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Judge Katherine Mader (Ret.)

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Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 95

In Part 95, Judge Mader concludes her chronicle of a year in the life of a judge. In her afterword, Judge Mader reflects on the family members who got her to where she is today.

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 94

In Part 94, Judge Mader recounts a unique apology from a defendant’s family member to a victim’s family during a sentencing hearing. The Judge also details a catch-22 situation where a defendant is deemed neither competent enough to enter a plea because nor eligible for release without a trial.

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 93

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.

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 92

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.

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 91

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.

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 90

In Part 90, Judge Mader explains the role of a court commissioner and what happens when these court officers make a misstep. She then details the boundaries she sets for herself when friends and family ask for legal advice.