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THE JOURNAL

Justice

Mike Romano: After Years of Litigation, Dave Valencia is Finally Free

Dave Valencia was sentenced to life under the Three Strikes law for a nonviolent crime he committed in 2009, but after 13 years, he finally walked free from Valley State Prison.

Lake County Judge Vacates David Faulkenbery’s Life Sentence

David Faulkenbery is finally free! After being sentenced to life under the Three Strikes law, and serving over 20 years, David walked out of Folsom State prison into the arms of his loving family.

Crime Story LA

“Black Bird” Gets L.A. Premiere and Early Reviews

Black Bird, the Crime Story Media-produced limited series which debuts on Apple TV+ next Friday, July 8 had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Here is an early...

Interview: Eric Siddall, VP of the LA Association of Deputy District Attorneys on George Gascón’s First Year as L.A. D.A.

On today’s podcast we present an exclusive conversation with Eric Siddall vice president of the ADDA the professional association for Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles county. Siddall joins...

Los Angeles Rapper Drakeo the Ruler Stabbed and Killed at L.A. Music Festival

Los Angeles rapper Drakeo the Ruler was stabbed and killed last night at the Once Upon a Time Festival in L.A. Crime Story has published three stories about the legal...

Editors Blog

The Trial of Michael Barisone: First Responder Testimony 1

In The Trial of Michael Barisone: First Responder Testimony 1, we begin our look at the direct examination of the trial’s first witness, the police officer who initially responded...

The Trial of Michael Barisone: Defense Opening

In The Trial of Michael Barisone: Defense Opening, we present the opening statement of Edward Bilinkas on behalf of defendant Michael Barisone who stands accused of attempted murder.

The Trial of Michael Barisone: Prosecution Opening

In The Trial of Michael Barisone: Prosecution Opening, we present the opening statement of Christopher Schellhorn in the State of New Jersey’s prosecution of Michael Barisone on charges of...

Expert Witness

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 95

In Part 95, Judge Mader concludes her chronicle of a year in the life of a judge. In her afterword, Judge Mader reflects on the family members who got her to where she is today.

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 94

In Part 94, Judge Mader recounts a unique apology from a defendant’s family member to a victim’s family during a sentencing hearing. The Judge also details a catch-22 situation where a defendant is deemed neither competent enough to enter a plea because nor eligible for release without a trial.

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 93

In Part 93, Judge Mader explains a tactic she uses both to discipline herself to follow the law and to discourage prosecutors from over-charging. She also reflects on a plea deal she approved that she has come to feel is unfair to the victims in the case.

Justice

Mike Romano: After Years of Litigation, Dave Valencia is Finally Free

Dave Valencia was sentenced to life under the Three Strikes law for a nonviolent crime he committed in 2009, but after 13 years, he finally walked free from Valley State Prison.

Lake County Judge Vacates David Faulkenbery’s Life Sentence

David Faulkenbery is finally free! After being sentenced to life under the Three Strikes law, and serving over 20 years, David walked out of Folsom State prison into the arms of his loving family.

Rodney Riggins Is Freed from a 42-Years-to-Life Sentence

After being sentenced to life under the Three Strikes law for stealing clothes from a shopping mall in San Diego, Rodney Riggins is finally a free man.