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Durst Podcast Season Finale: Thank You For Your Time (Season Finale)

Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. Episode 12: Thank You for Your Time (Season Finale) Episode Synopsis As David Chesnoff concludes the defense team's opening statement, it becomes clear that the jury will have to choose between two ways of interpreting evidence: Will they be guided by Chesnoff’s mantra that “no evidence is evidence” deciding that the lack of CSI-type forensic evidence leaves them with reasonable doubt of Durst’s guilt, or will...

Crime Story Named Top 10 Criminal Justice Podcast (Week 59)

Welcome to your weekly opportunity to catch up on another busy week at CrimeStory.com. This week we offered new interviews by Amanda Knox, the penultimate episode of Season 1 of our podcast series on the Robert Durst trial, another piece by Sean Smith about COVID-19 in prison, and a reprise of a Paul Butler presentation. But first, in some recent news, The Crime Story Podcast was recently ranked as the no. 10 Criminal Justice Podcast by the "Content Reader" company Feedspot.And last week, I had the chance to be a guest on the two...

New Durst Podcast: No Evidence is Evidence

Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. Episode 11: No Evidence is Evidence Episode Synopsis In the penultimate episode of Season 1, David Chesnoff takes over the defense team’s opening statement and establishes his mantra for the day: “No evidence is evidence.” By this he suggests that the jurors should lean into their desire for forensic evidence in assessing Robert Durst’s culpability, and if they find such evidence lacking, they should consider that...

After Indictment of One Police Officer, CRIME STORY Reprises Paul Butler’s Opening Statement if...

With the news of the indictment of former Louisville detective Brett Hankison for three felony counts of wanton endangerment. We offer this reprise presentation of the opening statement that Crime Story Consulting Editor Paul Butler would give if he was prosecuting the case. While officers Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly were not indicted, Butler makes the case for why they too should be facing trial.  On March 13, 2020, three plainclothes Louisville Metro Police Department officers entered Breonna Taylor's apartment. Minutes later, Taylor was dead, shot eight times by...

Feminism, Humanity and Law Enforcement (Week 58)

Welcome to your weekly opportunity to catch up on another busy week at CrimeStory.com. Read Monday's Amanda Knox interview with Aya Gruber, professor of law at the University of Colorado, on how feminist reliance on the criminal justice system has contributed to mass incarceration, and on strategies for decoupling opposition to gender violence from a reliance on law enforcement. You can also learn more about how Ms. Gruber's work has influenced and been influenced by the Prison Abolition Movement in my interview with Paul Butler in Episode 195 of the Crime Story Podcast.

New Durst Podcast: Let’s Talk About the Dismemberment

Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. Episode 10: Let's Talk About the Dismemberment Episode Synopsis Dick DeGuerin continues his opening statement to the jury on behalf of Robert Durst by reprising his assertion from the trial in Texas that Durst killed Morris Black in self-defense and then - in a panic - dismembered Black's body. DeGuerin then tries to counter the prosecution's presentation of Durst's own incriminating interviews with the filmmaker's of...

Moral Luck, Blame and Punishment (Week 57)

This week we presented two powerful new interviews conducted by Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson. Sean Smith continued his series on the media coverage of Covid-19 in jails and prisons, and we presented another episode of our Robert Durst podcast.Here is our weekly roundup from CrimeStory.com. On Tuesday, we presented Amanda Knox's interview with Jody Armour, USC law professor and one one of America's foremost scholars on social justice as well as Hip Hop culture and the law. Armour has written extensively on racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration. In his new...

New Durst Podcast Episode: Bob Doesn’t Make Good Decisions

Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. Episode 9: Bob Doesn't Make Good Decisions Episode Synopsis Dick Deguerin begins the opening statement in the defense of Robert Durst against the charge that he murdered Susan Berman. DeGuerin's opening in many ways telegraphs a reprise of his three-pronged strategy in defense of Durst the charge of murdering Morris Black in Galveston, Texas: 1) make the jury feel empathy for Durst with what he once...

The Sisyphean Struggle for Justice (Week 56)

This was a particularly busy week at Crime Story. But all of the stories we present in our newsletter today feature individuals who, each in their own way, has been engaged in a Sisyphean struggle to find justice through our criminal legal process. We had two more interviews with such individuals by Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson. We presented another episode of our Robert Durst Trial Podcast. We offered a special two-part interview with path-blazing documentary filmmakers, and Mike Romano gave us another update on two of his clients.

New Durst Podcast Episode: After the Jinx

Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. Episode 8: After the Jinx Episode Synopsis In March of 2015, after the debut of a pivotal episode of The Jinx, Robert Durst was arrested in New Orleans on gun charges. Deputy DA John Lewin tells the jury that this is where he first met Durst, travelling to New Orleans to interrogate him. Lewin concludes his opening statement by presenting testimony of Durst's and Susan Berman's...

Interview: Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson, on “Brick City” and “Stockton on My Mind”...

On today’s podcast, we present part two of a two-part interview with filmmakers Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson (you can find part 1 here), who — over the last three decades — have made some of the most in depth and insightful documentaries about the overlapping American crises of crime, incarceration, societal disruption and the struggles of governments to cope with these seemingly intractable issues.  In this part we focus on their latest work, the HBO documentary Stockton on my Mind examining Stockton, California and it’s dynamic young mayor, Michael...

Interview: Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson, on Thirty Years of Making Films about Crime,...

On today’s podcast, we present part one of a two-part interview with filmmakers Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson, who — over the last three decades — have made some of the most in depth and insightful documentaries about the overlapping American crises of crime, incarceration, societal disruption and the struggles of governments to cope with these seemingly intractable issues. I have known Marc and Daphne since 1992 when they were making films in HBO’s documentary department, where I worked for the legendary television executive, Sheila Nevins. At the time, Marc and Daphne were...

The Complex Path to Mass Incarceration (Week 55)

This week we presented a new interview conducted by Amanda Knox. Sean Smith continued his series on the media coverage of Covid-19 in jails and prisons, and we presented another episode of our Robert Durst podcast. Here is our weekly roundup from CrimeStory.com. On Monday we presented Amanda Knox's interview with James Forman, Jr., Yale Law Professor, former public defender, cofounder of an alternative school for youth who have previously been arrested and author of the book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. It’s worth adding that Locking Up...

New Durst Podcast Episode: The Jinx

Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. Episode 7: The Jinx Episode Synopsis After his acquittal on charges of murdering Morris Black and after serving prison time for dismembering Black's body and jumping bail, Robert Durst decides to record a conversation with the filmmakers of a movie that suggests he committed three murders. That conversation led to the documentary series The Jinx, and - ultimately - to Durst's now-famous bathroom utterances "There it...

Criminalizing Karen and Covering Capital Punishment (Week 54)

This week we presented a provocative opinion piece from Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson, and a new interview conducted by Amanda. Sean Smith continued his series on the media coverage of Covid-19 in jails and prisons.We presented another episode of our Robert Durst podcast.And Mike Romano offered another update on two of clients.Here is our weekly roundup from CrimeStory.com. On Monday, we presented an opinion piece written by Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson entitled Criminalizing Karen. In the column, Amanda and Chris explore the complex and messy ramifications of the ubiquitous...

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