Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by a man you may know from the recent Netflix documentary Wormwood, David Rudovsky. David Rudovsky has been an attorney in the Philadelphia area for the past 50 years and a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania for the past 30. David is here today to talk about racial inequality in our criminal justice system and what is being done about it.

 

David Rudovsky and Aaron start the episode by discussing a report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission that recently came out that outlines some of the disparities in arrest rates and sentencing between black individuals and white individuals. David explains the report shows black individuals receive on average a 19% longer sentence than white individuals and even when you control for all other factors and leave it up to judge’s discretion sentences are still 15-17% longer.

 

During the episode David and Aaron talk about how certain crimes are punished harder than other similar crimes. For example, possession of “crack” is punished 10 times harder than someone being charged with possession of cocaine because crack is seen as a “black drug”.

 

Along with racial biases and racial disparities in our legal system, we also see a system that works against those in a lower socio-economic class. Our system requires people to pay bail to get themselves out of jail during the time between arrest and trial.

 

Those individuals in a lower socio-economic class are less likely to be able to afford the bail and are forced to spend time in jail, even if they’ve committed no crime. Because of this, they become more affected because they lose their jobs, are unable to pay their bills and support their families, and have to explain, when they do get out, why they have been out of work for an extended period of time.

 

This is a fascinating episode with an incredibly knowledgeable individual. Join Aaron Freiwald and David Rudovsky for a great discussion about racial disparities in our legal system.

 

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Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: David Rudovsky

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Judge Mark Bernstein to talk about the importance of jury trials in our legal system.

 

Judge Bernstein and Aaron talk about how, even though fewer cases are being tried by a jury, the jury trial still plays a very important role. For instance, one of the ways lawyers determine how much to settle a case for is based on the amounts awarded by juries in past cases. Knowing this information helps the defense avoid the risk of paying too much and helps the plaintiffs avoid the risk of receiving too little.

 

The jury trial is also a great incentive for lawyers to settle cases that may not otherwise have been settled. Judge Bernstein talks about a few cases that he has seen that would have never settled had a jury trial not been on the horizon.

 

Judge Bernstein and Aaron also highlight an observation they’ve both made in courtrooms and that is, even though people may see jury duty as a burden, they try to avoid it however they can, once they get selected to serve on a jury, they take that responsibility very seriously. It’s one of the things that makes our legal system so great and people do understand that.

 

Join Aaron Freiwald and Judge Bernstein for a in incredibly fascinating and enlightening conversation about our legal system.

 

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Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Judge Mark Bernstein

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Thomas Giordano, Jr., a Partner at Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, who focuses his practice on Social Security Disability cases.

 

Tom tells us that he became a lawyer because his mother worked at a law firm and he became inspired at a young age. When he started at Pond Lehocky, 14 years ago, one of the partners wanted to start a division that focused on helping people with Social Security Disability claims. As a first-year associate, he volunteered to take on the challenge.

 

14 years later, Tom is still working on Social Security Disability cases and is now a partner at the firm. He explains what goes into a SSDI case and some of the requirements for receiving SSDI, such as being unable to work for at least 12 months.

 

Tom and Aaron discuss some of the myths and misconceptions involving people receiving Social Security Disability. Some people assume disability recipients are lazy, that they are living the “high life” while they are out of work, and that they are milking the system because they really can work.

 

Aaron and Tom also discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act on disability claim cases and what would happen if efforts to repeal Obamacare are successful.

 

Join Aaron Freiwald and Thomas Giordano for a great discussion about SSDI and what it means to everyone in our country.

 

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Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Thomas Giordano

 

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On this episode of Case In Point, Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law, talks about the Center County PA, Grand Jury report where they investigated the death of Timothy Piazza.

 

The Grand Jury’s report, linked below, outlines Penn State’s responsibility in the death of Tim Piazza. The report highlights the fact that Penn State knew there was a hazing problem since at least 2009, when they investigated the death of Joe Dodo at the same fraternity that Timothy Piazza died at.

 

Penn State is not the only institution with problems with hazing, as we’ve seen, other institutions like LSU, UWF, FSU, and even the Military. However, Penn State is in the spot light because it has fostered a culture that not only supports, but encourages hazing and the mistreatment of their students.

 

You can see the full press conference here: https://www.facebook.com/PennLive/videos/10155254347706647/

The Grand Jury’s report can be found here: https://www.scribd.com/document/367258824/Centre-County-grand-jury-findings-on-Penn-State-fraternities-hazing-and-alcohol#from_embed

 

As always, let us know what you think!

 

 

Intro Music:

5 Cents Back by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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On this episode of Good Law | Bad Law we want to thank you, the listener for your continued support; for going on this journey with us and helping us make the show what it is today.

 

We are looking forward to a great 2018.

 

Happy Holidays,

 

Aaron Freiwald

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