Criminal Defense Corner

Can I vote if I’m a convicted felon?

January 5th 2018

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I can’t vote. I’m a convicted felon.” Is that true? No!!! While voter registration rules vary from state to state, in California, you can vote after a felony conviction. You just have to finish serving your prison or jail sentence and be off of parole. Even  Read more…

The Anti-Science Wing of the Department of Justice

April 19th 2017

This Saturday April 22 is Earth Day. It’s also the March for Science. On Saturday, peaceful protestors (including myself) from around the country will take to the streets to protest of the contempt for science and knowledge that are the hallmarks of the Trump Administration. To find a march near you, click here. You should  Read more…

Alameda County fires health-care contractor

August 24th 2016

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 this month to terminate its contract with Corizon Health Care, the for-profit provider of medical services at Alameda County jails. This is welcome news. Just recently, I had to ask a judge to release a defendant detained at Santa Rita Jail. My client had lost his right hand in an explosion. At  Read more…

How about gun control now?

June 14th 2016

Even Justice Scalia, who in DC v. Heller greatly expanded the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, recognized that the right to bear arms is not absolute.  In that decision, he noted that no one can question that the government has the power to regulate firearm possession, as through longstanding regulations preventing felons  Read more…

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