Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Rutgers Law School Professor and retired Judge, Victoria Pratt to discuss Procedural Justice.

 

Everyone has a unique story; an individual’s background shapes and molds who they are along the way and eventually, who they become. So, why do we ignore those backgrounds and life paths when it comes to sentencing for crimes? In a fascinating conversation, Aaron and Judge Pratt ask this question and address the importance of compassion and understanding in life and in the courtroom, and moreover, how those two concepts are interconnected.

 

Fairness and respect are two words that sum up Judge Pratt’s idea for America’s justice system. Retired Judge and Rutgers University Law Professor Victoria Pratt joins Aaron today to talk about her idea of Procedural Justice, a concept that would start treating people who have committed a crime as a person rather than a prisoner.

 

Please enjoy this fantastic conversation with Judge Pratt and be sure to check out her Ted Talk and other media appearances at: https://judgevictoriapratt.com/media.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Judge Victoria Pratt

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast,
Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by attorney Adam Zucker to discuss Title IX and the
removal of the Obama era “Dear Colleague” letter.
 
The US constitution guarantees a few things to all citizens, the right to a trial, the
right to an attorney, and the notion that all people are innocent until proven guilty.
Those rights help ensure all people are treated fairly and get their fair chance. The
problem is, this only applies to the criminal justice system; in the world of colleges
and universities, students aren’t guaranteed these rights.
 
Adam Zucker believes students that have been accused of sexual assault or other
crimes aren’t getting a fair shake. Adam and Aaron discuss due process and what
that means as far as academia. Throughout the episode, Adam explains how
students can be kicked off campus, removed from classes and expelled from school,
even if they’ve been found not to have committed any crimes.
 
The Trump administration received a lot of criticism for their removal of the Obama
era guidance known as the “Dear Colleague Letter” but Adam believes it was a step
that needed to be taken to give fairness to the person accused. This is a fascinating
discussion between Aaron and Adam and we hope you enjoy!
 
Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Adam Zucker
 
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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Vanderbilt Law Professor Dr. Edward Cheng, to discuss the ins and outs of the Monsanto RoundUp litigation.

 

Once thought of as the “billion-dollar baby” of one of the largest chemical companies in the world, the ubiquitous weed killer RoundUp has recently been found to directly cause cancer after a jury unanimously decided in a federal court case. Dr. Cheng and Aaron breakdown the case and talk specifically about the complex scientific questions that had to be answered throughout the trial, the questions of scientific evidence that these presented, and the broader implications that these challenges may have.

 

With a Ph.D. in statistics from Columbia and a law degree from Harvard, Dr. Cheng is an expert on the intersection between law and science. His research and teaching focus on the issues of evidence and science in the court room. How do experts interreact with the court? How do lay people make decisions that need to be based on specialized understanding and expertise?  

 

At one point in time RoundUp was probably in everyone’s garage or garden shed. It was a staple lawn care item. But this week at jury ordered the chemical giant to pay $80 million after they found the weed killer caused a man’s cancer. Listen in to find out more on the case and to get Dr. Cheng’s expert opinion. To learn more about Dr. Cheng and the intersection between law, stats, and science check out his podcast, Excited Utterance.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Ed Cheng

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by University of Pennsylvania Law Professor Louis Rulli, to discuss a landmark Supreme Court case on the issue of civil forfeiture.

 

Imagine being pulled over and having the police take all of your money before sending you on your way. It doesn’t sound like something that would happen here in America but it does. It’s called civil forfeiture and our guest, University of Pennsylvania Law Professor Louis Rulli, joins us today to talk about it. Aaron and Professor Rulli discuss the ins and outs of civil forfeiture including a recent Supreme Court case that examined the law under the 8th and 14th Amendments.

 

The Supreme Court case specifically looked at a case where a man, Tyson Timbs, was convicted of selling $225 worth of heroin to undercover police officers. In addition to one year of house arrest, five years of probation, and $1,200 in fees and fines, Mr. Timbs’ $42,000 Land Rover was confiscated even though it was purchased with the inheritance from his father’s life insurance policy. There are also concerns that asset forfeiture has a racial component because minorities are more often subjected to these “fines.”

 

This is a fascinating, albeit scary, discussion with Professor Rulli about Civil Forfeiture and the role it plays in our criminal justice system.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Louis Rulli

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by George Washington University Professor and Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Victor Weedn, to discuss the ongoing opioid epidemic and the important role forensic pathologists play in battling the crisis.

A public health emergency, the opioid crisis continues to plague the nation. Aaron and Dr. Weedn talk about the epidemic and the specific challenges that intersect between science and law. Dr. Weedn explains how forensic pathologists are on the front line of the crisis, discussing how overwhelmed these doctors are and how important they are in helping to identify the real issues at the heart of the crisis.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Weeden, a renowned pathologist who worked on the OJ Simpson case, the identifying of Tsar Nicholas’ remains and other high-profile cases, describes that the “plethora” of designer drugs available is “enormous” and explains the role of forensic pathologists in identifying and combating these drugs. Dr. Weedn believes that every overdose should be diagnosed by a forensic pathologist and further contends that an autopsy and toxicology report should always be performed.

An incredibly important issue, Aaron and Dr. Weedn discuss this national crisis as well as what needs to happen in order to help stop the suffering. According to Dr. Weedn there is a new drug that comes on to the market every week or two. Despite the resources and the news coverage being devoted to stopping this epidemic it is important to continue to talk about and bring attention to.

A fascinating episode, we hope you enjoy. Do you think that autopsies should always be performed in drug overdose cases? What about toxicology reports?

Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Victor Weedn

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