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David Oscar Markus, a Miami trial attorney who has been called “a reincarnation of the old school criminal defense lawyer” and has represented clients from the head of the Cali Cartel to Fortune 500 companies and their CEOs, has partnered with rakontur, the lauded storytellers behind Cocaine Cowboys, The U and 537 Votes, to launch a new podcast series called For the Defense. The podcast focuses on the work of the least-respected but perhaps the most important profession in America: the crimi ...
 
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The trials and tribulations of Willy Falcon and Salvador Magluta are the stuff of legal legend in Miami. Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of rakontur are the producers of Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami, a six-part documentary miniseries that recently premiered on Netflix. The filmmakers join David Markus on For the Defense to discuss the rise …
 
Eleventh Circuit Chief Judge William H. Pryor joins David Oscar Markus on the Finale of Season Three of For the Defense. Judge Pryor brings a totally different perspective to the show, as he is the former Attorney General of Alabama, is on the conservative wing of the Eleventh Circuit, and even made President Trump's short list for the United State…
 
Eleventh Circuit Judge Robin Rosenbaum joins David Oscar Markus in this mini-season of judges in For the Defense. Judge Rosenbaum has a unique perspective on the criminal justice system as she has been a federal prosecutor, a magistrate judge, a district judge, and now an appellate judge. As a member of the more liberal wing of a court that is pred…
 
Northern District of California Judge Charles Breyer joins David Oscar Markus in the premiere episode of Season 3 of For the Defense to discuss how the criminal justice system works from the perspective of a federal trial judge. In this mini-season, David will speak to three judges, including Breyer, the younger (and much cooler!) brother of Suprem…
 
Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff has been a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, and a federal judge, so he has a unique perspective of the criminal justice system. He has written a fascinating book about the system and its issues. In this bonus episode, David Oscar Markus discusses some of the main problems with the system and how to fix th…
 
The Oklahoma City Bombing is one of the deadliest domestic terrorism cases in U.S. history and it struck right at the heart of the criminal justice system. Would anyone represent Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols? Not only did Nichols get a lawyer, he got one of the very best in history, Michael Tigar. Tigar is a renowned trial lawyer, appellate la…
 
The Deepwater Horizon explosion was arguably the worst environmental disaster in United States history. In its effort to assign blame, the government scapegoated an innocent man - Robert Kaluza, the off-duty rig supervisor who was filling in for a few days. David Gerger discusses his successful defense with David Markus in this episode of For the D…
 
Senator John Edwards was a rising star in the Democratic party. He was a popular senator from North Carolina. He was John Kerry’s running mate in 2004 and then a presidential candidate in 2008. But he was also a flawed candidate as he was having an affair while his wife was dying from cancer and while he was campaigning for the highest office in th…
 
Yahweh Ben Yahweh had been convicted in federal court of conspiracy and sentenced to 17 years. But that was not enough for prosecutors who viewed him as an evil cult leader who ordered gruesome murders in South Florida. So they charged him with first degree murder in state court. The case involved tales of beheadings, cutting people's ears, and eve…
 
Senator Ted Stevens was charged in federal court right before his election. He turned the famed criminal defense firm of Williams & Connolly to defend him. Rob Cary, who tried the case with Brendan Sullivan, discusses defending a well-known political figure at trial and also what turned into one of the biggest cases of prosecutorial misconduct in t…
 
Harvard Law Professor Ron Sullivan has spent his career teaching trial advocacy. In this episode of For the Defense, he shares with David Oscar Markus the techniques he used in defending NFL star Aaron Hernandez in his second murder trial. No one thought the case was winnable after Hernandez has previously been found guilty of another murder. That'…
 
Jose Baez was a former Miami public defender looking to make a living in Orlando. Then he got a call from the jail that would change his life forever. Casey Anthony put her trust in Jose, and he did not disappoint. Up against a hostile media, judge, prosecution and even local bar, Jose showed what Miami criminal defense lawyers are made of.…
 
Season 2 of For the Defense premieres with Alan Dershowitz, perhaps the most well-known criminal defense lawyer of this generation. In this episode, he discusses the O.J. Simpson case, which went to trial while host David Oscar Markus was in his criminal law class at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz discusses what went wrong for the prosecution and t…
 
BONUS SEASON ONE EPISODE: How many times over the past year have you heard the words quid pro quo? The entire impeachment trial of President Trump centered around the meaning of these words. But it didn't start with Trump. Back in 2014, Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were charged with fraud for accepting gifts. Attorney Hank Asbill told the fe…
 
F. Lee Bailey discusses the case that thrust him into the national spotlight in the trial of the century before trials were covered by TV and social media. Bailey was a young gunslinger, representing Sam Sheppard, who later became the inspiration for the TV series and movie called The Fugitive. Bailey took on Sheppard’s case after he had been convi…
 
H.T. Smith discusses what it means to be a criminal defense lawyer in the context of an unspeakably grisly first-degree murder case in which his client, Aubrey Arthur Livingston, was accused of participating in the killing of five people, including two small children. Smith tried the case before a Broward County (FL) judge who appeared to be lookin…
 
In the 80's and 90's, the Cali Cartel was responsible for importing the majority of cocaine into the United States. Federal prosecutors went hard after the leaders of the Cartel. But that wasn't enough. In Miami, federal prosecutors also went after the Cartel's criminal defense lawyers. One of those lawyers was brash Bill Moran. He looked and acted…
 
There wasn't a bigger star than Michael Jackson. And there wasn't a bigger trial than People of the State of California v. Michael Jackson, the four and a half month case in Santa Maria, California. The King of Pop needed the absolute best trial lawyer he could find as the stakes couldn't have been higher. Stars lined the audience and the witness s…
 
Racial justice is a topic that's on everyone's mind right now. In this episode, David Oscar Markus speaks with famed criminal defense attorney Roy Black about defending a police officer accused of killing a young Black man in the wake of the Arthur McDuffie riot. Roy brings us back to those tense times in the 1980s, which sound a lot like what's oc…
 
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