FROM Heidi Rummel
Free After 32 Years 32 years ago, Mary Virginia Jones went to prison for murder. She was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for her involvement in the killing of a drug dealer. But it was her boyfriend who pulled the trigger. Mary Jones was an unwilling bystander, forced to be there by her abusive boyfriend. Late Monday night, she was freed from prison through the work of law students at USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project. We talk to her and the head of the project.
Schwarzenegger's Final Day Pardons On his last night in office, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced the prison sentence of Esteban Núñez from 16 years to seven. Two years ago, Núñez was involved in a knife fight at San Diego State University, during which a 22-year-old man was stabbed to death. Núñez is now 21. He’s the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, a Democrat who worked closely with Schwarzenegger. It was only the tenth time in seven years that Schwarzenegger commuted a sentence. Heidi Rummel is Professor of Law at the University of Southern California and Director of its Post-Conviction Justice Project .
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
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Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.