Life of the Law

10:33am

Wed May 21, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 5.22.14 The Necessity Defense + Singing for Stutterers

The crew of The Mignonette on their dinghy

Life of the Law: The Necessity Defense  Cannibals, cannabis-growers, Vietnam War protesters, and prison escapees all have something in common: The necessity defense. We explore the origins and uses of this rare long-shot defense argument, which says in essence, “Yes, I’m guilty of committing a crime...."

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8:53am

Wed April 23, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 4.24.14 Privacy Issues + Investigating the Soccket

Life of the Law: Privacy Issues  Mike Katz-Lacabe is a normal, taxpaying, married, father of two. And yet, the San Leandro police department has what amounts to a family photo album of him and his car.  If you drive a car and live in an American city, your local police department probably has an album of you, too.

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7:47am

Thu April 3, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 4.3.14 Racial profiling, neknomination, and Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Youth Radio podcast: "An on-line challenge turns deadly"  An online drinking challenge made popular in the UK and Australia has already been responsible for five deaths of men under 30 years old. Youth Radio’s Rafael Johns and his friends have been monitoring this trend on YouTube wondering if it will hit in the US.

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6:43am

Thu March 27, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 3.27.14 Pitchmen

99% Invisible: “Call Now” The subtle, possibly endless civil war over how attorneys should advertise their services (and whether they should advertise at all).

VoiceBox: "Auctioneering"  Inside the rhythm, art and sport of the live auction, with Colorado Auctioneers Hall of Famer Steve Linnebur and Tennessee auctioneer Justin Ochs.

5:30pm

Mon March 10, 2014
Cops & Courts

Interview: A second chance after life in prison

Author and criminal justice reporter Nancy Mullane

Since Jerry Brown became governor, a record number of inmates, including “lifers,” those sentenced to life behind bars, have been released from California prison. Lifers receive one of two kinds of life sentences: with or without the possibility of parole. Those sentenced with the possibility of parole are expected to use the decades spent in prison to reform themselves. They then have to go before a parole board to prove that they’re rehabilitated.

But since 1988, California’s governors have had the option to veto a parole board decision, and they’ve done so in the majority of cases, until recently.

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