The OJ Simpson murder is 20 years old and we look at the trial of the century’s ongoing impact, plus we discuss the Las Vegas shooters and their radical militia politics, the latest in the Michael Egan sexual assault lawsuits, and if the Tracy Morgan accident was preventable by Walmart–all in this Crime Time with attorney Mike Cavalluzzi and retired prosecutor, Loni Coombs.
Loni Coombs attended Brigham Young University, graduating at the age of nineteen with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minors in philosophy and music. In 1988, after graduating from Pepperdine Law School, Loni began her legal career as a criminal trial prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Her numerous felony trials ranged from murders to sex crimes and DUIs. From 2003 to 2005, Loni headed up the District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Unit, monitoring discrimination cases throughout the county and training law enforcement agencies.
In 2006, Ms. Coombs transitioned into the broadcast world as a legal analyst for national and local broadcast outlets, including CNN, Court TV (now TruTV), Extra, The View, Entertainment Tonight, and KTLA. Loni covered various trials including Phil Spector, OJ Simpson, Mel Gibson, Warren Jeffs, and Casey Anthony. Her daily coverage of the Phil Spector trial on KTLA.com earned her an AP award. Loni anchored newscasts (KTLA’s Prime News, KDOC’s Daybreak OC), co-hosted talk shows (KTLA’s 9 am Morning Show, Fox’s San Diego Living), and reported from the field (KTLA’s Morning News and Prime News). Loni appears as a regular contributor on “Dr. Phil”, “The Doctors”, and “Dr. Drew.”
Michael “Mike” Cavalluzzi is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles County. He has been described by judges and prosecutors as aggressive, uncompromising, and relentless in his pursuit of justice for his clients. Having defended clients in courts throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange Counties, Mike Cavalluzzi has cemented a reputation as a top trial attorney.
Michael Cavalluzzi began his legal career in 1992 as a civil litigator for State Farm Insurance, the largest insurance company in the United States. After winning several jury trials, Mr. Cavalluzzi decided to leave State Farm and focus on the practice of criminal defense. He joined the Public Defender’s Office and quickly established himself as a fearless, creative trial attorney, defending clients in all types of cases, ranging from misdemeanor battery to homicide. Mr. Cavalluzzi is also actively involved in civil litigation, successfully representing a number of personal injury cases.
Having practiced extensively throughout the juvenile justice system, Mike Cavalluzzi is well known in many juvenile courts, where he is on a first-name basis with judges, prosecutors, and probation officers. As a member of the gay community, Mike Cavalluzzi is also an outspoken advocate for the rights of the entire LGBT population.
Crime Time Full Episodes Playlist:
Crime Time Shorts Playlist:
00:01 Welcoming Loni Coombs and Mike Cavalluzzi.
00:49 Las Vegas Shooting and the militia movement.
02:10 Is the government handling militia protest movement correctly?
05:30 Threatening speech and social media.
08:50 Backlash against the government and weighing violent threats.
10:20 Looking back at the OJ Simpson trial.
16:00 The impact of OJ on domestic violence cases.
19:00 The Mark Fuhrman effect on the trial.
23:07 Michael Egan lawsuit dismissed.
26:15 Celebrity pros and cons of being accused.
31:48 Is the public inclined to blame gay victims?
34:00 The Tracy Morgan crash and truck driving laws.
38:47 Thanks and Goodbye.