Some 45 years ago, the Boston Fine Arts Museum purchased
a precious Italian Renaissance painting attributed to Raphael.
Then, the trouble started.The Museum lost its legendary director,
its money, and the painting itself in a legal dust-up that never
should have happened. Biographer and art historian Belinda
Rathbone, who happens to be the director’s daughter, tells
Jim how she uncovered the truth about the whole affair.
Prosecutor and law professor Frank Tuerkheimer studied “forgotten trials of the Holocaust” and wrote a brilliant book about it. He also went to Israel to interview Eichmann’s prosecutor, Gabriel Bach. He tells Jim the inside story of trying the perpetrators of the genocide of six million Jews, punishing the guilty and spreading the facts of a horrific crime upon the public record.
Bob Pigott is a New York lawyer who likes to walk the City’s streets in search of landmark courthouses. He leads us on a delightful tour of the City, and shares his encyclopedic knowledge of New York’s legendary legal history as he takes Jim through the buildings where it all happened.
The death in custody of an African-American, Eric Garner, spurred a firestorm of protest after a Staten Island grand jury refused to indict the white police officer who tried to subdue him. The Garner incident, its impact on minority communities, and the function of grand juries in such situations are among the topics Jim discusses with his guest, Michael Armstrong who, when District Attorney in Queens County, obtained the indictment of a white police officer for shooting an unarmed African American youth.
The veteran CUNY TV Talk Show Host Interviews Jim Zirin on his best-selling book, The Mother Court-Tales of Cases That Mattered in America’s Favorite Trial Court, and Jim tells some of the sensational “war stories” to come out of the Southern District.
As top-notch prosecutor, defense attorney and Bar leader, Bob Fiske became one of the best known and highly respected lawyers of his generation. He writes a sweet memoir of his career in a new book entitled Prosecutor Defender Counselor, and tells Jim which role gave him the most satisfaction.
Turning the show upside down, Ambassador Bill vanden Heuvel is “host for the day.” He interviews Jim about his book, The Mother Court—Tales of Cases That Mattered in America’s Greatest Trial Court, drawing “the guest” out masterfully on why he wrote the book, and what he knows of the legendary judges and lawyers, who walked the halls of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. He even gets the “guest” to spill some of the great stories in the book.
With the government seeking the death penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing, we are reminded that capital cases are still with us. Federal Judge Michael Ponsor of the District of Massachusetts, tells Jim about his best-selling novel, The Hanging Judge, a riveting yarn about a capital trial in the federal court where justice almost goes off the tracks.
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