Beyond the Gavel with Judge Ron Rangel

By Judge Ron Rangel

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The need for a reliable and effective criminal justice system in a community is clear. However, where the rubber meets the road, our robust system of checks and balances gets complicated quickly. Join Judge Ron Rangel and his guests, every other week, as they break down how this most vital of systems works. Each episode contains powerful, entertaining, and informative conversations with first-hand participants — e.g., prosecutors, defense counsel, probation personnel, jail staff, and the defendants themselves — who all have a stake in achieving the same overarching goal: Justice.

Episode Date
EP 9: Social Work in the CJS with Marisol Morales

Join Judge Ron Rangel and his guest Marisol Morales, Bexar County Public Defender’s Office Licensed Master Social Worker, as they discuss the crucial but often overlooked role of social work in holistic indigent defense.

Mar 16, 2023
EP 8: Human Rights Activism and Justice Reforms with Steve Huerta

Join Judge Ron Rangel and Human Rights activist Steve Huerta  —director of the non-profit organization “All of Us or None” — in this powerful episode as they examine the important and timely issues of restorative justice, undue disenfranchisement, and rehabilitative services for the formerly incarcerated in our community. 

Mar 02, 2023
EP 7: Grand Juries with Eddie Flores

Join Judge Ron Rangel and Bexar County Assistant District Attorney Eddie Flores as they demystify the method by which all manner of felony charging instruments, from regular citizens to police officers, are handled in Texas: the grand jury process.

Feb 15, 2023
EP 6: Jury Selection with Monica Guerrero

Please join Judge Ron Rangel and criminal defense attorney Monica Guerrero as they discuss the art and science of jury selection. Tune in to see just how a “jury of your peers” is selected, from start to finish.

Jan 31, 2023
EP 5: Court Reporters with Mary Ross

Join Judge Ron Rangel and his official  court reporter, Mary Ross, as they discuss one of the most indispensable, and often over looked, functions within our criminal justice system: the capture of an official record.

Jan 17, 2023
EP 4: Plea Bargains with Scott Simpson

Join Judge Ron Rangel and his guest Scott Simpson, former prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney, as they discuss one of the most common — and often misunderstood —methods of disposing of criminal charges: the plea bargain.

Dec 19, 2022
EP 3: Juvenile Courts with Judge William 'Cruz' Shaw

Please join Judge Ron Rangel and his guest Judge William 'Cruz' Shaw, Judge-Elect for the 436th District Court, as they discuss how Juvenile courts generally operate, how Juvenile and adult courts differ, and what parents should know if their child is cited for delinquent conduct. Cruz is the first African American male district court judge elected in Bexar County, marking change and inclusion within the county’s criminal justice system.

Dec 07, 2022
EP 2: Bexar County Justice Reforms: The MAC with Jim Bethke

Please join Judge Ron Rangel and his guest Jim Bethke, executive director of Bexar County’s new Managed Assigned Counsel Office, who will discuss how “the MAC” will help execute our county’s local Indigent Defense Plan, state Fair Defense laws, and the Texas and U.S. Constitutions. As one of many Bexar County criminal justice reforms, this MAC will be the largest such office in the United States. This once-in-generation change to indigent defense is sure to continue our fight for quality representation of Bexar County’s indigent accused. 

Dec 01, 2022
EP 1: Misconceptions and Improprieties with Alana Zarriello

In this episode, Judge Ron Rangel and Beyond the Gavel's first guest speaker Alana Zarriello, talk about the judicial ethics and guidelines that judges have to follow while covering the misbeliefs of the CJS. 

Nov 12, 2022
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The criminal justice system is a topic that holds deep within our hearts. Join Judge Ron Rangel every 2nd and 4th week of the month to grasp the realities of the legal realm along with the CJS. Each episode contains powerful, educational, and informative conversations with people —from lawyers to defendants themselves— who have their own personal experience with the system.

Oct 31, 2022