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Vandalism Suspect Takes Police on Chase

A vandalism suspect was arrested after a two hour chase that took place on the northbound 405 and 5 freeways from Inglewood to Mettler, California.

Police Chase Vandalism Suspect

According to CHP officer Kevin Tao, the male driver of the Mercedes sedan was wanted for allegedly vandalizing a hotel room. The chase began with Inglewood police and proceeded with CHP officers through West Los Angeles, through the Sepulveda Pass, past the 101 Freeway interchange and up into the Van Nuys area. From there, it continued through Sylmar and all the way towards the Grapevine area toward Bakersfield.

Sexual Harassment Claim Brought by Underage Chipotle Employee

A former employee of Chipotle has been awarded a $7.65 million settlement following a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against an adult supervisor at the burrito chain.

Underage Chipotle Employee Brings Sexual Harassment Claim

A sexual harassment lawsuit was brought against Chipotle by a 16-year-old former employee who claims she was repeatedly sexually harassed by her adult supervisor while working at the fast-food eatery. The jury awarded her and her mother a $7.65 million judgement in the case.

Donald Trump Opens A Can Of Stop-and-Frisk Worms

When Donald Trump called “stop-and-frisk” laws a way of combating urban crime during this week’s presidential debates, it opened up a whole new discussion about the controversial laws. Below we discuss what “stop-and-frisk” is and how to protect yourself if you are detained by police officers.

Donald Trump and California’s Stop-and-Frisk Laws

There are two basic tenets of California’s law of “stop-and-frisk” (also known as “Terry stops”):

Jim Carrey Accused of Giving Girlfriend Drugs

Recently a lawsuit was brought against actor Jim Carrey, alleging that he used his “immense wealth and celebrity status” to illegally obtain and distribute potentially deadly drugs to his girlfriend Cathriona White. White died of a suicidal overdose last year.

Suit Against Jim Carrey for Giving White Drugs

The lawsuit against Carrey was brought by White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton. The suit alleges that the “drugs that caused White’s death … all came from three pill bottles found near her body bearing the name ‘Arthur King.'” According to the suit, “Arthur King” was a false name Carrey often used to procure the pills.

The Differences between Arrest, Bench, and a Search Warrant

There are three types of warrants that can be issued against you in California: an arrest warrant, bench warrant, and search warrant. While they have some similarities, they are used for different reasons.

In California, arrest, bench, and search warrants are court orders issued by a court or judge.

Steps of a Criminal Investigation: Part 2

If you have been accused of being involved in a crime, you’ll want to understand what’s going to happen next. There are numerous steps of a criminal investigation. A case must be investigated, built, taken to trial, and should the accused be found guilty, the penalties must be determined. Below we outline the second half of what happens following a crime.

Going to Trial After a Criminal Investigation

Trial Following Criminal Investigation

A “trial” is the legal proceeding during which evidence is presented either just to a judge, or in front of a jury, for the purpose of determining guilt. Typically, a trial goes before a jury, unless a defendant chooses to waive his or her right to trial by jury or if it the defendant is being charged for a certain misdemeanor. If a case is just heard before a judge it is called a “bench trial.”

Steps of a Criminal Investigation: Part 1

If you have been accused of being involved in a crime, you’ll want to understand what’s going to happen next. There are numerous steps of a criminal investigation. A case must be investigated, built, taken to trial, and should the accused be found guilty, the penalties must be determined. Below we outline the first half of what happens following a crime. The second portion will be covered in a later post.

Following a Crime – the Pre-Arrest Investigation

A pre-arrest investigation is done following a suspected criminal activity. Once law enforcement is made aware that a criminal activity has occurred, they must investigate what happened before an arrest can be made. Following the investigation, if law enforcement determines evidence that reveals a crime was committed, they must make steps to try and identify a suspect. Once a suspect is identified, law enforcement may arrest the suspect. Depending on where the crime occurred, law enforcement might be required to first present evidence of the crime to a prosecuting attorney.

Drug Use and Prisons: A Crisis in the Making

Drugs have been for years a part of the national dialogue in all sectors of American culture – political, social, and, most noticeably, in popular culture. It seems that a sizeable segment of the population has a desire to get high, and a cursory look at history hints that this has long been the case.

The Use of Drugs

Drugs have probably been used by people for almost as long as there have been people. Many currently illegal drugs, such as marijuana, opium, coca, and psychedelics have been used for thousands of years for both medical and spiritual purposes. If the use of drugs is such an innate and enduring part of human culture, why is it viewed as criminal behavior worthy of the expenditure of huge amounts of our society’s resources (economic, political, social, etc.)?

Dassey Might be Able to Attend Wrestlemania

Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects in Netflix’s Making a Murderer, might be headed to Wrestlemania this year now that his conviction has been overturned.

Brendan Dassey May Be Heading to Wrestlemania

Fans familiar with Netflix’s Making a Murderer know the story of Brandon Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery. During Brendan’s 2007 trial he was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse. Massey was just six months shy of turning 18-years-old, but he was tried and sentenced as an adult. After having served years in prison, a federal judge has overturned Dassey’s conviction for his involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach.

Modern America and Prescription Drugs

The Prescription Drug Epidemic

Illicit drugs have a long standing negative image in modern American culture. They are widely regarded as something only those on the fringes of society make use of, but certainly not consumed by upstanding citizens. But, as history has shown, America has long held the door open to the use of drugs by all ranks of our society.

The patent drugs of the 19th century openly contained and promoted the use of drugs like cocaine and morphine and were available without prescription at the corner drugstore. There was little or no social stigma attached to their use.

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