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Season 1:1 Changes in Mar…

Season 1:1 Changes in Marijuana Law

Season 1:1 Changes in Mar… From medical to recreational use, marijuana laws have been evolving. Mary Chartier, Takura Nyamfukudza, and Robert Hendricks join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss changes in marijuana law. Read More
Season 1:2 Exonerating De…

Season 1:2 Exonerating Dennis Tomasik

Season 1:2 Exonerating De… Dennis Tomasik was wrongfully accused, convicted, and imprisoned for 9 years criminal sexual conduct. Mary Chartier, Takura Nyamfukudza, Lizzy Cary, and Kim Tomasik join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss how Kim’s husband was wrongfully convicted and how the team at Chartier & Nyamfukudza exonerated him. Read More
Season 1:3 Exonerating Wr…

Season 1:3 Exonerating Wrongfully Convicted “Dangerous Dogs”

Season 1:3 Exonerating Wr… Three dogs were wrongfully accused of being dangerous dogs and sentenced to death. Mary Chartier, Takura Nyamfukudza, Lizzy Cary, and Celeste Dunn join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss how the dogs were wrongfully convicted and ultimately saved from death. Read More
Season 1:4 Exonerating Le…

Season 1:4 Exonerating Ledura Watkins

Season 1:4 Exonerating Le… Ledura Watkins spent over 40 years in prison based on faulty hair comparison “science.” Mary Chartier, Takura Nyamfukudza, and Marla-Mitchell Cichon join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss how Mr. Watkins was exonerated. Read More
Season 1:5 Self-Defense i…

Season 1:5 Self-Defense in Criminal Cases

Season 1:5 Self-Defense i… The Chartier & Nyamfukudza team won an attempted murder case arguing self-defense. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss self-defense in criminal cases. Read More
Season 1:6 Fourth Amendme…

Season 1:6 Fourth Amendment Issues in Criminal Cases

Season 1:6 Fourth Amendme… The law surrounding searches and seizures by the police is complex and filled with misconceptions. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss the law and some of the most common mistaken beliefs surrounding the Fourth Amendment. Read More
Season 1:7 First Amendmen…

Season 1:7 First Amendment Issues in Criminal Cases

Season 1:7 First Amendmen… The First Amendment often intersects with the criminal prosecution system, especially in cases involving protests. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss First Amendment defenses in the criminal prosecution system. Read More
Season 1:8 Eyewitness Tes…

Season 1:8 Eyewitness Testimony

Season 1:8 Eyewitness Tes… Eyewitness misidentification has played a role in over 70% of wrongful convictions. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss the problems behind relying on witness identification in court. Read More
Season 1:9 Race and the C…

Season 1:9 Race and the Criminal Prosecution System

Season 1:9 Race and the C… Systemic racism permeates the criminal prosecution system from encounters with the police to sentencing. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss the issue of systemic racism in the criminal prosecution system. Read More
Season 1:10 Juveniles and…

Season 1:10 Juveniles and the Criminal Prosecution System

Season 1:10 Juveniles and… The United States Supreme Court has issued a number of recent opinions related to juveniles in the criminal prosecution system. Mary Chartier, Takura Nyamfukudza, Marisa Vinsky, and Lizzy Cary join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss the Supreme Court’s decisions and the juvenile brain science behind those decisions. Read More
Season 1:11 Litigating Fe…

Season 1:11 Litigating Federal Cases

Season 1:11 Litigating Fe… Litigating a federal criminal defense case takes tremendous skill and experience because of the limitless resources that the federal government has, as well as the onerous laws and rules that apply in federal court. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss some of the issues that arise in defending cases in federal court. Read More
Season 1:12 Snitches and…

Season 1:12 Snitches and Jailhouse Informants in the Criminal Prosecution System

Season 1:12 Snitches and… Whatever name is used—snitches, jailhouse informants, or incentivized witnesses—witnesses who testify for the government and claim to have important case information have led to numerous wrongful convictions. Mary Chartier, Takura Nyamfukudza, and Lizzy Cary join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss the misuse of these witnesses and the miscarriages of justice that have resulted. Read More
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Season 2:1 Voting and Cri…

Season 2:1 Voting and Criminal Prosecution System

Season 2:1 Voting and Cri… 2020 was the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. It was also the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which gave Black men the right to vote. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss voting rights in the United States. Read More
Season 2:2 Systemic Racis…

Season 2:2 Systemic Racism in Sentencings

Season 2:2 Systemic Racis… There are stark racial disparities in criminal court sentencings throughout the country. Researchers have found that the disproportionately long sentences handed down to Black and Latino people cannot be explained by other factors such as their criminal record or the severity of charge. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss systemic racism in the criminal prosecution system. Read More
Season 2:3 COVID-19 in Ja…

Season 2:3 COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons

Season 2:3 COVID-19 in Ja… COVID-19 has ravaged those who are in jails and prisons. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss COVID-19 and how it has affected those who are incarcerated and working in jails and prisons. Read More
Season 2:4 Sentencing for…

Season 2:4 Sentencing for Marijuana Offenses

Season 2:4 Sentencing for… Sentences for criminal offenses are based on numerous factors, and they are often disproportionate to the offense actually committed. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss the case of a veteran sentenced to life for a minor marijuana conviction and other inequities in sentencing. Read More
Season 2:5 Exonerating La…

Season 2:5 Exonerating Lacino Hamilton

Season 2:5 Exonerating La… Lacino Hamilton was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for murder. After 26 years, the Chartier & Nyamfukudza team exonerated Lacino and Mary Chartier gave him his first hug when he was released from prison. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss how the team worked for 6 years to prove Lacino’s innocence and get him out of prison. Read More
Season 2:6 Illegal Search…

Season 2:6 Illegal Searches and Seizures

Season 2:6 Illegal Search… The Fourth Amendment protects people from illegal searches and seizures. Challenging these illegal actions by the police require a thorough knowledge of the law. Mary Chartier, Takura Nyamfukudza, and Marisa Vinsky join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss the law and the firm’s recent victory in court in which an illegal search and seizure was suppressed. Read More
Season 2:7 Weapons at the…

Season 2:7 Weapons at the Capitol

Season 2:7 Weapons at the… The right to possess and display firearms at the Capitol has been hotly debated. Representative Sarah Anthony, Mary Chartier, and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss the Second Amendment and the ban on firearms at the Capitol. Read More
Season 2:8 National Refor…

Season 2:8 National Reforms in the Criminal Prosecution System

Season 2:8 National Refor… Major changes in the criminal prosecution system are being discussed at the national level. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss what changes are on the horizon. Read More
Season 2:9 The Trial of D…

Season 2:9 The Trial of Derek Chauvin

Season 2:9 The Trial of D… The trial and conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd was a pivotal moment for the nation. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss the impact of the guilty verdict. Read More
Season 2:10 Exonerating a…

Season 2:10 Exonerating a Man who was Wrongfully Convicted Due to Flawed Science Behind Shaken Baby Syndrome

Season 2:10 Exonerating a… The flawed “science” behind abusive head trauma, also commonly referred to as shaken baby syndrome, has resulted in numerous men and women being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. The Chartier & Nyamfukudza team exonerated a man who had been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 9 years for killing his child. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss how the wrongful conviction occurred and how they exonerated an innocent man. Read More
Season 2:11 Police Reform

Season 2:11 Police Reform

Season 2:11 Police Reform Police reform is a critical step in changing the criminal prosecution system, and legislators in Michigan are proposing significant changes. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss the proposals and the impact of police reform on the criminal prosecution system. Read More
Season 2:12 Defending Cli…

Season 2:12 Defending Clients Accused of Storming the Capitol

Season 2:12 Defending Cli… Charges against people who entered the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, have resulted in numerous defenses being presented in court. Mary Chartier and Takura Nyamfukudza join Liisa Speaker on In the Name of the Law to discuss litigation strategies related to the Capitol charges. Read More
Quick Tip 4 - Search Warr…

Quick Tip 4 - Search Warrants

Quick Tip 3 - Police Mani…

Quick Tip 3 - Police Manipulation During Interrogation

Quick Tip 2 - Driving Und…

Quick Tip 2 - Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

Quick Tip 1 - Your Kids a…

Quick Tip 1 - Your Kids and Their 4th and 5th Amendment Rights

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