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California Sued Over Megans’ Law Inaccuracies

California Sued Over Megans’ Law Inaccuracies
California Sued Over Megans’ Law Inaccuracies .

The Sacramento Bee recently reported that 2 California taxpayers sued the state over Megan’s Law errors. Although they were required to be on the Megan’s Law registry, the site incorrectly listed their dates of conviction and release.  As a result, both parties claim that […]

Number of Juror Challenges May be Changed

Number of Juror Challenges May be Changed
Number of Juror Challenges May be Changed .

California Senate Bill (SB) 213 would reduce the number or peremptory challenges in a misdemeanor trial from 10 down to 6. The theory is that this will “speed up justice”.

During jury selection, many people have prejudices they will not admit out loud. An attorney […]

Interesting Law Enforcement Tools and Technology

Interesting Law Enforcement Tools and Technology
Interesting Law Enforcement Tools and Technology .

While reviewing some documents in a court case, I came across the sentence:
The police department used an ALPR (Automated License Plate Reader) and noted that the suspect’s vehicle was located near the ABC/XYZ area.
In the case file I was reviewing, police were attempting to locate […]

President Obama Pardons 46

President Obama Pardons 46
President Obama Pardons 46 .

In mid-July, 2015, President Obama made headlines by commuting the sentences of 46 federal offenders. While I am not familiar with all of the crimes or parties involved, I know these 46 were part of a group of almost 30,000 people who have sought the remedy of executive clemency.

Many of […]

Sports Injury or Assault with a Deadly Weapon?

Sports Injury or Assault with a Deadly Weapon?
Sports Injury or Assault with a Deadly Weapon? .

Anyone who has watched professional sports or even weekend warrior sports knows

You can get hurt and.
Some guys play dirty.

During the October 11 Dodgers/Mets Playoff game, Chase Utley allegedly slid into third base a little too late and broke the leg of […]

Prison Fire Camps

Prison Fire Camps
Prison Fire Camps .

Over the 30-something years I have been a California lawyer, I have learned about fire-camp from the inmate’s point of view. Young healthy inmates who have a prison sentence to serve for a non-violent crime have often asked about going to “fire camp”. California prisoners have wanted the excitement and the reduction […]

Your Rights in a Vehicle Stop: Contrasting Situations

Your Rights in a Vehicle Stop: Contrasting Situations
Your Rights in a Vehicle Stop: Contrasting Situations.

On July 18, 2013, a Texas officer stopped a young woman named Sandra Bland for failing to signal a lane change. The officer’s dash-cam activated, capturing most of the audio and video during the incident.  Ms. Bland complied by pulling over, and was smoking a cigarette when the officer approached.  She appeared to have a valid license and other required documents, so the officer decided to give her a warning instead of a ticket.  That’s when the encounter changed…

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California Supreme Court Strikes Down Certain Jessica’s Law Provisions

California Supreme Court Strikes Down Certain Jessica’s Law Provisions
California Supreme Court Strikes Down Certain Jessica’s Law Provisions .

On March 2, 2015, the California Supreme Court decided In re Taylor, and declared the residency restrictions for registered sex offenders under the Jessica’s Law unconstitutional – but only as to the way San Diego County courts applied the law.

Because this case […]

DNA Evidence Exonerates Man Convicted of Murder

DNA Evidence Exonerates Man Convicted of Murder
DNA Evidence Exonerates Man Convicted of Murder .

 

The Innocence Project has struck again. This time Christopher Abernathy, found guilty of the 1984 murder of a 15 year old girl in Illinois has had his case dismissed after he has served 30 years. Mr. Abernathy went into custody as a 19 […]

IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE!

IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE!
IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE! .

How many times have you heard “Ignorance of the law is no excuse!”, meaning that a person can break the law and still be charged with a crime, even if he does not know that he is breaking the law.

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