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Kathie Durst Speaks from the Past: “Don’t Let the Bastard Get Away With It!”

It is rare for a jury to hear from a victim in a murder trial. But… Kathie Durst finally has her opportunity to...

The Pack of Canines in the Trial of Robert Durst

Dogs. They are a recurring theme in the trial of Robert Durst for the murder of Susan Berman. Attorneys on...

A Little Dog Named Lulu (and the Trial of Robert Durst)

Dogs. They are a recurring theme in the trial of Robert Durst for the murder of Susan Berman. Attorneys on...

Amanda Knox Interviews Exoneree Wrongfully Convicted of Stabbing After Police Withheld Alibi Evidence

 The Light At the End of the Tunnel: An Interview with Kian Khatibi In 1999, 23-year-old Kian Khatibi was wrongly convicted of a 1998 stabbing actually perpetrated by his brother. He served nine years in prison before his brother confessed to the crime and Khatibi’s conviction was vacated. After his release, he went to law school and started his own law practice in New York City.  Today,...

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 2

CRIME STORY’S Sean Smith continues his weekly analysis of the news stories aggregated in CRIME STORY DAILY related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. By reconsidering early reporting on the crisis in the light of subsequent developments, CRIME STORY hopes to point out trends in the narrative of COVID-19 and the prisons. You can find links to each of Sean's analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning March 22.  WEEK TWO (March 22-28) In state houses and the nation’s capital, reactions to the COVID-19 threat intensified during the week. By Wednesday, March 25, 27 states had issued shelter in place orders. That same day, the US Senate passed the CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus plan; President Donald Trump signed it into law on Friday, March 27. 3,283,000 people had applied for unemployment the previous week, the largest number of weekly jobless claims ever filed by the Labor Department. Late in the week, the US laid claim to the most cases of COVID-19 in the world, at 82,404; and California’s coronavirus death-toll topped 100. Journalists continued to investigate the...