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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 well as a vast bibliography of first- and second-hand accounts, NUREMBERG tells the stories behind the legal, political and personal struggles which complicated this revolutionary exercise in international jurisprudence. You can find Part 1 of our Nuremberg series here. November 21, 1945

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

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 and the transcript of that interview here. You can find a story about Romano’s participation in a U.S. Congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform here. I couldn’t be happier to announce that Richard (“Bonaru”) Richardson is coming home! After years of fighting, litigating, and...

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

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 and the transcript of that interview here. You can find a story about Romano’s participation in a U.S. Congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform here. Harold Bell is home for the holidays! 23 years ago, Harold was sentenced to life in...

Mike Romano: Big Win in the Court of Appeals

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 and the transcript of that interview here. You can find a story about Romano’s participation in a U.S. Congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform here. We are very happy to announce a major victory in the California Court of Appeals on behalf of our client,...

Mike Romano: Ronald Arthur freed after serving 22 years for stealing a bicycle

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 and the transcript of that interview here. You can find a story about Romano’s participation in a U.S. Congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform here. We are thrilled to announce that our client, Ronald Arthur, was released from prison after serving 22 years for...

New Series: Nuremberg — Part 1

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 well as a vast bibliography of first- and second-hand accounts, NUREMBERG tells the stories behind the legal, political and personal struggles which complicated this revolutionary exercise in international jurisprudence.  NUREMBERG Today marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of the...

Mike Romano: Another HUGE Week of Victories!

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 and the transcript of that interview here. You can find a story about Romano’s participation in a U.S. Congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform here. We are very proud to announce SIX huge victories! First, we are incredibly happy that our...

Mike Romano: Devastating Loss in Los Angeles Superior Court

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 and the transcript of that interview here. You can find a story about Romano’s participation in a U.S. Congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform here. Sometimes our losses help us refocus on priorities and the tragedies so many of our clients live with.

Mike Romano: Client Released from Prison after 22 Years and an “Overwhelming Record of...

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 and the transcript of that interview here. You can find a story about Romano’s participation in a U.S. Congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform here. Our client Rose Watson walked free from a life sentence, and after 22 years behind bars the first things...

Mike Romano: Client Released after 23 Years for Attempting to Pass a Forged $200...

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 and the transcript of that interview here. You can find a story about Romano’s participation in a U.S. Congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform here. It's been another big week at the Project, starting with the release of our longtime client George Colbert!

Series Finale: COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 19

WEEK 19 (JULY 19-25)  Sean Smith presents the final installment — Part 19 — of his week by week analysis of the news stories aggregated in Crime Story Daily related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. You can find links to each of Sean’s analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning July 19. On Saturday, Florida reported 12,523 new cases of COVID-19, marking that state’s fifth day in a row with more than 10,000 new infections. This was especially troubling news for the Trump...

Mike Romano: Two Clients Freed after Serving a Combined 40 Years

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 and the transcript of that interview here. You can find a story about Romano’s participation in a U.S. Congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform here. We are VERY happy and proud to announce that two more of our clients were have been freed from...

Mike Romano: Two Clients Freed after 28 Years and 22 Years in Prison

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 and the transcript of that interview here. You can find a story about Romano’s participation in a U.S. Congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform here. You can find past issues of Romano‘s newsletter here. Lester Lewis freed after 28 years in prison! (October 5, 2020)

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 18

Sean Smith presents Part 18 of his week by week analysis of the news stories aggregated in Crime Story Daily related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. You can find links to each of Sean’s analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning July 12. WEEK 18 (JULY 12-18)  The coronavirus surge attributed to Fourth of July celebrations persisted into Week 18. On Sunday, July 12, the U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpassed 135,000, out of nearly 3.3 million total cases. Also on Sunday, Florida reported...

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 17

Sean Smith presents Part 17 of his week by week analysis of the news stories aggregated in Crime Story Daily related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. You can find links to each of Sean’s analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning July 5. WEEK 17 (JULY 5-11) New daily cases of COVID-19 in the US hit 48,606 Sunday, July 5, setting a record high for the 27th day in a row. Many faulted premature business reopenings throughout the South and Southwest. Phoenix Mayor...

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