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Garcetti Says Los Angeles Will Not Increase Its Police Budget for 2020-2021

By ERIC HEINZCity News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Mayor Eric Garcetti said tonight he will not authorize an increase of the Los Angeles Police Department's budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year and is temporarily prohibiting officers from entering names into a statewide gang...

L.A. Police Commission Seeks to Make Policy Reforms Following Days of Protest

By ERIC HEINZ City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Following days of protests against police brutality, the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission president said today the board will take steps to review and revise police policies, withinput from the community.

Sheriff Barnes to Appeal ACLU Coronavirus Suit Ruling

SANTA ANA (CNS) - Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes today said he would appeal a federal judge's ruling requiring more efforts to combat COVID-19 in the county's jails. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal granted certification in a class action lawsuit filed by...

Editors Blog

Interviews with Two Men Wrongfully Convicted (Week 42)

This week at crimestory.com, Amanda Knox continued her series of interviews with the wrongfully convicted, Chris Tarricone filed one last pre-hiatus story on the Robert Durst trial, and Sean Smith contributed another chapter on the way that the story of Covid-19 in prisons has been told in the press. We...

Why They Fight: Defense, Defendant and Prosecutor (Week 41)

This week at crimestory.com we presented a series of conversations with lawyers, each of whom brings an incredibly distinctive perspective to their respective practices. We also broke some news on the Robert Durst trial. And we continued our series of stories tracing the week by week development of the media coverage...

Exclusive Interview with the 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...

Expert Witness

Amanda Knox Interview: Noura Jackson, Wrongfully Convicted at 18 Years Old of Killing Her Mother

Editor's Note: Noura Jackson's horrific story is told in Emily Bazelon's ground-breaking and prize-winning book Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration (2019). “Justice hasn’t been served yet”: An Interview with...

Amanda Knox Interview: After 19 Years in Prison, DNA Evidence Led to His Exoneration

“We have some drivers that have had COVID-19, so we face that every day”: An Interview with Dennis Maher In March, 1984, 23-year-old paratrooper Dennis Maher was wrongly convicted of a spree of rapes that took place in Middlesex County,...

Amanda Knox Interview: After 20 Years in Prison, A Detective Revealed that a Dirty Cop Framed Scott Lewis

“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...

Justice

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 3

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...

Mike Romano: Two Clients Walk Free from Prison!

CRIME STORY has received permission to re-print Michael Romano‘s newsletters from Stanford Law School’s Three Strikes Project whose mission is to reverse the most unjust criminal sentences. Romano and his colleague Susan Champion were interviewed by Amanda Knox for CRIME STORY and you can find the podcast...

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...