One lawyer saw a broken system. But the system saw a vigilante killer. From Christopher Goffard, the Los Angeles Times reporter and host behind the hit podcasts ‘Dirty John’ and ‘Detective Trapp,’ comes a new eight-episode true crime podcast, ‘The Trials of Frank Carson.’ This story of power, politics and the law centers around Carson, the famously caustic defense attorney, who dedicated his life’s work to the very thing that has turned against him—the justice system.
The first two episodes premiere Tuesday, May 25, available wherever you listen to podcasts. http://link.chtbl.com/FrankCarson. Special bonus episodes are available exclusively to L.A. Times subscribers. https://www.latimes.com/frank-carson-podcast.
This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
Hi, this is Christopher Gaffer, LOS Angeles Times reporter, and the creator of the podcast dirty job
and detective trap I'm excited to tell
about my new podcast, the trials of Frank Carson. It's a story of power, politics and the law in California, Central Valley, Frank Carson, was a combative and controversial criminal defence attorney who spent his career, accusing police and prosecutors of corruption. Then he was charged with murder, Walter.
you the story over eight episodes. Here's a quick preview follow us for new episodes over the next six weeks available,
wherever you get your podcast.
a sixty four year old attorney is making his way slowly up the concrete steps of the courthouse and Modesto California, his body is racked with pain. His heavy shoulders are hunched forward over the cane carries in his right hand,
from his left hand, swings a cracked black leather satchel, stuffed with his legal files
he's here at eight thirty on a Monday morning in June, two thousand nineteen to do the young,
popular work of defending the wrongly accused the thoroughly guilty and clients at every point in between these made, this trip thousands of times in better days he swaggered the flamboyant terror of cops and pray
secures and judges. I haven't had any qualms about
gone after law enforcement, relying if they fudge once they fudge. It's open season,
This is Frank, Carson, the most combative fan, controversial criminal defence lawyer and Stanislaus County. His kidneys are failing
his cyanic nerve is a flame and his morning, vague it in hasn't, kicked in the effort to get up. The steps makes him wince, but he hates to give any
as faction to his enemies, he has many for debt
aids he's defeated his law enforcement adversaries in court enraged
and them in unapologetically venomous terms
He names names in Assent
Ro Valley, legal community, where the cast of characters is small,
and the memories long, you know they soon, which version your person. You know what it can't be:
any more personal to the guy that I'm representing an
Well, if I had a doubt about my clients who listens by the time we started, the trial
usually by the end of it, I was absolutely convinced. I've had attorneys.
rest her soul summer, dead now only said frame
You should see me it was Carson. Is
told him off and all that is the point. The point
is aware, as he shovels
Queen courtrooms, cops, watch him pass and a chill see
to enter their mood to the law enforcement establishment, the man what
Cain and the black leather satchel is
thing more malevolent than a clever lawyer who pushes boundaries. This is why car
and will eventually make his way to the court room. At the end of the first Floor hall there
one of the longest murder trials in California. History is unfolding. There
for more than a year, Carson has taken his seat at the defence table, not as the attorney but as the accused to the district
Ernie Carson's trial represents long overdue justice for a killer.
With a law licence a kind of local
my boss, known as Uncle Frank, Carson supporters,
it's. The culmination of a massive law enforcement conspiracy bent on
striking him for doing his job to well. These it
competing versions of reality in the people of the State of California versus Frank Carson. At all. When I arrive
The Modesto courthouse
Each scenario seem staggeringly, weird and improbable each to fantastic to be believed, but before I sought so what
spectacle of an attorney representing murder defendants in the courthouse.
Where he was on trial as one himself one of the first things Carson tells me is I've given in hell for twenty five years
putting my thumb in the eye of the man
And so he was not totally surprised when, one morning four years earlier authorities had come for him.
Tat, my door,
from the LOS Angeles times. This is the trials of Frank Carson. I'm Christopher Gothard episode, one the lawyer and the thief.
new episodes of the trials are frank. Arson are available for each of the next six weeks to find them search for the trials of Frank, Carson.
wherever you get your Ella Times podcast. Thank you.
Transcript generated on 2021-06-30.