During the first few days of this Thanksgiving week, the Crime Story Podcast is taking a look back at some of the themes that have emerged in the posts at CrimeStory.com. Today we offer a special reprise presentation of the two interviews that kicked off crimestory.com and The Crime Story Podcast. In one podcast episode, we present my interviews with Attorney General William Barr and Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler, who offered his thoughts on AG Barr’s responses to my questions.
Mr. Barr and I met when he was on the Board of Directors of Time Warner. I was working for HBO and its sister channel Cinemax at that time and we connected over his appreciation of a Cinemax show that I worked on called Banshee. Banshee is a violent, pulpy series, that tells the story of an ex-con who comes into a small town, and through a series of events, assumes the identity of the town’s sheriff.
As I was planning Crime Story, I knew that we would be focusing on the human impact of criminal justice and the narratives presented around it. Many of these stories will shed light on inherent inequities in the system that leave individuals of color and of limited means at a distinct disadvantage.
And so, I sought an interview with the Attorney General to discuss how his thinking about these themes and issues has changed since he first served as Attorney General in the early 90s.
I also wanted to ask him what it was about the themes of Justice in the Banshee series that appealed to him.
On June 5, 2019 the Attorney General kindly agreed to sit down with me in his office in Washington, DC. You can find the transcript for that interview here.
Professor Paul Butler and I met through my involvement with the alumni of Georgetown University Law School. Butler researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory.
He is the author of the widely lauded books “Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice,” and “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.”
Professor Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. Prior to becoming a professor, Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice.
He graciously agreed to offer his perspective on my interview with Attorney General William Barr, and you can find the transcript to that interview here.