In the last 10 years, there have been significant changes in the laws surrounding juvenile offenders and how they can be sentenced. A California inmate's release last week is among the first signs that these laws are being utilized.
After spending 11 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, an individual was finally freed on April 4 after DNA evidence demonstrated his innocence. This individual was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in March 1999. And though the DNA evidence was already available in 2008, it took another three years before he was released from prison.
A 29-year-old man has spent the past 12 years trying to convince others that accusations against him were fabricated. The young man was at that time being held in a juvenile detention facility. When he was 17-years-old he was accused of raping another inmate in the prison shower. The young man has all along suggested that the accusations were made in retaliation for some other perceived incident.
A California jury has acquitted a 30-year-old hospital worker who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was in her hospital bed. The incident was said to have occurred in 2011. Had this individual been convicted he could have been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Of six San Francisco police officers charged concerning crimes alleging theft of drugs, money and electronics, four of those officers have pleaded not-guilty. The officers were indicted by federal grand juries concerning items the police officers supposedly had taken during a 2009 arrest. The six officers have had their guns taken away from them and been suspended without pay.
Two California men are facing several federal charges for hacking into email accounts and posting nude photos of other people on their "revenge porn" website. The two men are accused of creating and operating a website full of nude images the two men stole by hacking into other people's accounts.