O.J. Twenty Years Later and the Effects on Domestic Violence Laws
October 10, 2015
Hosted by Lonnie McDowell
This past week marked the 20th Anniversary of the O.J. Simpson murder trial verdict. A verdict that divided the nation. As a result of the past incidents of abuse perpetrated by O.J. upon Nicole Brown, incidents that were not taken seriously by the LAPD at the time, domestic violence laws were strengthened and police departments put in place zero tolerance policies. This week my guest and I will discuss how well meaning Domestic Violence Laws are being abused and misused with a "One Size Fits All" mentality. My guest was caught up in the criminal system due to an accusation of Domestic Violence. We will discuss how he was treated by the criminal justice system, the assumptions made about him not only because of the crime alleged but also how his ethnicity also counted against him. We will explore how his life and that of his family changed and how he and his family have survived.
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Lonnie McDowell was named one of the Top 100 California Criminal Defense Trial Attorneys for 2014 and 2015 by The National Trial Lawyers Association and continues to be one of the best in Los Angeles. He has seven years of trial experience and worked in one of the city’s largest defense firms before striking out on his own to found McDowell and Associates. He is dedicated to offering personalized service and the best possible defense to all his clients.
An alumnus of Southwestern Law School, Mr. McDowell graduated with high honors, made the dean’s list and was awarded with the dean’s scholarship. He was also the lead articles editor and a board member of the Southwestern Law Review, while working as a teaching assistant and as a tutor for criminal law classes. Mr. McDowell was also selected for a Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates fellowship, one of nine awarded that year, exposing him to the many facets of litigation. Mr. McDowell was also a certified law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Nevada, in its Organized Crime Strike Force.
In addition to the American Bar Association, Mr. McDowell is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, The Beverly Hills Bar Association, The Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, The Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National College for DUI Defense.