AJC’S BREAKDOWN PODCAST WINS PRESTIGIOUS LEGAL AWARD

We’ve won the prestigious Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association!

The ABA named “Season 6: A Jury of His Peers” as one of six winners of its annual awards, which honor work that is “exemplary in fostering the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system.” In the five-episode season of “A Jury of His Peers,” AJC legal affairs reporter Bill Rankin and Editor Kevin Riley chronicled a double-murder trial. Kevin was chosen for the jury in the Fulton County Superior Court case and served as its foreman. The recently retired Richard Halicks was the editor on the podcast, which took listeners into the secret deliberations of the jury.

The ABA has been awarding the Silver Gavel since 1958, when director Sidney Lumet’s classic jury room drama “12 Angry Men” won. Other winners include the films “Judgment at Nuremberg” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” as well as Ken Burn’s documentary “The Central Park Five” and Jonathan Harr’s best-selling book, “A Civil Action.” The Netflix series “Making a Murderer” also won the Silver Gavel.

The award will be presented in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club on July 17.

If you missed Season 6, we have a summary on our website, or listen to it on Apple Podcasts.

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