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DA Drops Death Penalty Bid for Man Awaiting Retrial in Killing of LAPD Officer

SAN FERNANDO (CNS) - Prosecutors announced today that they will not seek the death penalty for a man who is awaiting a retrial for the June 1983 killing of a Los Angeles police officer in Lake View Terrace, with a judge subsequently rejecting a bid by the...

LA County DA Supports Ban on Death Penalty in Federal Cases

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón -- who issued a directive barring prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in any new murder cases upon taking office last month -- announced today that he supports a measure that would ban the death penalty...

Report Urges Reforms For LASD, where ‘Deputy Gangs’ ‘Escalate Uses of Force’

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - In an extensive report released today analyzing more than a dozen secret subgroups at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, researchers at LMU Loyola Law School laid out claims of "violent" gangs of deputies, where members encouraged an aggressive style of policing, engaged...

Editors Blog

President Trump’s Words and the Riot at the U.S. Capitol

This video juxtaposes the words of President Donald J. Trump to his supporters against the images of those supporters at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (The video contains some graphic images.) Our aim in presenting the video is to offer a visceral...

President Trump’s Words and the Capitol Riot (Week 74)

This week at Crime Story we continued our presentation of Katerine Mader's Inside the Robe: A Judge's Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America and we presented another client update from Stanford's Three Strikes Project. We also offered a video presentation focused on the events in Washington, D.C. this week.Welcome...

The Conclusion: Susy Berman’s Greatest Unfinished Story (Week 73)

During this holiday week we published the final two parts of a new Crime Story series. We also presented a compilation of some of our most memorable Crime Story Journal entries. And we presented another client update from Stanford's Three Strikes Project.Welcome to our summary of the week's...

Expert Witness

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 12

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 11

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 10

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...

Justice

New Series: Nuremberg — Part 2

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...

Mike Romano: Bonaru Richardson Released on Parole after Serving Nearly 23 Years for a Botched Robbery

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...

Mike Romano: Harold Bell Freed after Serving 23 Years of a Life Sentence for Drug Distribution

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...