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Molly Miller

Molly Miller is a playwright and screenwriter born and raised in Washington State. She is a graduate of The University of Chicago (BA Political Science) and the University of Southern California (MFA Screenwriting). Molly began her career as an actor in Chicago, improvising and writing sketch at The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City, and The iO Theatre. While performing, Molly wrote over a dozen plays and musicals including the long running comedy, Double Booked and the critically acclaimed musical Tribulation. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Molly is a staff writer on an upcoming drama for Spectrum TV/BET and her comedy pilot, BETTER HOMES & BUNKERS, is currently in development at Tornante. In addition to her work as a screenwriter Molly explores her passion for criminal justice as a reporter for crimestory.com and a writer for the podcast JURY DUTY: THE TRIAL OF ROBERT DURST. She is the recipient of the USC Annenberg Fellowship, the John Wells Summer Mentorship, the Edward Small Writing Award, the UChicago Metcalf Fellowship, and the UChicago Arts Grant.

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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.

Series: Nuremberg – Part 7

In Part 7 of our Crime Story Series Nuremberg, we examine the U.K. prosecutors’ tightly-focused presentation of Count Two of the indictment, particularly as it played in contrast to the Americans’ unapologetic power-grab.

Mike Romano: CA Governor Newsom signs six criminal law reforms developed by the Three Strikes Project into law

Late last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law six criminal law reforms developed and recommended by the Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code and Three Strikes Project.

Charles Bagli on Chavin’s Choice

Journalist Charles Bagli profiles Nick Chavin, the man who became his trusted source on the Durst story, and then — ultimately — the Los Angeles prosecutors’ star witness in Robert Durst's murder trial.

New Episode of Durst Trial Podcast: Charles Bagli on Chavin’s Choice

In this episode, journalist Charles Bagli profiles Nick Chavin, the man who became his trusted source on the Durst story and, ultimately, Los Angeles prosecutors’ star witness.

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 89

In Part 89, Judge Mader discusses the complex considerations when resolving conflicts between parties in court. The Judge then looks to the Thanksgiving holiday and reflects on what she is thankful for in the American criminal justice system.

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