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Christopher Goffard is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, author, and podcaster. He is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for the Best First Novel. His podcast Dirty John has been downloaded more than 50 million times

Los Angeles Times Launches Spring Audio Slate with ‘The Times’ Daily News Podcast

The newspaper’s audio division will also launch a second season of the acclaimed interview-style podcast “Asian Enough” and a new true-crime podcast, “The Trials of Frank Carson,” from Times Staff Writer Christopher Goffard, the host behind the hit podcasts “Dirty John” and “Detective Trapp.”

Written and hosted by L.A. Times Staff Writer and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Goffard, “The Trials of Frank Carson” is a new eight-episode true crime podcast about power, politics and the law in California’s Central Valley.

The series will follow the story of Frank Carson, Stanislaus County’s most controversial defense attorney, a wizard with juries and a courtroom brawler with an unapologetically caustic style.

When a small-time thief disappeared, police — some of them Carson’s longtime adversaries — launched a massive investigation into a spectral underworld of street hustlers, junkies and snitches.

Carson was charged with murder and accused of masterminding a conspiracy. It would be one of the longest criminal trials in California history, with the flinty veteran of so many courtroom wars on trial for his life. The first two episodes will premiere May 25, with episodes being released through June, and bonus episodes available exclusively to L.A. Times subscribers.


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4 Replies to “FRANK CARSON ET AL UPDATE: LA TIMES REPORTER STARTING FRANK CARSON PODCASTS”

  1. A little late for Frank Carson after having his health destroyed by his incarceration in a dank cell for and interminable, illegal length of time.

  2. The entire affair was morally wrong, unethical, and often illegal. No one responsible, for instance, the governing directors of Stanislaus County, the DA office representatives and investigators, and the judge herself, ever suffered any consequences to my knowledge. They set out to destroy Frank Carson and anyone else who got in the way or didn’t cooperate, particularly the Baljit brothers, and Walter Wells, bu many others as well. They succeeded. Some continue and a few are enjoying a substantial retirement, all at taxpayers’ expense. No official accounting of the money the county put into this sordid affair, nor the authorities responsible for approving these expenditures, has ever been fully presented. It would be interesting to know how the jurors felt about their participation and the government’s “case”, or lack thereof. Their lives were majorly affected. Their deliberation and verdict speaks volumes. This whole affair was sordid example of power, politics, and corruption.

    1. dawg417 – I am the guy people love because I am so honest, But then they get pissy when I do the same with them.
      dawg417 says:

      I was there everyday for 3 1/2 years and every word you said is the truth.

  3. Birgit Fladager, the District Bitch. It was Cicero who posited that in order to save Roman society, all attorneys need be executed. He had prescience regarding Stanislaus County. There was at least one exception.

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