Allison gets former LA county Head Deputy D.A., John Lynch into the studio to have a talk about the district attorneys tight rope-walk between handling the media and their duty to the people.
Among the notable cases we discussed were the Menendez brothers trial, the O.J. Simpson trial of the ‘millennium,’ Lindsay Lohan and Winona Ryder, among many others. From celebrities to the three-strikes policy and War on Drugs, the conversation ranged far and deep.
Expressing himself eloquently while not betraying his poker-face, Mr. Lynch gave us some fascinating insights into the perspective of the D.A.
John Lynch is a former Los Angeles County Head Deputy District Attorney. He joined the office in 1977 and served as prosecutor on many high profile cases including the Menendez brothers murder trial.
Lynch was subsequently the founding Head Deputy District Attorney of the Environmental Crimes Division which became the model for environmental prosecutors throughout California. He held top positions in the administrations of various elected District Attorneys including Head Deputy DA of the Environmental Crimes / OSHA Division, Head Deputy DA of the Santa Monica, Norwalk and Airport Branch Offices and Director of Central Operations
00:40 Welcoming former deputy district attorney John Lynch.
01:40 The Menendez brothers trial and the difficulties of sympathetic criminals.
08:07 What are your thoughts on overcharging?
09:07 Thoughts on the Conrad Murray case.
11:08 Does public pressure result in overcharging?
12:01 The Lindsay Lohan necklace theft and bringing charges against celebrities.
14:40 Reaction to the judge’s reduction of Lindsay Lohan’s conviction.
15:50 Do you think that any celebrity charges have had an effect on their lives?
16:53 Was there a turning point in the public perception of celebrity trials?
19:14 Major case briefings and going downtown to talk to the DA.
20:15 Thoughts on the Winona Ryder case.
22:28 How the defense can show a weak hand.
24:00 Are major cases handled by committee?
25:42 The perception of Los Angeles justice after O.J.
29:34 Reaction to the O.J. trial: “The anti-model.”
33:23 What is the antidote to a circus in the courtroom?
34:42 The Richard Ramirez case-The night stalker trial.
36:48 A circumspect approach to prosecuting in public.
38:38 Prosecutors holding press conferences.
40:26 The three strikes law and re-thinking the “lifetime achievement award.”
44:15 Charles Keating and getting tried in the great state of California.
48:30 The Mayhem Round
49:12 Who should be accountable in cases of wrongful conviction?
51:09 Is criminal law a good way to solve drug abuse (as in the case of Robert Downey Jr.)?
55:00 Should prosecutors that have wrongfully handled a case be personally responsible?
56:35 Is there a way to go after assets that are “legitimately” protected?
59:00 Thanks and wrap up.