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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...

Crime Story Scoop: Robert Durst Admits “Killed Them All” Recording is “True and Accurate”

Robert Durst has - for the first time - acknowledged that certain audio recordings made by the producers of the HBO documentary series The Jinx are “true and accurate,” including the now infamous recording of Durst muttering to himself, “Killed them all, of...

Robert Durst: You Can’t Unring the Bell

For a judge, maintaining courtroom control over unruly attorneys can be a daily challenge. According to one retired jurist, some judges have a knack for courtroom control; others do not. “The trick,” she notes, “is to maintain control without holding anyone in contempt.” ...

Editors Blog

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...

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...

Durst Developments Set Against the Quixotic Quest for Fairness in the Legal Process (Week 23)

Welcome to our weekly review of the events at crimestory.com. This week at Crime Story we presented an exclusive and insightful look into the criminal legal process through the eyes of a long-serving public defender. We also continued our in-depth coverage of two ongoing Los...

Expert Witness

Paul Butler Reads: The Promise and Failure of “Queen & Slim”

Black protest – especially against police violence – scares some people. The Attorney General of the United States, for example, does not think the police should be criticized.  Last week William Barr issued a  threat:  if certain communities don’t start showing the police “support and respect”...

High Crimes Story

The following piece was first published on the website for the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. It was written by the Miller Center’s Director and CEO, William Antholis,...

Amanda Knox: The Case for E-carceration

…at least, for now. For years, my view of the outside world was reduced to what I could see out of one barred window: the barren stretches between prison buildings, the walls topped with barbed wire,...

Justice

PART 3 — PODCAST SPECIAL: The First Los Angeles District Attorney Debate

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.

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...

PART 2 — PODCAST SPECIAL: The First Los Angeles District Attorney Debate

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...