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Representing Indigent Defendants during the Pandemic: An L.A. Story

In April, as part of our effort to understand how the public health emergency is affecting criminal defense attorneys and their clients, we spoke with a Los Angeles-based Bar Panel Attorney, who requested anonymity so that they could speak freely. Last week we followed up with that attorney to catch up on his observations two months later. But before we share that perspective, we should clarify how the system of indigent criminal defense works in California and in Los Angeles specifically.  The primary practitioners of indigent criminal...

Follow Up on My Interview with Attorney General Barr (Week 45)

This week at crimestory.com, I followed up on my interview with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Amanda Knox continued her series of interviews; Sean Smith contributed another chapter in our series on the way that the story of Covid-19 in prisons has unfolded in the press; and we published another update from the Three Strikes Project. On Monday, we presented Amanda's interview with Shon Hopwood, who has made the journey from serving time in federal prison for bank robbery to prominent law professor and criminal justice reform advocate.

My Interview with Attorney General William Barr: Following Up on the One Year Anniversary

Crime Story launched in August of last year with my interview with Attorney General William Barr. June 5, 2020 marked the one year anniversary of our recording that interview. The themes that came up in the conversation with the AG (implicit bias in law enforcement, Black Lives Matter protests, anger at injustices, criminal justice reform) remain stunningly resonant.  Here is how I introduced the interview on the crimestory.com website and on the Crime Story Podcast: Attorney General William Barr and I met when...

Chokehold, Amanda Knox and Lorena (Bobbitt) Gallo (Week 44)

Last week at crimestory.com, we devoted our entire newsletter to Crime Story Consulting Editor Paul Butler's column The Simple Opportunity to Breathe. This week we recap the past two weeks of work by Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson as well as check in on Part 4 of Sean Smith's series examining COVID-19 in prison. But first, a word about our follow up to Paul Butler's column. On Tuesday of this past week we published Will the Chokehold Be Unlocked?: A Conversation with Paul Butler. In that interview, Paul and I...

Will the Chokehold Be Unlocked?: A Conversation with Paul Butler

Paul Butler is a Consulting Editor to CRIME STORY. He is also a Professor at Georgetown Law, a frequent contributor to MSNBC and the author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men. You can find his contributions to CRIME STORY here. Kary Antholis: On today’s podcast we have another in our series of conversations with Paul Butler, Georgetown Law Professor, former US Department of Justice Prosecutor and MSNBC Commentator. Paul also serves as a Consulting Editor to us at Crime Story Media. In...

The Simple Opportunity to Breathe (Week 43)

This week at crimestory.com, we honor the memory of George Floyd and the Movement for Black Lives by publishing Paul Butler's column The Simple Opportunity to Breathe in it's entirety. Paul Butler is a Consulting Editor to CRIME STORY. He is also a Professor at Georgetown Law, a frequent contributor to MSNBC and the author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men. You can find his contributions to CRIME STORY here. THUGS! That is the word the President of the United States used to describe a...

Interviews with Two Men Wrongfully Convicted (Week 42)

This week at crimestory.com, Amanda Knox continued her series of interviews with the wrongfully convicted, Chris Tarricone filed one last pre-hiatus story on the Robert Durst trial, and Sean Smith contributed another chapter on the way that the story of Covid-19 in prisons has been told in the press. We also introduced a new contributor. On Tuesday, we published Family, Friends, and Pets: Emotional Storytelling in the Trial of Robert Durst, Chris Tarricone's piece about the testimony of Virginia McKeon, the sister of Durst's presumed-dead wife Kathie and one of the last witnesses...

Why They Fight: Defense, Defendant and Prosecutor (Week 41)

This week at crimestory.com we presented a series of conversations with lawyers, each of whom brings an incredibly distinctive perspective to their respective practices. We also broke some news on the Robert Durst trial. And we continued our series of stories tracing the week by week development of the media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in American prisons and jails. On Monday, we published a piece entitled "The Guilty Project," Amanda Knox’s interview with Michael Romano and Susan Champion of Stanford Law's Three Strikes Project, who work to find people serving the longest and...

Exclusive Interview with the VP of the LA Association of Deputy District Attorneys –...

Kary Antholis: On today’s podcast we present part three of an exclusive three-part conversation with Eric Siddall vice president of the ADDA the professional association for Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles county. You can find part one of my interview with Eric here. And you can find part two here. Kary Antholis: Relative to other developed countries, our sentences are much longer and our penal philosophy seems to be that victim's rights to a large degree equals retribution. Rehabilitation is given relatively short shrift...

UPDATE – SCOOP Confirmed by Court: Robert Durst Trial Has New Start Date (July...

UPDATE: 12:20 PM, May 24 - The Public Information Office has just issued a Media Advisory confirming the CRIME STORY report from Thursday night. The release says: "The trial in the People v. Robert Durst case, SA089983, is tentatively scheduled to resume on Monday, July 27. Judge Mark E. Windham is moving the trial to the Inglewood Courthouse, Department 1, located at One Regent Street, Inglewood, 90301. This larger courtroom will better enable the Court to implement social distancing protocols for the health and safety of the parties, jurors, witnesses, media and the...

Exclusive Interview with the VP of the LA Association of Deputy District Attorneys –...

On today’s podcast we present part two of an exclusive three-part conversation with Eric Siddall vice president of the ADDA the professional association for Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles county. You can find part one of my interview with Eric here. Kary Antholis: Would you talk to me a bit about the relationship between the prosecutors and police. And how you engage with them in determining whether to file charges and what charges to file in a case? Eric Siddall:

Exclusive Interview with the VP of the LA Association of Deputy District Attorneys –...

Kary Antholis: On today’s podcast we present part one of an exclusive three-part conversation with Eric Siddall Vice President of the ADDA the professional association for Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles county. In his capacity as Vice President of the ADDA, Eric spoke with me about his path to becoming a prosecutor, his work as a deputy DA and as a leader of the ADDA. We will also explore his response to initiatives aimed at reforming the criminal legal process.  Kary Antholis: Thanks...

Wrongful Convictions and COVID-19 in Prisons (Week 40)

This week at crimestory.com Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson spoke with two Exonerees who were wrongfully convicted based on bad evidence.  And we began a series of stories tracing the week by week development of the media coverage of COVID-19 pandemic in American prisons and jails. On Monday,  we published “Prisoners are humans as well”: An Interview with Marty Tankleff by Amanda and Chris. In 1990, 19-year-old Marty Tankleff was wrongly convicted of the 1988 murder of his parents. After spending over 17 years in prison, a new investigation uncovered the...

A Controversial Case in Oklahoma, Kathie Durst Speaks from the Past and Ohio Prisons...

This week at crimestory.com Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson examined a controversial case form Oklahoma, and looked into the plight of the incarcerated in Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic.  And we presented a unique moment in witness testimony in the trial of Robert Durst. On Monday, we published Amanda Knox: “How Could He Be Innocent?”: The Case of Daniel Holtzclaw. In the piece, Amanda examines how Holtzclaw became a poster child for racism, sexism, and abuse of power when he was found guilty of sexually assaulting eight at-risk black women while on duty as an Oklahoma...

Amanda Knox Takes on Tiger King (Week 38)

This week at crimestory.com Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson examined a piece of pop culture that has hit the zeitgeist and also continued their series of interviews on Exoneration and Incarceration in a Time of Pandemic. And we presented another story on testimony given in the trial of Robert Durst. On Monday, we published Amanda Knox on Tiger King: The Rush to Judgement of Carole Baskin. In the piece, Amanda weighs in on Netfilx's documentary series phenomenon Tiger King, suggesting that the treatment of Carole Baskin is "not only unsatisfying but unfair," and is best encapsulated in...

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