Criminal Defense Corner

Happy Birthday: Miranda Turns 55

June 30th 2011

We all know Miranda warnings. ‘You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used against you. You have the right to have an attorney present. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, one will be appointed for you free of charge.’ This month is the 55th anniversary of Miranda v.  Read more…

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Repealing Capital Punishment

June 29th 2011

Oakland state senator Loni Hancock has announced that she will be introducing legislation to ban the death penalty in California. Her argument is most persuasive because it is practical. Regardless of where you come out in the debate about the moral legitimacy of the death penalty, it is difficult to ignore the numbers which she  Read more…

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No Man is Above the Law

June 6th 2011

Theodore Roosevelt once said: “No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it. . . . Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.” Central to the American form of government is  Read more…

In Hot Pursuit of Fleeting Marijuana

June 1st 2011

The United States Supreme Court just decided a case concerning whether police officers who smelled marijuana could search an apartment without a warrant. The decision has been attacked by criminal lawyers and privacy advocates, but the ruling is not as broad or bad as they suggest. In Kentucky v. King, uniformed officers who observed an  Read more…

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