Crime and Punishment
Each month judges, academics, and lawyers will participate in discussions about contemporary issues in criminal justice with Wes Oliver, Associate Professor of Law and Criminal Justice Program Director at Duquesne University School of Law.
September: Sentencing Law in Pennsylvania: Judge Jeffrey Manning (Allegheny Co. Court of Common Pleas), Prof. Joseph Mistick (Duquesne Law), and Judge Jeffrey Sprecher (Berks Co. Court of Common Pleas), who recently wrote a book on sentencing in Pennsylvania entitled “Justice or Just This? A Constitutional Trespass.”
October: Forensic Science and Law Enforcement: Prof. David Harris (Pitt Law), who is the author of the recently published book, “Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science”
The Italian Supreme Court has ordered an intermediate appellate court to reconsider its decision reversing Amanda Knox’s conviction. April’s episode of Crime and Punishment will consider the law, the facts, and the science involved in the Meredith Kercher murder case.
December’s episode of Crime and Punishment will look at the tragic case of the young boy who fell into the African Painted Dogs exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Guests will be Natalie Mihalek, of the law firm Elliott & Davis and Jill Sinatra of the Fuchel & Sinatra, both of whom currently practice criminal law and have previously been prosecuting attorneys.
Topic: Sex Scandals and the Criminal Law with guest Stephen Schwartz, an attorney from Portland, Maine who is representing the clients on the Zumba Instructor’s client list.