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Set for Sentencing Podcast with Doug Passon

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Over a million people a year will face sentencing.  For a client and their loved ones, it will be the most important day of their lives.

Unlike at trial, there is virtually no limit to the kind of information a lawyer can credibly present to advocate for their client and demonstrate their humanity at sentencing.

My passion is helping lawyers and clients craft their most compelling sentencing narratives.  So, I was inspired to create this new podcast drawing on my 25+ years of criminal defense experience, my passion for storytelling, my expertise in producing mitigation videos, and my years spent consulting and developing compelling case narratives that get real results.

In Set for Sentencing, I present cutting edge resources, world-class experts, and the straight scoop on our often dysfunctional system -- all in service to one goal -- to bring more justice, more humanity, and more hope to the sentencing process.

So, are you ready? Then let's get SET FOR SENTENCING!

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Investigator

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Attorney

"I have been listening to your podcasts, and I am so excited about what I am learning!" 

Mitigation Specialist

"Content is king. I find yours to be unusually edifying and enlightening (and occasionally entertaining or endearing to boot)."

Client

"Loved the Lolita podcast! This was such a fascinating topic to explore."

Attorney

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