After graduating from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and becoming a trial lawyer, James A. Ardaiz quickly rose to the ranks of chief deputy district attorney. During those years, he interrogated hundreds of hardened criminals and murderers. It’s safe to say that he is an expert on homicide and criminal psychology.
From 1974 to 1980, Ardaiz was a deputy district attorney prosecuting homicide cases in Fresno County. At age 32, he attained the title of Justice James Ardaiz and served as a California state judge from 1980 until his retirement in 2011. In his book Hands Through Stone: How Clarence Ray Allen Masterminded Murder From Behind Folsom’s Prison Walls, he describes what it’s like to be in a homicide investigation, what a crime scene really looks like and what a murder truly involves. He addresses what goes on during an interrogation, the impact on the people who work these cases and what prosecutors have to deal with.
In an interview with Brain World, he explained how the criminal mind works and how experienced interrogators see through the criminal’s lies to unravel the truth.