Aider and Abettor Podcast

Aider and Abettor Podcast

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Public Defenders Sajid Khan and Avi Singh podcast…


COVID Court Content Care
May 1 • 69 min
COVID: Courts, Content, Care Avi and Sajid talk about what defense practice looks like during the COVID-19 pandemic, including video arraignments in mostly empty courthouses. They also talk about the content that they have enjoyed consuming and self-care…
Social Distancing in Prison
Mar 19 • 66 min
Avi and Sajid discuss COVID-19 with Adnan Khan (!akhan1437). Adnan is the co-founder and executive director of Re:Store Justice (@restore_cal). Adnan was incarcerated at 18 for a felony murder conviction. He advocated for reform and was released after…
Hech Yea: PD Movement Building with Scott Hechinger
Mar 12 • 43 min
Scott Hechinger (@scotthech) joins Sajid (@thesajidkhan) and Avi (@avanindar) to talk about public defender movement building. @Scotthech talks about the Zealo.us, a project to train public defenders on movement building and media advocacy. They talk…
Informant Scandal in the OC
Jan 24 • 36 min
This episode is all about the Orange County Informant Scandal. Avi and Sajid talk with Somil Trivedi (@somilbtrivedi). Somil is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Reform Project. They discuss what happened in Orange County, why it matters,…
PD Resolutions
Dec 30, 2019 • 51 min
Avi and Sajid reflect on the year and talk through what’s next in the pod, criminal justice reform, and their public defense practices. They talk about notable episodes from 2019 and share ideas about what they hope to cover in 2020. They talk about…
Rio Grande
Nov 2, 2019 • 65 min
Sajid and Avi sit down with Deputy Public Defender Perla Garcia. Perla spoke out about her experience coming to the US from Nicaragua when she was twelve with three younger brothers after the tragic deaths of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 23-month-old…
Live Pod with SF Public Defender Mano Raju
Sep 21, 2019 • 81 min
Avi and Sajid recorded a live show with SF Public Defender Mano Raju at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Mano talked about his background and path to public defense, his vision for the Public Defender’s Office in San Francisco, and where he…
Chesa Boudin
Jul 7, 2019 • 36 min
Avi and Sajid interview San Francisco Deputy Public Defender Chesa Boudin about his campaign for San Francisco District Attorney. They discuss Chesa’s motivation for running and talk through some of his reform proposals. Learn more about Chesa’s campaign…
Haste Over Humanity
May 16, 2019 • 32 min
Sajid and Avi discuss the execution of Dominique Ray and the Supreme Court’s decision to lift a stay of execution despite religious discrimination. This one is from February. Lots of things have happened since the recording, including a stay of execution…
An Incomprehensible Series of Gross Mistakes
Mar 29, 2019 • 43 min
Avi and Sajid get back together with Marc Bookman from the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation. Marc talks about his work on behalf of Kareem Johnson. He gives an update on Ricky Olds…
Bad Defense Bracket
Mar 3, 2019 • 84 min
This is The Bad Defense bracket. Avi and Sajid join public defenders Kristin Carter and Chris Givens to debate the worst defense attorneys from movies, television, books, documentaries, and podcasts. @leerosevere composed the intro and outro. @omniboi and…
The Sound Of The Police
Dec 20, 2018 • 52 min
Avi and Sajid talk to Sergeant Jeremy Jones. Jeremy has been with the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office for around 10 years. Jeremy grew up on the East Side of San Jose. His father has been in and out of jail for much of Jeremy’s life. He talks about how…
Justice for Dazia Lee
Nov 14, 2018 • 32 min
In this episode of Aider & Abettor, Avi and Sajid talk about a North Carolina Sheriff’s decision to charge Dazia Lee with involuntary manslaughter of her one year old child. Ms. Lee’s son slipped through her arms after a car accident in flood waters. The…
We Gotta Make a Change
Oct 1, 2018 • 49 min
Avi and Sajid are joined by veteran Public Defender Brian Matthews. They discuss a wave of criminal justice reform in California. The topics include the elimination of cash bail, laws designed to protect kids from prosecution, and a major change to the…
Gag Order
Aug 13, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode of Aider & Abettor, Avi and Sajid react to an order by Ohio Judge John Russo to gag Franklyn Williams with red duct tape. This type of breakdown does not happen in a vacuum. They discuss the larger context, possible ways to prevent this…
Public Public Defenders
Jul 23, 2018 • 51 min
This is the twentieth episode of Aider & Abettor. Sajid talks with Alameda public defender Rachel Marshall. Rachel handles felony trials in Oakland, California. She has written articles about the sentence of Brock Turner and recall of Judge Aaron Persky…
Krasner Memo
May 24, 2018 • 46 min
Avi and Sajid sit down with Michael Ogul to discuss a memo issued by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner aimed at fighting mass incarceration and restoring balance to sentencing. The three describe some of the problems that this new approach…
Stephon Clark Body Cam Reactions
May 2, 2018 • 24 min
We were joined by our friend/fellow public defender Carlie Ware for a discussion about the police shooting of Stephon Clark. The conversation includes our reactions to the body camera and helicopter footage. We recorded the episode before the release of…
#ClientsFirst in LA
Mar 30, 2018 • 24 min
In this episode of Aider & Abettor, Avi and Sajid interview Los Angeles Deputy Public Defender Elizabeth Lashley-Haynes about the #clientsfirst #notmypd movement in Los Angeles County. The Board of Supervisors in Los Angeles appointed an attorney with…
14 Going on Life Without Parole
Mar 4, 2018 • 26 min
Avi and Sajid took the podcast on the road to the Capital Case Defense Seminar in Monterey, CA. This episode is an interview with Marc Bookman. Marc is the co-director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation in Philadelphia, PA. The interview…
How We Represent Those People
Jan 22, 2018 • 57 min
In Ep. 15 of Aider & Abettor, Avi and Sajid sit down with Rod O’Connor. Rod retired from public defense in 2016. During his career, Rod tried homicides and mentored new lawyers (including Avi). In the first segment, Rod shares his perspective as a…
mid thirty something jump street
Dec 26, 2017 • 67 min
In the last episode of the year, Avi and Sajid recorded a live pod at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, California. The students have been thinking about the issue of prosecuting minors as adults. In the first segment, Avi talks about challenging the…
State Action with Ash Kalra
Nov 27, 2017 • 58 min
On this episode of Aider & Abettor, California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra joins Sajid and Avi. Ash is the first Indian American state legislator in California. Before being elected to the California State Assembly, Ash was a public defender in San…
Bench Notes: Conversation with Retired Judge on Bail/Plea Bargaining/Judicial Recall
Oct 11, 2017 • 85 min
In this episode of Aider & Abettor, Avi and Sajid are joined by retired Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Ron Del Pozzo, someone who they both appeared in front of during their public defense careers before the Judge’s retirement. In the first…
Reclaiming Our Time with Kristin Carter [AKA Respecting the Wu-Tang]
Sep 9, 2017 • 61 min
Avi is joined by public defender Kristin Carter. The topics include whether the ACLU should change its stance on representation after Charlottesville, jury selection in the Shkreli trial, the Arpaio pardon, and Taylor Swift. At the end of the episode they…
Whose Courts?
Aug 18, 2017 • 66 min
In the 10th episode of Aider & Abettor, Avi and Sajid welcome guests Raj Jayadev and Charisse Domingo of Silicon Valley De-Bug (https://siliconvalleydebug.org), a community organization in San Jose focused on storytelling and advocacy for the marginalized…
The Return with Kevin Bilal Chatman [All We Need Is Three Mics]
Aug 3, 2017 • 69 min
In the 9th Episode of Aider & Abettor, Sajid and Avi welcome their first ever guest: Kevin “Bilal” Chatman. Bilal, born and raised in San Jose, got a new lease on life after voters passed Prop. 36 in 2012 which amended California’s Three Strikes Law.…
Just a Shout Away: Cosby Mistrial and Officer Acquittal
Jun 26, 2017 • 67 min
In the 8th episode of Aider & Abettor, Sajid and Avi discuss the first trial of Bill Cosby in the “Opening Statement” segment. They talk about the judge’s rulings in the case, the hung jury and what, if anything, the result means for our community. In a…
Out Here Trying to Function
May 13, 2017 • 75 min
In the 7th episode of Aider & Abettor, Sajid and Avi discuss former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, his murder trials and his recent death in the “Opening Statement” segment. They talk about his acquittal for an alleged double homicide and some…
Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of
Apr 9, 2017 • 59 min
In Episode 6 of Aider & Abettor, Sajid and Avi get into a New York State of Mind. In the Opening Statement, they discuss the campaign to #raisetheage. The talk about the problems of treating 16 year olds as adults in the criminal justice system. In the…
Look Who’s Coming to Jury Duty & Trial Jams 2017
Mar 20, 2017 • 55 min
In the fifth episode of Aider & Abettor, Avi and Sajid discuss the challenge of getting a representative jury and one proposal (California Senate Bill 576) to collect more data about the jury selection process. The text of the bill is available online at…
ICE Vol. 2 & Davis Vandalism Case
Feb 24, 2017 • 55 min
In the 4th episode of Aider & Abettor, Sajid and Avi start with the “Opening Statement” where they discuss recent mass ICE raids across our country, particularly the arrest of a woman at an El Paso County Courthouse as she sought a restraining order…
Sports! Gorsuch! Judicial Independence!
Feb 14, 2017 • 52 min
In the 3rd episode of Aider and Abettor, Sajid and Avi start with the “Opening Statement” where they discuss the Super Bowl, Kyle Shanahan and their mutual San Francisco 49ers fandom (and lack of trust in Jed York) (0:30). They break down the 49ers’ head…
You’re Out of [Executive] Order
Jan 31, 2017 • 46 min
In the 2nd episode of Aider & Abettor, Sajid and Avi start with the “Opening Statement” where they discuss President Donald Trump’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” commonly known as the…
Aider & Abettor
Jan 22, 2017 • 61 min
Episode 1 Summary In this pilot episode of Aider and Abettor, Sajid and Avi introduce themselves and the podcast and then launch into the “Opening Statement” where they discuss the controversy surrounding Joe Mixon and Tyreek Hill, two star football…