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Racial Justice Act Would Give Defendants a Way to Challenge Bias

July 28, 2020
The bill would allow individuals to challenge an arrest or conviction without having to prove intentional discrimination. There are many issues with the California criminal justice system. From prison overcrowding to a cash bail system that favors the wealthy, reform groups have identified many problems with the system. One of the biggest issues in the…
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Newest Crime in California Statistics Released

July 28, 2020
Overall, crime rates have decreased across the state. One of the arguments used by opponents to criminal justice reform is that if California changes its “tough on crime” stance, more crimes will be committed. The latest data on crime in California shows that this simply is not the case. In early July, California Attorney General…
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Jurors may be spaced around the courtroom, among other adaptations.

July 27, 2020
Jurors may be spaced around the courtroom, among other adaptations. If you have been charged with a crime in the state of California, you have a right to trial by jury. As COVID-19 forces shut downs and closures across the state, jury trials will likely look very different. Typically, if you choose to exercise your…
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Can You Use the Castle Doctrine in California?

July 26, 2020
There is no duty to retreat in Californians in their homes. In recent years, there has been significant media attention given to situations where a person used deadly force against someone else. In some states, “stand your ground” rules allow individuals to use force if they believe that they are in danger of immediate harm.In…
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Sex Crimes–What is a “CSAAS” Expert?

In many cases involving sexual molestation or other sex crimes involving children, it is common for the prosecution (and sometimes the defense) to call a Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome ("CSAAS") expert. This expert, typically a psychiatrist or psychologist, seeks to provide insight to the jury concerning why children are reluctant to disclose sexual abuse and how children attempt to Continue Reading