Davis Vanguard Podcast will be covering criminal justice reform, mass incarceration, wrongful convictions, and more.
Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 85: Martin Yant on the History of Wrongful Convictions
While the advent of DNA testing and the Innocence Project pushed wrongful convictions into the mainstream consciousness. There was important work done on wrongful convictions dating back well into the last century and through the work of trail blazers like Jim McCloskey with Centurion Ministries. Martin Yant's book from nearly 30 years ago marked the first comprehensive account of wrongful convictions in several decades, but predated the rise of DNA testing - and yet it in many ways it reads like it would if it were written today.
Everyday Injustice Episode 84: San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju
In February of 2019, longtime legendary public defender Jeff Adachi died. Taking over the position as the only elected public defender in California was Mano Raju. His first 18 months has seen not only the sudden ascent to head the office, but the COVID epidemic, a series of protests for racial reform, and a tumultuous election. Everyday Injustice discusses these and the role of being of public dfender with Mano Raju.
Everyday Injustice Episode 83: What the 1968 Battle over Fortas SC Nomination Tells us About Barrett
This week on Everyday Injustice we speak with Michael Bobelian, author of the Marel Palace who chronicles the 1968 Court battle over Abe Fortas’s nomination to elevate him from associate to Chief Justice by LBJ. The discussion has interesting parallels to this current debate over Amy Barrett's nomination that went through last week.
Bobelian argues that the Fortas battle marked the turning point in the way and manner in which these were conducted. He agrees that the media got their history wrong here - that Barrett's confirmation being confirmed was not the exception - that of Abe Fortas and Merrick Garland who were denied were.
Among the other topics of discussion: the forgotten legacy of Abe Fortas who played a pivotal role at three moments in American history, why Democrats have ended up on the short-end of the stick in their court battles and the prospect for Democrats - should Biden win the presidency - reform the court. As Bobelian points out in his book, most efforts have been disastrous and it would be a tall order to do anything that calls for a constitutional amendment.
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Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 82 - Andrew Warren, Florida State Attorney, Hillsborough County
Andrew Warren was a federal prosecutor who ran for Florida State Attorney in Hillsborough County (Tampa) in 2016 and is now running for reelection. He ran as a reformer. Listen as he discusses issues of protests, police accountability and criminal justice reform.
Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 81: Dan Quart Runs for Manhattan DA
Dan Quart has been in the NY State Assembly for nearly a decade. Now he is among many running for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, a position currently held by Cy Vance, but it is unknown if by 2021, he will seek another turn. In the meantime, Quart is positioning himself as a reformer on a variety of issues which he discusses on Everyday Injustice.
Podcast: Discussion with Youth Council Candidates
David Greenwald (Vanguard Editor) and Jordon Varney (Vanguard at UC Davis City Editor) host a discussion with the three young council candidates: Kelsey Fortune, Connor Gorman and Dillan Horton. Discussion ranged from policing, to race, to commissions and rental issues.