Paul Butler serves as Consulting Editor to CRIME STORY. A former federal prosecutor, Butler provides legal commentary for CNN, MSNBC, and NPR and has been featured on 60 Minutes and profiled in the Washington Post. A law professor at Georgetown University and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in 2017-18, he is the author of Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, winner of the Harry Chapin Media Award, and Chokehold: Policing Black Men (both from The New Press). He has published numerous op-eds and book reviews, including in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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.
New Episode of Durst Trial Podcast: Durst Sentencing – Part 1: How Judge Windham Saw the Durst Trial
In this episode, host Kary Antholis and co-host Brittany Bookbinder discuss the Thursday, October 14th, court appearance of Robert Durst, his first since being convicted of the murder of his friend Susan Berman.
Breaking News Bonus Episode of Durst Trial Podcast: DeGuerin Leaves Defense Team After Revealing Durst Is On A Ventilator
In this Breaking News Bonus Episode, reporter Charles Bagli breaks the news that Dick DeGuerin has "completed the assignment" and no longer represents Robert Durst.
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On March 13, 2020, three plainclothes Louisville Metro Police Department officers entered Breonna Taylor's apartment. Minutes later, Taylor was dead, shot eight times by the police officers. For the past five months, protesters from around the world have called for justice for Breonna Taylor. Today we present a vision of what that justice might look like. Paul Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. He is a former prosecutor and a frequent guest on TV news programs. He is currently...
Paul Butler is a Consulting Editor to CRIME STORY. He is also a Professor at Georgetown Law, a frequent contributor to MSNBC and the author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men. You can find his contributions to CRIME STORY here. THUGS! That is the word the President of the United States used to describe a group of mostly black protesters in Minneapolis. The protests began after a Minneapolis Police Department officer killed George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by using his knee to pin Mr. Floyd’s neck...
For people of color who want to left alone by the cops, the public health emergency represents the best of times and, potentially, the worst of times. The silver lining in the coronavirus cloud is that it has altered policing in urban areas. The rough treatment that many minority group members routinely experience – random stops and frisks, arbitrary arrests, excessive force- is on the wane. The police are chilling out not because their regular methods are unconstitutional or bad for their relationship with the community, although both of...
Jussie Smollett is the target of new charges, but his case is no longer mainly about him. Who is really on trial are progressive prosecutors, like Kim Foxx, the Chicago State’s Attorney, whose office made the decision to drop the original charges brought against Smollett. What is really on trial is whether African Americans – as elected prosecutors and as criminal defendants – are entitled to equal justice under the law. This week, Smollett was charged with six counts of disorderly conduct, for allegedly lying about being the victim of...
Jussie Smollett is the target of new charges, but his case is no longer mainly about him. Who is really on trial are progressive prosecutors, like Kim Foxx, the Chicago State’s Attorney, whose office made the decision to drop the original charges brought against Smollett. What is really on trial is whether African Americans – as elected prosecutors and as criminal defendants – are entitled to equal justice under the law. This week Smollett was charged with six counts of disorderly conduct, for allegedly lying about being the victim of...
Black protest – especially against police violence – scares some people. The Attorney General of the United States, for example, does not think the police should be criticized. Last week William Barr issued a threat: if certain communities don’t start showing the police “support and respect” they “might find themselves without the police protection they need.” In an earlier speech to the Fraternal Order of Police, Barr claimed “the anti-police narrative is fanning disrespect for the law.” This is, of course, a lie. The movement for black lives is about holding the police accountable, to...
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