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Obtaining Discovery More than 30 Days Before Trial

Under the California Penal Code, prosecutors are required to provide defendants with discovery to assist them in preparing their cases. Depending on the case, discovery can include things like police reports, 911 tapes, witness statements, and prior criminal convictions of … Continue reading

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Prosecuting the Hecklegate 11

I’ve been an attorney practicing criminal law for over 16 years. Until last week, however, I had no idea that the Penal Code explicitly makes it a crime to disturb a meeting. I suspect I’m not the only California lawyer … Continue reading

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Vote for death… I’ll buy you a beer!

Twice per week (on Wednesdays and Fridays), the California Supreme Court issues a notice on its Web site explaining whether any opinions will be published on the next court date. The notices summarize the issue presented in each case, but … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block (And a Fourth Amendment Cartoon)

Dear Jamison Koehler: Thank you so much for featuring me in your Blawg Review this week. You’ve asked me to write a brilliant post before you publish it tomorrow. I’ve thought of several great ideas, including: (1) the top 20 … Continue reading

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Bank Robber Unmasked

Imagine you’re a juror in a case involving numerous bank robberies committed close in time and in the same community. The first witness is a bank security employee who explains that a surveillance video captured an image of the perpetrator … Continue reading

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Why I Never Became a Public Defender

With rare exception, most private criminal defense attorneys began their careers as either deputy district attorneys or deputy public defenders. The video below shows why I’m grateful for the path that I took. It is intended to be satirical, but … Continue reading

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Violating the Attorney-Client Privilege on Twitter

On Wednesday of this week, I wrote a comment to one Scott Greenfield’s blog posts where I expressed some dismay about criminal defense attorneys – a few of whom I generally admire – who find it acceptable to reveal client … Continue reading

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AB 1844: Changing the Law of Petty Theft with a Prior

California law says that if a person previously has been convicted of any theft offense, and has served at least a day in jail, future convictions for petty theft (which generally applies to property valued at $400 or less) can … Continue reading

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Do Defendants With Money Get Better Results?

Mark Bennett posts today on his Defending People blog about an academic paper published in the Journal of Criminal Justice that purports to show that criminal defendants represented by public defenders generally receive the same justice as those who hire … Continue reading

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Eye for an Eye, Spine for a Spine

A man in Saudi Arabia attacked another guy with a meat cleaver. As a result, the victim is paralyzed for life. This morning, the press reports that the sentencing judge is asking Saudi hospitals whether they can perform an operation … Continue reading

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