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Two New Series: NUREMBERG and INSIDE THE ROBE (Week 67)

This week we launched TWO new series. We continued our coverage of a headline-grabbing L.A. criminal case. We offered a fascinating interview with a man literally born...

New Series: Nuremberg — Part 1

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR  To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the International Military Tribunal, Crime Story presents a new series, NUREMBERG. Sean Smith examines...

Mike Romano: Another HUGE Week of Victories!

CRIME STORY has received permission to re-print Michael Romano‘s newsletters from Stanford Law School’s Three Strikes Project whose mission is to reverse the most unjust criminal sentences....

Two New Series: NUREMBERG and INSIDE THE ROBE (Week 67)

This week we launched TWO new series. We continued our coverage of a headline-grabbing L.A. criminal case. We offered a fascinating interview with a man literally born...

Interview: Mike Africa Jr. on the Struggle and the Legacy of MOVE (with Amanda Knox)

The Standoff: An Interview with MOVE member Mike Africa Jr. Today, Philadelphia-based activist Mike Africa Jr. benefits from a kind...

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 2

Katherine Mader spent two decades as a judge in Los Angeles Criminal Court, before retiring early in 2020. Before that she was the...

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 1

Katherine Mader spent two decades as a judge in Los Angeles Criminal Court, before retiring early in 2020. Before that she was the...

LAPD Bars Use of Unauthorized Facial Recognition Platforms

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Police Department has barred officers and detectives from using outside facial recognition platforms in their investigations after uncovering a handful...

Danny Masterson and the Tension between Due Process and #MeToo

In January of 2017, hundreds of thousands of protesters, mostly women, took to the streets in cities and towns across the United States....

Monday November 23, 2020

PM Stories

Legal Experts and Prosecutors Push for Nationwide Criminal Justice Reforms Cameron Langford, Courthouse News

Kamala Harris and the Noble Path of the Prosecutor Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker

2020 vote saw pro-reform prosecutors win. Now they need to fix mistakes by their predecessors. Miriam Aroni Krinsky and Barry Scheck, NBC News

2nd Look Law Needed To Fix Broken Criminal Justice System Sarah Martinson, Law360

It’s time to acknowledge that long prison terms do not prevent violence Marc Schindler and Ryan King, The Hill

America Is Letting the Coronavirus Rage Through Prisons Editorial Board, New York Times

Texas must do more to keep prisoners from dying Editorial Board, Houston Chronicle

“A Living Hell”: Dispatches From a California Prison Amid the Climate and Coronavirus Crises Cyrus Dunham, The Intercept

Where Coronavirus Is Surging – And Electronic Surveillance, Too Eli Hager, The Marshall Project

Community supervision, once intended to help offenders, contributes more to mass incarceration Miriam Aroni Krinsky and Vincent Schiraldi, USA Today

A ‘broken’ parole process: Data shows widened racial bias Edward McKinley and Amanda Fries, Albany Times-Union

California should close 5 prisons to save money after releasing 25,000 inmates, analyst says Wes Venteicher, Sacramento Bee

US Courts Close Doors, Cancel Juries as Virus Surges Madison Alder and Allie Reed, Bloomberg Law

Toronto’s Biggest Mass Killing Case Goes to Trial on Video Catherine Porter, New York Times

‘Longest-serving cannabis offender’ to be released early from 90-year prison sentence Alicia Victoria Lozano, NBC News

An inmate wrote to a famous photographer. Their letters, and friendship, became a collaborative project Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

AM Stories

Kenosha: How two men’s paths crossed in an encounter that has divided the nation Joyce Sohyun Lee, Robert O’Harrow Jr., and Elyse Samuels, Washington Post

Why Police Back Gun Guys Alex Yablon, New Republic

When cops and America’s cherished gun rights clash, cops win Lawrence Hurley, Andrew Chung, and Andrea Januta, Reuters

Chicago police accused in federal lawsuit of brutal attacks on protesters Grace Hauck, USA Today

In 2019, the Portland police Gun Violence team made 1,600 stops. More than half were Black people. Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian

The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: 7 Black Men Allege False Charges Involving Narcotics Detective George Joseph, Gothamist

A Bad Cop’s Best Friend? Michael Hardy, Texas Monthly

Blaming Chicago’s Violence On Bail Reform Is Wrong, A New Study Finds Patrick Smith, WBEZ

With Baltimore close to the 300-homicide mark again, leaders mull new approaches amid some signs of improvement Phil Davis and Phillip Jackson, Baltimore Sun

The BREATHE Act Is the Modern-Day Civil Rights Legislation We Need Patrisse Cullors, Teen Vogue

California Police Groups Back Requiring College Classes For Recruits As Lawmakers Seek Reforms CBS Bay Area

George Floyd’s death traumatized Susan Kelechi Watson. So she made her grief into art Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times

Bringing Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me to Life Dan Schindel, Hyperallergic

Review: Open Chat Windows and Closed Cases in ‘Citizen Detective’ Alexis Soloski, New York Times

JUSTICE

New Series: Nuremberg — Part 1

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR  To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the International Military Tribunal, Crime Story presents a new series, NUREMBERG. Sean Smith examines the many dimensions of the historic judicial proceedings. Drawing on official transcripts of the trial, as well as a vast bibliography of first- and second-hand accounts, NUREMBERG tells the stories behind the legal, political and personal struggles which complicated this revolutionary exercise in international jurisprudence.  NUREMBERG Today marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of the...