Amicus

The Verdict, the Video, and the Unreasonable Burden of Proof

George Floyd’s murder and the history of bearing witness while Black in America.

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Episode Notes

In the wake of the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, journalism professor Allissa Richardson joins Dahlia Lithwick to discuss what it is to bear witness while Black in America, and why the media needs to stop airing the videos. (Here is the interview with Vanita Gupta that Dahlia mentions.)

In our Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern and Dahlia probe the duplicity at the high court in this week’s shocking juvenile life without parole decision, why justices insisting they’re best friends really isn’t the answer to calls for court reform, and a look ahead to the biggest case so far this term, which you probably haven’t heard much about.

Podcast production by Sara Burningham.

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