Michael Cohen takes the Fifth in the Stormy Daniels suit -- something his client Donald Trump has asserted only mobsters do. What's going on here?
Analysis of Thursday's guilty verdict in the second sexual abuse trial of comedian Bill Cosby.
As we await the next shoe-drop in the federal investigation of Trump family bagman and would-be consigliere Michael Cohen, a quick primer on attorney-client privilege: how does it work? what does it cover? is it a get-out-of-jail-free card? (spoiler: nope).
In convincing a reluctant client to take a plea deal, a Wisconsin lawyer bends the truth about what's in the deal.
In the US, there have been almost two thousand wrongful convictions Yet in so many cases, prosecutors, police, judges and even defense attorneys simply refuse to acknowledge these catastrophic mistakes. Our guest – a former prosecutor – explains why we blind ourselves to these injustices.
Mark Godsey is Professor of Law, U. Cincinnati, and author of Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions
A county sheriff in Alabama helped himself hundreds of thousands of dollars from a fund intended to feed jail inmates — and it’s all perfectly legal. How is that possible? And why do sheriffs have so much power over the conditions in which people are incarcerated in the first place?
A Texas judge orders a public defender to put less effort into defending poor clients.
"His Clients Weren’t Complaining. But the Judge Said This Lawyer Worked Too Hard," New York Times, 3/29/18
Is it a big deal that the FBI raided the office of Donald Trump's personal lawyer? Well, yeah. But maybe not for the reasons you think.
David discusses the legal parameters of regulating gun safety with Megan Harris on public radio station 90.5 WESA.
A new low, even by Lawyers Behaving Badly standards: Texas judge George Gallagher administers electric shocks — in court — to subdue a defendant.
Prosecutors must disclose any evidence that goes against guilt or lessens punishment. The Constitution says so. But some state laws allow them to withhold the evidence until just before trial, so defendant have to make plea decisions without it. This skews the whole system, and is long overdue for change.
Our guest is staff writer Beth Schwartzapfel of the Marshall Project; she’s the author of two articles on this set of problems: