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Episode 166: Amanda Knox Interview with Scott Lewis: “The Disease, You Just Have To Fight It”

“The disease, you just have to fight it”: An Interview with Scott Lewis Amanda Knox In 1995, 29-year-old Scott Lewis was wrongly convicted of a 1990 double homicide based on the testimony of an incentivized informant. Despite having an alibi for the time of the killings, Lewis was convicted and sentenced to 240 years in prison, later reduced to 120 years. He spent two decades fighting to prove his innocence, and his conviction was finally overturned in 2015 after a detective came forward testifying that a dirty...

Episode 165: Amanda Knox Interview with Clay Chabot: “I’m not letting yesterday ruin today or tomorrow”

In 1986, 27-year-old Clay Chabot was wrongly convicted of a rape and murder and sentenced to life in prison. Twenty-two years later, newly tested DNA evidence excluded Chabot and identified the real rapist and murderer. Chabot’s conviction was vacated, but instead of acknowledging the mistake, prosecutors were only willing to offer him a deal: plead guilty and be sentenced to time served. Chabot, afraid he might be wrongly convicted yet again, took the deal.  Today, Chabot lives in Florida and operates a small business that has been directly impacted by...

Episode 164: Chris Tarricone Reads: Family, Friends, and Pets: Emotional Storytelling in the Trial of Robert Durst

The Prosecution in the murder trial of Robert Durst is trying to convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Durst killed his longtime friend, Susan Berman — as well as his Galveston neighbor, Morris Black — in order to cover up his alleged murder of his ex-wife, Kathie.  Lead Prosecutor John Lewin and his team are not only preparing the members of that panel to accept this as the most compelling and logical narrative but also want the jurors to feel the pain and cruelty they say Durst inflicted...

Episode 163: Sean Smith Reads: COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 2

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 March 22.  WEEK TWO (March 22-28) In state houses and the nation’s capital, reactions to...

Episode 162: Interview with Eric Siddall: VP of the LA Association of Deputy District Attorneys – Part 3

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...

Episode 161: Interview with Eric Siddall: VP of the LA Association of Deputy District Attorneys – Part 2

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...