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15-Year-Old Gets Six Life Sentences?

15-Year-Old Gets Six Life Sentences? | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
At gunpoint, two 18-year-olds and a 15-year-old robbed a dozen other teenagers at a house party, taking money, phones, and marijuana. No shots were fired, but one of the 18-year-olds struck someone with the butt of his gun.

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Randy L. Dixon Rivera's curator insight, December 14, 2013 12:06 PM

Amendment VIII

 

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

 

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How to keep the Corporate Prison System FULL. #NDAA

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Amazon Unintentionally Created a Shopping List for Drug Dealers

Amazon Unintentionally Created a Shopping List for Drug Dealers | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
One day, some drug dealer bought a particular digital scale — the AWS-100 — on the retail site, Amazon.com. And then another drug dealer bought the same scale. Then another. Th...
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While it is not illegal to possess many apparatus that are associated with drug manufacture or distribution, if these things are found in close proximity to drugs, it can lead to additional criminal charges.  For example, if a person in possession of marijuana or cocaine in California has possession of what could be considered an amount for "personal consumption" but, is also in possession of scales or baggies, they could be charged with possession for sale or distribution.


For more information on drug offenses and the criminal laws of California go to:


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Reducing Crime: Learning From The Failed Criminal Justice System

Reducing Crime: Learning From The Failed Criminal Justice System | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
The emphasis on pure punishment doesn't reduce crime, but it does hurt everyone involved. While investors benefit, society loses in more ways than one.
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Good discussion here about how the emphasis on punishment and deterrence rather than rehabilitation has caused the American Prison population to explode.  The U.S. has one of the highest rate of incarceration of any industrialized nation and 2010 was the first year in decades that this population did not increase.  


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Chris Hayes’s graph of the year: our racist criminal justice system in one chart - Washington Post

Chris Hayes’s graph of the year: our racist criminal justice system in one chart - Washington Post | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
"Though black people and white people use marijuana at the same rate, black people are much much much more likely to be arrested for possessing it."
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According to statistics compiled by the ACLU and displayed on this graph, black people and whites have the same level of consumption of marijuana but, blacks are much more likely to be arrested for possessing pot.  It does seem to indicate a disparity based upon race.

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California officials nab 11 in drug ring bust

California officials nab 11 in drug ring bust | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
FRESNO, Calif. — Authorities said Monday they have dismantled a drug trafficking organization that sent narcotics smuggled from Mexico to communities across the United States.
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This was a fairly large bust with ties to the Mexican cartels and California prison gang, Nuestra Familia.  The allegations are that drugs (including meth, cocaine and marijuana) were being smuggled through San Diego and into the central valley for distribution to several other states.  If convicted, the ring leaders could be facing significant federal prison sentences due to the amounts in play and the interstate commercial distribution.

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Judge: California mistreating mentally ill inmates

Judge: California mistreating mentally ill inmates | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
A federal judge ruled Thursday that California’s treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.
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In my experience as a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, I have seen the criminal justice system become a substitute for true mental health treatment and, not a good one!  The mentally ill often find themselves incarcerated and, when they do, they still don't receive proper medical care and treatment as this federal judge has pointed out.  It is a shame!



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California State Senator Yee Pleads Not Guilty in Gun Case (2)

Leland Yee, the first Chinese-
American elected to the California Senate, pleaded not guilty to
conspiring to traffic in firearms and taking bribes from an
undercover agent for an election campaign.
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Entering a plea of non-guilty is standard for most arraignments.  The procedure from there will be to set a preliminary hearing at which time evidence will be heard to determine if there is sufficient cause to hold Mr. Yee over for trial.  Unless the charges are dismissed at that time (a pretty rare occurrence), a trial date will be set.  Plea negotiations can and usually do take place at any time during these pre-trial procedures.



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Attorneys To Debate Evidence In Chris Brown Case - Price Benowitz, LLP

Attorneys To Debate Evidence In Chris Brown Case - Price Benowitz, LLP | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
A motions hearing on the assault charge faced by the R&B singer is set for Monday in D.C. court.

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Price Benowitz LLP's curator insight, April 8, 12:56 PM

D.C. prosecutors and defense attorneys are set to appear in court to argue about evidence in the assault case against R&B singer Chris Brown. He is being housed in a Washington-area holding cell, according to a U.S. Marshals Service spokesman. For his trial, Brown will be brought to the courthouse in a prisoner bus and escorted into the courtroom through the courthouse’s cellblock. This means fans of the singer won’t be able to get a glimpse of him entering or exiting the courthouse, as they did during his earlier court appearances.


DC Criminal Lawyers - Price Benowitz, LLP

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California college party turns into street brawl; about 100 arrested

California college party turns into street brawl; about 100 arrested | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a street brawl, authorities said.
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College kids and alcohol combined with a party raging in the streets can sometimes result in this type of incident.  It only takes one altercation to escalate into a full scale brawl which can result in multiple arrests.  What many young people don't realize is that this type of incident can create a criminal conviction that can affect their ability later to get accepted to higher graduate programs or to obtain jobs.  A good criminal defense attorney can reduce the chances of such negative consequences especially for people without a prior arrest record who agree to keep their nose clean.



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Gov. Brown Open To Fine-Tuning Criminal Justice Changes - CBS Local

Gov. Brown Open To Fine-Tuning Criminal Justice Changes - CBS Local | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
Gov. Brown Open To Fine-Tuning Criminal Justice ChangesCBS LocalSACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov.
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Arms Trafficking and Corruption Charges are Not Yee's First Arrest

Arms Trafficking and Corruption Charges are Not Yee's First Arrest | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
Leland Yee rears his ugly communist head again. This time in addition to being a fugitive from justice in Hawaii, he is now charged as arms trafficker!

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Liberal press did its best to bury and protect criminal Leland Yee's past record for crime of moral turpitude. FBI finally brings anti-gun communist down!

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Experts Concerned that LA County Youth Not Always Well Served by the ... - PublicCEO.com

Experts Concerned that LA County Youth Not Always Well Served by the ... - PublicCEO.com | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
Experts Concerned that LA County Youth Not Always Well Served by the ...PublicCEO.comCriminal defense attorney fees in Los Angeles can easily exceed $500 an hour. Here's how it ...
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Five Offenses That Can Land Kids But Not Adults In Jail

Five Offenses That Can Land Kids But Not Adults In Jail | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
Truancy, running away from home, and 'incorrigibility' can lead to kids getting locked up
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Let's face it, the "teenage years" can be some of the toughest for development for young people.  Going from childhood to adulthood sometimes involves making bad choices that end up with criminal consequences.  This is a good summation article as to the types of juvenile criminal offenses that are typical in most states.


For more information or assistance with defense of juvenile crime charges in California including Los Angeles go to:


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California man to stand trial in 2006 killing of 3

California man to stand trial in 2006 killing of 3 | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
RIVERSIDE, Calif.—A man has been ordered to stand trial for the killing of three members of a Southern California household whose bodies were found at a burning home in 2006.
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Cory Booker's Push For Criminal Justice Reform Gets Big Boost

Cory Booker's Push For Criminal Justice Reform Gets Big Boost | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Criminal justice reform will be at the top of Sen.-elect Cory Booker's (D-N.J.) agenda when he is sworn in on Thursday, and he has already spoken with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) about the role he will be able to play. "It was the first issue I brought up with the leader," said Booker in an interview with The Huffington Post on Tuesday, referring to an earlier conversation he had with Reid.
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Reduce recidivism needs to be the number one priority to the criminal justice system.


1. Investment in treatment

2. Reducing incarceration of non-violent drug offenders

3. Programs when men and women come out of prison connect to work and family.

4. Ending private prisons to reduce profit motives to warehouse human beings.


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A Rare Opportunity on Criminal Justice

A Rare Opportunity on Criminal Justice | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
In the current Congress, where almost all legislation goes to die, there is a surprising movement toward sentencing reform.
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This New York Times piece provides a good discussion of the problems that confront our American criminal justice system.  Mandatory minimum sentences and other measures have filled both the state and federal prison population to at or beyond capacity.  There are several measures being proposed at the federal level to stem the tide of this massive incarceration of prisoners, many of whom are non-violent drug offenders.

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Two California men charged with serial killings of prostitutes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two Southern California men have been charged with murder in the slayings of four women over the last six months, after the body of one victim was found on the conveyor belt of a recycling center in the city of Anaheim, police said on Monday.
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Given that these individuals were prior sex offenders and are facing multiple murder counts, the potential sentences in these cases will most likely include the death penalty.  The death penalty is imposed in California when it is shown that the defendant committed a murder with malice aforethought.

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California's medical prison beset by waste and mismanagement

California's medical prison beset by waste and mismanagement | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
FRENCH CAMP, Calif. —California's $840-million medical prison — the largest in the nation — was built to provide care to more than 1,800 inmates.
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Good expose article from the Los Angeles Times about the many problems with California's medical treatment facility for state penitentiary inmates.  As with the California State Prison System as a whole, this facility is attempting to care for too many prisoners with too little resources.  It also appears to be the victim of mismanagement and waste of state resources.

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California Man Pleads Guilty To $1.9 Million In Tax Fraud By Filing Fake Returns - CBS Sacramento

California Man Pleads Guilty To $1.9 Million In Tax Fraud By Filing Fake Returns - CBS Sacramento | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
Daniel David Rigmaiden, 34, of Santa Clara, Calif., who was sporting a long beard, shaggy hair and an orange prison suit in court, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, two counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. He has been in jail since his August 2008 arrest in California.
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This high school educated hacker was able to bilk the federal government out of close to $2 Million over a long time-frame.  He was originally charged with 74 counts of criminal violations including mail and wire fraud but, after 4 years and 4 different attorneys, finally pleaded guilty to 4 counts and will be sentenced probably to at least several years in a federal penitentiary.  He continues to claim that the manner in which his electronic records were searched and obtained was unconstitutional.  These claims will probably become irrelevant absent a motion to withdraw his plea of guilty or post-conviction matters such as writs or appeals.

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If Caught, San Francisco Vandals Who Tip Smart Cars Will Face Felony Charges

If Caught, San Francisco Vandals Who Tip Smart Cars Will Face Felony Charges | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
A group of hooded vandals are suspected of flipping over and damaging four Smart Cars in San Francisco early Monday morning.
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In the midwest, they tip cows but, in San Francisco, they apparently tip Smart Cars.  I think the vandals who are doing this probably see it as a harmless prank but, it obviously can cause significant property damage.  California penal code section 594 defines "vandalism" as the willful destruction or damage to property and distinguishes between property damage under $400 and over that amount in setting criminal fines and penalties.


Glotzer & Sweat LLP - Criminal attorneys based in Los Angeles, CA and serving all of southern California. For more information go to:


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California Bond Adviser Avoids Prison in School Bribe Case (1)

A California bond underwriter got
three years’ probation for plying school officials in San Diego
County with meals and sports tickets worth thousands of dollars
to steer business to his employers.
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When it comes to securing government contracts for business, there is a fine line between, "wining and dining" and bribery.  We seem to be seeing a trend of public corruption cases at the city, county and state levels in California in the past few years.  This makes law enforcement officials both at the state and federal levels more prone to go after people whom they think have abused their power by trading money or favors for business opportunities.


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California parole department scolded for its handling of Phillip Garrido case

Publication date: Nov. 5, 2009 The California Inspector General on Wednesday blasted the state parole department's handling of Phillip Garrido saying
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Anytime a parolee violates the terms of his parole and it results in a tragedy like this, there will be criticism of the parole process.  Overall, however, the parole system in California operates with few of these high profile incidents but, when they do happen, criticism is harsh on the decision makers who granted parole and set the terms.

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California adds another private prison

California adds another private prison | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
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Unsavory private-eye 'pretexting' a flash point in $102 million San Bernardino ... - San Bernardino Sun

Unsavory private-eye 'pretexting' a flash point in $102 million San Bernardino ... - San Bernardino Sun | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
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Hollywood Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy, Money Laundering

Hollywood Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy, Money Laundering | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
Mike Mikaelian ran a downtown Los Angeles clinic that generated prescriptions for the painkiller OxyContin without legitimate medical need.
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Prescription pain medications like Vicodin or Oxycontin have become an epidemic problem in the U.S. for substance abusers.  This is probably why clinics and other medical providers like this one in Downtown Los Angeles face such stiff fines and penalties when they are convicted of doling out pain meds without a legitimate medical need.  This particular instance was charged as a federal offense and the defendant now faces up to 30 years in Federal Prison and fines in excess of $18 Million. 

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California State Senator Leland Yee Arrested

California State Senator Leland Yee Arrested | California Criminal Justice in The News | Scoop.it
California state Sen. Leland Yee was arrested on public corruption charges as part of several arrests made by the FBI Wednesday morning during a massive FBI sting.
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