Criminal Defense Corner

Nebraska Ends Death Penalty

May 30th 2015

This month was surprising. The federal jury in Massachusetts that heard the evidence against Dzokhar Tsarnaev chose to sentence the Boston Marathon bomber to death. In Massachusetts, capital punishment was abolished in 1984. A majority of citizens are opposed to the death penalty. Because the Boston Marathon bombing trial was a federal case, however, federal  Read more…

What’s a medical marijuana “cooperative” or “collective”?

February 15th 2015

In 1996 California voters passed the landmark Compassionate Use Act which allows individuals to possess or cultivate marijuana for personal medical use if they have the recommendation of a physician. In 2003 the Medical Marijuana Program Act was passed. The intent of this law was to “enhance the access of patients and caregivers to medical  Read more…

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Reductions in sentences for federal drug offenses

January 8th 2015

The United States Sentencing Commission has reduced the penalty for most federal drug crimes. Effective November 1st of last year, the number of points assigned to drug crimes in the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines was reduced by 2 points. This matters, because judges are required to consider the Guidelines when rendering a sentence. Under the Guidelines,  Read more…

Voters pass Prop 47: minor offenders shouldn’t be felons

November 27th 2014

This year, California voters made clear that they don’t think it’s costly or wise to send people who commit minor offenses to prison. In November voters passed Prop 47, “the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” which reclassifies many drug possession crimes and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and dedicates the money saved to mental  Read more…

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