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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 sense of how a leader's rhetoric may incite criminal action in his followers. Sources: AP Washington Post The Telegraph Status Coup Getty Images Reuters

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 to our summary of the week's events at CrimeStory.com and The Crime Story Podcast. First, this morning we published a video that 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. Our aim...

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 events at CrimeStory.com and The Crime Story Podcast. Also on Friday, we published Michael Romano's update on the case of Stanford Three Strikes Project client, Harold Bell, who — 23 years ago — was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for...

Ten (+1) Memorable Crime Story Journal Entries

2020 was the first full year of Crime Story’s existence and we thought it would be fitting to mark the end of that year with a list of some of our most memorable posts. Last week, we presented eleven memorable interviews with storytellers who have produced stories in the world of crime and justice, which you can find here. Today we present eleven stories that have helped define the Crime Story mission to explore what lies behind impactful real life narratives in the world of crime and justice.

Susy Berman’s Greatest Unfinished Story: The Beginning (Week 72)

During this short holiday week we published the first two parts of a new Crime Story series. And we presented a compilation of some of my most memorable interviews with storytellers in the world of crime and justice.Welcome to our summary of the week's events at CrimeStory.com and The Crime Story Podcast. This week we published Part 1 and Part 2 Charlie Bagli‘s four-part essay, Susy Berman’s Greatest Unfinished Story, a continuation of Crime Story’s ongoing coverage of the Los Angeles trial of Robert Durst for Berman‘s murder. Berman was...

Ten (+1) Memorable Storyteller Interviews from the Crime Story Podcast

2020 was the first full year of Crime Story's existence and we thought it would be fitting to mark the end of that year with a list of some of our most memorable posts. We begin with eleven memorable interviews from The Crime Story Podcast with storytellers who have produced stories in the world of crime and justice. Here they are in no particular order: David Simon Homicide, The Corner and The Wire This is my 4-Part conversation with David Simon. 

Sexual Assault in the Adult Film Industry (Week 71)

Team Crime Story:In last week's newsletter, we presented the entirety of the six installments of Katerine Mader's Inside the Robe: A Judge's Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America that we had already published at CrimeStory.com.  This week, we continued with that presentation and we presented reports about two headline-grabbing sexual assault prosecutions in Los Angeles. 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 doing on the podcast, please rate, review, follow and share us at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or...

The People vs. Ron Jeremy: Rape in the Adult Film Industry

In June of 2017, a woman named Ginger Banks posted a YouTube video asserting that well-known adult film performer Ron Jeremy was known to have committed multiple acts of sexual assault against a number of women. In November of that year, EJ Dickson published a piece in Rolling Stone Magazine that recounted numerous other rumors and allegations against Jeremy. In that article adult performer Jessica Drake alleged that, while she herself was never assaulted by him, it was widely whispered that Jeremy was a sexual predator and that, because of his legendary everyman...

A Special Presentation (Week 70)

Team Crime Story, We are having some technical difficulties with the site this weekend, so rather than recap last week's developments at Crime Story, we have decided to offer you a special opportunity. If you read these newsletters, you know that Judge Katherine Mader (Ret.) has granted Crime Story permission to excerpt the entirety of her book Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America over the coming months. Judge Mader spent two decades as a judge in Los Angeles Criminal Court, before retiring early in 2020....

Interview: Paul Butler on the Biden Presidency’s Potential and Trump’s Criminal Exposure

On today’s podcast my guest is, once again, Georgetown Law Professor, MSNBC Legal Analyst and Crime Story Consulting Editor, Paul Butler. In our conversation, Paul and I discuss the results in last month’s U.S. presidential election, and its potential impact on the possibility of change to America’s criminal legal process. We also discuss President Trump’s potential exposure to either federal or state criminal prosecution. (You can find links to all of Paul Butler's contributions to Crime Story here.) Kary Antholis: Paul Butler, thanks for joining me today. 

When Institutions Protect Powerful Men (Week 69)

This week we continued our coverage of a headline-grabbing L.A. criminal case, and a new Crime Story series. And we presented another client update from Stanford's Three Strikes Project. 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 doing on the podcast, please rate, review, follow and share us at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts.) On Monday we presented Chasey Ridgley's The People vs Daniel Masterson: The Protective Power...

Special Report: Former Prosecutor and Prosecutorial Reform Advocate Accused of Sexual Assault

Adam Foss — the former prosecutor, interviewed and profiled by Crime Story in July of this year as an advocate for transforming the role of prosecutors — has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2017. The allegations were made in a Medium post by Reagan Sealy on November 20. After recounting the details of the alleged assault, Sealy goes on to say: "What I thought had been a one-off collision of trauma-bonding and miscommunication was, it turns out, a pretty regular routine for Adam.... I began sharing my story with friends, and...

The Release of Rapper Drakeo the Ruler (Week 68)

This Thanksgiving week we revisited a few of our most impactful Crime Story articles. We updated a major developments of a high profile criminal prosecution. And we presented another client update from Stanford's Three Strikes Project. Welcome to our summary of the week's events at CrimeStory.com and The Crime Story Podcast. On Tuesday we offered reprise presentations of two of Amanda Knox’s most impactful interviews for Crime Story. We published Amanda's two-part conversation with Jason Flom about the injustice of the Rafay Murder Convictions, along with her interview...

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 second trial.  In those articles, we explored both the political and cultural dimensions to Drakeo’s case. Since that time Drakeo released a critically acclaimed album recorded over a jail-house phone, and he accepted a plea bargain on a remaining Gang Conspiracy charge. That deal, according to journalist...

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 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 doing on the podcast, please rate, review, follow and share us at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts.)

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