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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 66

In Part 66, Judge Mader details a dramatic interaction with a person representing himself and offers addendums to several earlier entries.

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 65

In Part 65, Judge Mader discusses her evolving views of police officers and explores what constitutes ‘the perfect trial.’ She also revisits the topic of race in jury selection.

CA Innocence Project: Roeling Adams Freed From Prison After Serving 28 Years

Despite having an alibi, Roeling spent 28 years in prison because of eyewitness misidentification, circumstances of gang loyalty, and a dubious star witness. Now, he's free.

New Episode of Durst Trial Podcast: Robert Durst’s Love Nest

This episode focuses on the testimony of Susan Giordano and Jeanne Clark, examining the loyalty that Robert Durst seems to inspire in his friends.

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 64

In Part 64, Judge Mader considers neutrality in two contexts: Her own need to remain neutral as a jurist and so-called race neutral reasons for dismissing potential jurors.

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Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 54

In Part 54 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader describes how a judge might weigh the circumstances of a crime which may carry a mandatory sentence under three strike provisions. She also explores how mentorship for new judges can help build confidence and develop their understanding of their responsibilities under the law. May 17 Yesterday, I described sentencing the “dog whisperer” to twenty-five years to life for his third strike. A few months ago, I also sentenced someone to life imprisonment for a...

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 53

In Part 53 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader expresses concern about the influence of the so-called "CSI" effect and the demand for DNA evidence by jurors. She reflects on the intent behind three strikes sentencing, and she answers the classic question, "What do judges wear under their robes?" May 11 Jurors watch too much CSI, a dramatic television series highlighting forensics. Even in simple jury trials, they want unnecessary and exotic hair and fiber tests, DNA, and fingerprint evidence. In the trial...

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 52

In Part 52 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader offers insight into challenges that sentencing reform efforts face and explains how attorney behavior can work both for and against efforts to 'win' in the courtroom. May 9 The news is full of stories of sentencing reform, even about collaboration between Republicans and Democrats in Congress to get it done. When I began practicing criminal law in the early 1970s, every agency, from the prisons to local prosecutors and jails, was promoting rehabilitation as...

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 51

In Part 51 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader describes the complexities of ICE deportation proceedings after a felony conviction and how the jury selection process can sometimes tell the court as much about its officers as it does prospective jurors. May 4 After three hours of deliberation, the jury convicted the “sleepdriver” of evading the police as well as hit-and-run with property damage. Should I put him in custody until the date for sentencing? Prosecutors usually ask that defendants be...

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 50

In Part 50 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader weighs the role and meaning of probation in the criminal legal process and details a case that hinges on a defendant's broken stereo. May 2 Every felony case file in my court contains a report from the probation office. Their summary of the facts of the crime is usually lifted from the arrest reports. A defendant’s criminal history is attached to the report. With the information captured on the report, I try to figure...

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 49

In Part 49 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader reflects on the influence of supervisors within the District Attorney's office and discusses the seemingly arbitrary nature of sentencing policies. April 28 As my day began, Cora said, “You know, if you keep complaining about inconsistencies in sentencing offers between different supervisors on different floors, they get together and talk. Then I get in trouble for offering dispositions that are regarded as too light. And I am going to be forced to get tougher.”