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Episode 96: Kary Antholis Reads: A Convicted Fireman-Arsonist and Me: The Facts as I Knew Them

This the second part of a series of articles about my relationship with John Orr. You can find part one of the series here. It was May 1, 1992 and Los Angeles was on fire. As I drove to the home of John Orr — a widely respected arson educator and investigator with the Glendale Fire Department — the air held a deep brown tint. And while most of the 1,750 fires burning during the LA riots were caused by arson, John Orr had an alibi...

Episode 95: PODCAST SPECIAL: The First Los Angeles District Attorney Debate – Part 3

This is the third part of a three part look at the First Los Angeles District Attorney Debate of the 2020 election cycle. You can find part 1 of this series here and part 2 of the series here. On December 19, 2019 USC Law Professor Jody Armour moderated the first Los Angeles DA debate in which candidates George Gascón and Rachel Rossi squared off over a host of criminal justice issues. Conspicuously missing from the event was incumbent Jackie Lacey, who cited a scheduling conflict....

Episode 94: Molly Miller Reads: CalGang

According to the California Department of Justice, you are eligible for inclusion on CalGang, a statewide database of gang members and gang associates, if you meet two or more of the following criteria: 1.     You have admitted to being a gang member. 2.     You have been arrested for offenses consistent with gang activity. 3.     You have been identified as a gang member by a reliable informant. 4.     You have been seen associating with...

Episode 93: Jury Duty – Podcast Series – Ep. 5 – Prosecutors and Public Defenders

This is the fifth episode of jury duty, a weekly podcast forum for the discussion of crime and justice storytelling news and narrative analysis brought to you by Crime Story Media. This episode features a conversation between your truly Crime Story Publisher and Editor Kary Antholis and Crime story reporter Molly Miller. Today we focused on Molly‘s recent reporting on the Los Angeles District Attorney race as well as her conversation with a veteran Los Angeles Public Defender.  

Episode 92: PODCAST SPECIAL: The First Los Angeles District Attorney Debate – Part 2

This is the second part of a three part look at the first Los Angeles District Attorney Debate of the 2020 election cycle. You can find part 1 of this series here. On December 19, 2019 USC Law Professor Jody Armour moderated the first Los Angeles DA debate in which candidates George Gascón and Rachel Rossi squared off regarding a host of criminal justice issues. Conspicuously missing from the event was incumbent Jackie Lacey, who cited a scheduling conflict. In today’s Podcast Special, we examine the...

Episode 91: Molly Miller Reads: A Public Defender Speaks

When I moved to LA, I dreaded living in a city famous for its superficiality but I reassured myself that I was also settling in a mecca of progressive ideals. Marijuana is legal, gay marriage is celebrated, and the state is plastered with blue on every political rendering. Welcome to California, or as Jack Donaghy of 30 Rock called it, “The People’s Gaypublic of Drugifornia.”  Given what I knew, I assumed that in LA, the District Attorney’s Office would be at the forefront of criminal justice reform.