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December 2012 Archives

Marijuana dispensary case against two Vallejo men dismissed by judge

As medical marijuana becomes ever more common, the courts are attempting to sort out what the law is, and the type of police enforcement of these drug laws is permissible. A recent court ruling out of Vallejo involved a marijuana dispensary that was set up as a medical marijuana cooperative.

How long is too long for some crimes?

This is a question judges face all of the time. As part of their duties as judge, they are to exercise judgment and discretion in determining how long an individual should serve to pay their debt to society. This discretion has been eroded in many cases over the last few decades, as politicians, needing to demonstrate their "toughness" on crime, have created ever more crimes with mandatory minimum sentences.

Why would they confess?

People find it difficult to understand how someone could confess to a crime they did not commit. They may believe that the suspect must have "done it," confessed, but on second thought, want to later recant their statement. Some of those people include prosecutors. But, according to a story on 60 Minutes, they would be wrong.

Former officer pleads guilty on drug charges

Former head of a drug enforcement task group pled guilty to drug and corruption charges this week. The officer had been stealing the drugs from the police evidence lockers and operating a brothel. At the time, he was the commander of the Central Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team, a now disbanded police task force that had been used to for drug raids.

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