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“Hot” Burglaries–What Are They and Why Does It Matter?

June 4, 2017
Penal Code sections 459 and 460(a) define what constitutes a first degree burglary under California law. The most common type of first degree burglary is a burglary that takes place inside an inhabited dwelling, like a house or apartment. A first degree burglary is a serious crime--pursuant to Penal Code section 1192.7(c)(18) it is a…
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The Right to Confront Witnesses–What Does It Actually Mean?

June 2, 2017
The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides that “the accused shall enjoy the right … to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” This confrontation clause, which is applicable to California via the Fourteenth Amendment, covers the rights of witness competence, testimony under oath, the opportunity to see the witness and observe the…
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Spitzer Calls for Federal Oversight of Orange County DA’s Office

May 30, 2017
Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer has asked federal authorities for an emergency takeover of the Orange County district attorney’s office, citing what he called “continuing revelations of scandal.” Spitzer’s letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions noted a recent liability claim filed by the office’s former lead investigator that accuses Orange County District Attorney Tony…
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Prop 57 Update on CDCR Emergency Regulations for Earning Credits

May 27, 2017
The Office of Administrative Law has approved Proposition 57 emergency regulations. The emergency regulations increase credit earning opportunities and parole consideration, as well as expands the non-violent parole consideration process administered by the Board of Parole Hearings. The approval means the emergency regulations are in temporary effect, and will remain in effect for 160 days…
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