Criminal Defense Corner

California Ballot Prop Score Card

November 2nd 2012

Here’s how I plan to vote on the initiatives on the California ballot that involve criminal justice. Prop 34 – Abolition of death penalty A wide range of voters will support this proposition to abolish the death penalty in California and replace it with life without the possibility of parole. Some will support it from  Read more…

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…

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