podcast, part of The Guardian’s “Today In Focus” series, tells the Freshwater Five story from the perspective of the accused, their families, and the lawyer trying to get them out. —J.V.

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