Molly Miller and Kary Antholis
Jury Duty is back with a new season and a new case: The Georgia trial of Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryant, the suspects in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
In Part 93, Judge Mader explains a tactic she uses both to discipline herself to follow the law and to discourage prosecutors from over-charging. She also reflects on a plea deal she approved that she has come to feel is unfair to the victims in the case.
In this episode, host Kary Antholis and co-host Brittany Bookbinder present excerpts from the victim impact statements delivered by members of Susan Berman’s family and examine Judge Mark Windham’s sentence for Robert Durst for the murder of Susan Berman.
Over two years ago, Derrick was recommended for early release by prison staff, wardens, and the Secretary of Corrections due to his “exceptionally meritorious” conduct while incarcerated over the past two decades. Last week, he walked free.
In Part 92, Judge Mader assesses the dismissal of a vehicular manslaughter case based on evidence of faulty brakes. The Judge also explores some of the specific legal perils faced by a defendant who decides to represent themselves when accused of a sex crime.
In Part 91, Judge Mader discusses the case of a repeat offender seeking a lesser sentence because of health concerns, while reflecting on an earlier case to muse on unexpected romantic pairings that she sees in court proceedings.
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On today’s podcast we offer a special reprise presentation of the interview that Molly Miller and I conducted with Los Angeles District Attorney candidate George Gascón back in February of this year during the primary campaign. In March, Mr. Gascón and incumbent Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey received enough votes to move on to the general election runoff, which culminates on election day one week from today, Tuesday, November 4. (You can find the two-part interview that I just conducted with Ms. Lacey here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).
We’ve noticed something. The more time we spend in the criminal courts building, the more familiar faces have taken on meaning. The elegant “swan woman” is Karen, the Spanish translator. The friendly security guard on the ninth floor is Carlito who writes children’s books. The bespectacled blonde with a massive bag is Terri, the meticulous reporter from City News. And then there are the judges. The bench officers weren’t originally the subjects of particularly intense interest to us. They are the proverbial referees of the courtroom, and we’ve been reporting on...