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The Robert Durst Trial: Mistrial Hearing

Today, we announced a partnership with the Podcast giant Acast to host, distribute, and monetize their original podcast series, Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst. The groundbreaking series will tell the stories presented in a murder trial as the trial is happening. Jury Duty: The...

LA County Looks for Ways to Close Downtown Men’s Central Jail in 12 Months

By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A proposal to close Men's Central Jail within one year drew fire today from residents worried about the public safety ramifications and cheers from advocates of diversion for people accused of low-level crimes or...

Inmates Hunger Strike In Protest Of Coronavirus Measures

SANTA ANA (CNS) - Hundreds of Orange County Jail inmates went on a hunger strike this past weekend to protest the suspension of visiting hours and hot meal service during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it quickly ended when warm meals were restored, officials said today.

Editors Blog

Crime Story, Acast Announce Podcast Partnership for New Series, Jury Duty: The Trial of Robert Durst

New Podcast Series Breaks Ground by Telling Stories Presented in a Murder Trial During the Trial This story was first reported at Deadline.com. LOS ANGELES, CA (July 8, 2020) -- Crime Story Media...

A Profound Injustice (Week 47)

Team Crime Story:This week at crimestory.com, we placed a spotlight on a profound injustice and a prime example of the epidemic of over-sentencing in the United States. We also featured an interview with one of America's leading journalists covering the criminal legal processes in federal and local jurisdictions...

Crime Story on Court TV (Week 46)

This week at crimestory.com, I followed up on my interview from early April with an attorney who represents indigent criminal defendants in Los Angeles. Amanda Knox continued her series of interviews; Sean Smith contributed another chapter in our series on the way that the story of Covid-19 in prisons has...

Expert Witness

Interview: DeRay McKessen, Activist and Organizer for the Black Lives Matter Movement (with Amanda Knox)

“I just need to tell you the truth”: An Interview with DeRay McKessen DeRay McKessen is an activist and organizer for the Black Lives Matter movement. He co-founded Campaign Zero, a nonprofit which analyzes policing practises and proposes solutions to...

Interview: Adam Foss, Advocate for Transforming the Role of the Prosecutor (with Amanda Knox)

“We are a business that works with human beings, we know nothing about humans.”: An Interview with Adam Foss Adam Foss, founder of Prosecutor Impact, is a criminal justice reformer and former prosecutor. In his 2016 Ted Talk, Foss bore...

Interview: Sarah Gersten, The Profoundly Unjust Case of Michael Thompson

The Case of Michael Thompson: An Interview with Sarah Gersten In 1996, 45-year-old Michael Thompson was convicted in Michigan on five charges: possession with intent to deliver marijuana; conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver marijuana; delivery of marijuana; possession...

Justice

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 8

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...

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 7

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: GREAT day in Santa Clara Superior Court for Pete Heyberger

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...