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Domestic Violence, the NFL, and Combat Veterans

Domestic Violence, the NFL, and Combat Veterans
Domestic Violence, the NFL, and Combat Veterans .
We have heard so much about the NFL problem with domestic violence in the last year. An anti-domestic violence commercial was featured among the Superbowl ads. Football is a violent sport. NFL stars are sought-after by just about everyone, including women. They are suddenly wealthy after years of training in high school and college.  On the other end of the domestic violence spectrum are combat veterans.
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What is a Grand Jury?

What is a Grand Jury?
What is a Grand Jury?

Since former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted in the death of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on November 25, 2014, the GRAND JURY process in the United States has received publicity.  What is a grand jury?  Why wasn’t Darren Wilson […]

Prop. 47’s Impact California Criminal Law?

Prop. 47’s Impact California Criminal Law?
Prop. 47’s Impact California Criminal Law?

If it passes, California Prop. 47 would be called the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” and would save the state a large sum of money currently earmarked for courts, prosecutors, public defenders, probation and parole, county jails and prisons.  25% of these savings would pay for […]

When Should You Help Someone Post Bail?

When Should You Help Someone Post Bail?
When Should You Help Someone Post Bail? .

I found this post to be funny, and had obvious common sense. I would say “Amen” to reason #2. Sometimes people in trouble for multiple drug offenses seem to be in a pattern where they cannot stop, and constantly come to the attention […]

Criminal Liability for Intentional Exposure to HIV

With the Ebola virus in the news every day, the deadly HIV virus has taken a back seat. In the last week of August, 2014, 29-year-old Thomas Guerra was charged with intentionally exposing another person to the HIV virus.

A former partner of Mr. Guerra revealed to authorities that he and Mr. Guerra had been involved an ongoing […]

Guns and Domestic Violence

Guns and Domestic Violence
Guns and Domestic Violence.

When a person is arrested for domestic violence, police seize all firearms. If the person is convicted of domestic violence, then the defendant is informed that under California law, he loses his right to possess a firearm for 10 years.

Domestic violence is a violation of a felony or a misdemeanor […]

Botched Executions and Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Botched Executions and Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Botched Executions and Cruel and Unusual Punishment .

This past week in Arizona, the execution of Joseph Woods for a 1989 double murder was botched. It took 2 hours for the inmate to die. During that period of time, he was attempting to breathe and gasp but did not die until […]

Federal Court Reverses California Death Penalty Scheme

Federal Court Reverses California Death Penalty Scheme
Federal Court Reverses California Death Penalty Scheme .

On April 7, 1995, Ernest Dewayne Jones was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.  Although Mr. Jones wanted to appeal, it took the California legal system nearly 4 years to appoint an attorney for him.  On March 17, 2003, […]

The Case of the Traveling DNA

The Case of the Traveling DNA
The Case of the Traveling DNA .

DNA is considered the platinum standard in criminal courtroom evidence. DNA is famous for being the tool responsible for finding violent criminals who have left bodily fluids or simply skin cells behind at the crime scene. DNA has also set hundreds of people wrongfully convicted for […]

US Supreme Court: Police Cannot Search a Smartphone Without a Warrant

US Supreme Court: Police Cannot Search a Smartphone Without a Warrant
US Supreme Court: Police Cannot Search a Smartphone Without a Warrant .

When you are arrested, what happens to your property?  In the past, police could seize your cell phone to determine whether you might be involved in more criminal activity than it appears at the […]