Sean Smith

A screenwriter and creative executive, Sean moved to LA years ago and refuses to leave. He misses Al’s Bar, Hop Louie and the chickens of Echo Park. Sean is a graduate of Harvard, Stanford and USC’s School of Cinema-Television.

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COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 15

Sean Smith presents Part 15 of his week by week analysis of the news stories aggregated in Crime Story Daily related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. You can find links to each of Sean’s analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning June 21. WEEK 15  (JUNE 21-27)  At his Tulsa, Oklahoma campaign rally on Saturday, June 20, President Donald Trump disputed the efficacy of mass testing for the coronavirus. “Here’s the bad part,” Trump confided. “When you do testing to that extent, you’re...

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 14

Sean Smith presents Part 14 of his week by week analysis of the news stories aggregated in Crime Story Daily related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. You can find links to each of Sean’s analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning June 14. WEEK 14 (JUNE 14-JUNE 20)  Twenty-one states saw an increase in their average, daily new coronavirus cases over the week leading to June 14, with Alabama, Oregon and South Carolina recording the biggest spikes. Nearing its...

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 13

Sean Smith presents Part 13 of his week by week analysis of the news stories aggregated in Crime Story Daily related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. You can find links to each of Sean’s analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning June 7. WEEK 13 (JUNE 7- JUNE 13)  On a June 1 conference call with governors, President Donald Trump hinted at his preference for “domination” as a legitimate official response to constitutionally protected protest. “I must say, it...

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 12

Sean Smith presents Part 12 of his week by week analysis of the news stories aggregated in Crime Story Daily related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. You can find links to each of Sean’s analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning May 31. WEEK 12 (MAY 31- JUNE 6)  On Sunday, May 31, as mass protests continued nationally against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, 41 cities, including Washington, D.C., imposed overnight curfews; many were...

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 11

CRIME STORY’S Sean Smith continues his weekly analysis of the news stories aggregated in CRIME STORY DAILY related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. By reconsidering early reporting on the crisis in the light of subsequent developments, CRIME STORY hopes to point out trends in the narrative of COVID-19 and the prisons. You can find links to each of Sean’s analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning May 24. WEEK 11 (MAY 24-MAY 30)  The New York Times commemorated...

The Robert Durst Trial: The Adjournment

Crime Story has partnered with the Podcast giant Acast to host, distribute, and monetize our original podcast series, Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst. The groundbreaking series tells the stories presented in a murder trial as the trial is happening. Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst is available on all podcast players, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the Acast app. You can find all of the episodes here. On Friday, July 17, the opposing parties in the trial of Robert Durst for the murder of Susan Berman reconvene...