Set For Sentencing

Set For Sentencing

Over a million people a year will face sentencing. For a client and their loved ones, it will be the most important day of their lives. Unlike at trial, there is virtually no limit to the kind of information a lawyer can credibly present to advocate for their client and demonstrate their humanity at sentencing. My passion is helping lawyers and clients craft their most compelling sentencing narratives. So, I was inspired to create this new podcast drawing on my 25+ years of criminal defense experience, my passion for storytelling, my expertise in producing mitigation videos, and my years spent consulting and developing compelling case narratives that get real results. In Set for Sentencing, I present cutting edge resources, world-class experts, and the straight scoop on our often dysfunctional system -- all in service to one goal -- to bring more more justice, more humanity, and more hope to the sentencing process. So, are you ready? Then let's get SET FOR SENTENCING!

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June 27, 2022 84 min

At least 1 in every 54 Americans are on the Autism Spectrum.  But prosecutors and judges often fail to understand what Autism is, why those on the spectrum can be morally blameless for the crimes they have committed, why they are they unlikely to reoffend, and why sending them to prison is cruel and unusual punishment.

Helping us get Set For Sentencing this week, Attorney Jamie Sparks and Dr. Toni Sparks, Asst. Prof. of Practice, D...

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The 1/6 hearings are in full swing. We don’t know what will come of it. What we do know is that there have already been two major indictments brought by the DOJ alleging the crime of “Seditious Conspiracy”.

But, it is a total mystery what kind of sentences a judge may impose if convictions ensue. This crime has little precedent in American jurisprudence, and the sentencing guidelines contain more questions than answers.

So, we thou...

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Lawyers are fundamentally problem solvers; and narrative is, as Dr. Randy Olson tells us, is “a series of events that occur in search of a solution to a problem.” So, if you want to persuade decision makers to reach the right result at sentencing, you must communicate in narrative.

Helping us get set for sentencing this week is communications expert, author, filmmaker, and teacher Dr. Randy Olson.  

Dr. Olson has cracked the code o...

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Prison is not just a potential outcome of sentencing; it can and should be an influencer at sentencing.  Where a person will serve their time, how a person will serve their time, and what information follows them into an institution are all integral components of a comprehensive, empathy-based, sentencing presentation.

Helping us get set for sentencing is Maureen Baird.  Ms. Baird retired after a distinguished career with the Feder...

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Helping us get set for sentencing is David Rudolf -- attorney, author, and lead counsel in the acclaimed Netflix documentary, “The Staircase”, which is now a controversial HBO mini-series.

Mr. Rudolf has been on the front lines of justice for decades as one of the nation’s preeminent trial lawyers.  He has dedicated his life to giving voice and vindication to a special class of victims in our system -- those convicted and sentenced...

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I can think of no better guest to officially launch the Set For Sentencing Podcast than the incomparable Liz Vartkessian!

As the Executive Director of Advancing Real Change, Inc., she understands that narrative is everything at sentencing.  She knows that our clients are more than their worst deed, and more than just a stack of paper in a file.  Her amazing organization takes an undeniably essential humanistic approach to the devel...

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The powers-that-be would like to pretend that Covid is over, the prisons are safe, and Compassionate Release is no longer necessary. This is simply not the case.

Set for sentencing is a brand new podcast. Officially launches end of the month. But some topics are just too timely to wait for the official release.  Therefore, enjoy this web extra with the incomparable Mark Allenbaugh, who returns to to talk about the current state of ...

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The Set for Sentencing Podcast is close to launch and I can't wait for you to see/hear it.  But, the recent Senate Confirmation Hearings for Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson were heavily focused on federal sentencing law. Therefore, I could not wait to dig in. I had a lively conversation about all of the misinformation and disinformation happening at the hearing concerning questions about the judge's sentencing record.
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