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Paul Butler / Consulting Editor

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

In Part 81, Judge Mader reflects on the care a judge must take when composing instructions to a jury. She also navigates a delicate situation with a disrespectful prosecutor.

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

In Part 80, Judge Mader recounts a novel excuse offered by a potential juror in an effort to...

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

In Part 79, Judge Mader examines the political pressures surrounding investigations of officer-involved shootings, drawing on her time as the Inspector General of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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

In Part 78, Judge Mader explains the difficulties in trying a charge of criminal threat, where the central issue is a defendant's intent. She also explores the notion of judicial impartiality arguing that judges must recognize their own personal biases so that those biases don’t compromise the integrity of their decision-making.

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

In Part 77, Judge Mader details the process behind criminal sex prosecutions, focusing on the complex scenario where both parties are intoxicated.

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

In Part 76, Judge Mader reflects on the emotions generated by being ‘disqualified’ from a case, and then offers her philosophy about the amount of detail a judge owes the court when ruling.

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

In Part 75, Judge Mader considers how the self-description of a judicial candidate on a ballot impacts their likelihood of winning election to the bench. The Judge also discusses a troubling plea in a bar brawl case.

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

In Part 74, Judge Mader deals with a surprising incident of mistaken identity. She then details the range of approaches judges take when it comes to their safety and the safety of their families.

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

In Part 73, Judge Mader explains why an expensive defense team can result in a longer trial. The Judge also offers an update on the case of a chronic drunk driver and details the essential role that a court clerk plays in daily courtroom operations.

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

In Part 72, Judge Mader discusses an illegal animal rescue case, and then details the sentencing of a man who destroyed evidence in a gang-related murder investigation.

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

In Part 71, Judge Mader considers her experiences as a public defender and how they shaped her approach to presiding as a judge. Also, the Judge’s incidental assignment to a civil case leaves her wondering about the norms of the civil trial environment.

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

In Part 70, Judge Mader details the essential role of anonymity for potential jurors, and then explores how keeping a defendant in custody can be used as a coercive strategy by prosecutors.

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

In Part 69, Judge Mader discusses the elements a judge must weigh when sentencing defendants with a mental illness or those who have committed crimes during a psychotic break. The Judge also shares a few courtroom management strategies.

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

In Part 68, Judge Mader explains the challenges of proving ‘aiding and abetting’ cases, and then reflects on the impact a sincere, empathetic prosecutor can have on the criminal legal process.

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

In Part 67, Judge Mader navigates her colleagues’ sensitivities while editing a magazine for judges. Mader also explores the fine line judges must walk when talking to defendants about plea offers.

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