Let’s talk about writs. Practically speaking, a writ of habeas corpus allows an attorney to attempt to overturn a conviction (or a defendant in pro se cases, since attorneys are usually not provided to indigent defendants for writs) by bringing evidence before the court that is not already in the record. New evidence can be presented in multiple ways, from affidavits and depositions, to having full-fledged hearings before the judge that look a little like a trial. It’s a bit of a hail mary… but endlessly worth it if they succeed.
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The crew discuss the role of a judge in a criminal court. And for the first time are joined by a special guest! The Honorable Judge Michael De Leon, judge of Bexar County Court 7 features in this week’s episode and is pelted by questions from all sides. They also go over what a trial […]
The gang discusses the lives and times of prosecutors. And also what a DA is. And ethics. And lots of things really, but we managed to keep it under an hour somehow…
Staci and Courtney finally get around to explaining all the bits involved in an actual trial, most of which are not dramatic speeches to the jury, apparently. | Player, show notes, sources, and transcript
Staci and Courtney explain all the bits of a case that happen before going to trial, because apparently you don’t go straight from a police car to a full blown trial, which Kethry totally knew. Totally. | Player, show notes, sources, and transcript
Kethry, Staci, and Courtney discuss the intricacies of defending those who cannot afford a lawyer… which applies to far more people than you’d think.
Kethry pokes Staci and Courtney into talking about what they love- and don’t love- about being defense attorneys. You know. Just getting personal real quick to start us off…
Staci and Courtney explain the Sixth Amendment so that the title of the show in any way, shape, or form makes sense.