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Metro Officer Alleges He Was Punished for Not Meeting Arrest Expectations

By Bill Hetherman, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A veteran Los Angeles police officer is suing the city, alleging he was stripped of his gun and badge and reassigned to his home for not producing enough gang and gun-related arrests while a...

The People vs Daniel Masterson: The Protective Power of Institutions

This is the third in a series of articles on the case of The People vs. Daniel Masterson in which Masterson is charged with sexual assaulting three women in 2001 and 2003. You can find links to all of Crime Story's coverage of...

LA County Takes First Steps Toward New Youth Justice Department

By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to take the first steps in transitioning to a rehabilitative, 'care-first' model of juvenile justice, a plan expected to ultimately move funding and responsibility out...

Editors Blog

The Precarious Liberation of Drakeo the Ruler

Today we update and reprise two stories that we published about the legal troubles faced by Los Angeles Rapper Drakeo the Ruler, who was born Darrell Caldwell, and who spent over 3 years in an L.A. Jail through one trial and pending a...

Two New Series: NUREMBERG and INSIDE THE ROBE (Week 67)

This week we launched TWO new series. We continued our coverage of a headline-grabbing L.A. criminal case. We offered a fascinating interview with a man literally born into the struggle for social justice. And we presented another client update from Stanford's Three Strikes Project. Welcome...

The Danny Masterson Rape Indictment (Week 66)

This week we began to cover a new high-profile L.A. celebrity criminal prosecution, just as we concluded another Crime Story article and podcast series. Welcome to our summary of the week's events at CrimeStory.com and The Crime Story Podcast. (One quick request: If you like what we are...

Expert Witness

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 4

Katherine Mader spent two decades as a judge in Los Angeles Criminal Court, before retiring early in 2020. Before that she was the LAPD's first Inspector General, prosecuted two murder-for-hire trials and served as a defense attorney who convinced a jury to spare...

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 3

Katherine Mader spent two decades as a judge in Los Angeles Criminal Court, before retiring early in 2020. Before that she was the LAPD's first Inspector General, prosecuted two murder-for-hire trials and served as a defense attorney who convinced a jury to spare...

Reprise Interviews: Profound Injustices (with Amanda Knox, Jason Flom and Sarah Gersten)

The Rafay Murders: An Interview with Jason Flom (Part One) Back in Capanne prison, I was lucky to receive daily correspondence from family, friends, and strangers alike. Not all of it was good; I got used to throwing out the...

Justice

Mike Romano: Ronald Arthur freed after serving 22 years for stealing a bicycle

We are thrilled to announce that our client, Ronald Arthur, was released from prison after serving 22 years for stealing an unlocked bicycle from the entrance of a convenience store in Los Angeles! If convicted today, Ronald would receive misdemeanor and a maximum sentence of 30...

New Series: Nuremberg — Part 1

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR  To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the International Military Tribunal, Crime Story presents a new series, NUREMBERG. Sean Smith examines the many dimensions of the historic judicial proceedings. Drawing on official transcripts of the trial, as well as a vast...

Mike Romano: Another HUGE Week of Victories!

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...