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July 2013 Archives

27 federal capital cases contested over misleading FBI testimony

The U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to undertake a careful review of 27 federal convictions resulting in the death penalty, along with some 2,000 other convictions for federal crimes. The reason for this unprecedented case review is data from the Innocence Project that misleading FBI testimony about microscopic hair analysis appears to have contributed to wrongful convictions in more than 23 percent of all cases in which the Project was able to definitively exonerate the defendants.

9th Circuit: federal drug defendant misled by Miranda translation

While there are plenty of Spanish speakers in California and across the U.S., speaking a foreign language is not necessarily the same as being qualified to translate legal materials. The difference became clear recently when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated one man’s federal drug manufacturing conviction because the officers who interrogated him mistranslated his Miranda warnings in a way that essentially denied him his Sixth Amendment right to the assistance of counsel -- in particular, the government’s obligation to provide a criminal defense lawyer at public expense if he could not afford one.

When is selling furs through Craigslist a federal crime?

When the furs are from a Sumatran tiger and a jaguar. If you sell pelts or other parts of such animals, you could be charged with illegal killing of or trade in endangered animals. Six Californians were recently arrested for federal offenses involving endangered animals this week after undercover agents ran a two-week sting operation called “Operation Wild Web” to crack down on the illegal trafficking of wildlife on Internet sites such as Craigslist.

Police targeting alcohol-related crimes in the San Diego area

The California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies recently began their "Operation Safeguard" campaign on Wednesday with a high-profile, public gathering of police officers at San Diego's Bonita Cove. Operation Safeguard will run throughout the Independence Day holiday and following long weekend, and will target two main types of alcohol-related crimes: drinking and driving, and violations of "social host" laws that hold party-throwers liable for underage drinking happening on their property.

Recent Case Results

  • Juvenile Charges

    A juvenile was arrested for 2nd Degree Robbery. After 6 months the case was dismissed.

    A juvenile was arrested for Sexual Battery. After 6 months and 80 hours of Community service, the case was dismissed.

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  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    A client with a 1st DUI arrest. Fearing she would go to jail; lose her license for a year and lose her job. Got a wet reckless and minimal fines.

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  • Drug Charges

    A client with 4 Felony charges on a Transportation Charge, a Attempt to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, (50 pounds), Conspiracy Charge all where reduced to 1 Misdemeanor. No Jail.

    Client was charged with 6 Felony drug possessions. Facing jail time. The results: Client got a deferred entry of judgment and then dismissed.

    Client charged with several felony counts of possession of Marijuana with intent to sell. Client was involved in a medical marijuana grow. Case was reduced and later dismissed.

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  • Sex Crimes

    A client with alleged 2 Felony Sex charges and he faced jail and sex registration. The case was entirely dismissed.

    Client charged with prostitution; facing jail time and sex offender registration. Result: NO JAIL TIME AND NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION Deferred Entry of Judgment.

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  • Domestic Violence

    Client charged with domestic violence, with great bodily injury. Case reduced to a misdemeanor with time served.

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