Looking at the Legal System

Open Ninth Episode 122 - Looking Through Serial's Lens

In November of 2018, the podcast Serial released its critically acclaimed third season. The aim: to shine a light on the American judicial system, highlighting the benefits and detriments of how our system works. To accomplish this feat, the Serial team spent a year in Ohio at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Judge John Russo, who was the administrative and presiding judge during the time Serial was at the court, and Public Information Officer Darren Toms join Chief Judge Don Myers to talk about their experience with Serial and the importance of a transparent judicial system.

Timestamps

  • 1:45 - Introduction
  • 5:25 - Sarah Koenig and transparency in the Courts
  • 13:45 - What was recording like?
  • 26:10 - Community feedback and reactions to the podcast
  • 33:50 - Serial in hindsight
  • 40:49 - Why doing the podcast was the right move

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In this episode

Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Moderator and Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit

Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. has served as a Circuit Judge since 2011. He was elected as Chief Judge and will start his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

Open Ninth Episode 122 Podcast Guest - Judge John J. Russo
John J. Russo

Judge

Judge John J. Russo is a Judge on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served since 2004.

Open Ninth Episode 122 Podcast Guest - Darren Toms
Darren Toms

Public Information Officer and Community Outreach Coordinator

Darren Toms is the Public Information Officer and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland, Ohio.