Criminal Defense Corner

Prop 35 and Sex Trafficking

October 30th 2012

Proposition 35 (“Californians Against Sexual Exploitation” or “SAFE”) has an appealing title and a goal with which no one can take issue, combating the problem of human trafficking. There is just one thing. The evils that the Proposition seeks to address – forced labor and forcing people to enter the sex trade – are already  Read more…

Sex offender residency requirements don’t do the public no good

October 15th 2012

In 2006 California voters passed Prop 83 known as “Jessica’s Law.” Jessica’s Law makes it illegal for registered sex offenders to live within 2000 feet of any public or private school or park where children regularly gather. The residency requirement is designed to protect children against sexual predators. Interestingly, though, the residency requirement applies whether  Read more…

Finally, electronic home detention in Alameda County

September 25th 2012

Judge Carol Brosnahan, a well respected Alameda Superior Court judge, just issued a decision of which we can all be proud. Electronic home monitoring can mean the difference between a person keeping his job or losing his job, keeping his home or losing his home, raising his kids or watching them be taken by CPS.  Read more…

Parole Outside a Minor’s Natural Life is Cruel & Unusual Punishment

August 23rd 2012

In Graham v. Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court held that sentencing a juvenile convicted of a non-homicide crime to life without the possibility of parole is ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ under the Eighth Amendment. The court relied on differences between juveniles and adults. “Developments in psychology and brain science continue to show fundamental differences between  Read more…

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